Temple Chambers enjoys a reputation for being ‘the leading chambers in respect of commercial litigation work‘ with ‘a very deep bench‘ – ‘the go-to set in the market‘. Bernard Man SC and Anthony Chan are acting for Giant Harvest in a dispute arising from Orange Sky Golden Harvest’s HK$3.3bn sale of its Mainland cinema business to the Nan Hai Group. Rimsky Yuen SC and Jonathan Chang SC are defending in Remedy Asia Ltd v Patrick Tong Hing Chi & Ors, a commercial claim against alleged shadow directors of a subsidiary company in liquidation. Abraham Chan SC is sought after for his expertise in handling commercial disputes which frequently overlap with public law issues. The senior end of chambers was recently bolstered with the elevation of Law Man-Chung SC to silk in May 2021; the set is also home to Charles Hollander QC, who shares dual tenancy with London set Brick Court Chambers, and Charles Manzoni SC (a dual silk in England), who remains a full member of 39 Essex Chambers.
Commercial disputes in Hong Kong Bar
‘A leading set of chambers with impressive and distinguished counsel.’
‘Great bench strength.’
‘A reliable set.’
‘Very strong in civil and commercial litigation at both senior and junior levels.’
Des Voeux Chambers ‘has good strength in depth‘ and ‘a fantastic stable of talent‘, with a team of ‘high-calibre barristers‘ noted for their expertise across a range of commercial litigation. Jenkin Suen SC ‘has an excellent knowledge of the law and is also outstanding with litigation tactics. He always provides thorough and well-considered advice.’ Turning to the juniors, Gary Lam is acting in a ongoing shareholder dispute case, while Catrina Lam (leading Cherry Xu) appeared for the plaintiff in Better Marine International Limited v Zhong Shan Company Limited, an appeal concerning a dispute about a claim for commission arising from a ship building contract. At the senior end of chambers, José-Antonio Maurellet SC remains an associate member of London set 3 Verulam Buildings, and property expert John Litton QC remains a full member of English set Landmark Chambers.
‘Des Voeux Chambers is one of the leading sets in Hong Kong, especially for companies, commercial litigation and arbitration matters.’
‘A strong set, with quality barristers.’
‘Wide choice of counsel of different seniority and expertise.’
Prince's Chambers is home to a team which is well versed in handling a range of commercial litigation, often including shareholder disputes and contentious insolvency matters. Arbitration is another core pillar of strength of the practice: Jeremy Bartlett SC has established experience in handing HKIAC arbitrations. At the junior end, Phillip Rompotis is appearing as lead counsel in litigation against the former directors of a company based in China, concerning allegations of theft of business from and subsequent irreparable damage to the company's Hong Kong-based entity. In another matter, Sebastian Hughes successfully represented the defendant in Bank of India v Gimajasa & Ors, a dispute concerning a revocation of a bank guarantee by the guarantor. Shipping cases, financial services disputes and asset-freezing matters are prominent in Edward Alder's workload.
Sir Oswald Cheung's Chambers
At storied set Sir Oswald Cheung’s Chambers, Edward Chan SC is a notable senior practitioner. The set handles a broad range of work, but matters with property cross-over are an area of particular note.
‘Very professional and helpful.’
‘Very capable and diligent counsel.’