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About us

Brenda Chark & Co has an outstanding reputation for its extensive knowledge in the technical, practical and legal aspects of maritime and shipping practice. The Founder Brenda Chark leads a team who are committed to excellence and prepared to work round the clock to achieve clients commercial objectives, with an eye for legal strategies.

Brenda has regularly advised international insurance companies on regulatory matters and has successfully assisted overseas clients with obtaining authorisation to provide compulsory insurance cover in Hong Kong.

Brenda has also substantial experience in handing both litigation and arbitration in Hong Kong and England. Brenda also monitors proceedings overseas, notably in the US, Singapore and South Africa. She works closely with lawyers around the world, for instance, to ascertain the risk of threatened arrest of vessels and secure the release of clients vessels.

Although lawyers in Hong Kong are divided into barristers and solicitors, Brenda regularly handles legal  and arbitral hearings and has successfully pursued or defended legal and arbitral proceedings. We also work closely with overseas lawyers to protect and advance our clients interests.

Below are some of the legal actions handled by Brenda:

  • MV DL Carnation High Court Action 2019-obtaining a worldwide Mareva injunction against the Charterers.
  • MT Lighthouse Winmore 2019-securing the delisting from the United Nations of the tanker impounded pursuant to Resolutions 2397.
  • MV Jin Long 358 High Court Action2019-successfully defending the registered owners in a claim for damages arising from fatal injuries sustained in mid-stream operations with legal costs against the Plaintiff.
  • MV Maersk Gateshead 2019-representing the Owners and the Master following oil spillage.
  • MT Aulac Fortune 2019-representing the successful salvors which stablised the tanker after she caught fire, followed by a series explosions, and towed her to the agreed destination for repair.
  • HKSAR v KMTC (HK) Co. Ltd 2018-successfully defending a charge for violating the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance.
  • MV Ocean Crown High Court Action 2018-successfully representing a widow and the dependants in the recovery of damages for fatal injuries.
  • MV Belawan High Court Action 2018-successfully obtaining an order in interpleader proceedings in 5 weeks for delivery of cargo with legal costs in favour of the carrier.
  • Chen Mei Chi v Maersk Hong Kong Ltd High Court Action 2017-successfully pressing the Plaintiff to discontinue a claim for the alleged cyber crime with costs in favour of the Defendant clients.
  • Oceantrade Owners Ltd v Sinoriches Enterprise Co Ltd High Court Action 2017-successfully obtaining a Mareva Injunction in aid of oversea arbitration.
  • Yes Logistics v Avere Trust Co. Ltd High Court Action 2017-successfully obtaining an order to trace funds invested similar to a Ponzi scheme and attaching funds held by the Treasury of the HK Government in satisfaction of the judgment.
  • Jianghai Shipping Group Ltd High Court Action 2016- successfully obtaining an order to appoint Provisional Liquidators and enforced London arbitral awards
  • Newocean Petroleum Company Ltd v RCL High Court Action 2016– successfully setting aside a writ served outside of jurisdiction in respect of the cause of action in contract.
  • Geert Descheemaeker v SAM Shipping Group Ltd High Court Actions 2014 & 2015- successfully acting for the former CEO to recover terminal payment and opposing the employer’s application for an injunction to restrain the winding up proceedings with legal costs in favour of the employee.
  • Safmarine v Geo Far East Limited – High Court Action 2015-successfully recovering the cargo container rentals and storage charges from the shipper for the delay in returning containers plus legal costs.
  • MV Hanjin Montevideo –High Court PI Action 2014- successfully defending the legal proceedings with costs against the legally-aided Plaintiff on the indemnity basis.
  • MV Princess Rowena –High Court Appeal 2014- successfully pursuing a claim under a hull policy for main engine breakdown with costs ordered against the underwriters.
  • MV Jin Hui 588– High Court Action 2014, successfully opposing the application  by the cargo interests  for further security that resulted in the discontinuance of the claim against the shipowners.
  • MV Rainbow District Court Action 2012 – successfully defending a claim by a Lloyds syndicate in respect of a policy with legal costs.
  • New Taste Restaurant High Court Action 2010- successfully resisting the landlord’s application for repossession of the commercial premises.
  • MV Sky Lucky High Court Action 2008 – successfully recovering the sale price from the sub-buyer.
  • MV MOL Ingenuity High Court Action 2008 –successfully obtaining an order that the action by the cargo interests be discontinued with costs in favour of the shipowners.