Expertise

Ronald Sum concentrates his practice in all areas of dispute resolution, specializing in China related matters, cross border disputes, complex commercial disputes, regulatory bodies investigations, transportation, international trade, insurance and reinsurance, product liability and product recall, including arbitration, litigation, mediation and investigations.

Ronald is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales and Australia. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the immediate past chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce:  Arbitration and ADR Sub-Committee. He is also the council member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He is on the panel of arbitrators of various institutions and has acted both as counsel and arbitrator in administered arbitration proceedings including the ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SCIA, SIAC, THAC, LMAA, GAFTA/FOSFA etc. Ronald has conducted arbitration in Hong Kong, China, London, United States, Australia and Singapore. Ronald is also an accredited mediator of HKMAAL, CIETAC and the Law Society of Hong Kong. Ronald has recently be appointed as an Investor State Mediator under the Mainland and Hong ‎Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). Ronald is on the Hong Kong ‎Government Advisory Committee on the Promotion of Arbitration and the Hong Kong Steering ‎Committee on Mediation.  ‎

Ronald’s experience on dispute resolution includes complex commercial litigation, export credit insurance and letters of credit disputes, shareholders and minority shareholders disputes, charterparty disputes, defending and pursuing cargo claims, acting for and against logistics companies and liability insurers in various types of claims regarding policy liability, representing shipowners and P&I Clubs in collision cases and representing banks and trading companies and shipowners on various forms of trading disputes, defamation involving cross border jurisdictions.

Publications
  • Chapter 2: "Sale and Purchase of Ships and Ship Building" and Chapter 12: "General Average and the York-Antwerp Rules" of Maritime Law and Practice in Hong Kong, 2nd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell
  • A Modified Med-Arb: A proposal to reduce the risk of mis-using confidential information obtained in mediation, The Hong Kong Mediation Council, The Rapport, May 2020
Year Qualified
  • 1993 - Australia
  • 1994 - Hong Kong
  • 1995 - England and Wales
Languages
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
Education
  • University of New South Wales Australia – Bachelor of Commerce (accounting & finance) 
  • University of Sydney – Bachelor of Law 
  • University of New South Wales Australia – Master of Law 
  • Southampton University UK – Diploma of Maritime Studies
Professional Memberships
  • The Law Society of Hong Kong, Member
  • Hong Kong Steering ‎Committee on Mediation, Member
  • International Dispute Resolution & Risk Management Institute, International Accredited Professional Mediator
  • Macao Mediation Association and Macao Mediation Centre, Macau International Accredited Mediator
  • The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), Mediator
  • The Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association, Mediator
  • The Law Society of Hong Kong’s Panel of Accredited General Mediators, Member
  • The Mainland – Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center, Mediator
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow 
  • eBRAM Centre, Director
  • Hong Kong Government Advisory Committee on the Promotion of Arbitration, Member
  • Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Council member
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Panel Arbitrator
  • Hong Kong Maritime Arbitrators Group, Panel Arbitrator
  • ICC Hong Kong, Arbitration and ADR Committee, Immediate Past Chairman
  • ICC Hong Kong, Arbitration and ADR, Ex-Chairman of Selection Committee
  • Langfang Arbitration Commission, Panel Arbitrator
  • South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (also known as Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration), Panel Arbitrator
  • Thailand Arbitration Center, Panel Arbitrator
  • Xiamen International Financial Arbitration Center, Member of the Advisory Committee 
  • Counsel and arbitrator in administered arbitration proceedings including the ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SCIA, SIAC, THAC, LMAA, GAFTA/FOSFA Panel of The Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL) List of Accredited General Mediators
  • Hong Kong Institute of Directors, Member
  • Hong Kong Logistics Management Staff Association, Member
  • Hong Kong Maritime Law Association, Member
  • Hong Kong Shipowners Association, Member 
  • Public Education and Publicity Sub-committee, Member and Chairman
  • The Small and Medium Law Firms Association of Hong Kong, Member
  • Council for the Promotion of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area) Corporation, Vice Chairman
  • China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation and Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, Lecturer for Arbitration and Mediation courses
  • East China University of Political Science and Law, Part-time Lecturer for Arbitration and ADR courses
  • Peking University, Speaker and Part-time Lecturer for Arbitration and ADR course 
  • Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, Adjunct Professor
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Part-time Lecturer