Rising Stars

Construction in Hong Kong

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

The ‘knowledgeable and commercial’ team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advises a varied mix of stakeholders, including developers, investors, public authorities and contractors, on all issues throughout the life-cycle of large infrastructure and property development projects in the region. Ilan Freiman has deep strategic and commercial expertise developed over many years’ experience handling transactional work for public and private sector entities, including on the procurement of master planned urban development and integrated infrastructure projects, multi-use sporting and entertainment venues in Asia. The ‘exceptionally good’ Glenn Haley co-heads the team alongside Freiman and takes the lead on contentious matters, providing ‘first-class legal advice’ to clients on both litigation and arbitration. Drawing upon his skills developed in private practice as well as a qualified civil engineer, counsel Mike Docherty is also a valuable member of the team, particularly in the context of arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Haley; Ilan Freiman

Other key lawyers:

Mike Docherty


The team is very experienced in the field of construction and engineering law and includes qualified engineers which is obviously a distinct advantage.’

They provide hands-on advice, and practical solutions to meet the clients’ real needs.’

The team is knowledgeable and commercial, and prepared to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

crXsspark Limited

Digital Edge (Hong Kong)

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons‘ integrated team has the critical mass and depth of expertise to be able to handle a tremendous range and volume of high-profile matters throughout the region for corporates, government agencies and SOEs, both from a transactional and litigation perspective. Sam Farrands takes the lead on large-scale construction projects relating to infrastructure and energy projects, and is also noted for his expertise at handling Hong Kong PPP projects. The firm is, however, perhaps best-known for its litigation prowess and has over the years established an ‘outstanding track record’ in many high-profile Hong Kong disputes. Key to this success can be attributed to the efforts of team head Paul Starr, Edmund Wan and Donovan Ferguson, ‘all of whom are well established and accomplished construction arbitration practitioners’. 

Practice head(s):

Paul Starr

Other key lawyers:

Edmund Wan; Donovan Ferguson; Sam Farrands; Scott Gardiner; Xiao Yong; Nicholas Molan


‘Their knowledge of the the Hong Kong construction disputes sector is second-to-none and they have an outstanding track record.’

One of the pre-eminent construction dispute practices in Hong Kong with strength both in terms of handling a full range of domestic, international and PRC outbound construction clients and disputes.’

This well-resourced and vastly-experienced team is highly-responsive and very commercial, providing quick, efficient, in-depth analysis across the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters.’

Key clients

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Ocean Park Corporation

CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in the procurement of a PPP project to develop the West Kowloon Cultural District, a World-class commercial, entertainment, and cultural complex in Hong Kong.
  • Advising Ocean Park Corporation on the procurement of three PPP projects as part of the Corporation’s strategy to redevelop as a multi-purpose retail, recreation, education and conservation complex.
  • Advising CLP Power Hong Kong Limited on the structuring and procurement of CLP’s proposed development of the Hong Kong Offshore Wind Farm Project.

Mayer Brown

Under the leadership of Geoffrey Chan , the ‘exceptionally strong and well-balanced team’ at Mayer Brown provides  ‘intelligent and strategic advice’ to public and private sector clients on domestic as well as large-scale cross-border construction projects, where it is particularly well-suited to act by virtue of its expansive network of international offices. Infrastructure, hospitality and leisure, residential and cultural projects are particular areas of strength, and the firm is often sought out by clients to advise on high-profile local/regional projects including its ongoing work for The Hong Kong Jockey Club on the Conghua Training Centre in China. On the litigation front, Menachem Hasofer  is appreciated by clients for his ability to ‘come up with brilliant solutions to resolve difficult issues’, including on complex judicial review proceedings as well as conventional arbitration proceedings. In addition, Hasofer excels in public procurement matters and has developed niche expertise advising on bid challenges under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA). The ‘very experienced’ Mei Ling Lew  is noted for her ‘great eye for detail’ and is ‘able to efficiently handle large-scale complex disputes’, including recent involvement in two major Commissions of Inquiry.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Chan

Other key lawyers:

Menachem Hasofer; Tom Fu; Mei Ling Lew; Jason Leung; Jessica Van Der Kamp


It is an exceptionally strong and well-balanced team that provides intelligent and strategic advice.’

