Howse Williams > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Firm Profile

Howse Williams
Hong Kong

Hong Kong > Commercial, corporate and M&A: independent Hong Kong law firms Tier 2

The team at Howse Williams handles both domestic and cross-border M&A, and often collaborates with the firm’s banking and finance, and capital markets teams to advise businesses on the financing and investment aspects of their expansion plans. Practice head Chris Williams is adept at advising on direct investments, corporate financings, and corporate governance issues, with particular emphasis on transactions within Indonesia and Singapore. Qualified in both Hong Kong and Malaysia, Chia Ching Tan has deep knowledge of Listing Rules and secondary fund-raising, while Anthony Chan is known for his expertise in advising both public and private companies, and private equity firms on joint ventures and cross-border M&A.

Practice head(s):

Chris Williams

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

New World Development

Mitsui & Co.

Aidigong Maternal & Child Health Limited

iSpring International Holdings Limited

Centurion Corporation Limited

Icicle Group Holdings Limited

Smart City Development Holdings Limited

Easyknit International Holdings Limited

Hong Kong > Labour and employment Tier 2

With a track record of handling transactions within the aerospace, banking, education, real estate, and financial services sectors, Howse Williams' employment practice is highly experienced in advising on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues, representing both employers and employees. The team’s expertise also extends to representing individuals in labour tribunals and high court proceedings, along with experience in handling investigations by regulatory bodies, such as the SFC and HKMA. The team is headed by the ‘outstanding and intellectually astute’ Patricia Yeung, whose wealth of contentious experience places her at the forefront of proceedings involving both plaintiffs and defendants; on the transactional side, she also frequently advises on the employment aspects of M&A deals. The team also features Michael Withington, a seasoned commercial litigator who frequently engages in shareholder disputes concerning some of the largest corporates and financial institutions. Client praise for Withington extends beyond his advocacy skills; he is also celebrated for his ability to ‘explain the most complex legal information in succinct terms’.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Yeung

Other key lawyers:


‘The team works seamlessly and with outstanding efficiency. It has extensive knowledge and litigation experience of employment law, and each member (partners and juniors included) communicates well with clients.’

‘They really strike a great balance between being empathetic and professional, and understanding the interests and concerns of clients.’

‘Quick on the mark and creative with their solutions with a good understanding of the operational context for clients.’

‘Patricia Yeung is outstanding and intellectually astute with in-depth legal knowledge, strong analytical and advocacy skills, and exceptional interpersonal and communications skills. She never misses a beat and could always put me at ease with the right dose of calm, empathy and good humour. She has phenomenal writing skills and consistently provided well-crafted submissions with striking time-efficiency.’

‘Michael Withington is brilliant and intellectually astute with strong analytical and advocacy skills. He has a great calming presence and is a fantastic communicator. He could explain the most complex legal information in succinct terms, a good strategist and flexible in his thinking, always providing me with sound advice and options.’

‘The team is thorough, knowledgeable and well-resourced. ’

‘Patricia Yeung and Michael Withington are strong practical lawyers. ’

Hong Kong > Insurance Tier 3

Drawing upon an ‘excellent knowledge’ of the sector, Howse Williams provides ‘high-quality legal services with a customer-oriented attitude’ to insurers in relation to a range of primarily contentious matters. In this context, the firm has developed a strong reputation over the years in relation to professional indemnity matters, including as it flows from claims brought against medical professionals. Indeed, in the healthcare sector, the firm benefits not only from legal expertise but also subject matter knowledge imbued as a result of a number of practitioners who are dual qualified as solicitors and medical doctors. David Kan is one such lawyer and alongside Chris Howse spearheads a strong healthcare offering that has garnered a strong reputation defending private medical professionals in clinical negligence claims. The ‘hardworking’ William Leung is also a key member of the team and is noted, in particular, for his ability to provide ‘pragmatic and solutions-oriented advice’ in marine insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Howse; David Kan; David Coogans; Michael Withington

Other key lawyers:

William Leung; Oonagh Toner; Bernard Murphy; Alison Scott; Maureen Liu; Carmen Fung; Gary Chow; Hiu Yee Chung; Tony Leung


‘The firm has excellent knowledge of the sector and provides high-quality legal services with a customer-oriented attitude.’

‘The hardworking William Leung provides pragmatic and solutions-oriented advice.’

‘Gary Chow is an excellent and professional lawyer who knows how to communicate with clients and express legal opinions and suggestions clearly.’

