Criminal Law

DVC has a growing presence in the area of criminal law, with a particular focus on white collar crime. This sector is spearheaded by experienced criminal law practitioners Mr. Joseph Tse, SC and Mr. Joseph Lee. DVC provides quality legal representation in white collar and corporate criminal law practice.


Our members practising in criminal law are:-  

Joseph Tse, SC

Mr. Joseph Tse, SC enjoyed a mixed practice for over 10 years before he became totally dedicated to  criminal  litigation where his interest lies. He is experienced in all aspects of the  criminal  law, in both trials and appeals, from hardcore  crimes  to complex white  collar crimes. Even as a senior junior counsel he had established for himself a reputation as a fearless advocate for his clients. As a senior counsel, his practice has remained focused mainly on white collar crimes, crimes with a commercial background or context, corruption offences, and cases where the defendants include professionals, businessmen, celebrities, government servants and politicians.

Joseph Lee

Mr. Joseph Lee is a specialist defence advocate practising in all types of criminal cases. Renowned for his engaging court style, Joseph has established a strong track record, both as a leading junior, a led junior and acting alone.

For general crime, Joseph has represented clients in a range of offences from violence, dishonesty and drugs to sexual misconduct and regulatory offences. He is also experienced in litigating sensitive issues relating to mental health and fitness to plead.

Joseph is regularly instructed in complex white collar criminal cases, including allegations of bribery and corruption, complex commercial fraud, and serious offences against individuals. He is able to master voluminous cases with precision and ease, and his expertise in the often complex and sensitive issues arising in such cases means that he is a skilled tactician who is able to rigorously challenge the prosecution case while bringing the best out of his client at trial.


What the directories say: 


White Collar Crime


He is at the absolute pinnacle of his game for white-collar crime, for which he has the highest profile in Hong Kong. He is referred to as "a go-to," "the standout" and "the leader" in this domain and is active across the criminal law spectrum, but particularly well known for his defence of corruption, insider dealing, commercial fraud, bribery and money laundering cases, where he has acted for some of Hong Kong's most prominent political, financial services and commercial figures. 

Chambers & Partners Greater China Region (2022)


A “very senior” and “very popular name at the criminal Bar,” this silk is accredited for being sactive in all areas of the criminal discipline, but particularly well known for his defence of corruption, insider dealing, commercial fraud, bribery and money laundering cases.  “His work ethic, excellent client-handling skills and his ability to digest and analyse complex commercial criminal issues,” is impressive and “his advice is tactically sound and he is fearless in his presentation at court.” He is singled out  as “one of Hong Kong’s very best criminal appeals barristers” for his “good track record in overturning convictions and in reducing sentences.”

Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2021)

Criminal Law