ADR is rapidly gaining traction in Hong Kong. It is being increasingly promoted by the Courts as an effective means to facilitate the resolution of disputes. It also advances the Court's inherent objective of efficient case management.

Where appropriate, mediation presents a cost-effective and constructive alternative to litigation. As ADR continues to gain momentum, our members weigh in significantly on both the Hong Kong and international stage in terms of their professional and cross-regional experience — paving the way for deadlocked parties to overcome an impasse and reach amicable and binding settlements.

Since its foundation in 1984, members of Des Voeux Chambers have played a significant role in the development and use of ADR in Hong Kong. Neil Kaplan Q.C., the first head of Chambers, was appointed in 1990 as the High Court Judge heading the Construction and Arbitration List. Various members are also regularly involved in international and domestic arbitrations, whether as mediators, arbitrators, or by advising and representing clients in the proceedings.

As a forward-looking set, our members recognise the pivotal role that a mediator can play as a facilitator between parties. They recognise the importance of incorporating the current 21st century approach to ADR of adopting an intuitive and socially intelligent method by which to resolve disputes. This is then utilised to preserve the integrity of the commercial and personal relationship with the opposing party in the future.

Most of our arbitrators have considerable experience, and have acted as Tribunal chairmen, members or sole arbitrators on numerous occasions . Areas of expertise range from general commercial and property disputes to more specialised areas including professional negligence claims, and intellectual property issues.

Members are able to accept appointments as arbitrators, mediators or umpires without the need for referral by a solicitor or other intermediary. Our Head Clerk will be more than happy to help you find the right person for your case.


What the directories say:

Des Voeux is ...admired for its impressive depth and breadth. Among its ranks, it is able to boast a number of Hong Kong's leading construction experts, as well as several well-regarded arbitration counsel.

Chambers & Partners 2016