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    • Patrick Daley - Berwin Leighton Paisner (HK) LLP
    • Mariel Dimsey - Hogan Lovells
    • Tim Hallworth - Pinsent Masons
    • Felicia Lee - Mayer Brown JSM
    • Richard Lyons - King & Wood Mallesons

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With ‘an excellent reputation in the construction industry’, the team at Clyde & Co LLP is led by Ian Cocking; he and newly promoted partner Dennis Wong have ‘solid experience’, and Gilbert Kwok is ‘meticulous in his work and able to identify important issues in complex cases’. Counsel Phyllis So is also recommended and acts for developers, contractors and specialist subcontractors in domestic disputes involving buildings, bridges, highways and tunnels. The team is advising the Hong Kong government on the HK$31.9bn development of Kai Tak Sports Park, and is also representing a developer in a dispute with an international contractor relating to Middle Eastern oil project. Other highlights include advising a subsidiary of a global healthcare company on its supply and construction contracts for new clinics in Guangzhou, China.

According to a client, King & Wood Mallesons has ‘one of the best, if not the best, construction practices in Hong Kong’, with ‘exceptional’ partners such as disputes specialists Paul Starr and Edmund Wan, newly promoted partner Donovan Ferguson, and head of projects Sam Farrands, who joined from Minter Ellison. The team is advising a joint venture between a PRC contractor based in Hong Kong and a Singaporean contractor on its tender for a major waste management facility with the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department. Counsel Richard Lyons is also recommended.

Mayer Brown JSM’s construction practice is led by Geoffrey Chan, who is supported by Menachem Hasofer, newly promoted partner Venna Cheng, Mei Ling Lew and senior associate Felicia Lee. The team has strengths in town planning and environmental issues, and handles major construction arbitrations for the government. Recent work highlights include assisting the Hong Kong Jockey Club with appointing an independent panel of inquiry to investigate the potential causes of the collapse of a heritage building in Central, Hong Kong, and advising on related potential proceedings against relevant parties. The team also acted for a resort chain in a dispute with a contractor regarding its new casino in Macau. Other clients include Swire Properties, Sun Hung Kai Properties, MTR, China State and Hong Kong Housing Society.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at Pinsent Masons is led by Dean Lewis and the ‘particularly good’ Vincent Connor, who ‘thinks outside the box and recommends creative solutions’. They are supported by Peter Clayton, Bernard Ang, Nicholas Turner and associate Tim Hallworth, who ‘performs very well’. The team has strengths in handling large-scale domestic and international arbitrations relating to major infrastructure projects in Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere. On the non-contentious side, the team assisted Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels with the proposed upgrade of the entire tramways system in Hong Kong, after the client’s franchise to operate the Peak Tram was extended for a further ten years.

Berwin Leighton Paisner (HK) LLP’s practice is led by Ilan Freiman, who has ‘excellent attention to detail’, and Glenn Haley, who is known for his ‘sound strategic advice’ and for providing clients with a ‘commercial solution’; he is ‘a real name’ in the Asia construction disputes arena. ‘Outstanding’ Senior associate Patrick Daley has ‘a very wise head on young shoulders’ and ‘combines hard work with good judgement’. The team acts for the government in large-scale infrastructure developments, including airports, rail projects, bridges, roads, tunnels, power generation projects and commercial structures.

A strong player in the market’, Hogan Lovells’ construction and engineering team is led by Timothy Hill, who has ‘good knowledge of the industry’. Other names to note include ‘precise, energetic lawyer’ James Kwan, who leads the arbitration practice, and Damon So. At senior associate level, Mariel Dimsey is a ‘smart young lawyer with excellent knowledge’, and ‘has quickly made her name known in the construction arbitration community’. The team’s recent highlights include acting for the Airport Authority Hong Kong in multiple judicial review applications relating to the proposed expansion of the airport into a three-runway system, and representing Metta Resources in the high-profile litigation relating to the construction of a Buddhist monastery in the hills outside Hong Kong.

At Minter Ellison, ‘excellent’ practice head Steven Yip and Malcolm Chin ‘understand client needs and adopt a pragmatic approach’. The firm is acting for contractor Shinryo in a High Court action against Hip Hing Construction regarding an agreement for the redevelopment of the MacPherson Indoor Stadium. It also handled some intellectual property-related cases, such as acting for China Harbour Engineering, the government’s main contractor for the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, in a dispute relating to infringement of alleged copyright works of design. It is also defending a joint venture (consisting of Chun Wo and China Railway Group) against copyright infringement claims relating to the design and construction of a major road bypass through the central business district on Hong Kong Island.

At DLA Piper, Harris Chan is the key contact; he ‘always provides professional advice and convincing recommendations’, and is supported by May Ng, who has expertise in construction disputes with an emphasis on building and civil engineering projects. The team is representing Thiess Mongolia in a consolidated action in the High Court against Hong Kong-listed company Mongolia Energy Corporation (MEC) and the wholly owned subsidiary of MEC to enforce a parent company guarantee for the default payment of progress claims for the client’s mining works in Mongolia. Other work includes acting for Great Harvest Group Development in disputes relating to two joint ventures with Hong Kong/Macau developer San Kin Yip Holdings; the joint ventures were for a mixed use development in Zhuhai, China. Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Stage Technologies Group, Hanison Construction Holdings and Shui On Building Contractors are also clients.

The ‘solid team’ at Deacons is best known for its experience handling large infrastructure projects. Kwok Kit Cheung leads the practice and has expertise advising major developers, contractors and subcontractors on construction projects and related disputes across Hong Kong, Macau and the PRC. His recent work includes defending a developer and architect in arbitration proceedings regarding a final payment, commenced by a contractor and relating to the renovation of a building and its subsequent conversion into a hotel. Joseph Chung recently acted for a Mongolian energy company in a dispute over the purchase of a mine in Mongolia from a Russian vendor. Clients include Chevalier Group and LCH Group.

HFW’s ‘strong’ team is led by Martin Downey and includes consultants Colin Dodd and Rosie Ng. Downey’s client base spans Asia, the Middle East and the US, Dodd specialises in construction and engineering-related arbitration, and Ng advises construction insurance clients. The team recently acted for a contractor in arbitration proceedings arising from an infrastructure project, which included issues of extensions of time, prolongation and disruption costs, variations and breach of contract. Nick Longley, who splits his time between Melbourne and Hong Kong, is also recommended.

The team at Baker McKenzie is led by Paul Teo, who joined from Hogan Lovells’ Singapore office, following the retirement of former practice head David Smith. Teo has vast experience of handling major infrastructure and construction projects across Asia, with a particular focus on energy (oil and gas, power and renewables), transport and infrastructure (onshore and offshore) projects. The team is advising Ocean Park on the construction of its new HK$2.3bn water park, and acting for a joint venture between SAIC and General Motors, on the construction of an industrial development zone and the establishment of a new automotive manufacturing plant in Indonesia. As well has handling non-contentious matters, the firm has a ‘first-class construction disputes practice’. Other clients include Marubeni, Atal Engineering, Alstom, Paul Y Engineering and Samsung C&T.

Camille Jojo and consultant Philip Nunn are the key contacts at Norton Rose Fulbright, which is well known for domestic and international construction disputes. Senior associates Kevin Hong and Anita Fong have expertise in acting for contractors, employers and consultants in cross-border construction disputes. The team is representing an Australian steel manufacturer in a dispute arising from a sub-subcontract between the client and an engineering company relating to a construction project in Sydney. Other highlights include representing a construction company in arbitration proceedings with a hotel group concerning an infrastructure project in Macau.

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