Kohji Hayakawa

Kohji Hayakawa


Kohji Hayakawa is a senior associate who mainly handles cross-border dispute resolution including litigation and arbitration. He can advise on maritime law and law of the sea based on his experience of studying and working in the UK and Germany. He is dual-qualified in Japan and the UK.

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Hayakawa Kohji

Practice Areas

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Practice Groups

  • Dispute Resolution Group
  • Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Group
  • Financial Services & Transactions Group


Mar 2011 The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)
Mar 2013 The University of Tokyo School of Law (J.D.)
Nov 2013 - Dec 2014 The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
Dec 2014 - Dec 2015 Associated with MAX Law Office
Jul - Aug 2015 Trained at Stephenson Harwood LLP
Mar 2017 Completed navigational course at Marine Technical College
Jun 2018 - Jun 2019 Worked for the legal department of one of the largest trading companies in Japan
Aug - Sep 2019 Completed 46th Maritime Law Short Course at University of Southampton
Oct 2020 Queen Mary University of London (LL.M. in International Shipping Law, Distinction)
Sep - Dec 2020 Worked for Reed Smith LLP, London
Feb - Apr 2021 Legal Intern at International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), Hamburg
Oct 2022 Registered as a solicitor in England and Wales


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Dec 2023
Aug 2022
Apr 2017


Professional Admissions

  • Attorney-at-Law, Japan (2014)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales(2022)
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators(2023)
  • Japan Maritime Counselor (2015)
  • Marine Procedure Commission Agent (2019)
  • License of Boat's Operator

Professional and Academic Associations

  • Tokyo Bar Association
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Japan Association of Arbitrators (Deputy Secretary General of the General Affairs and Finance Committee)
  • The Maritime Law Association of Japan


  • Japanese (first language)
  • English