Jonathan Chan

  • BA in Economics (Distinction), University of California, Berkeley
  • JD (First Class Honours), University of Hong Kong
  • LLM, University of Cambridge

Year of call

  • 2015


Jonathan's practice covers a broad range of civil and commercial areas, with an emphasis on company, corporate insolvency, bankruptcy, competition, trusts and land matters.

Since joining Des Voeux Chambers in 2015, Jonathan has appeared in the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal, both in his own right and as junior counsel. He is regularly instructed in trials and interlocutory applications including striking out, summary judgment, default judgment, expert evidence, specific discovery and security for costs, and also routinely receives instructions for advisory work. 

Jonathan obtained his JD degree with First Class Honours from the University of Hong Kong and his LLM degree from the University of Cambridge specialising in commercial law with a full scholarship. Prior to reading law, he studied Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated with Distinction.


  • Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship (2014)
  • British Chevening Postgraduate Scholarship, British Council and HSBC (2013) (full scholarship)
  • A Solicitor v the Law Society of Hong Kong CACV 182/2014 – acted for the appellant in an appeal against sentence and costs order
  • Chen Tek Yee and others v Chan Moon Shing and another HCA 954/2010 – acted for the 2nd defendant in opposing an application for variation of costs order nisi
  • W v P HCCT 55/2015 (led by Mr. Douglas Lam S.C.) – acted for the respondent to resist an application to set aside an arbitral award pursuant to Section 81 of the Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609)
  • Siberian Mining Group Company Limited v Cheung Keng Ching & Ors HCA 706/2010 (with Mr. John Hui) – acted for the 1st and 2nd defendants in opposing the plaintiff’s application for leave to amend the statement of claim
  • 北京橙天嘉禾影視製作有限公司 v張承勷 HCA 2481/2013 – acted for the defendant in setting aside a default judgment
  • Re China Solar Energy Holdings Limited HCCW 108/2015 (with Mr. John Hui) – represented the petitioner in a winding-up petition
  • Kar Lok Investment Company Limited v Siu Pui To DCCJ 4139/2015 – opposed the defendant’s appeal against summary judgment granted by a master
  • Ardis International Kindergarten Limited v Tang Kai Ming Kenneth & Ors DCCJ 4649/2015 –opposed the defendants’ application for security for costs pursuant to Section 905 of the Companies Ordinance
  • Speaker, “The ‘Unfair Prejudice’ regime under Section 214 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap 571)” (with Mr. Gary Lam)