The team members are all experienced and are extremely hardworking and meticulous.’

Menachem Hasofer is an experienced litigator with impressive legal skills. He is good at strategy and is always able to come up with brilliant solutions to resolve difficult issues.’

Mei Ling Lew is always hands-on and has a great eye for detail. She is very experienced and is able to efficiently handle large-scale complex disputes.’


Key clients

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Swire Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising The Hong Kong Jockey Club on their HK$3bn+ construction of a world-class facility for the training of Hong Kong’s thoroughbred racehorses at Conghua Training Centre (CTC) in Conghua, Guangdong, China.
  • Advising Swire Properties Limited on the review of a series of standard forms of construction contracts, consultancy agreements and supply contracts being used for their projects in Mainland China.

Pinsent Masons

Able to draw upon the expertise of ‘outstandingly bright lawyers’ in Hong Kong with vast local insight and knowledge, and also frequently leveraging lawyers throughout the international network, Pinsent Masons is a popular choice for a varied array of stakeholders engaged in domestic and cross-border projects. Although the firm has strong ties with international clients engaged in inbound work, it is particularly noted for its work for Chinese SOEs on large regional matters and has also been active providing pro-bono contractual advice in the aftermath of Covid-19. As well as a formidable transactional and advisory practice, the team also boasts a market-leading disputes offering which is frequently engaged in local and international arbitrations. Alvin Ho ‘is able to provide valuable advice both on strategy and law’, and is well regarded by Hong Kong contractors and Chinese SOEs. The ‘superb’ Dean Lewis , who co-heads the practice alongside Ho, has vast experience in relation to infrastructure and energy-related international arbitrations, and as well as his fee-earning work also has experience acting as an arbitrator himself. At a more junior level Mohammed Talib  is recognised as a ‘great strategist’ and continues to gain plaudit as a result of his knowledge of the law and commercial considerations, as well as ability to handle the advocacy himself as a result of his solicitor advocate qualifications. Other recommended practitioners include recently promoted partner Hinson Cheung , who provides ‘well-considered and timely advice’ on international arbitrations, and the ‘immensely conscientious’ Karah Howard , whose Japanese language skills have led to a considerable amount of work for Japanese trading houses and contractors on disputed infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Alvin Ho; Dr Dean Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Turner; Bernard Ang; Karah Howard; Mark Hu; Mohammed Talib; Hinson Cheung; Alice Wang


One of the strongest construction disputes teams in Asia with a good spread of regional resources.’

‘The team comprises outstandingly bright lawyers who are immensely hardworking, with great commercial acumen, superb strategists and fantastic with clients.’

‘Alvin Ho is able to provide valuable advice both on strategy and law.’

Key clients

Maeda-China State JV

A Consortium led by China State Construction Group

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the “Government”)


Work highlights

  • Represented the main contractor Maeda-China States JV in arbitration proceedings commenced against it by a German foundation sub-contractor, Bauer.
  • Advising the PRC Government on developing the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Cooperation Zone, an economic zone which will reduce the barriers and transaction costs for individuals and financial institutions in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.
  • Advised the Government of Hong Kong on the legislative framework of the proposed Construction Industry Security of Payment legislation (SOPL). This latest mandate involved the preparation of a report comparing the features of 19 different jurisdictions where SOPL has been implemented, commenting on their impact and lessons to be learnt and recommending the modifications required to the Hong Kong SOPL.


Leveraging excellent local ties and drawing upon strong connections in the PRC, independent Hong Kong heavyweight Deacons provides a ‘prompt, responsive and high-quality service’ to major developers and contractors on local and international construction disputes. Team head Kwok Kit (KK) Cheung and Joseph Chung  ‘are both extremely well known in the field’, both in their roles as qualified arbitrators, as well as for stakeholders in relation to engineering defects and contractual claims, among other disputes. Justin Yuen is also regularly instructed by governmental entities, developers and contractors across a range of disputes, with a growing reputation in the field which was recently underscored by his appointment as a member of the HKIAC Appointment Advisory Board.

