DVC has a strong tradition in the building and construction areas. Members have long standing experience in this field, and benefit from their familiarity with technical knowhow in unpicking the facts.
Our first head of Chambers headed the Construction and Arbitration List in the High Court. Other members have held noteworthy offices in the field such as the Chairperson of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association Committee on Construction Law, and Chairman of the Society of Construction Law Hong Kong. To this day, DVC maintains a robust presence in these areas, with a significant array of construction specialists who frequently act as advocates in landmark cases and arbitrators in local and international arbitrations. Notably, in the recent Commission of Inquiry into the Construction Works at and near the Hung Hom Station Extension under the Shatin to Central Link Project, members of DVC acted for the Commission, the Government, and the MTR Corporation Limited respectively. The final report of the Inquiry is expected to have a long-term impact on the construction industry.
DVC members have been and still are active in the various committees of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Society of Construction Law Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Bar Association Committee on Construction Law.
What the directories say:
He is identified “as one of Hong Kong's pre-eminent construction practitioners, whether acting as courtroom advocate, arbitration counsel or arbitrator”, He is commended as a "top operator".
Chambers & Partners Greater China Region (2022)
'He is well-versed in advising on claims brought against construction professionals, e.g. building surveyors and architects. 'An outstanding counsel who is easy to work with.'
He is kept busy handling high-value, complex construction disputes arising from prominent projects in Hong Kong. 'He is a sought-after junior practitioner in the construction space.'
'He is ferociously clever, and a solid and sensible advocate.'
‘a very diligent and detail-oriented counsel‘
is a very hard-working, pragmatic and approachable junior barrister. He has a meticulous eye and is extremely responsive.'
Legal 500 Asia Pacific HK Bar (2022)
This silk is “one of the best names for construction law” and is “very sought after as a construction silk and arbitrator.” He is described as “succinct, intelligent and very hard-working,” and “he is very easy to work with and has a pragmatic and sensible approach.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2021)
"A busy practitioner, with a strong practice, and a great guy, too."
"Succinct, intelligent, hard-working and easy to work with."
"A true gentleman and very experienced in international arbitration."
Legal 500 Asia Pacific HK Bar (2021)
A veteran construction specialist, [this silk] is equally at home in litigation or arbitration proceedings, and active as both counsel and arbitrator in the latter context. He is described as “a true construction lawyer and one of the best in Hong Kong,” while some clients refer to him as “our favourite counsel, always at the top of our list, very hands-on and so detailed and thorough that he doesn't need a junior.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2020)
Described as “one of the most prominent construction Silks in HK”, “the complete package,” and “every kind of well prepared,” this DVC construction specialist canvasses praise for “a catalogue of desirable qualities: practical, pragmatic, very user-friendly, low maintenance and willing roll up his sleeves.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2019)
DVC houses “specialist construction silks, renowned for their stamina in big cases that last a long time” and they are known to take a “common-sense, extremely user-friendly” approach that “helps turn complicated matters into simple ones.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2018)
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