Colin Wright
Office Contact No.: 2866 8233
Fax: 2866 7858
Admission:
England and Wales (1987)
New South Wales, Australia (1987)
Hong Kong (1999)

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Shipping & Maritime Law
Sale of Goods & Commodities
Insurance & Re-insurance
Insolvency
Banking & Finance

Colin Wright is a practising barrister who acts as adviser and advocate in disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals. He has particular experience in cases involving the carriage of goods and international trade. His clients include leading shipping companies, P&I Clubs, insurers and financial institutions. He has appeared as an advocate at all levels of the Hong Kong civil courts and in numerous confidential commercial arbitrations. He has extensive experience in applications for interlocutory injunctions and other pre-emptive remedies.
Before commencing in practice as a barrister, Colin Wright worked with two leading firms of maritime solicitors where he acquired extensive experience of handling cases relating to the carriage of goods by sea.
He has served as an elected member of the Hong Kong Bar Council, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association and the Hong Kong Admiralty Court Users’ Committee. He has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 1998. He is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association.

Cases of Interest

  • Corbiere Ltd v Ke Xu – Acting for the employer plaintiff in application for Anton Piller order and injunctive relief to require a former employer to deliver up computers and other equipment containing confidential information relating to extremely valuable algorithmic investment strategies.
  • McLarens Hong Kong Ltd v Poon Chi Fai Corey and Others – Acting on behalf of employer in action to restrain the misuse of confidential information by former employees
  • Aeroturbine Inc. v Orient Thai Airlines Co. Ltd - Acting for an aircraft engine leasing company in proceedings to recover aircraft engines leased to a commercial airline
  • Airport Authority of Hong Kong and Others v VEBL 767-300 Ltd – Acting for an aircraft mortgagee in proceedings for the recovery of aircraft engines on an aircraft seized by the Airport Authority of Hong Kong
  • Bright Shipping Ltd v Changhong Group (HK) Ltd – Collision action involving total loss of a gas carrier
  • China Taiping Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Dongzhan Shipping (Singapore) Pte Ltd – General average dispute
  • Chimbusco Pan Nation Petro-Chemical Co Ltd v Arkstar Ship Management Pte Ltd – Claim for breakdown of a vessel following contamination of fuel oil
  • M.T. “KY VENUS” - Acting for the Chief Bailiff (Operations) on urgent application to permit the discharge outside the jurisdiction of a cargo on board a vessel under arrest
  • McConaghy Boats Ltd v Thoroughbred Yachts Inc. – Yacht building dispute
  • Lau Wing Yan and Others v The Owners of the Ships “BBG Hope” and “BBG Glory” – Dispute over the ownership of a fleet of vessels
  • Newocean Petroleum Company Limited v Rio Tinto Shipping (Asia) Pte Ltd – Jurisdiction dispute
  • Hui King Kwan v The Hong Kong Electric Co. Ltd - Acting on behalf of the owners of the vessel LAMMA IV in the civil proceedings arising from the fatal collision between the LAMMA IV and the ferry SEA SMOOTH
  • M.V. “MOL COMFORT” -Acting for the defendants in proceedings involving the total loss of a vessel
  • Eleni Maritime Ltd v Heung-A Shipping Co Ltd - Acting for the owners of a ship in Admiralty proceedings arising out of a collision at sea resulting in the total loss of the other vessel involved in the collision
  • Tam Man Tat v The Owners and/or Demise Charterers of M.V. “Delta 2” - Acting for the plaintiffs in proceedings involving an in rem claim against a vessel
  • Golden Galaxie Martime Pte Ltd v General Bulk Chartering Ltd – Acting for the plaintiffs in proceedings for an order for the sale of a cargo on board a vessel at sea
  • FBMC Bank v The Owners of the Ship of Vessel “SAKHALIN” – Claim against vessel in respect of salvage services provided to Vessel – Determination of priorities
