Partner, Haiwan & Partners LLP

Qualified as a solicitor of Hong Kong, England & Wales as well as a lawyer of P.R. China, Edward Liu is a leading lawyer for commercial dispute resolution who has substantial experience in international arbitration and commercial litigation.


Edward is extensively experienced in advising and handling international commercial disputes covering areas such as sale of goods/trade and commodities, energy and offshore projects, construction, shipping and shipbuilding, shareholder and equity related disputes, and international investment (particularly connected with Belt & Road projects), commercial fraud, insolvency and restructure, regulatory investigations, international sanctions, worldwide enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards etc.  He frequently represents financial institutions, insurance companies, multinational corporations, non-government organisations, Chinese state-owned enterprises as well as major shipping and commodities companies in complex commercial cross border disputes in courts in Hong Kong, London and international tribunals. He also advises banks, insurers and trading companies on non-contentious matters concerning asset finance, trade finance and shipping finance. 


Edward has considerable experience in almost aspects of dry shipping, including claims under charterparties, bills of lading, long-term contracts of affreightment, sale of second-hand vessels, and marine insurance etc., claims arising from collision, grounding, salvage and general average, arrest of ships and jurisdiction challenge. He has also dealt with many shipbuilding cases involving Chinese shipyards.


Edward is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrator (CIArb).  He is on the panel or list of arbitrators of various institutions, including Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association (LMAA), Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group (HKMAG), China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), and eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre (eBRAM). Since 2018, Edward has started to accept appointments as arbitrator and was appointed as sole arbitrators by HKIAC on many occasions, and he has dealt with arbitration cases as arbitrator under HKIAC, LMAA, HKMAG and UNCITRL rules as well as ad hoc arbitrations. In addition, Edward is an accredited mediator of Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association (HKMAAL), a mediator of eBRAM, and an APEC neutral.


Edward has been appointed as members of a number of statutory and advisory bodies to the Hong Kong SAR Government, including International Legal and Dispute Resolution Services Expert Group, Advisory Committee on Promotion of Arbitration, Steering Committee on Mediation, Advisory Body on Third Party Funding of Arbitration and Mediation, Aviation Development and Three-Runway Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, Appeals Panel (Housing), Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Appeal Board, and an adjudicator of the Registration of Persons Tribunal. He is also a member of CPPCC Henan Committee, a member of Professional Services Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and the Principal Representative of International Chamber of Shipping (China) Liaison Office.


Edward is an editorial member of the leading English shipping law newsletter Lloyd’s Shipping & Trade Law. He is also a special contributor to the leading English arbitration law newsletter Arbitration Law Monthly.  He is also a visiting professor at Tianjin Foreign Studies University and Shanghai Maritime University School of Economics & Management, and an adjunct lecturer at Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE).


Edward is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, and is fluent in English and Cantonese.



Tel: +8523952 2233

E-mail address: edwardliu@haiwen-law.com

Nationality: Chinese

Country of Residence: Hong Kong SAR, China

Language(s): English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese


    Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

    Listed Arbitrator, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

    Listed Arbitrator, Shenzen Court of International Arbitration

    Listed Arbitrator, Dalian International Arbitration Court

    Listed Arbitrator, Tianjin Arbitration Commission

    Listed arbitrator, China Maritime Arbitration Commission

    Listed Arbitrator, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration

    Listed Arbitrator, eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre

    Supporting Member, London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association

    Member, Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group


    LLM, University of Southampton

    LLB, Shanghai Maritime University

    GDL, BPP Law School


    2022 – Rising Star, China Business Law Journal

    2019 – 2022, Recommended Lawyer in Shipping and Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

    2020 – 2022, Recommended Lawyer in Shipping, Chambers and Partners Global; Asia Pacific; Greater China Region

    2019 – 2021, Global Top 10 Maritime Lawyers, Lloyd’s List