Today, Des Voeux Chambers, the largest set of barristers chambers in Hong Kong, is headed by Winnie Tam SC, JP and is home to about 90 astute legal minds, many of whom have helmed numerous groundbreaking cases. 20 members have been called to the Inner Bar and appointed Senior Counsel in Hong Kong and/or Queen’s Counsel in England. Several members are qualified in other jurisdictions such as England, the People’s Republic of China (Mainland), the United States, Australia, Singapore and the British Virgin Islands. DVC is consistently rated by Chambers & Partners as a Leading Set of Chambers in Band 1, and has been awarded “Chambers of the Year” 6 times by Asian Legal Business.
DVC also has a history of distinguished judicial and public appointments. Eminent appointments include judges in the High Court of HKSAR. Our first head of chambers, Neil Kaplan QC was the judge in charge of the Construction and Arbitration List. DVC has a strong international arbitration practice with many leading international arbitrators. Mr Justice Harris, the current Companies Judge was also a member of DVC which houses many leading practitioners in Company and Insolvency law. DVC also publishes its own set of company law reports, the Hong Kong Company Law Cases. DVC members also consistently sit as Recorders, Deputy High Court Judges, Deputy High Court Masters and Deputy District Court Judges.
In terms of public service, our members have served as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association, Chairman of the United Nations Peace & Development Foundation, Chair of the Communications Authority, Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law. John Griffiths SC, CMG, QC was a former Attorney General of Hong Kong. Daniel R Fung, SC, SBS, QC was the first Chinese Solicitor General of Hong Kong and Teresa Cheng SC, GBS, JP, formerly from DVC, is Hong Kong’s current Secretary for Justice.
Prominent positions also include various appointments helmed by DVC's current Head under the auspices of the International Bar Association, (IBA) and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, (IPBA.) These comprise variously, Co-Chairman, Forum for Barristers and Advocates, IBA, Member, Policy Sub-Committee, Bar Issues Commission, IBA, Member, China Working Group, Asia Pacific Forum, IBA, Officer, Diversity and Inclusion Council, IBA, and Vice Chairman, Women Business Lawyers Committee, IPBA.
DVC also houses visiting scholars to Harvard Law School, a Chairman of the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform, Chairmen of the Society of Construction Law of Hong Kong, a Vice Chairman of the Board of Review of the Inland Revenue, Vice Chairmen of the Committee of the HKIAC, a Non-executive Director of the Securities and Futures Commission and Non-governmental Advisers to the International Competition Network, (Overseas) Bencher(s) of the Middle Temple Society of England, Chairman of the Hong Kong Advocacy Training Council, Chairman of the League of Competition Law (LIDC), Hong Kong Chapter and a Member of the Board of Advisors, Shenzhen Lanhai Research Institute on Legal Services in the Greater Bay Area.
DVC’s members additionally include professors of numerous universities and notably, 4 Rhodes Scholars and over 20 Bar Scholars.