Hong Kong > Private Client and Family Tier 3

The team at Howse Williams demonstrates tenacity in advising on all aspects of family and business life, being sought after by spouses, high-net-worth individuals, and professional clients. The firm offers guidance on various matters, including prenuptial agreements, child custody applications, trust disputes, and estate administration. Leading the group is Linda Heathfield, who specialises in advising both married and unmarried couples on child and financial matters, including cases involving child custody, abduction, and estate matters. Karen Lam co-leads the team with Heathfield, focusing her practice on matrimonial disputes, encompassing divorce, child custody, and wardship. Addressing the need for advice on both local and global family issues, Victoria Ng, promoted to partner in July 2022, plays a key role. Ng’s practice centres on matrimonial and trust matters, often encompassing international elements, like relocations and substantial overseas assets, including those held in overseas trusts. Stacey Devoy and Stephanie Ng departed the firm in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Linda Heathfield; Karen Lam

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has rich experience in divorce litigation and is very competitive.’

‘Karen Lam has extensive experience in divorce litigation and excellent work performance.’

Hong Kong > Shipping Tier 3

Howse Williams has unique expertise in advising shipowners and terminal operators in relation to personal injury matters. The team is headed by Chris Howse, a seasoned practitioner in maritime disputes. Assisting him is David Coogans, who has over 25 years of experience in all types of wet and dry matters, and William Leung, an experienced commercial litigator.

Practice head(s):

Chris Howse; William Leung; David Coogans

Other key lawyers:

Bernard Murphy


‘The team is led by Chris Howse and David Coogans, who are two highly experienced and capable shipping lawyers.’

‘Howse Williams is a market leader for shipping law. David Coogans is one of the best.’

‘David Coogans has commercial common sense and is always alert to the commercial implications of the work that he handles.’

‘Chris Howse is very responsive and practical with his advice. David Coogans is very knowledgeable about a wide range of shipping matters.’

‘The team provides good, solid advice.’

Work highlights

Hong Kong > Capital markets (equity) Tier 5

Work highlights

Hong Kong > Corporate (including M&A) Tier 6

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: litigation

Hong Kong > Banking and finance

The ‘knowledgeable and practical‘ banking and finance practice at Howse Williams is led by Antony Yung, who focuses on matters concerning acquisition financing and green financing.

The firm: Howse Williams is an independent Hong Kong law firm with 34 partners and a total headcount of approximately 200. As an independent Hong Kong firm, the partners are able to minimise legal and commercial conflicts of interest and act for clients in every industry sector. The partners have spent the majority of their careers in Hong Kong and have a detailed understanding of international business and business in Asia.

Areas of practice
Dispute resolution: HW handles complex multi-jurisdictional commercial cases involving sale of goods; trade finance; media law; fraud; shareholder, joint venture, intellectual property, employment, property, trust and franchise disputes; injunction proceedings; jurisdictional challenges; public inquiries; and judicial reviews.

China practice: Howse Williams has entered into a formal Association with Shu Jin Law Firm (Hong Kong) to further enhance and expand our China practice and services on PRC legal matters.

Shu Jin was established in Shenzhen in 1993 and is a leading and highly regarded full-service law firm in the PRC and in particular the Greater Bay Area.  The firm currently has 60 partners and approximately 400 employees in total.  Headquartered in Shenzhen, the firm has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an and Guangzhou.

Corporate and corporate finance: HW’s team advises clients on a diverse spectrum of practice areas in all Asian jurisdictions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, direct investment, capital markets and securities, private equity and venture capital, shareholder/joint venture agreements, corporate restructuring/reorganisation, corporate governance and general commercial matters including operational contracts and intellectual property commercialisation.

Clinical negligence and healthcare: HW advises doctors, dentists and their indemnity providers and other healthcare professionals. It also advises private hospitals, medical group practices, corporate healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies on issues relating to the import and distribution of drugs and pharmaceutical products, drug liability claims and regulatory matters. Three members of the team (including two partners) are dual-qualified as lawyers and medical practitioners.

Shipping: HW has considerable experience in all types of wet and dry shipping litigation. The team (which includes solicitors with seagoing experience) deals with collision, salvage, wreck removal and pollution cases as well as charterparty, bill of lading and other contract of affreightment disputes. The firm advises ship-owners, P&I clubs, hull and machinery insurers, salvors, charterers and freight forwarders.

Insurance/professional indemnity: HW advises on general insurance, professional indemnity, D&O and specialised insurance lines acting for underwriters, brokers, mutual and fixed premium insurers of ships, a wide range of insurers for freight forwarders, warehouse operators, transport intermediaries, cargo owners and trade insurers. The firm also represents insurers who provide professional indemnity insurance for various professional bodies in Hong Kong.

