Commercial disputes in Hong Kong Bar
Chambers of Benjamin Yu SC
Chambers of Benjamin Yu SC is the home of Benjamin Yu SC, who is according to many 'the star' of the Hong Kong Bar who remains 'the number one counsel in town'. His practice includes heavyweight commercial disputes, financial services regulation, and property matters, as well as representing the Hong Kong SAR government in prominent public law proceedings.
Denis Chang’s Chambers
Denis Chang’s Chambers is 'a very well-known set in Hong Kong comprising many outstanding barristers'. It is 'renowned for its public law practice', which in addition to more social matters covers significant commercial judicial reviews. In one example of this, Earl Deng represents the owner of a self-storage company in a judicial review of a fire hazard abatement notice issued that demanded structural changes to the building. Denis Chang SC's practice includes a range of commercial litigation, and also property law matters such as a land compensation case brought by Treasure Base Development, a dispute turning around the distinction between constructing structures and the burial of urns. The set features members equally adept at mainstream commercial disputes, with Richard Yip and Tara Liao instructed by the plaintiffs in WHC Limited v Hong Kong Wine Chamber of Commerce, a dispute about the governance of the city's wine trade body.
Des Voeux Chambers is 'a leading set of chambers in Hong Kong housing legal practitioners who are experienced in a wide range of law, such as civil and commercial litigation, company law and insolvency, arbitration, and public law'. 2019 Silk Jenkin Suen SC represented the plaintiffs in Eminent Investments v DIO Corporation, a case given leave to appeal to the Court of Final Appeal concerning the interpretation of "tail gunner clauses" in contracts with financial advisers to corporate transactions that make full fees payable if the transaction is aborted. In the Court of First Instance, Frances Lok, who is particularly active in cases with interfaces with the Mainland and covering questions of corporate governance, represented a judgment creditor in defeating an attempt to set aside the registration of a Beijing judgment for enforcement in Hong Kong. Unled, John Hui represented a party to litigation concerning a proposed rights issue by Ping An Securities. John Litton QC, who specialises in property and planning matters is also a full member of English set Landmark Chambers, and José-Antonio Maurellet SC became an associate member of elite London set 3 Verulam Buildings in November 2020. Ellen Pang is notable for being admitted to the Mainland as well.
Jason Pow SC’s Chambers
Parkside Chambers is 'a set with a great mixed practice, and a seniority structure that is healthy - not too senior or junior-heavy'. Bernard Mak's financial regulatory practice includes representing the appellant in Miu Hon Kit v Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, a judicial review of the latter's decision to censure a company's non-executive directors, while Vincent Lung represents the defendant in Da Shing Group v Rich Promise, a dispute over if a deposit of an aborted share purchase is refundable. Among the set's silks, Nigel Kat SC is active in a range of work spanning property, public law, and planning - he is also a door tenant of Francis Taylor Building, a set respected for such issues in London, and Mark Strachan SC is a former head of chambers at 3 Hare Court.
2003, 20/F, WILSON HOUSE
π Chambers is the vehicle of Neville Sarony SC and Angel Lau, often instructed together, whose diverse practice's highlight in this practice area are professional and medical negligence cases. The pair are instructed to represent the directors of a local jewellery company subjected to contempt of court proceedings brought by Cartier in a passing-off action. Sarony SC is also a door tenant at English set Six Pump Court.
Prince's Chambers is a set which 'covers a broad range of general commercial civil work including in particular company matters, fraud, and arbitration'. A notable feature is that 'as many were previously solicitors, the barristers are understanding of the day-to-day challenges of instructing solicitors and the commercial interests of lay clients'. Jeremy Bartlett SC (who, before coming to the Bar, headed the Asian arbitration practice at Coudert Brothers) is active in court litigation as well as being an active HKIAC arbitrator; Phillip Rompotis is active as counsel in energy-related disputes and Sebastian Hughes is another popular arbitrator. In the courts, Edward Alder represented the defendant in China Medical Technologies v Tsang, a claim concerning alleged asset stripping by sham and under-value transactions.
Sir Oswald Cheung's Chambers
Sir Oswald Cheung's Chambers is 'a set with great strength in depth'. On top of a strong SFC regulator practice, in Remedy Asia v Tong, Norman Nip represented a litigation funder acting in the shoes of liquidators of a company, with at issue the extent directors are required to take in to account the interests of credits as a company nears insolvency and a pre-trial dispute as to the permissibility of telephone hearings, while Thomas Lee in addition to his construction practice is particularly active in matters involving asset tracing, such as representing the liquidators of Sino Forest. Edward Chan SC is a respected name among the set's silks.
For many 'the pre-eminent set in Hong Kong for commercial disputes', Temple Chambers includes practitioners covering the gamut of commercial work, spanning all forms of company and insolvency litigation, international arbitration (as arbitrator and counsel), professional negligence cases, and civil fraud claims. Alexander Stock SC and Val Chow represented the appellant in Court of Appeal case Topping Chance Development v CCIF CPA, a case on reflective loss with a judgment handed down a month prior to the UK Supreme Court delivered its judgment in Sevilleja v Marex Financial exploring the same doctrine. Abraham Chan SC's practice includes digital and technology-related cases as well as matters with strong public law elements, while in addition to a financial services regulation specialism Laurence Li SC and Byron Chiu represented Alexander Tugushev in a Hong Kong satellite of his London litigation around a shareholding in Russian fishing company Norebo. Victor Joffe QC, formerly of Serle Court in London, in addition to court cases in Hong Kong courts continues an offshore practice, representing the respondent of BVI Privy Council appeal Byers v Chen on instructions from Harneys in Hong Kong. Charles Hollander QC is also a dual member of Brick Court Chambers - he represented the claimants in China Medical Corp v Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, a professional negligence claim against the law firm featuring jurisdictional issues - and Charles Manzoni SC (dual silk in England) is also a full member of 39 Essex Chambers.