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Tanner De Witt
Hong Kong

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution


Pamela joined Tanner De Witt in 2003 and became a partner in the Dispute Resolution Department in 2010. Now Head of the Dispute Resolution Department, Pamela is also Head of the China Practice Group and has developed a strong commercial litigation practice over two decades in Hong Kong advising clients in the Greater China region and overseas on cross-border and domestic disputes. Pamela wins praise as a “young partner who is on the way up” in Chambers Asia Pacific 2021, while Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 highlights that she is “very friendly and gives considered advice – clients love her”. Pamela is recognised as a Leading Individual in the 2022 Legal 500 Guide for Litigation in Hong Kong.

Pamela focuses her practice on general commercial litigation with an emphasis on cross-border shareholders’ and contractual disputes, sale of goods, contentious trust and probate issues and injunction proceedings. Pamela frequently acts for listed and private companies, high net worth individuals and financial services providers. Her clients are often entities regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) and those requiring a Money Service Operator License.

Pamela has extensive experience advising clients in arbitration before Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Her clients are often engaged in complex and high value disputes. Pamela works closely with professionals in Europe, the US and other jurisdictions on cross-border arbitrations.

Another part of Pamela’s practice is advising financial institutions and regulated individuals on contentious regulatory and compliance matters which includes investigations conducted by the SFC, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department.

Pamela also helps international and local clients to resolve their contentious trust and probate issues. This includes challenging the validity of wills, the removal of personal representatives, the appointment of independent administrators and estate administration. Pamela also advises on Mental Health Ordinance issues such as the appointment of committee for mentally incapacitated person and related estate administration matters.


Professional memberships

  • Banking Litigation Network
  • International Chamber of Commerce
  • The Law Society of Hong Kong

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation

(Leading individuals)

Pamela MakTanner De Witt

Benefitting from an ‘excellent understanding of Hong Kong and the wider region’, independent local firm Tanner De Witt provides ‘responsive, very sensible and commercial advice’ directly to clients, as well as part of cross border teams with other firms. The scope of the work is broad and includes contentious insolvency matters, probate disputes, shareholder litigation, fraud and asset tracing. Pamela Mak  ‘is particularly skilled at dealing with mainland clients’ and co-heads the team alongside Mark Side , who specialises in contentious regulatory matters. ‘Top disputes lawyer’ Jeff Lane  is also recognised particularly in the context of fraud and asset recovery matters.