Employment: HW provides contentious and non-contentious employment and immigration advice to both employers and employees in Hong Kong.

Family and matrimonial: HW’s cases often involve families with assets in multiple jurisidictions. The firm handles all manner of children’s issues including custody, care and control and other parenting disputes, such as access, child maintenance, paternity and schooling applications both in respect of married and unmarried couples and cohabitants.  The firm has experience in handling private adoptions; cases involving child abduction and family finances including property transfers, prenuptial agreements and separation deeds.

Fraud: HW regularly acts for victims of all types of fraud to recover misappropriated assets.  The firm act swiftly and efficiently to help trace and recover assets.  We also provide advice on investigations and court proceedings.

Property and building management: HW’s clients include some of the largest international real estate agencies, listed property developers, international and local building management companies, quasi government bodies, property investment funds, incorporated owners of of commercial/residential buildings, and commercial and individual landlords and tenants in Hong Kong.

Regulatory and compliance: HW’s regulatory team advises financial institutions and corporates on a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious regulatory and compliance issues.

Banking and finance: HW’s banking team has experience in a broad range of banking and finance matters, including bilateral and syndicated lending, international trade finance, project finance, acquisition finance, ship finance, general cash management and liquidity products, asset and debt recovery, security enforcement actions, banking regulation and compliance, sanctions, AML, KYC and various regulatory project and remediation work.  The team also specialise in a diverse range of trade finance matters.

Trusts, assets and wealth management: We advise ultra high-net-worth individuals and their families; entrepreneurs and family businesses both in Hong Kong and the PRC.  We are trusted legal advisers providing advice and support to our clients on the management of their wealth and assets, and on a wide range of inheritance and succession matters.  We have experience in establishing trusts, in particular family trusts, educational trusts and charitable trusts.  Our team includes solicitors who are full members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Wills, probate and estate management: We handle wills, probate, estate management and general civil litigation matters.

Notarisations and China Attestation: We offer Notary and China Attestation services to our clients.  We have an in-house Notary Public who is a member of the Hong Kong Society of Notaries.

We also have two partners, Brian Ho and Chris Yu who are China Appointed Attesting Officers and members of the Association of China Appointed Attesting Officers Limited.  China-Appointed Attesting Officers (“Attesting Officers”) are qualified Hong Kong lawyers who have been appointed by the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China after passing the prescribed qualifying examinations. Their scope of business includes attesting and certifying acts, matters and documents of legal significance occurring in or emanating from Hong Kong and such attested documents are for use in Mainland China. The namelist of all China-Appointed Attesting Officers are available at the Office and Website of the “Association of China-Appointed Attesting Officers”.  To be legally valid and protected by the laws of the PRC, attested documents issued by Attesting Officers for use in Mainland China must be sent to the “China Legal Services (H.K.) Limited” for “Sealing and Transfer Delivery”.

