Recent years have seen a greater push towards alternative dispute resolution as a more cost-efficient and effective means to resolve disputes. Hong Kong enjoys a geographical advantage as well as a well-established system which renders it an internationally attractive place for ADR to take place.
Mediation is often preferred for being a quick and structured method/avenue to resolve disputes. The recent signing of the UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (also known as the Singapore Convention) by over 40 countries reflects the global commitment and growing popularity of this form of ADR. With the recent decision of the Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court decision in Daesung Industrial Gases confirming that non PRC arbitration institutions may conduct hearings in the PRC, this will likely allow further involvement of Hong Kong lawyers in arbitrations conducted there.
DVC’s members have a deep bench of experience and a strong track record in the context of a variety of disputes. They act as counsel or accept appointments as single arbitrators or co-arbitrators across a tribunal. Areas of expertise range from general commercial and property disputes to more specialised areas, such as maritime/shipping and intellectual property.
DVC’s members continue to contribute to the development of ADR in Hong Kong and beyond. In addition to appointments with, for instance, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Hong Kong Mediation Council (HKMC), members regularly deliver lectures and talks on ADR both within and outside Hong Kong.
What the directories say:
This “very knowledgeable junior barrister punches well above his weight” and has “excellent research skills and equally strong written submissions.” He maintains a very versatile practice across corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration, with expertise in handling insolvency, intellectual property and company law disputes. He is considered a “very clever and detail-oriented” advocate and “one of the standout juniors at DVC,” and recognised by “many big firms now; [given that] his practice has sky-rocketed and he’s been continuously on the rise.”
This silk is “very sought after as a construction silk and arbitrator.” He is singled out for “his expert handling of professional negligence claims and employment-related claims, in addition to his construction litigation and arbitration practice.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2021)
This junior is variously described as “a diligent and thorough junior, fully capable of doing his own advocacy” and “a leading, outstanding junior member of the Hong Kong Bar.” Notably active in the company law, insolvency, intellectual property, regulatory and commercial arbitration spheres.
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2020)
DVC's members are variously noted for being “formidable opponents” who are “effective at identifying and dealing with points that win a case.” One stand out member is “an extremely good all-rounder and very persuasive advocate,” particularly respected for his “good, always patient leadership.” And another is particularly known for being “one of the region's best-known practitioners in the arbitration sphere” acting as “both counsel and arbitrator.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2018)
One of our members is a “household name who combines frequent appearances on the litigation scene with a busy career as an international arbitrator and arbitration counsel appearing in cases with a technological angle. She is described as “absolutely fantastic, so quick and asking the right questions and nailing you down.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2017)