Practice head(s):

Kwok Kit (KK) Cheung

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Chung; Justin Yuen


They provide a prompt, responsive and high-quality service.’

‘The well-established practice provides first-class advice.’

‘Kwok Kit (KK) Cheung and Joseph Chung are both extremely well known in the field and are also arbitrators.’

‘Justin Yuen has handled several important cases recently.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a public body in a HK$3.5bn construction dispute with its main contractor.
  • Acting for a contractor to advise on a contractual dispute involving a HK$2bn construction project.
  • Advising a major listed Hong Kong construction group on a $5m Belt and Road construction project.

Hogan Lovells

Now headed by the ‘tactically and strategically astuteDamon So , Hogan Lovells provides ‘solutions-oriented’ advice to owners, developers, contractors and government entities across a broad swathe of large-scale infrastructure and building projects. As well as transactional and contractual drafting mandates, the firm handles a wide range of contentious matters, with So, who is also able to leverage his civil and structural engineering expertise, taking the lead across a range of disputes, including as it relates to defective work, outstanding payment and professional negligence. Hong Kong and UK-qualified counsel Joyce Leung is also well-versed in handling construction disputes, as is associate Jason So, who, since his move in March 2023 from Woo Kwan Lee & Lo, has already impressed clients with his ‘attention to detail’ and provision of ‘very client friendly deliverables’. Timothy Hill has retired.

Practice head(s):

Damon So

Other key lawyers:

Janice Cheng; Joyce Leung


‘They are adaptive, accommodating, and provide solutions-oriented advice.’

Top tier firm in the construction industry with excellent talent.’

Damon So provides tactically and strategically astute advice.’

‘Jason So has shown himself to be an excellent addition to the team. He has delivered excellent quality work, showing attention to detail while providing very client friendly deliverables.’


Key clients

Build King

U A Tuen Mun Cinema Limited

Sunnic Engineering Limited

Win Win Way Construction Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Build King Construction Limited on a multimillion US dollar dispute with a sub-contractor in respect of outstanding project management services fees relating to foundation works.
  • Achieved a favourable result for U A Tuen Mun Cinema Limited in Court proceedings against a landlord in respect of construction works carried out under a lease agreement between the parties.
  • Achieved a favourable settlement for Sunnic Engineering Limited, engaged by the Architectural Services Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR to carry out main contract works for a joint-user building for refuse collection point, in a high profile dispute involving alleged privacy breaches and defamation with another party.

Cocking & Co LLP

Cocking & Co LLP has provided a viable alternative to full-service firms in the market, and despite its relative infancy in the market has already gained significant market share as a result of the seniority and market reputation of some of its key members. Founding member Ian Cocking utilises the vast experience he has gleaned negotiating, managing and litigating high-profile infrastructure and construction projects throughout Hong Kong and across the Asia region.  Dennis Wong has ‘strong knowledge and gravitas’ in the sector as a result of his extensive litigation expertise, which includes mediation, arbitration, litigation and adjudication with regard to liquidated damages, delays and defects.

Practice head(s):

Ian Cocking

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Wong


The firm has an outstanding long standing specialist track record.’

Ian Cocking – perhaps the most senior Hong Kong solicitor in this area.’ 

Dennis Wong has strong knowledge and gravitas.’ 