  • Chimbusco v The Owners and/or Demise Charterers of M.V. “Decurion” - Acting for the plaintiffs in proceedings before the High Court and the Court of Appeal involving an Admiralty action in rem against a vessel
  • VM Marine International Ltd v The Owners of the ship or vessel “Almojil 61”- Acting for the plaintiffs on applications for appraisement and sale, in rem judgment, determination of priorities and payment out of the proceeds of sale
  • Utaniko (Hong Kong) Ltd v Mistui OSK Lines Ltd - Acting for the plaintiffs in action for breach of a contract for the carriage of goods by sea
  • Centel Shipping Co. Ltd v The Owners of M.V. “King Coal” - Application to set aside the arrest of a vessel and strike out in rem action
  • Maintek Computer (Suzhou) Co. Ltd v Blue Anchor Line - Application for judgment in an action relating to a contract for the carriage of goods
  • The Owners of M.V. “CSAV Petorca” v The Owners of M.V. “CCNI Rimac” - Application to constitute a limitation fund in an Admiralty action in rem
  • Sinkor Merchant Marine Co. Ltd v The Owners of M.V. “Marcatania” - Acting for the defendant shipowners in a claim for breach of bailment
  • National Agricultural Cooperative Federation v The Owners of M.V. “Samho Garnet” - Application for judgment in an Admiralty action in rem
  • Sungleam Maritime Ltd v The Owners of M.V. “He Da 98” – Action arising from the collision of two vessels at sea
  • Hua Tyan Development Ltd v Zurich Insurance Co Ltd – Claim under policy of marine insurance
  • The New China Hong Kong Group Ltd v Century City International Holdings Ltd and Others – Acting on behalf of the liquidators in one of Hong Kong’s largest insolvencies
  • Mau Wing Industrial Limited v Ensign Freight Pte Limited and Others - Claim against a carrier for misdelivery of goods without production of the original bills of lading
  • The New China Hong Kong Group Ltd v Ernst & Young (a firm) - Claim for damages against the auditors of an insolvent group of companies
  • Intraline Resources Ltd v The Owners of the Ship or Vessel “Hua Tian Long” – Appeal to the Hong Kong Court of Appeal - Arrest of vessel – Application for release of vessel and determination of security
  • Dragon Point Holdings Ltd v Heath Lambert (Hong Kong) Ltd – Claim against insurance brokers arising from total loss of vessel
  • Akai Holdings Limited & Others v Ho Wing On – Claim for an amount exceeding US$500 million for alleged breaches of duty arising from one of Hong Kong’s largest corporate collapses 
  • Hill Cosmos International Ltd v Ocean Fishery Holding NV - Claim for restitution of the sum of over €3.8 million arising from a proposed joint venture for exploitation of fishing licences
  • Landsbanki v Ocean Airlines SPA – Application for an interlocutory injunction to restrain the removal of a Boeing 747 aircraft from Hong Kong
  • Miruvor Ltd v Panama-Globe Steamer Lines SA – Claim under a contract of carriage
  • Kam Hing Trading v The People’s Insurance Company of China (Hong Kong) Limited – Claim under a policy of marine insurance arising from total loss of a vessel at sea
  • Tradepower (Holdings) Ltd v Tradepower Ltd - Appeal to the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal – claim for transfer of property with an alleged intention to defraud creditors
  • Carewins v Bright Fortune Ltd - Appeal to the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal - claim for misdelivery of goods
  • World Fuel Services v Florens - Appeal to the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal - claim for payment of costs by a funder of litigation
  • The “Convenience Container” – Appeal to the Hong Kong Court of Appeal - Acting for the plaintiffs in applications to set aside in rem actions
  • Financial Secretary v Felix Wong - Appeal to the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal - proceedings to set aside a decision of the Insider Dealing Tribunal
  • Bank of China v Fung - Appeal to the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal - proceedings relating to the enforcement of a transaction allegedly procured by undue influence
  • Goldlion Properties Ltd v Regent National Enterprises Ltd – Appeal to the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal – claim for specific performance of a contract for the sale of the Kimberley Hotel, Hong Kong