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. Colin practices from London and Hong Kong.

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 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.

Colin is a member of the Hong Kong Admiralty Court Users’ Committee. He has also served as an Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association.

Key cases & testimonials

Eleni Maritime Ltd v Hueng-A Shipping Co Ltd Instructed on behalf of the Plaintiff in the collision and limitation actions relating to the total loss of a vessel off Vietnam.

Motorola Solutions Credit Company LLC v Uzan and Others Appeared in enforcement proceedings in respect of a claim exceeding US$2billion.

Confidential Arbitration Appeared in a confidential arbitration involving a claim for the price of a cargo of Butadiene.

Golden Galaxie Maritime Pte Ltd v General Bulk Chartering Ltd Appeared in an application for an order permitting the sale of a cargo of Nickel Ore on board a vessel.

Libertarian Investments Ltd v Hall (Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal) Appeal relating to a claim for breach of fiduciary duty in an amount exceeding £18 million.

Colin has a number of strengths – a thorough understanding of the law in his chosen areas of practice; his awareness of the commercial context in which disputes arise and the ramifications for clients of different outcomes; his seniority as a junior, which engenders confidence – he is listened to and trusted in what he says; his responsiveness, whether he is located in Hong Kong or London. He spans shipping both wet and dry.Legal 500 2024
Quick to respond with clear, commercial advice. He enjoys a considerable reputation for dealing with the more cerebral shipping problems.Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018
A responsive source of sound, sensible advice. Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017
He is able to define the key issues without getting bogged down in extraneous matters. Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016
He has substantial experience in shipping law.Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016