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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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
He is accredited for being “good on his feet” and maintains a versatile commercial dispute resolution practice, with a particularly high profile for representing private entities and the Securities and Futures Commission in financial services regulatory disputes. He draws on almost four decades of legal practice at the Hong Kong Bar.
This silk maintains a versatile commercial dispute resolution practice, with a particularly high profile for representing private entities and the Securities and Futures Commission in financial services regulatory disputes. He draws on almost four decades of legal practice at the Hong Kong Bar, which also covers experience handling construction and professional negligence matters.
This silk is recognised for his “high level of experience in the handling of regulatory and quasi-criminal matters,” a quality which frequently secures him briefs from the SFC. He is further cited for his careful preparation, excellent presentational and cross-examination skills and is characterised as “a very robust performer who will fight every corner for the client.”
“Everyone in town knows him as one of the best advocates in Hong Kong; he’s a smart and quick thinker and extremely good on his feet.” This DVC securities and construction Silk also attracts praise for his versatil[ity], style, confidence and excellent cross-examination skills.”
Acclaimed for providing “practical strategies and timely assistance” in the securities and commercial sectors, this Silk is acutely aware of [his] clients’ needs” and is recommended for “supreme clarity of thought.”
One of DVC’s members is identified as a “good cross-examiner” with a “very persuasive style of advocacy” who is not only “very knowledgeable in the [securities] area” but also has “the really thick skin you sometimes need.”
He is lauded for being “highly regarded for acting across an array of administrative and public law matters, most notably for the government.” Source also commend “He has a big profile and is a big name for public law matters on the government’s side”, “He’s a very prominent and capable public law silk who is versatile, quick and insightful; he’s one of the first to come to mind”.
One of our members is credited for being ‘hardworking and an expert in judicial review matters. She is a detailed thinker.’
This silk is lauded for being “pretty much the doyen of public law.” He is also characterised as “a heavyweight whose submissions are highly respected by the Bench” and as “a thoughtful and effective advocate.” He is renowned for a practice which spans the constitutional and administrative and general commercial law fields, winning him regular instructions from government entities and corporates alike.
He is lauded for his court craft and “has a good command of advocacy and is certainly able to explain matters to the court very succinctly.” He is also praised for being “logical and practical and calm but persuasive in making submissions to the court in difficult situations.” He is noted for his “impressive handling of diverse public law, commercial and chancery matters and is a counsel of choice for government entities and regulatory bodies.”
‘She addresses the court’s concerns in a plausible and persuasive manner.’
This silk receives plaudits for his enduring reputation as a “leading counsel in public and administrative law” and a highly skilled cross-examiner. His practice spans the constitutional and administrative and general commercial law fields, winning him regular instructions from government entities and corporates alike.
This silk is identified as an “outstanding advocate, and more specifically as a “go-to counsel for the government” in constitutional cases, “combining commercial and public law expertise,” given that “his main forte is judicial review cases with a commercial element.” He is recognised for being the counsel to consult for “what looks like a dead duck case or anything that involves extreme difficulty.”
This new silk is singled out for his “exceptional quality of…research” and “crisp, logical arguments,” underpinning “a calm and measured approach and well thought out advice.” His “versatile practice extends across the full commercial, public law and regulatory spectrum, and he is regularly active on behalf of government officials and agencies.”
This Silk is esteemed for being “an excellent strategist and a most effective advocate who knows how to package a case and what points to push.” A favoured choice in judicial review cases, he is also sought after for technology related and competition disputes.
Clearly “going places” this junior is “very good in administrative, regulatory and planning law” and is noted for “his combination of a measured approach with very quick reactions.”
One of our members is credited for “being obviously very sought after” and for “coming up with extremely persuasive arguments that no one else could think of.” Another is singled out for being a “very forceful advocate” who “will fight to the utmost for clients,” and is admired for an ability to “take on difficult cases and turn them into winners.”
He is “well experienced in general company law matters” and “very strong in insolvency,” and lauded for being “a very practical, sensible and commercial guy who punches above his weight” and “a very smooth operator who’s fantastic with clients.”
