Lei Niu
Advocate and Solicitor

Niu Lei's Team at Zhong Lun Law Firm Won the Retrial Judgment of the Supreme People’s Court of PRC


The dispute resolution team of Zhong Lun Law Firm recently won two disputes over the sale of ship’s major engine equipment for a world-famous ship power equipment supplier in the Supreme People's Court of China. The lead partner of the two cases was Niu Lei, lawyer of Zhong Lun Shanghai office, and the co-counsels were Xu Tao and Mao Li.


The two cases were disputes between the same parties over the purchase and sale of major engine equipment of different ships. After the original ship owner cancelled the ship order, the Chinese shipyard filed a lawsuit for damages on the grounds that the major engine supplier provided equipment that did not meet the contract and the joint infringement of the original ship owner.


Before the two cases entered the retrial procedure of the Supreme People's court, the Qingdao Maritime Court and the Shandong Higher People's court made civil judgments of first instance and second instance respectively, ruling that the major engine supplier and the ship owner jointly and severally compensate the Chinese shipyard for a total of about 150 million yuan. The host supplier re-entrusted Zhong Lun dispute resolution team to appeal to the Supreme People's court. After Zhong Lun's efforts, the Supreme People's court ruled to bring the two cases to trial, and made a judgment in October 2016 after the retrial hearing, which supported all the claims made by Zhong Lun on behalf of the customer, and the judgment revoked the original judgments of first instance and second instance.


The retrial ruling and judgment of the Supreme People's court reflect the substantive and procedural justice of China's justice and enhance foreign customers' confidence in the Chinese market.


Tel: (86)138 1873 2199

Email: niulei@glo.com.cn

Nationality: Chinese

Country of Residence: China

Language(s): Chinese, English



  • OIL & GAS

    Arbitrator of CMAC (China Maritime Arbitration Commission)

    Arbitrator of CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission)

    Specialist Mediator of SIMC (Singapore International Mediation Centre)


    Master of Common Law, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong

    Master of Law, Faculty of Law, University of International Business and Economics

    LL.B., China University of Political Science and Law


    Represented Wartsila Finland Co., Ltd. and Yingqin Shanghai Co., Ltd. in handling the retrial appeal in the Supreme People's Court of its dispute with Xixiakou shipping company and Netherlands sitford Shipping Co., Ltd. over the infringement of the sales contract of ship engine equipment. The amount of the dispute exceeded RMB 100 million and won the lawsuit. The case was selected into the top ten typical cases of China's maritime trial in 2016;

    Represented a state-owned steel company in the arbitration case of voyage charter party dispute between it and a Hong Kong shipping company in London, with a dispute amount of more than 20 million yuan, and obtained supporting arbitral award in a LMAA arbitration .