Key clients

Chubb Hong Kong Limited

Keyman One Development Limited

Yearfull Contracting Limited

Long Faith Engineering Limited

The Bank of East Asia Limited

Projexasia Limited

AIA Group

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Republic by Dimensions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising construction company, Projexasia Limited, in a High Court Litigation against its sub- contractor concerning certain project works.
  • Advising Long Faith Engineering Limited on the claim submitted by the plaintiff in relation to the sub-contract between the parties.
  • Acting The Bank of East Asia to recover HK$7m+ loss and damages arising from the defendant’s negligence and breach of its duties.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is well-versed at advising developers, investors, contractors and public authorities throughout the life cycle of a construction project, from procurement and ongoing management through to any litigation which may subsequently ensue. Hong Kong and UK-qualified team head May Ng has strong connections with the mainland (she is qualified to practice PRC law in the Greater Bay Area) and regularly handles arbitrations with a Chinese nexus. Harris Chan is also well-connected to the mainland, regularly representing Chinese companies on their cross-border disputes.   

Practice head(s):

May Ng

Other key lawyers:

Harris Chan; Sandy Au; Queenie Chan


A strong all rounded practice in the construction disputes space. Especially good for defence against industrial summonses / prosecutions due to deep familiarity of local language and culture, that is often critical to such matters.

May NG (Partner) is a highly experienced construction practitioner, who is trusted by our team, capable, responsive and have a keen mind toward strategies for mutual settlement rather than drawing out disputes longer than they should be.

Key clients

LEGO Toy Manufacturing (Jiaxing) Co., Ltd.

Merlin Attractions Operations Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising LEGO Toy Manufacturing (Jiaxing) Co., Ltd. on all aspects of construction of the new production plant and warehouse in Jiaxing, China.
  • Assisting Merlin Attractions Operations Limited in contract drafting and review for the development of the first three Legoland resorts in China, which are located in Shanghai, Sichuan and Shenzhen.


A ‘very innovative firm with sharp legal minds’, construction boutique GPS Legal LLP has ‘an excellent grasp of the law and the business environment in which they operate’, ensuring they are a popular choice among a varied array of stakeholders in the development, engineering, construction and operation of infrastructure, building and energy projects throughout the region. The ‘extremely commercial’ Phillip Georgiou delivers ‘calm and effective advice’ to clients seeking efficient resolution of litigation and is one of several lawyers at the firm with higher rights of audience. Georgiou has been particularly active of late advising Russian clients on complex construction disputes brought about as a result of contracts which have been terminated as a result of the Ukraine invasion. Sonny Payne co-heads the team alongside Georgiou, with clients benefiting from his dual lawyer and engineering qualifications.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Georgiou; Sonny Payne


They have an in-depth understanding of the construction area and especially international construction which involves multiple constructors united in consortiums.’

They have an excellent grasp of the law and the business environment in which they operate.’

A very innovative firm with sharp legal minds.’

‘Phillip Georgiou is extremely commercial and breaks down difficult legal concepts into bite sized chunks which are easily understandable. He is always available and delivers calm and effective advice.’

Key clients

RusChemAlliance LLC

Trevi Construction HK Limited

Bord Industries HK Limited / Bord Industries Australasia Pty Ltd

Siemens Logistics Limited / Siemens Logistics GmbH

Work highlights

  • Defending RusChemAlliance in anti-suit injunction proceedings before the High Court of Hong brought by Linde GmbH and its parent company Linde PLC.


Drawing upon ‘a great command of the operation of the industry’, HFW has earned the role as a ‘pragmatic and trusted advisor’ to a range of stakeholders on disputes arising out of a range of domestic and international construction projects. As well as a considerable amount of domestic work in relation to disputes arising in the domestic housing sector, the firm excels in helping stakeholders resolve offshore wind-related disputes, an area that the firm is particularly well-placed to advise as a result of its complementary shipping prowess. ‘Outstanding’ team head Martin Downey provides ‘commercial, strategic and outcomes-focused advice’, which has been honed throughout his many years practising, including on many large-scale infrastructure-related arbitrations. Senior associate Julie-Anne Mallis, who has an interest in renewables, is a key name within the practice. Ben Bury has since left the firm for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Martin Downey

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Yu; Julie-Anne Mallis


‘The firm has a great command of the operation of the industry, making them a pragmatic and trusted advisor.’

They know the international construction world very well, including as it relates to offshore wind projects.’