He is “universally highly thought of” and is regarded as “a go-to silk for insolvency-related matters who has handled some of the leading cases at the Hong Kong Bar.” He is lauded for his “first-rate advocacy,” ability to “formulate arguments very quickly and high level of user-friendliness.” He maintains an impressively broad commercial dispute resolution practice, with a focus on company law matters, alleged malpractice in the financial services sector and cases involving distressed companies.
‘His advice is always clear, succinct and user-friendly.’
‘He is a first-class litigator with a magnificent commercial sense.’
‘He is a measured and steady barrister. He is an excellent advocate who is quick on his feet, and ready anytime to address an unexpected point.’
‘She is a pleasure to work with. She is responsive, collaborative and efficient. She can handle all the details and technicalities of a case. A very hard-working junior.’
‘He is bright and diligent.’
Singled out as a “fantastic” and “fearsome opponent with a unique brand of advocacy,” which is described as a “very understated but powerful and effective style,” this silk provides deft handling of a wide range of commercial litigation matters, but comes particularly highly recommended for her expertise in company law and insolvency disputes. “She’s really responsive, and terrifically detail-oriented particularly on difficult points of law. She’s prepared to roll up her sleeves and get into the detail to give a very expert opinion,” enthuses a source. She is further credited for earning for “herself a strong reputation” and is “bright, very calm under pressure and one of those unflappable people who maintains a very calm style, even in the face of adversity from the Bench.”
Coming “highly recommended” as an “incredibly bright” Senior Counsel and “one of the most user-friendly members of the Bar,” this barrister wins recognition for the breadth of his commercial practice, which includes particular strengths in insolvency issues, company law and cases arising in the technology, telecoms and financial services sectors. Known widely as a “very experienced advocate who is well known to the judges,” he is also praised as “super hands-on.” “Often SCs rely on the junior to do a lot of the work, but he really takes care of everything and is a very reliable person, good for clients to work with.”
Quick to praise him for his “very solid judgement,” this silk is “very easy to work with” and “very good at giving advice on likely outcomes.” His wide-ranging practice is rich in experience of company law and bankruptcy issues, as well as general commercial ones, including contractual breaches and professional negligence claims. He is further recognised for his “broad and busy commercial disputes practice,” going on to confirm his “good reputation for restructuring and insolvency work.”
“A heavyweight barrister whose submissions are highly respected by the bench.”
“An outstanding senior junior: she has an excellent grasp of law, is quick to see the commercial angle in any matter and is absolutely first class with clients – she is always patient, logical and persuasive. I have every confidence that she [will be] a future star of the Hong Kong commercial bar.”
“With outstanding advocacy skills and great stamina, she can skillfully put forward concise and persuasive arguments to the judges in court or the arbitrator in an eloquent and efficient manner.”
“Meticulous, calm and composed.”
“He comes up with practical solutions to clients and possesses a unique and effective way of explaining complex strategies to clients who come pre-disposed to certain ideas.”
Receiving commendation for being “an eloquent, hard-working and very fair advocate who doesn’t take bad points,” this silk is also noted for always being on top of his material.” While he has a “proper and polite” demeanour in court he also has an ability to “stand his ground relentlessly” when necessary, and he comes with a warning: “Don’t underestimate him.” His wide-ranging practice is rich in experience of company law, insolvency, taxation and international trade issues as well as general commercial ones.
With a practice that focuses principally on cross-border commercial, company and insolvency-related disputes, this silk maintains “a very busy practice,” and is well liked for his advice because he’s very practical.” He is lauded for being “persuasive both on his feet and on paper, his written work in particular being “succinct, cogent and very punchy.”
This notable Silk is recognised for his very “smooth advocacy” and described as a “very experienced practitioner and natural advocate with a very busy commercial and arbitration practice.” He has a “very accommodating and patient manner with clients and solicitors,” and “he is well liked by the court because his submissions are very realistic and full of common sense.”
This DVC member is acknowledged for her “very conscientious” attention to detail and her “incredibly fierce and effective cross-examination style” [in the operation of] her “broad commercial practice.”
One of DVC’s members is noted for being “one of the best all-around Silks in Hong Kong,” while peers recognise him as a “tenacious advocate” who “takes on the hard cases” and who has been “recommended for turning a losing case into a winning one.”
