Construction in Hong Kong

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons' construction practice is 'led by very experienced partners, with a capacity for managing multiple disputes of significant size to a very high standard'. On the non-contentious side, the team is instructed on contractual matters, project financing, and tender submissions. Paul Starr heads the group, which include project specialist Sam Farrands and disputes expert Donovan Ferguson.

Practice head(s):

Paul Starr

Other key lawyers:

Sam Farrands; Donovan Ferguson

Testimonials

King & Wood Mallesons’ team is very experienced, commercial and dedicated‘.

Paul Starr has an excellent strategic approach‘.

Donovan Ferguson is very commercial and understands clients’ needs‘.

Key clients

Ningxia Tianyuan Logistics Group

Bouygues Batiment

Dragages Hong Kong

Evernal Energy

Hong Kong Competition Commission

China Machine New Energy Corporation (CNMC)

Work highlights

  • Advising Ningxia Tianyuan Logistics Group on negotiations with the Ministry of Railway Development in Ghana regarding a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) agreement for developing Ghana’s Western rail line.
  • Assisting Bouygues Batiment and Dragages Hong Kong with a HK32bn tender submission for the development and operation of an integrated sports precinct in Kai Tak.
  • Representing the Hong Kong Competition Commission in an action brought in the Competition Tribunal against a number of decoration contractors involved in a public housing project, concerning alleged anti-competitive conduct.

Pinsent Masons

The 'very strong' construction team at Pinsent Masons is very experienced in handling high-value, high-profile infrastructure projects. Recent work includes contractual issues, development matters, and contentious matters, including arbitration. Vincent Connor and Dean Lewis share leadership of the practice, which includes disputes expert Alvin Ho, legal director Tim Hallworth, construction expert Peter Clayton, and Nicholas Turner, who has expertise in assisting clients with procurement matters.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Connor; Dean Lewis

Testimonials

Dean Lewis has a wealth of experience, legal acumen, and the ability to find creative solutions’.

Alvin Ho couples excellent technical ability with strategic thinking, and provides timely and sound advice‘.

Nicholas Turner is an effective communicator, and understands the construction industry‘.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (HK) LLP

Noted for its 'deep sector experience', Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (HK) LLP's construction practice handles a range of contentious and non-contentious infrastructure mandates. The team is jointly led by Ilan Freiman – who is very experienced in handling public infrastructure projects and urban developments – and Glenn Haley, who is very well known for his expertise in dispute resolution regarding construction projects. Senior associate Mike Docherty and counsel Patrick Daley are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ilan Freiman; Glenn Haley

Other key lawyers:

Mike Docherty; Patrick Daley

Testimonials

The team is always accessible and provides clear and concise advice‘.

Ilan Friedman and Glenn Haley both have deep sector knowledge, and provide a very client-friendly service‘.

Clyde & Co LLP

Gilbert Kwok leads the construction team at Clyde & Co LLP. The group handles contentious and non-contentious infrastructure mandates for a wide range of clients, including contractors, developers, architects, investors and public bodies. Counsel Christopher Short and senior associate Vivian Wong are also recommended. In 2019 Ian Cocking and Dennis Wong left to set up construction firm Cocking & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):

Gilbert Kwok

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Short; Vivian Wong

Testimonials

Christopher Short stands out for his cool-headed, client-friendly approach‘.

