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Des Voeux Chambers
38/F Gloucester Tower
The Landmark
Central, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Bar > Competition Tier 1

At Des Voeux Chambers, the ‘very capableCatrina Lam has an excellent reputation for her expertise in the area, with an established track record in appearing in high-profile cases involving enforcement actions and investigations into alleged breaches of competition rules. In a recent highlight, Lam acted for the Competition Commission in Competition Commission v Quantr Ltd, a cartel case involving a bid-rigging exercise via the exchange of competitively sensitive information in the IT sector. The case marked the first use of an infringement notice by the Commission to resolve the matter, as well as the first set of proceedings to arise from a successful leniency application in Hong Kong. Connie Lee is ‘a clear thinker‘ with ‘considerable knowledge and experience in competition law'; her recent workload includes price fixing cases.

Leading Juniors

Connie LeeDes Voeux ChambersConnie stands out for her calm and clear approach as an advocate. She has a steady, reassuring manner, and combines sound analysis with good practical insights. She is eloquent in court and her submissions are very persuasive.’

Testimonials

Very strong in staying on top of the development of competition law.’

A strong set.’

Hong Kong Bar > Construction and property Tier 1

Viewed as ‘a strong set at all levels‘, Des Voeux Chambers is home to a team with noted expertise in construction litigation and arbitration. Ian Pennicott SC (who remains an international member of prominent London construction set Keating Chambers) is well versed in advising on claims brought against construction professionals, for example building surveyors and architects. Calvin Cheuk has been kept busy handling high-value, complex construction disputes arising from prominent projects in Hong Kong. Kaiser Leung is ‘a very diligent and detail-oriented counsel‘, and Jonathan Chan is another well-regarded name at the junior end of chambers.

Rising stars

Jonathan Chan - Des Voeux Chambers 'He is ferociously clever, and a solid and sensible advocate.'
Kaiser Leung - Des Voeux Chambers 'Kaiser is a very hard-working, pragmatic and approachable junior barrister. He has a meticulous eye and is extremely responsive.'

Leading Juniors

Calvin Cheuk - Des Voeux Chambers 'A sought-after junior practitioner in the construction space.'

Testimonials

Des Voeux Chambers provides a good choice of counsel in construction disputes.’

A strong set.’

Hong Kong Bar > Commercial disputes Tier 2

Des Voeux Chambershas good strength in depth‘ and ‘a fantastic stable of talent‘, with a team of ‘high-calibre barristers‘ noted for their expertise across a range of commercial litigation. Jenkin Suen SChas an excellent knowledge of the law and is also outstanding with litigation tactics. He always provides thorough and well-considered advice.’ Turning to the juniors, Gary Lam is acting in a ongoing shareholder dispute case, while Catrina Lam (leading Cherry Xu) appeared for the plaintiff in Better Marine International Limited v Zhong Shan Company Limited, an appeal concerning a dispute about a claim for commission arising from a ship building contract. At the senior end of chambers, José-Antonio Maurellet SC remains an associate member of London set 3 Verulam Buildings, and property expert John Litton QC remains a full member of English set Landmark Chambers.

Rising stars

Tom NgDes Voeux Chambers 'Tom is approachable and responsive. An excellent junior.'
Cherry Xu - Des Voeux Chambers 'Cherry is analytical , thorough and adopts a practical approach. She is very industrious, and her advocacy is persuasive.'
Tommy Cheung - Des Voeux Chambers 'He is extremely hardworking, diligent and very responsive. He has great commercial sense and comes up with practical solutions for clients.'

Leading Silks

Charles Sussex SCDes Voeux Chambers 'An excellent advocate and cross-examiner.'
Clifford Smith SCDes Voeux Chambers 'One of the most user-friendly members of the Bar. Incredibly bright.'
Anson Wong SCDes Voeux Chambers 'Anson is very sharp, user-friendly and always reachable.'
Barrie Barlow SCDes Voeux Chambers 'A resolute silk.'
José-Antonio Maurellet SCDes Voeux Chambers 'A great lateral thinker.'
Douglas Lam SCDes Voeux Chambers 'Well known for his expertise in restructuring and insolvency work.'
Jenkin Suen SC - Des Voeux Chambers 'Jenkin is a hard worker and gets into the details of a case, becoming a master of the facts. He is a robust cross-examiner who provides thorough and considered advice.'
Rachel Lam SCDes Voeux Chambers 'She is meticulous, calm and composed.'

Leading Juniors

Benny Lo - Des Voeux Chambers 'Benny is a practical, meticulous barrister with excellent analytical skills. He is always on top of the details.'
John Hui - Des Voeux Chambers 'John is a measured and steady barrister. He is an excellent advocate who is quick on his feet, and ready anytime to address an unexpected point.'
Gary Lam - Des Voeux Chambers 'A first-class litigator with a magnificent commercial sense.'
Connie Lee - Des Voeux Chambers 'A bright and confident junior with outstanding judgement and analytical skills. She has a realistic and tactical approach to cases. A brilliant advocate.'
Frances LokDes Voeux Chambers 'Frances works extremely hard and has great attention to detail.'
Richard ZimmernDes Voeux Chambers 'Richard's advice is always clear, succinct and user-friendly.'
Catrina Lam - Des Voeux Chambers 'Catrina is a meticulous junior, who is very detailed when preparing her cases. A very user-friendly barrister.'
Alexander TangDes Voeux Chambers 'He is bright and diligent.'
Jason YuDes Voeux Chambers 'Jason is very knowledgeable on company law matters. He is also responsive and always has sound, practical advice. A rising star of the commercial Bar.'
Christopher Chain - Des Voeux Chambers 'He has good advocacy skills and legal knowledge, and is excellent on paper. He is unfazed by more senior opponents.'
Sabrina Ho - Des Voeux Chambers 'Sabrina is a pleasure to work with. She is responsive, collaborative and efficient. She can handle all the details and technicalities of a case. A very hard-working junior.'

Testimonials

Des Voeux Chambers is one of the leading sets in Hong Kong, especially for companies, commercial litigation and arbitration matters.’

A strong set, with quality barristers.’

Wide choice of counsel of different seniority and expertise.’

Hong Kong Bar > Family and private client Tier 2

Des Voeux ChambersJohn Scott SC is sought after for his expertise in handling complex matrimonial finance matters, and at the junior end of chambers, Kerby Lau is noted for his experience in acting high-value probate and trusts cases, often featuring international elements. Mairéad Rattigan and Frances Irving are key names in the set for child law cases.

Hong Kong Bar > Intellectual property

Leading Silks

Winnie Tam SCDes Voeux Chambers 'An authoritative counsel, who has a highly persuasive courtroom manner.'

Hong Kong Bar > Regulatory, investigations and crime

Leading Silks

Joseph Tse SC - Des Voeux Chambers 'Joseph is a highly detailed and superb tactician, and a fearless barrister. An excellent cross-examiner. He is at the very forefront of criminal silks practicing at the Hong Kong Bar.'

Hong Kong Bar > Shipping and aviation

Leading Silks

Charles Sussex SC - Des Voeux Chambers 'The pre-eminent SC in shipping in Hong Kong.'
Clifford Smith SCDes Voeux Chambers 'He is a tenacious and very experienced advocate.'

Hong Kong Bar > Administrative and public law

Leading Juniors

Catrina Lam - Des Voeux Chambers 'She addresses the court's concerns in a plausible and persuasive manner.'

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