This silk is notable for being “the one of the leading lights of the company, insolvency and restructuring Bar in Hong Kong. He is highly charismatic and his advocacy skills in courts are absolutely first-rate. He is able to tailor his arguments to fit the relevant member of the court. His oratory skills frequently focus the courts on the key issues that are relevant to the client’s case.”; “He’s a charming advocate and a great performer who has the ability to simplify complicated ideas and presents cases very capably’’.
She is praised for being “always top on my list. What impresses me the most is when we encounter an obstacle, she will work with me to resolve it to help alleviate the lay client’s concerns. She is on top of the detail on every matter and is very quick on her feet.”; “She’s solid, calm and to the point, with good advocacy skills.”; “She is a highly effective advocate and is really good when she is on her feet in court. She is very hard-working and responsive.”
He is a prominent corporate, commercial and insolvency law silk who stands out for his handling of complex company law cases and is also significantly developing his capability as both counsel and arbitrator in the international arbitration sphere. He is commended for “combining great tenacity with an unrivalled knowledge of Hong Kong company law which makes him well respected by the judiciary,” he is “very succinct, very precise, very to the point, very commercial and an excellent tactician.”
‘A great lateral thinker.’
‘She is meticulous, calm and composed.’
‘He is very knowledgeable on company law matters. He is also responsive and always has sound, practical advice. A rising star of the commercial Bar.’
On the back of outstanding feedback, this silk is praised for his handling of complex company law cases. He is described as the “go-to Senior Counsel in relation to company matters” and as a “sharp-minded and creative” advocate who brings “big-picture thinking” to cases. “He’s actually top of my list for complicated company matters,” and he is accredited for his “wealth of experience in relation to injunctions and interim relief.” “He has a huge following and solicitors love him,” and he is cited as a “very important corporate, commercial and insolvency law practitioner.” “His creativity and tactical acumen take the case in different directions in order to better the case for the client’s interest.”
This “very, very seasoned counsel knows the law extremely well and is extremely talented.” He draws on over 30 years of legal practice at the Hong Kong Bar, and his broad commercial dispute resolution experience incorporates a notable emphasis on company, contractual and insolvency issues. He is praised by a further source for the breadth of his practice as a “very good all-round Senior Counsel” who is “excellent with clients and a very good advocate.”
This silk has earned a reputation for being “very eloquent,” “very highly thought of and very sought after” senior counsel. He maintains a broad commercial dispute resolution practice, with a focus on company law matters and cases involving distressed companies. “You’re seeing him in some pretty high-profile and complex cases,” and he is described as “an advocate well respected by both his peer group and the Bench.” He has a “good understanding of all things financial and makes interesting points.” Highlighting his expertise in insolvency and bankruptcy matters, he is noted for having “a very solid pedigree in the insolvency courts and is very familiar with recent decisions and how the law is evolving in that area.”
Praising her ability for “dealing with difficult circumstances and clients very well,” this junior is also held in high regard for her handling of insolvency and company law disputes, in addition to contentious probate and shareholder matters.” She earns plaudits for her “superb advocacy skill, whose meticulousness provides great assistance in her cross-examination.”
Applauded for being “basically, the god of insolvency law in Hong Kong,” this silk is described as being “in his prime.” He is also accredited for being “very quick-witted, [and an] extremely effective advocate” who is particularly “good at coming up with incisive responses to questions from the Bench.”
This new Silk is recognised for being “preferred counsel of a number of leading liquidators and professional trustees and is very much front and centre in the market.” She stands out in particular for her “expertise in the insolvency sphere.”
This “busy and popular company law specialist” has gained prominence for his “academic grasp of the subject, and is credited for being a “really practically-minded adviser and advocate in the company and commercial field.” He is acknowledged for being a “sound tactician with a keen sense of strategy” who “knows how best to play his cards in an adversarial case.”
This silk attracts praise not only as a “very experienced” and “smooth yet forceful advocate who knows how to cut to the chase,” but also for a breadth of practice which incorporates particular strengths in company law, restructuring and insolvency issues and matters arising in the banking industry. He is also “increasingly involved in matrimonial cases with company aspects.”
Singled out for being “good in every area he acts in,” and “one of the best all-rounder silks for corporate or commercial litigation, particularly those involving shareholder disputes,” he is further characterised as “fantastic with clients, responsive to those instructing him and a pleasure to work with,” and as “a robust and very tough advocate who prepares extremely well and whose opponents need to check and recheck their own work very thoroughly.”
