David Coogans


Direct +852 2803 3672
Mobile +852 6628 0033
Fax +852 2803 3608
Email [email protected]

Jurisdictions Hong Kong
England & Wales
New South Wales, Australia
Languages English


"Howse Williams is a market leader for shipping law. David Coogans is one of the best. Client testimonial in Legal 500 2024


"David has an unparalleled depth of expertise in shipping law that extends beyond the theoretical to the practical realities of the industry."  Client testimonial in Chambers and Partners 2024


David is a commercial disputes lawyer specialising in international trade disputes. David has over 25 years of experience in commercial dispute resolution. He advises a wide variety of shipping interests including marine and non-marine insurers. David also has extensive experience outside of international trade matters, including dealing with, insolvency matters, shareholder disputes and the recovery and tracing of monies lost due to internet/identity fraud.

Before qualifying as a lawyer, David served as a deck officer in the British Merchant Navy with the Cunard Steamship Company. He has dealt with several high profile casualty matters.

David has handled both Court proceedings and Arbitrations concerning a wide range of disputes in Hong Kong, England & Wales, Australia, Singapore and the United States. David is familiar with UNCITRAL rules, LMAA terms, ICDR, ACICA and SIAC Rules. David has also acted as mediator in several high value disputes.


2012 Howse Williams
2005 General Counsel P&O Cruises Sydney Australia
1989 Richards Butler, Hong Kong
1976 Cunard Steamship Company


1985 College of Law, Chancery Lane, London, Solicitors Final Examinations
1984 Anglia University, England, BA (Hons)
1980 Riversdale College, Liverpool, England, British 2 nd Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

1991 Australia (NSW & Victoria and the ACT)
1989 Hong Kong
1987 England and Wales

LEADR and nationally accredited mediation practitioner
Member, Law Society of Hong Kong
Member of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association Executive Committee
Board member of the Maritime Services Training Board