Martin Downey’s experience in dealing with large infrastructure disputes, particularly in arbitration, is immense.’

K&L Gates

Led by Christopher Tung , the ‘very hardworking but personable’ team at K&L Gates is ‘very knowledgeable in the field of construction law’, and excels in providing a ‘commercial solution’ across a range of disputes, as well as in a risk management context.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Tung

Other key lawyers:

Sacha Cheong


‘The team is very hard working but personable. They are also very knowledgeable in the field of construction law and excellent at finding a commercial solution when one is available.’

‘Chris Tung is very personable and works very hard for his clients. He also has a very good ‘commercial nose’.

Key clients

Incorporated Owners of Morengo Court

Work highlights

  • Acting for the incorporated owners of a residential building who are involved in a dispute with adjacent building incorporated owners.

Li & Partners

Drawing upon an ‘in-depth knowledge of the local construction industry’, Li & Partners provides ‘high quality and solutions-oriented advice’ to developers, contractors and public sector clients’ across a range of construction disputes.  ‘Versatile, persistent and professional’ team head Man Sing Yeung has been pivotal to the firm’s success in the area and is lauded for his ‘effective, innovative’ approach with regard to construction arbitrations including those related to transport infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Man Sing Yeung


The outstanding team provides high quality and solutions-oriented advice.’

The firm has developed a strong presence in Hong Kong construction arbitration practice. It has in-depth knowledge of the local construction industry.’

‘They have excellent team spirit and provide a very diligent service.’

Work highlights

  • Worked with a QS consultancy for the review and compilation of standard contract documents for the Hong Kong Government.
  • Advised a developer on a dispute with a main contractor concerning the delay of construction works in respect of a redevelopment project in Kowloon.
  • Advised a developer on a final account dispute with a main contractor concerning A&A works of a commercial building on Hong Kong Island.

Minter Ellison

Drawing upon ‘strong industry know-how’, Minter Ellison provides ‘professional and sound advice’ on procurement and litigation-related matters for developers, main contractors, subcontractors and consultants in Hong Kong and throughout Asia Pacific. The vastly experienced Malcolm Chin provides ‘easy to understand and direct advice’ to clients utilising conventional litigation and ADR techniques across a myriad of contentious matters, including with regard to matters at the intersection of IP (such as infringement of alleged copyright works of design). Team head Steven Yip has contentious and non-contentious expertise across power plants, transport infrastructure and major facilities.

Practice head(s):

Steven Yip

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Chin


They provide professional and sound advice on legal matters.’

Top tier construction firm offering strong industry know-how and providing cost-effective advice.’

The very experienced Malcolm Chin is able to handle all aspects of legal works and respond to client’s needs in punctual and accurate manner with the highest quality of service.’

Key clients

The Government of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Housing Authority




Leighton Contractors (Asia) Ltd

China Harbour Engineering Company

China Metallurgical Group Corporation

Chun Wo Group

Construction Industry Council

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Paul Y Engineering Group

Tysan Foundation

Build King Group

Shinryo Corporation

China Road and Bridge Corporation

Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company

Far East Consortium International

PYPUN-KD & Associates Ltd

ISP Construction (Engineering) Ltd

Pat Davie Ltd

Hoi Sing Decoration Engineering Company Ltd

Norton Rose Fulbright

Primarily focused on Greater China-focused matters, although able to leverage vast international resources to handle cross-border mandates if necessary, Norton Rose Fulbright advises a contractor-leaning client base across a range of contentious construction issues. Alfred Wu  has deep litigation expertise in the sector both on regular fee-earning matters as well as in his role as an arbitrator, and heads up the team that also includes Kevin Hong.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Wu

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Hong; Anita Fong

Key clients

Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the listed company of a leading construction and property development group in defending a claim for procuring a breach of contract in the High Court relating to a commercial development in Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong.
  • Advising a leading Hong Kong construction company, as the unsecured creditors, in connection with the potential collapse of Hong Kong Airlines.