Devoting much of his time to restructuring and insolvency issues, this stand-out DVC member “certainly deserves his reputation as a leading Silk” [and has a] “great presence in court” and an ability… “to get answers which get to the main points of a case, qualities which, when taken together give him an edge.”
Noted for his niche strengths in the telecommunications, broadcasting and for insolvency cases, and known for his “very impressive thoroughness” this standout Silk is lauded for his “patient and non-aggressive style.”
Another of DVC’s Silks is pinpointed as definitely a “go-to counsel” for company law and insolvency issues, an area where he is both very much an “academic guru” and a “fantastic, very quick operator, with a lot of commercial sense…” and a “very good strategist.”
One of DVC’s members is identified as a “force of nature” and “one of the best operators at the Bar.” He is recognised as the “man to go to for company matters” and “has a natural rapport with the court.”
Lauded for “uncommon talent and extensive experience” for his level of seniority, this junior has “excellent research skills and written submissions” in the context of “company and insolvency issues.”
One of DVC’s “excellent” juniors is a “very user-friendly barrister,” is very hard-working and “keeps clients calm, reassuring them that the matter is being supported as it should be” and “presents well.” She has a “broad commercial remit [with] particularly focused expertise in company law and insurance.”
One of DVC’s members stands out for being a “fantastic, first-class advocate with a lot of commercial common sense” and “a rare combination of flair, wit, incisiveness and fairness.” Credited with possessing “best in class” client management skills, he was recommended for being a “go-to Silk for company insolvency matters.”
Another one DVC’s members was singled out for his “in-depth knowledge of companies litigation and for being a tough opponent [able] to fight vigorously for clients.”
This junior stands out for maintaining a diverse practice across a range of commercial litigation instructions, commanding particularly high esteem for her accomplished competition law practice.
“She is familiar with Hong Kong procedures and is very good at finding out the real story behind the evidence.”
“She’s a great technical lawyer, has a commanding courtroom manner and is very good with clients. To my mind she is clearly the leading competition law barrister in Hong Kong.”
This junior is notable in the space, leading a successful defence against the complex and unusual allegation of cartel conduct employed as a defence to a contractual claim in Taching Petroleum Co Ltd v Meyer Aluminium Ltd . She is praised as ‘One of the go-to counsel for competition law.’
Another junior is similarly busy in the area as she sees involvement in a ‘number of ground-breaking competition cases’ and has been praised as ‘an effective and extremely persuasive advocate’. Source commend her as ‘a gifted competition lawyer. She combines deep technical knowledge with an astute strategic approach to cases.’
She “really gets into the details, but presents them to the court in a way that will be understood and which leaves the other side with no possible room to object.” She is described as “exceptionally good,” and “She is always well prepared for her cases and combines a good knowledge of the law with a good understanding of client’s needs.”
She maintains a diverse practice across a range of commercial litigation instructions, commanding particularly high esteem for her accomplished competition law practice.
She has been involved in “a number of ground-breaking competition cases with a good competition law niche.” She is praised for being “realistic and concise in her approach, bringing a good deal of positive energy to a case.” She receives regular instructions on company and insolvency-related mandates.. and her increasing body of work in the competition sphere.
‘She has an excellent reputation for her expertise in the area, with an established track record in appearing in high-profile cases involving enforcement actions and investigations into alleged breaches of competition rules.’
‘She is a meticulous junior, who is very detailed when preparing her cases. A very capable and user-friendly barrister.’
‘She stands out for her calm and clear approach as an advocate. She has a steady, reassuring manner, and combines sound analysis with good practical insights. She is eloquent in court and her submissions are very persuasive.’
‘A bright and confident junior with outstanding judgement and analytical skills. She has a realistic and tactical approach to cases. A brilliant advocate.’
This junior maintains a diverse practice across a range of commercial litigation instructions, and is held in particularly high esteem for her accomplished competition law practice. “She would be the name I would highlight at DVC; she’s really cornered the competition law market well and is doing some interesting stuff there,” She is “highly thought of” at the Hong Kong Bar, and singled out as “very reliable for fact-heavy cases.” “She is great for matters which concern very difficult facts and evidence – scientific facts and things beyond our knowledge. She’ll spend a lot of time speaking to the experts, so she can explain things in a way that everyone in the court can understand.”
