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Elizabeth Sloane

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Leading Admiralty, Maritime & Shipping Lawyers – Hong Kong, 2022 (Leading)

Leading Admiralty, Maritime & Shipping Lawyers – Hong Kong, 2022 (Leading)

Elizabeth Sloane Partner

Elizabeth is the head of Stephenson Harwood's marine and international trade team in Hong Kong. She is a commercial disputes partner specialising in cross border litigation and international arbitration. Elizabeth has extensive experience in fraud and asset tracing, injunctive relief, corporate insolvency, and maritime law. 
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Elizabeth has advised clients in a wide range of complex disputes and has acted for liquidators, creditors and other stakeholders in insolvencies. She has particular interest and experience in locating and securing the proceeds of fraud, injunctive relief and equitable proprietary remedies.

In the maritime sector, Elizabeth has experience in ship arrest, the judicial sale and auction of ships, jurisdictional challenges, limitation of liability under the 1976 Convention, ship finance enforcement on behalf of lenders, and dry shipping arbitrations involving charterparties and the carriage of goods by sea.

Elizabeth has acted as an expert witness on Hong Kong law in both foreign litigation and international arbitration.

Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Panel Member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration. She accepts appointments sitting as arbitrator. 

Elizabeth is admitted to practice as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and Australia (Victoria and Federal jurisdictions). She has been based in Hong Kong since 2008.

Elizabeth won "Litigator of the Year – North Asia" at the ALB Women in Law Awards 2021. She is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and a Leading Individual in Doyles Guide.

"We would recommend Elizabeth Sloane, who is a hard-working and down to earth solicitor, sensible in her approach to advising on dry shipping/charterparty related matters."
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

  • Marine and international trade
  • Commercial litigation
  • Fraud and asset recovery
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • International arbitration

Acting on behalf of shipowners in relation to oil spill and pollution incidents, defending criminal prosecutions and litigating civil claims in the Hong Kong Court.

Casualty and incident investigation and crisis management on behalf of shipowners and their insurers in the Asia Pacific region.

Obtaining decrees from the Hong Kong Court limiting shipowners' liability under the 1976 Convention.

Ship finance enforcement in the Hong Kong Courts acting for lenders, including judicial sales in mortgage structures and repossessing vessels financed under sale and leaseback.

Forum non conveniens applications and jurisdictional challenges in the Hong Kong Courts.

Acting for buyers and sellers of superyachts in the Hong Kong market and in yacht related disputes.

Arbitrating charterparty disputes and claims concerning the carriage of goods by sea under Hong Kong and English law.

Enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards in Hong Kong and obtaining interim relief in aid of arbitration.

Ship arrest.

Trade finance litigation concerning receivables financing, letter of credit fraud, and warehouse receipt fraud.

Maritime sector restructuring and insolvency.

More: Marine and international trade

Obtaining Court injunctions to restrain breaches of restrictive covenants, to prevent the misuse of confidential information, and to remove individuals from various premises on grounds of trespass and nuisance.

Acting for a private landowner in a redevelopment premium dispute with the Hong Kong Government.

Acting for a shareholder in an unfair prejudice petition in the Hong Kong Court involving parallel anti-suit proceedings in England and forum non conveniens applications in Hong Kong.

Acting for a global freight and logistics company defending and prosecuting Hong Kong Court actions arising out of a large fire that burnt down a freight consolidation warehouse in Hong Kong.

Advising private clients on high value claims, and resolving disputes for Family Offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mainland China, and the BVI.

Acting for a private landowners in a compulsory acquisition dispute with the Victorian Government concerning the rezoning of land.

Acting for banks in claims concerning allegations of misselling of investment products.

More: Commercial litigation

Prosecuting a US$90 million trade finance fraud in the Hong Kong Court.

Obtaining search and seizure orders in a case involving the alleged theft of intellectual property from a financial services business.

Acting in a US$20 million claim in the Hong Kong Court concerning fraudulent mortgages.

Advising in relation to warehouse receipt fraud and repurchase (repo) agreements for physical commodities in Mainland China.

Acting in trade finance litigation and English arbitrations involving bill of lading fraud, and misdelivery claims in scenarios of commodity trader insolvency.

Acting in a US$25 million claim in the Victorian Supreme Court for conspiracy and breach of directors duties.

Obtaining a prohibition order to prevent an individual in contempt of court from leaving Hong Kong.

Obtaining and defending Mareva injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal relief, proprietary injunctions and asset tracing remedies in aid of both Hong Kong litigation and international arbitration.

Cross border enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards.

Providing independent expert testimony on questions of Hong Kong law in foreign litigation and international arbitration.

Assisting victims of cyber fraud and other scams to recovery monies paid into Hong Kong bank accounts. 

More: Fraud and asset recovery

Acting for a creditor owed US$60 million in a Hong Kong insolvency in a successful application to remove the company's liquidators.

Acting for creditors and stakeholders in corporate insolvency and personal bankruptcy in Hong Kong and Australia.

Enforcement advice in relation to distressed ship financing, repossession of ships under sale and lease back structures, and the judicial sale of multiple ships in the Hong Kong Courts on behalf of mortgagee lenders.

More: Restructuring and insolvency

Acting as Counsel in HKIAC, SIAC, LCIA, SCMA, LMAA, and ad hoc international arbitration.

Enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards in Hong Kong.

Obtaining interim relief in aid of arbitration from the Hong Kong Courts.

Acting in Hong Kong litigation concerning arbitration agreements and jurisdiction clauses.

Arbitrator appoints for institutional arbitration in the Asia Pacific Region.

Acting as an independent expert on Hong Kong law in foreign arbitrations.

Awards

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Dispute Resolution: Litigation: foreign firms

Dispute Resolution: Litigation: foreign firms

Leading Admiralty, Maritime & Shipping Lawyers – Hong Kong, 2022 (Leading)

Leading Admiralty, Maritime & Shipping Lawyers – Hong Kong, 2022 (Leading)

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