Maritime-focused firm Ince has seen an additional 10 staff of Hong Kong brand jump ship to Hill Dickinson, following the departure of eight from its Shanghai office within a month.
In the latest exit, senior partner David Beaves, partners Gary Wong and Janice Lee, and five other lawyers and two support staff will join Hill Dickinson in six weeks. The team focuses on shipping and commercial-related dispute resolution, ship sales and purchases, and insolvency and restructuring.
Beaves has more than 40 years’ experience in the corporate, commercial and banking sectors, with expertise in shipping. After leaving Sinclair Roche & Temperley as a partner at the end of 2001, he joined Ince Hong Kong and was once a managing partner.
Wong’s practice covers ship finance, operating leases, securitisation of finance leases, sale, leaseback and sub-lease transactions, and he also advises clients on asset and project transactions.
Lee specialises in assisting leasing companies, shipping companies and shipowners in matters including syndicated leasing, and sale and leaseback transactions. Before joining Hill Dickinson, she had been a partner at Ince for five years.
Tony Goldsmith, partner and head of Hill Dickinson’s marine business group, said the addition of the Ince team marks a bold step in the expansion of the firm’s global maritime practice and strengthens its shipping expertise in Hong Kong and the mainland.
Notably, despite the receivership of the Ince brand in April, a report published by Hong Kong Maritime Hub during the same time revealed that Ince Hong Kong practised separately from Ince since 2018.
Ince greater China office has lost three figures in October, including former head of greater China Paul Ho, who has joined Stephenson Harwood with his eight-member shipping team, partner Stephen Chan has joined Charles Russell Speechlys and consultant Richard Oakley has joined the Hong Kong office of CMS.