Reed Smith hires Hong Kong shipping partner from Stephenson Harwood

Reed Smith’s Hong Kong office has appointed Stephenson Harwood partner Jason Toms and associate Joyce Cheung to its global shipping group.

Toms is a litigation partner with a focus on wet and dry shipping matters. He moved to Hong Kong from London in 1997 with legacy Sinclair Roche & Temperley. He joined Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office in 2002 following the merger between the two firms and became a partner at the firm in 2008.

He has acted on a number of high-profile Hong Kong shipping and litigation cases, in particular the collision and total loss of the Neftegaz 67, which was until recently Hong Kong’s worst maritime disaster in terms of loss of life.

In Reed Smith’s Hong Kong office, known as Reed Smith Richard Butler locally, Toms and Cheung will continue to focus on shipping litigation but will also support the firm’s ship finance practice in the region. They will join the firm in the coming months.

“In Hong Kong, our clients are continuing to seek wet and dry club shipping advice,” said Reed Smith’s head of shipping Nick Shaw in a statement. “Jason’s arrival will enhance our existing club and dry shipping work in Hong Kong and complement our wet work practice led by Ron Clark.”

The latest additions to Reed Smith’s Hong Kong office come after last year’s departure of four partners, including litigation partner Kevin Bowers, who set up new firm Howse Williams Bowars (9 January 2012).

The Hong Kong appointments also come a week after Reed Smith’s Singapore launch with the hire of two partners from Holman Fenwick Willan (9 October 2012).

Prior to Toms’ resignation, Stephenson Harwood relocated newly promoted London litigation partner Andrew Rigden Green to Hong Kong (30 April 2012).