“She stands out and is gaining particular experience in this space.”
“She has been involved in the first ground-breaking cases in competition law in Hong Kong, quickly becoming one of the go-to barristers in this area in Hong Kong – she is well positioned to take the market by storm.”
This junior is widely identified as Hong Kong’s “front runner for competition matters,” having “had the lion’s share of the cases so far heard” and being a member of the Competition Commission’s panel of external counsel. She received a nod for her “sharp legal mind and provision of clear, punchy advice” and was noted for the “particularly impressive calmness and ability of quick response” she shows when “surprising or difficult issues” are raised in the courtroom.
Singled out for the “well-balanced variety of his broad practice which incorporates noted skills in such diverse areas as competition, defamation and insolvency, this up and coming junior is further acknowledged for being “very accessible and friendly” and “on the way up” and is already developing a clientele in his own right.
This standout junior has “monopol[ised] the market” in competition law given her depth of knowledge of competition law in Hong Kong, the US and the EU. She is admired as a practitioner who “thinks outside the box and always tests the limits of the evidence, is not afraid to tell solicitors and clients when they have a bad case and can be a fighter – but always at the right moment.”
Recognised for his varied range, particularly in insolvency, director’s duties and competition issues, solicitors are impressed by his consistent readiness to “come up with new ways of tackling an issue” [even with] “very messy evidence” [He has a distinct ability] to “effectively put across to the client his very clear, clever ideas and solutions.”
Appearing in the first case to be considered by the new Competition Tribunal, this Silk is esteemed for being “an excellent strategist and a most effective advocate who knows how to package a case and what points to push.” A favoured choice in judicial review cases, he is also sought after for technology related and competition disputes.
“One of the very few Hong Kong barristers with experience of handling competition cases,” she is particularly known for “quickness on her feet ” and her “instinctive recognition of when to advance and when to retreat.”
This silk is regularly identified as one of Hong Kong’s pre-eminent construction practitioners, whether acting as courtroom advocate, arbitration counsel or arbitrator, one interviewee describing him as a “top operator,” while another calls him “very well respected in his field.” He is also noted for his expert handling of professional negligence and employment-related claims.
Des Voeux Chambers remains a leading set in the area of construction and property. Members of the chambers are regularly instructed in a broad range of matters.
‘Des Voeux has a group of young barristers who are keen and eager to impress in terms of the quality of their work. They are highly diligent and easy to work with.’
‘Des Voeux Chambers is certainly the leading set, providing a wide spectrum of construction-specialised counsel.’
‘Strong members in construction and property; undoubtedly the leading set in this area.’
A silk is praised as “one of the best, if not the leading, construction counsel in Hong Kong” and is notable for his expertise in construction litigation and arbitration.
A junior has similarly maintained his strong reputation in construction disputes; 2023 saw him undertake numerous challenging matters.
‘A sought-after junior practitioner in the construction space.’
Another junior is praised for acting regularly in highly-complex infrastructure and construction disputes. Source commend ‘Kaiser’s attention to detail is evident in his submissions and legal research work. He is both reliable and responsive.’
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”.
‘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‘
He is a very hard-working, pragmatic and approachable junior barrister. He has a meticulous eye and is extremely responsive.’
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
This Silk has practised family law in Hong Kong for three decades and operates across the full spectrum of practice area concerns, offering particularly focused expertise in the handling of financially complex pre- and post-nuptial settlements and jurisdictional questions. “She is very knowledgeable in the area of family law. She is firm but polite; a great advocate who is always giving sensible advice and is easy to work with. When you have her on your side, you know your client will be well looked after”; “She is always the go-to barrister for family cases. Her submissions are on-point, and she understands the client, always offering pragmatic advice”.
Another DVC member stand out for her significant expertise in complex matrimonial and financial cases involving settlements, third-party interests and family trusts sits alongside her extensive child-related experience advising on custody, care and control, wardship and Hague Convention cases. She is praised for being “wonderful for cases involving child custody matters. She really cares about her clients and goes over and beyond her role as a barrister to help with a case”.
This silk is praised for being regularly instructed in a broad range of cases, lending particular expertise to ancillary relief and child law matters. “A reputable senior family barrister in Hong Kong”.