Distressed debt: HW’s restructuring, insolvency and special situations practice provides clients including investors, boards and shareholders of distressed corporate debtors, insolvency office holders, financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds and official and ad hoc committees, financial restructuring legal solutions.  We are a cross-departmental practice that draws on the expertise of our corporate / M&A, dispute resolution, insolvency and banking practices to provide seamless service to our clients covering the Hong Kong aspects of cross border restructuring situations.  Our formal association with Shu Jin Law Firm (Hong Kong) allows us to provide enhanced and expanded services on PRC legal matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner and Managing Partner; Dispute resolution Chris Howse 28033600
Senior Partner and Managing Partner; Corporate and commercial Christopher Williams 28033622
Clinical negligence and healthcare; Insurance David Kan 28033658
Clinical negligence and healthcare Bernard Murphy 28033606
Shipping; Dispute resolution; Insurance; Fraud David Coogans 28033672
Corporate and commercial; Capital markets Brian Ho 28033623
Clinical negligence and healthcare Oonagh Toner 28033697
Capital markets Chia Ching Tan 28033615
Dispute resolution Alison Scott 28033604
Shipping; Insurance/professional indemnity William Leung 28033782
Dispute resolution Michael Withington 28033612
Corporate and commercial; Capital markets Christopher Yu 28033638
Banking and finance Antony Yung 28033774
Corporate and commercial; capital markets Heidi Lee 28033718
Family and matrimonial Karen Lam 28033639
Employment Patricia Yeung 28033748
Clinical negligence and healthcare Maureen Liu 28033667
Corporate and commercial; capital markets Veronica Chow 28033772
Dispute resolution; China Practice; Fraud; Regulatory and compliance Desmond Lee 28033790
Clinical negligence and healthcare Carmen Fung 28033610
Corporate and commercial; Capital markets Anthony Chan 28033643
Dispute resolution; Insurance Gary Chow 28033538
Dispute resolution; Corporate and commercial; Fraud; Regulatory and compliance William Wong 28033602
Clinical negligence and healthcare Hiu Yee Chung 28033752
Family and matrimonial Victoria Ng So TEP 28033727
Dispute resolution; Distressed debt Janie Wong 28033797
Property Alan Yip 28033625
Property Daisy Tang 28033652
Dispute resolution; Property; Fraud & Investigation; Insurance Tony Leung 28033695
Corporate and commercial; Capital markets Yvonne Zhang 28033729
Corporate and commercial; Investment Funds; Regulatory Jason Chan 28033781
Photo Name Position Profile
Anthony Chan photo Mr Anthony Chan Anthony has extensive experience in a wide range of corporate matters, including…
Gary Chow photo Mr Gary Chow Gary was admitted in Hong Kong in 2008 and specialises in personal…
Veronica Chow photo Ms Veronica Chow Veronica is a Partner in Howse Williams’ corporate practice.  She focuses her…
Hiu Yee Chung photo Ms Hiu Yee Chung Hiu Yee specialises in medicolegal matters, providing advice to doctors, dentists, physiotherapists,…
David Coogans photo Mr David Coogans David is a commercial disputes lawyer specialising in international trade disputes. David…
Carmen Fung photo Ms Carmen Fung Carmen specialises in medicolegal work.  Carmen provides advice and assistance to doctors,…
Brian Ho photo Mr Brian Ho Brian Ho is a partner in Howse Williams’ corporate practice.  He specialises…
Chris Howse photo Mr Chris Howse Chris is the senior partner and managing partner of Howse Williams. His…
David Kan photo Mr David Kan David is a dual qualified medical doctor/solicitor and is a Founding Member…
Karen Lam photo Ms Karen Lam Karen was admitted to practice law in New South Wales, Australia in…
Desmond Lee photo Mr Desmond Lee Desmond is one of our partners specialising in contentious regulatory and compliance…
Heidi Lee photo Ms Heidi Lee Heidi is a Partner in Howse Williams’ corporate practice.  Heidi has extensive…
Tony Leung photo Mr Tony Leung Tony is a Partner whose practice focusses on insurance-related matters, complex commercial…
William Leung photo Mr William Leung As a prominent commercial litigator with more than 20 years solid experience,…
Maureen Liu photo Ms Maureen Liu Maureen is a Partner in Howse Williams’ medico-legal and healthcare team.  Maureen…
Bernard Murphy photo Mr Bernard Murphy A medically qualified solicitor, Bernard represents healthcare organisations, doctors, dentists, veterinary surgeons…
Victoria  Ng So TEP  photo Ms Victoria Ng So TEP Victoria was admitted to practice law in Hong Kong in 2013. Victoria’s…
Victoria  Ng So TEP  photo Ms Victoria Ng So TEP Victoria was admitted to practice law in Hong Kong in 2013. Victoria’s…
Alison Scott photo Ms Alison Scott Alison is a Partner in Howse Williams’ dispute resolution practice. She specialises…
Chia Ching Tan photo Mr Chia Ching Tan Chia Ching is a partner in Howse Williams’ corporate practice. She has…
Daisy Tang photo Ms Daisy Tang Daisy is a partner of Howse Williams.  Daisy has experience in a…
Oonagh Toner photo Ms Oonagh Toner Oonagh is a Partner in Howse Williams’ dispute resolution practice. She specialises…
Christopher Williams photo Mr Christopher Williams Chris is one of the founding partners of Howse Williams. Chris specialises…
Michael Withington photo Mr Michael Withington Michael is a Partner in Howse Williams’ dispute resolution practice. He is…
William Wong photo Mr William Wong William specialises in contentious regulatory work and financial services and commercial litigation.…
Janie Wong photo Ms Janie Wong Janie focuses her practice on international arbitration, complex commercial litigation and cross-border…
Patricia Yeung photo Ms Patricia Yeung Patricia is a partner and heads up Howse Williams’ employment team.  She…
Alan Yip photo Mr Alan Yip Alan is a partner of Howse Williams. He advises on land compulsory…
Christopher Yu photo Mr Christopher Yu Chris is a partner in Howse Williams’ corporate practice.  He is experienced…
Antony Yung photo Mr Antony Yung Antony has experience in a broad range of banking and finance matters,…
Yvonne Zhang photo Ms Yvonne Zhang Yvonne specialises in Hong Kong corporate finance, Hong Kong IPOs, pre-IPO investments…
Number of lawyers : 90