Harry Hirst

Consultant, Master Mariner 

Tel: +65 6305 9080

Harry is Foreign Law Consultant and Master Mariner.

Harry went away to sea after leaving school in 1975 and qualified as a Master Mariner in 1988. A graduate in both Nautical Studies and Law, he qualified as a solicitor in England in 1992 and has spent his entire legal career specialising in Admiralty law.

He moved to Asia in 1992 and now has over twenty five years’ experience in the region, advising ship owners and their insurers on their maritime casualties. As a qualified Master Mariner, he speaks and understands the language of mariners and those involved in the shipping industry, and has a holistic understanding of maritime operations and marine investigations.

Harry specialises in all aspects of Admiralty law including collision; salvage, total loss and wreck removal; pollution; fire and explosion; cargo shift, loss and damage; and general average. He has been involved in several of the most serious maritime incidents in Asia.

Lauded as “One of the very few real specialists in Admiralty work”

Highlight matters include:

  • ALNIC MC collision with the US John S. McCain, off Singapore.
  • Emerald Star, bulk carrier total loss off the Philippines;
  • The Hebei Spirit in Korea, described as one of South Korea’s worst oil spills ever.
  • Ocean Victory, one of the largest unsafe port claims of recent times.
  • The Neftegaz 67 /Yao Hai, a major collision in Hong Kong waters involving complex issues of causation and multiple crew fatalities.
  • The Trans Summer, the sinking of a cargo ship in typhoon hit waters off Hong Kong.
  • Pasha Bulker, a high-profile grounding off New South Wales, Australia.

Education (University):

University of London
Sir John Moore University, Liverpool

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Law Society of England and Wales
Fellow of the Nautical Institute


Chambers Asia – Singapore – Shipping International (Litigation): Band 1 recognition for 2017-2020