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.

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
  • Accredited Mediator of CEDR
  • Member of the Hong Kong Law Society’s Panel of Accredited General Mediators
  • Panel of the HKMAAL List of Accredited General Mediators
  • Ex-Chairman of the Selection Committee of the ICC Hong Kong, Arbitration and ADR
  • Panel Arbitrator of HKIAC
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Immediate Past Chairman of the ICC Hong Kong, Arbitration and ADR Committee
  • Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors
  • Panel arbitrator of the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (also known as Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration)
  • Member of The Small and Medium Law Firms Association of Hong Kong
  • Mediator of The Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association 
  • Arbitration and ADR course speaker for Peking University 
  • Part-time lecturer for the Chinese University
  • Arbitration and Mediation course lecturer for the China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation and Shanghai University of Political Science and Law
  • Adjunct Professor of the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law
  • Part time lecturer on Arbitration and ADR for Peking University
  • Part time lecturer on Arbitration and ADR for East China University of Political Science and Law
  • Mediator of the Mainland – Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center
  • Member of the Hong Kong Government Advisory Committee on the Promotion of Arbitration
  • Member of the Hong Kong Steering ‎Committee on Mediation
  • Council member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Counsel and arbitrator in administered arbitration proceedings including the ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SCIA, SIAC, THAC, LMAA, GAFTA/FOSFA 
  • Member of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association
  • Member of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association
  • Panel Arbitrator of the Hong Kong Maritime Arbitrators Group
  • Member of Hong Kong Logistics Management Staff Association
  • International Accredited Professional Mediator of International Dispute Resolution & Risk Management Institute
  • Macau International Accredited Mediator of Macao Mediation Association and Macao Mediation Centre