Key clients

The Bank of East Asia

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Bank of East Asia in a dispute with a cladding sub-contractor company regarding an alleged breach of its sub-contract due to defective work.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells' 'proactive' team is 'well-versed in construction law and provides practical and helpful advice'. Practice head Timothy Hill is very experienced in advising across the whole life cycle of construction projects and is also adept at handling construction disputes. The ‘hardworkingDamon So's civil engineering background is 'a definite asset to his clients'. The 'energetic' senior associate Joyce Leung is also singled out as a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Hill

Other key lawyers:

Damon So; Joyce Leung

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown's construction team counts arbitration as a key strength and has also been busy handling mandates from the hospitality, leisure, public utilities and transport sectors. Geoffrey Chan leads the practice, in which Menachem HasoferMei Ling LewVenna Cheng and counsel Felicia Lee are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Chan

Key clients

Swire Properties

Wynn Resorts Macau

Hong Kong Housing Society

MTR Corporation

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA)

Airport Authority Hong Kong

Work highlights

  • Representing MTR Corporation in an inquiry into alleged defective construction work at the Hung Hom station extension on the Sha Tin-Central link railway project.
  • Assisting West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) with contractual matters and tender documents for the West Kowloon Cultural District development project.
  • Acting for Wynn Resorts Macau in the post-completion phase of the Cotai resort development project.

Deacons

Deacons' team handles construction project mandates for contractors, public entities and prominent developers, and is noted for its 'deep knowledge' regarding construction disputes. Kwok Kit Cheung leads the team, in which Joseph Chung and Justin Yuen are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Kwok Kit Cheung

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Chung; Justin Yuen

Testimonials

This team has very strong manpower resources who are experienced in construction disputes‘.

DLA Piper

The 'very commercial' construction team at DLA Piper stands out for its 'hands-on and thorough approach to resolving disputes', and 'demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the industry' for a number of big-name clients. The 'effective and practical' May Ng co-leads the practice with Harris Chan and Kevin Chan. Senior associate Sandy Au and associate Queenie Chan are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

May Ng; Harris Chan; Kevin Chan

Other key lawyers:

Sandy Au; Queenie Chan

Testimonials

The team delivers tailored advice; it is efficient and results-oriented‘.

May Ng is exceptionally dedicated and extremely responsive – an outstanding lawyer‘.

Queenie Chan is dedicated and can be counted on to get the job done‘.

Key clients

Hip Hing Overseas

Thiess Mongolia

Minter Ellison

Steven Yip and Malcolm Chin jointly lead the construction team at Minter Ellison, which 'provides practical solutions to clients'. The group has been advising developer and contractor clients on litigation, arbitration and complex construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Steven Yip; Malcolm Chin

Key clients

The Government of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Housing Authority

Chun Wo Group

China Harbour Engineering Company

Work highlights

  • Assisting China Harbour Engineering Company with an alleged bridge design infringement dispute arising out of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project.
  • Representing PYPUN-KD & Associates in the inquiry into alleged defective construction works at the Hung Hom station on the Sha Tin-Central railway link project.
  • Acting for property developer Jarton in a dispute with its foundation contractor concerning a residential project based in the New Territories in Hong Kong.

HFW

HFW's team led by Martin Downey counts dispute resolution as a key strength within the construction practice, and frequently handles arbitration mandates for government authorities and public bodies. Construction insurance forms is another significant area of instruction for the team. Ben Bury , who is highly experienced in arbitration work, is also a key name.

Practice head(s):

Martin Downey

Other key lawyers:

Ben Bury

Testimonials

HFW go the extra mile for clients‘.

Ben Bury is an accomplished and impressive lawyer; he is responsive, friendly, personable and a delight to work with‘.

LC Lawyers LLP

LC Lawyers LLP is noted for its capabilities in large-scale infrastructure projects, and is especially active in the public utilities, transport, and energy sectors. Lynia Lau is the key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Lynia Lau

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has been especially active in contentious work, representing construction companies in contractual and shareholder disputes, among other areas. Arbitration is another core area of expertise for the team. Alfred Wu is the main practitioner to note.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Wu

Key clients

Hang Lung Properties

Pocaliton Ltd

Champ Prestige

Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings

Work highlights

  • Representing Champ Prestige in an ongoing multimillion-dollar shareholder dispute regarding an investment in and development of a skyscraper in Miami.
  • Defending Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings against a claim for a breach of contract regarding a sale and purchase of a commercial development.