Head of Greater China, Partner & Chief Representative, Shanghai
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Expertise Shipping , International Trade and Commercial Disputes Qualified Hong Kong, England and Wales Education (University) University College London, City University London Languages English, Cantonese and Mandarin
Paul is the Head of Greater China as well as being Chief Representative of Ince's Shanghai representative office.
Paul joined Ince Hong Kong as a trainee in 1996 and relocated to Shanghai in 2002; he has therefore been deeply involved in the Chinese market for many years. He has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He became a partner in 2006 and is dual qualified in Hong Kong and England & Wales. Paul speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin and he is a keen golfer.
Paul is familiar with all aspects of the firm’s contentious and non-contentious shipping practice. He has a strong focus on shipbuilding, offshore construction, ship repair and ship sale & purchase transactions. These include negotiation and drafting of contracts as well as handling of disputes and international arbitrations. He frequently represents major international shipowners, charterers, shipyards, banks and financial institutions.
Paul regularly advises owners and shipyards in relation to shipbuilding, offshore construction and ship repair transactions. He has given talks on Chinese shipbuilding issues in Bergen, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Mumbai, Oslo, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.
Paul represents a number of large private and state-owned trading companies with a particular focus on commodities andoil and gas trading. He advises on all aspects of sale and transportation of crude oil, refined products and gas and he has also handled numerous disputes ranging from quality, shortage and late delivery to charterparty issues. This cover a broad spectrum of work, from drafting commercial sale and delivery contracts, transportation related issues to debt recovery. Paul also handles trade related disputes ranging from contamination, shortage to late delivery.
Paul regularly handles shipping, trade and general commercial litigation covering a wide range of complex, multi-jurisdictional and cross border disputes, with a strong focus on international arbitration proceedings and enforcement/winding-up actions in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. These would include court proceedings as well as both ad hoc arbitrations and cases involving major arbitral institutions and procedural rules such as CIETAC, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC and UNCITRAL.
- Law Society of England and Wales
- Law Society of Hong Kong
- Shanghai Bar Association
- Shanghai International Arbitration Center Panel of Arbitrators
My testimonials and accolades
“Inducted into the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Hall of Fame in Shipping”
“Paul Ho and Louie Zhang are extremely professional and well educated and I trust them 100% in terms of the subjects they work for us, which is dealing with the shipyards in China.”
“Paul delivers an 'excellent service'.”
My recent publications
News / Ince achieve top rankings in the new Chambers and Partners Greater China Region 2022 Guide
18-01-2022 / Insurance, Maritime
The firm maintained its high rankings in Shipping and Insurance across China and Hong Kong jurisdictions.
News / Ince recognised as a Top Ranked Leading Firm in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022
18-01-2022 / Maritime
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 results have been published; our shipping practice in China and Hong Kong retained their Tier 1 ranking, and partners Paul Ho and David Beaves ranked as "Hall of Fame" for a second consecutive year since its inception in 2020. Rosita Lau was also ranked in the “Hall of Fame” for a third consecutive year. Ince has the largest number of “Hall of Fame” shipping lawyers from a single firm on the list.
Insights / Asian Legal Business (ALB) Legal Guide to the Greater Bay Area 2021
21-01-2021 / Maritime
Several members of our team recently contributed to the Asian Legal Business (ALB) Legal Guide to the Greater Bay Area 2021, which has now been published.
News / Ince bolsters Chinese presence with W&H Law Firm strategic cooperation deal
8 December 2020, London: International legal and professional services firm, Ince, has today announced it is entering into a strategic cooperation with China based W&H Law Firm.
News / Ince Asia Team successfully held the third mock arbitration in China on 11 July in Guangzhou, with a full-house.
The mock arbitration simulated an actual hearing of a Hong Kong international arbitration involving an international trade dispute that has shipping, trade, insurance and contract aspects, in line with one of the important roles that Hong Kong is playing under China’s Greater Bay Area initiative, that is, the role of being the legal services centre and dispute resolution centre of the world.
News / Ince & Co to launch major expansion in Asia
Ince & Co Hong Kong (“Ince”), part of the Ince Gordon Dadds network, is pleased to announce its growth plans in Asia that will strengthen the firm’s core practice areas of shipping, international trade, insurance, energy and infrastructure as well as power a rapid expansion of the business with new capabilities across Hong Kong and Mainland China.
News / Office modernisation at Ince Co continues apace with Shanghai relocation
International law firm Ince Co has announced today that its Shanghai office will be relocating to a brand-new office space on the 38th floor of the Sinar Mas Centre in Shanghai on 31 August, 2018 The Grade-A office tower, completed in 2017, is the tallest building located in Puxi side and reaches an impressive 320 metres in height It is also located in the heart of the business district of Puxi and benefits from excellent access to transport links and intelligent and green technologies
News / Shipping E-Brief Spring 2015
01-05-2015 / Maritime
The Shipping E-brief is a quarterly publication providing you with key information on legal decisions and developments in shipping and related business areasnbspSign up here to receive the E-Brief by email each quarterOur Spring edition of the Shipping E-Brief is full of articles dealing with topical shipping issues Download the E-Brief Spring (PDF)You can also subscribe to our podcasts with iTunes
News / China: new judicial interpretation on the arrest and judicial sale of ships
20-04-2015 / Maritime
On 28 February 2015, the Chinese Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) enacted a new judicial interpretation (“the Interpretation”) on ship arrest and judicial sale of ships. This took effect as of 1 March 2015. The Interpretation aims to clarify and streamline the rules and court practice on Chinese ship arrest and judicial sale of ships. This article highlights the main changes that may be of particular interest to owners, charterers (in particular bareboat charterers) and other interested parties whose ships may call at ports in China.
News / New CIETAC arbitration rules
On 4 November 2014, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) adopted its new Arbitration Rules, which apply to all domestic and international arbitration references commenced on or after 1 January 2015. In this article, we set out a brief introduction to the key changes.
News / Recent Chinese tax changes affecting the shipping industry
09-09-2014 / Maritime
On 1 August 2014, the “Provisional Measures on the Collection of Tax on Non-Resident Taxpayers Engaged in International Transportation Business” (2014 No.37 Notice, the “New Regulations”) came into force. The New Regulations could have a significant impact on owners as they seek to streamline and tighten up the regulations in respect of tax obligations on “non-resident taxpayers” engaged in “international transportation business”. The main aspects of the New Regulations are summarised briefly below.