Temple Chambers is revered in the field of commercial disputes, described as ‘undoubtedly the top set in Hong Kong’ and featuring ‘a wide bench of talents at all levels’. From the senior counsel, Alexander Stock SC is leading an ongoing high-value professional negligence claim in Asia-Pac Infrastructure Development Ltd v Shearman & Sterling. The case considers and applies the doctrines of maintenance and champerty in the context of assignment of causes of action. Abraham Chan SC is leading a high-value dispute over property development and joint-venture obligations. The set is bolstered by leading silk Charles Hollander KC who enjoys a reputation as a ‘hugely experienced practitioner’ and shares dual tenancy with London-based Brick Court Chambers. Turning to the set’s juniors, Queenie Lau is acting in the substantial audit negligence claim China Medical Technologies, Inc. (in liquidation) & Or v KPMG where the liquidators of China Medical Technologies have alleged severe negligence on the part of KPMG in their audit work - the Caymanian company collapsed in 2012, defaulting on US$426m of bond debt, allegedly as a result of fraud on the part of the company's CEO.
Commercial disputes in Hong Kong Bar
‘One of the go-to sets for commercial disputes.’
‘Their counsel produces excellent work.’
‘Strength at all levels.’
‘The counsel are very hard working and highly sought after. The leading counsel are probably the strongest in Hong Kong.’
‘The set is the strongest in Hong Kong.’
‘One of the most prominent civil chambers in Hong Kong. It has reliable and competent counsel at different levels of seniority.’
Des Voeux Chambers
Des Voeux Chambers is notable for being strong across the board, but have particular prestige in commercial disputes. Catrina Lam is regularly instructed in the area, and has undertaken several high-value and complex cases. Connie Lee was led by José-Antonio Maurellet SC in the high-value and challenging case Industrial Bank. Co. Ltd v. Richcrown International Industries Ltd & Ors. The matter pertained to a high-value claim by a Chinese national bank, and a related action to set aside the share charge over the controlling stake of a Hong Kong Listco; it involved complex legal issues regarding the legality of the securities. Elsewhere from the juniors, Benny Lo , as lead advocate, saw a successful application to dismiss a claim for legal fees in George Y C Mok & Co v New Land Properties Development Ltd & Anr on the grounds that the firm did not write down its fee terms.
‘A leading commercial set.’
‘They have a pool of very able junior counsel who can readily provide assistance in all sorts of cases.’
‘A top civil set in Hong Kong who dominate the market.’
Denis Chang’s Chambers
Denis Chang’s Chambers is home to numerous high-quality commercial practitioners. From the senior counsel, head-of-chambers Denis Chang SC continues to act for the company’s former director in the long-running against China Gas Ltd, in the consolidated action Xu Ying v China Gas Co. Ltd. & Others – the case involves issues regarding contractual duties and different economic torts. Representing the juniors, Jeffrey Tam acted on behalf of the applicant in Re Grand Cartel Securities Company Limited, a case concerning a securities broker which had ceased operations due to the pandemic; 113 clients failed to retrieve their securities and assets – the court found that the applicant had discharged its positive duty to contact clients about the return of their assets and allowed the applicants application to pay into the court the unclaimed client assets.
‘Members of Denis Chang’s Chambers have taken on many complex and high-profiled disputes of substantial value.’
‘The chambers now has a strong presence in areas of complicated commercial disputes. The barristers are generally very responsive and helpful.’
‘Denis Chang’s Chambers is well reputed.’
‘An established and traditional set.’
‘The chambers is one of the most reputable sets in Hong Kong.’
‘The set offers many competent counsels.’
At the senior end of Parkside Chambers, Mark Strachan SC is acting in the ongoing case Zhao Long (& ors) v Berpu Technology Co, Limited (& ors) which regards parallel proceedings in the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong over the ownership of high-value shares, raising questions of the enforcement of foreign judgments. Turning to the set’s juniors, Toby Brown acted for the petitioner in winding up proceedings in the case Re Up Energy Development Group Ltd, a case considered Hong Kong’s approach to winding up in concurrent jurisdictions.
‘A very good chambers.’
‘Great set of chambers with outstanding market leaders in their respective field, brimming with quality and expertise.’
‘The set has a few good individuals who will likely take silk in the near future.’
Prince's Chambers is a reputable and experienced set, possessing a range of barristers who receive regular instruction in commercial litigation. From the silks, Jeremy Bartlett SC maintains his notable commercial practice and is acting in the ongoing litigation concerning a large-scale development Re Yifung Developments Ltd as he represents the financier of the project. Representing the juniors, Sebastian Hughes worked on an application to enforce People’s Republic of China judgments against a guarantor of bank loans in China NPL Holdings PTE LTD v Mo Haidan & Ors - the matter involves a Mareva injunction against a guarantor.
Established in 2022 with primarily former members of Sir Oswald Cheung's Chambers, Rede Chambers is home to both considerable talent and a wealth of experience in commercial disputes. At the senior end, Ambrose Ho SC led Roger Phang in Chow Tai Fook Nominee Limited v Diamond City Limited, a dispute over loans from a Hong Kong company to a British Virgin Islands one, originally set up to purchase shares in SinoForest, which in 2011 collapsed after being described by Muddy Waters as ‘a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme‘. Horace Wong SC is leading an ongoing and complex case that evaluated the scope for making tortious claims against a foreign defendant in Fong Chak Kwan v Employees Compensation Assistance Fund Board and others. From the juniors, Clark Wang is working on Daimler AG v Herbert Heinz Horst Leiduck and Anor, which considers the international sale of goods and involves issues of fraud and Mareva injunctions.
‘Members of Rede Chambers have ample experience in the field of commercial disputes.’
‘A set of up-and-coming chambers.’
‘A good mix of more senior counsel as well as a number of up-and-coming juniors who have good experience.’
Sir Oswald Cheung's Chambers
Sir Oswald Cheung's Chambers enjoys status as ‘one of the most reputable sets of chambers in Hong Kong’. Edward Chan is regularly instructed in high-value and high-profile disputes. The juniors are active also, with Albert Chan being praised for his ability to ‘compose strong and powerful legal submissions’ .
‘A set with a long and prestigious history.’
‘Well-established reputation both as a group and in terms of individual counsel.’
‘Considerable strength in trial advocacy and handling complex civil matters.’