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Edward re-joined the shipping litigation team in Reed Smith Richards Butler (“RSRB”) in October 2014. Prior to re-joining RSRB, he practiced in RSRB from June 2010 to December 2013, and in a Hong Kong office of an international law firm from January to October 2014.


  • BPP Law School, 2013, Diploma in Law
  • University of Southampton, 2009, Master of Laws, Merits
  • Shanghai Maritime University, 2008, Bachelor of Laws, Maritime Law

  • China
  • England and Wales

  • Associate Member of The Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Member of All China Lawyers Association
  • Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • China Law Society – Member
  • The Hong Kong and Mainland Legal Profession Association – Vice President
  • Hong Kong Shipowners Association, China Affairs Sub-Committee - Member

  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese

Awards & Recognition

  • “Edward Liu is an outstanding example of a leading heavyweight lawyer of the future in the marketing and symbolises the ‘new generation’ of Asian lawyers. He is exceptionally talented as a lawyer; he has a terrific grasp of the case management and evidence gathering responsibilities involved in heavy litigation; he effortlessly and seamlessly runs an international practice from Hong Kong, and he is extremely personable and is liked and respected by all. He is a great ‘ambassador’ for Asian lawyers.”

     ------ Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards 2017      
  • “Edward’s work was outstanding: always calm under pressure; never lost for a practical answer; pro-active in running the case and largely instrumental in bringing the case to a successful negotiated outcome shortly before the hearing… He is very special and accomplished young lawyer, handling a case load of a far senior lawyer and doing so with success, enthusiasm and natural talent. He is someone whom I am proud to nominate as the very best of the “new generation” of Asian lawyers and a model for others.”

    ----- Simon Rainey QC, Quadrant Chambers

  • “Edward Liu symbolises and eptiomises the best that young Asian lawyers have to offer for a changing global legal landscape. This, coupled with his gifts for team management (on very difficult case/projects), his clear thinking, and his invaluable contribution in delivering a successful outcome in the context of a long-term, multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional, and (technically and legally) very challenging and sensitive legal exercise, goes to prove that he is ahead of his time and a league above others when it comes to viewing the shape of the service provided by young lawyers.”

------ Lloyd’s List Asia Awards 2016

  • “In Hong Kong, I would recommend Edward Liu of Reed Smith Richards Butler as one to watch. Although only an Associate, Edward is hugely industrious, sensible, and knowledgeable. He is capable of running, more or less single-handed, huge multi-million dollar litigation, despite his junior years. He is definitely a star of the future.”

---- Nevil Phillips, Barrister, Quadrant Chambers, UK

  • Edward Liu…is incredibly productive in terms both of quality and quantity and in spite of having many competing commitments frequently surprises me by producing excellent texts in a very short time. He is committed to the task and has become a very reliable supplier of quality articles over the past year. I am always pleased to be working with him.”

---- Johanna Hjalmarsson, General Editor, Shipping & Trade Law, Associate Professor, University of Southampton