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Lianjun (M.Sc., LLM, FCIArb) has been a partner since 2004. He is the head of the shipping department in Hong Kong. He qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales in 2002. He has extensive experience in shipping disputes (charterparty problems, ship purchase and sale disputes, bill of lading and cargo claims, P&I matters, ship casualties), admiralty, international trade and commodity disputes, documentary credit issues, ship finance and sale and purchase, ship construction, international commercial and shipping arbitration and in practical and legal aspects of doing business, negotiation and litigation in China.


  • Dalian Maritime University, 1984, Bachelor of Science
  • Dalian Maritime University, 1989, Postgraduate in International Economic Law
  • World Maritime University, 1990, Master of Science in Maritime Administration
  • Stockholm University, 1993, Master of Comparative Laws
  • University of Hong Kong, 2000, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws

  • Hong Kong
  • England and Wales

  • Supreme Court - Hong Kong
  • Supreme Court - England and Wales

  • Chartered Institute Arbitrators - Fellow
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre – Listed Arbitrator
  • London Maritime Arbitrators Association – Supporting Member and the member of the LMAA Supporting Members Liaison Committee (Asia Pacific)
  • China International Economic Arbitration Commission - Panel Arbitrator
  • China Maritime Arbitration Commission - Panel Arbitrator
  • South China Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration) – Panel Arbitrator
  • Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Centre) – Panel Arbitrator
  • Qingdao Arbitration Commission – Panel Arbitrator
  • Xiamen Arbitration Commission - Panel Arbitrator
  • Wuhan Arbitration Commission - Panel Arbitrator
  • Rizhao Arbitration Commission – Panel Arbitrator
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration – Panel Arbitrator
  • Arbitration Centre Across the Straits – Panel Arbitrator
  • Singapore Chambers of Maritime Arbitration
  • China Maritime Law Association – Council Member / Director
  • Dalian Maritime University - Visiting Professor
  • Korea University – Visiting Professor
  • Jimei University – Visiting Professor
  • Shanghai Maritime University – Visiting Professor
  • Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board – Member
  • The Law Society of Hong Kong – Member
  • The Law Society of England & Wales - Member

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • English

Awards & Recognition

Ranked as Band 1 in Shipping Litigation (China) by Chambers Asia – Pacific 2017.

  • Chambers Asia- Pacific 2017 states that “clients say that his advice is practical and helpful, and he has a strong commercial mind. In a highlight, he represented Top Gains Minerals Macao Commercial Offshore in a sales agreement dispute, successfully maintaining the client's Mareva injunction against TL Resources.”
  • Chambers Asia- Pacific 2016 states that “He is applauded for his focus on client service and also receives particular acclaim for his Greater China practice. He recently represented China National Chartering in a case involving unsafe ports.”
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015 states that “Clients praise Li Lianjun for his "very constructive and helpful advice." He is also admired as an "experienced, professional, dedicated and responsive" practitioner. He acts on a number of the firm's major matters and his recent highlights include advising China National Chartering on a USD190 million charter party dispute.”

Listed as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 Asia- Pacific 2017.

  • Legal 500 Asia – Pacific 2017 states that “Lianjun Li is ‘one of the best maritime lawyers in Hong Kong’”
  • Legal 500 Asia – Pacific 2016 states that Lianjun is ‘particularly good and able to explain complicated legal opinions to Chinese clients in Mandarin’;
  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2015 states that the team lead by Lianjun is an excellent team which provides professional and efficient service to P&I clubs, charterers, shipowners and shipbuilders.

Listed as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers & Partners.

  • Lianjun has been highly recommended as a leading lawyer in shipping litigation by Chambers & Partners.