Denis Chang’s Chambers houses an experienced team of seasoned practitioners, and enjoys a reputation as one of the premier sets in the competition space. Carter Chim is a ‘leading specialist in Hong Kong competition law’ and is frequently instructed on complex and high-value cases - he is instructed to appear for the respondents in Competition Commission v TH Lee Book Company Limited & Ors, an alleged price-fixing and market sharing case, which considers whether a standing anti-poaching agreement amounts to serious anti-competitive conduct. Tim Parker is acting in the ongoing case Competition Commission v Linde HKO Limited & Ors, the first case brought under the second conduct rule in section 21 of the Competition Ordinance, which prohibits the abuse of substantial market power.
Competition in Hong Kong Bar
Des Voeux Chambers maintains a strong presence in the practice area of competition law. Catrina Lam is notable in the space, leading a successful defence against the complex and unusual allegation of cartel conduct employed as a defence to a contractual claim in Taching Petroleum Co Ltd v Meyer Aluminium Ltd. Connie Lee is similarly busy in the area as she sees involvement in a ‘number of ground-breaking competition cases’ and has been praised as ‘an effective and extremely persuasive advocate’.
‘Des Voeux Chambers is a leading set which offers expertise in the niche area of competition law.’
‘Quite a number of barristers from Des Voeux Chambers are involved in landmark cases in the developing area of Hong Kong competition law.’
Temple Chambers excels in competition matters. At the top end, Abraham Chan SC is currently leading on behalf of the defendants in the anti-competitive conduct case Competition Commission v Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Limited, Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Limited & Ors., which concerns an application made by the commission which alleges anti-competitive conduct within the travel and hotel industries in Hong Kong. Eva Sit SC is described as ‘the market leader’ and received praise for her ‘forensically perceptive insight’. She regularly lends her considerable expertise across a broad range of competition matters.