09 December 2019
The Maritime Week 2019 Legal Forum, “Maritime Dispute Resolutions in A Weak Market – Is mediation a feasible alternative resolution?” was successfully held by the Hong Kong and Mainland Legal Profession Association (“the HKMLPA”) on 19 November 2019 in the Department of Justice Function Hall.
Mr. Liu Chun Hua, Director-General of the Department of Law of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR extended his welcome remarks to the audience. Sabrina Ho, Committee Member of the HKLPA and Douglas Lam SC then joined efforts with Ms. Ada Chen of the Department of Justice, Dr. Francis Law of the International Disputes Resolution and Risk Management Institute and the Mediation Centre, Mr. Min Lee of Reed Smith Richards Butler and Mr. Dimitris Seirinakis, Managing Director, The American P&I Club to deliver a seminar and an interactive panel discussion to over 80 guests. The pros and cons of mediation and the growing trend of using mediation as the preferred means to resolve shipping and commercial disputes were thoroughly and critically explored, and an overall consensus was reached that mediation is a feasible alternative resolution to litigation and arbitration with its unique advantages.