This DVC member is recognized as “a reputable senior family law barrister in Hong Kong”.
Another DVC member is recognized for being ‘very diligent and hardworking. She is a very able junior who provides valuable support.’
She is praised for being “absolutely excellent” and a specialist in child custody matters. “If you want someone to really fight, she’s the one; you don’t want her on the other side.” She focuses her practice exclusively on the family law sphere and draws regular praise for her assured handling of both matrimonial and child-related cases. Her significant expertise in complex matrimonial and financial cases involving settlements, third-party interests and family trusts sits alongside her extensive child-related experience advising on custody, care and control, wardship and Hague Convention cases.
‘She can see the big picture in a case.’
Hers is a key name in the set for child law cases. ‘She is excellent on children law matters.’
This senior junior barrister is endorsed as a “go-to” and “true” family law barrister, and she wins plaudits for her broad coverage of matrimonial and child-related cases. She has practised family law in the jurisdiction for almost three decades. She is “very experienced in Hong Kong and sees the big picture.” She operates across the full gamut of family law, but is particularly well versed in handling cases involving pre-and post-nuptial settlements involving companies and trusts matters, in addition to issues of jurisdiction.
This barrister focusses her practice exclusively in the family law sphere and is widely endorsed for her capable handling of matrimonial and child-related cases. She is “excellent on children matters” and “a strong matrimonial barrister, too.” Her significant expertise in complex matrimonial and financial cases involving settlements, third-party interests and family trusts sits alongside her extensive child-related experience advising on custody, care and control, wardship and Hague Convention cases.
“Very experienced in Hong Kong, she sees the bigger picture.”
“He is one of the few barristers in Hong Kong who focuses on private client and trust law and is a strong advocate that is well-prepared.”
“Her quality of work is very good, making her a suitable choice for more complex legal proceedings.”
“Excellent in children matters. She is one of two Leading juniors at Des Voeux Chambers who is held in high regard by peers and solicitors, particularly for her child law work.”
This “go-to senior junior, all-rounder matrimonial barrister knows the [family] field and is well respected by judges,” her status as “an exceptionally good, forceful but fair advocate” attracting special praise. Experienced in both the financial and child-focused spheres of the family law discipline, she offers focused expertise on ancillary relief issues, including those involving trustees, and also advises extensively on cross-jurisdictional questions.
Acting exclusively in the family law space, operating across the full spectrum of practice area disciplines, but being particularly well known for her handling of matters affecting children, including custody, care and control, removal application and wardship issues, this junior is known for being “very detail-focused and very, very well prepared.” She is also lauded as a “tough and well-respected advocate who is not afraid of a scrap” when the occasion demands it.
Winning plaudits for “see[ing] the big picture” and “addressing matters holistically” this junior is also acclaimed as being “very experienced and for being a great practitioner” in the financial and child-related sectors within the Family law arena.
“Fight[ing] her corner particularly tenaciously,” this junior is respected for her work in family matters “operating in both the financial and custody spaces, her expertise covering nuptial settlements, ancillary relief and third-party interests.” She is best known for her work where the interests of children are concerned.
Characterised as being a very experienced practitioner who is popular among family law solicitors, one of DVC’s members is well-known for “being able to address all different aspects” of family law and for being able to “operate across the family spectrum for financial and child-related issues.” Another member “devotes her entire practice to family law matters covering all branches of the discipline,” and is respected for being “one of the most experienced handlers of children’s matters.”
He 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.
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.
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.”
He stands out for his close focus on insolvency issues, and in-depth expertise concerning them, a field to which he brings both the technical knowledge of a published authority on the subject and the practical insights derived from having practised as a solicitor in the area for over 15 years.
“I feel great confidence in him. He does a lot of very efficient preparation before going into court and knows what the judge will ask.”
“He is becoming the go-to person for insolvency and restructuring matters at the Bar. He has successfully carved out a niche for himself in this area and is usually involved in all of the major cases these days.”
“He’s an expert on cross-border restructuring and insolvency and is very knowledgeable about the attitudes and minds of the Hong Kong courts; he’s a go-to person in this field.”
This silk is “universally highly thought of” and is regarded as “a go-to silk for insolvency-related matters who has handled some of the leading cases at the Hong Kong Bar.” He is lauded for his “first-rate advocacy,” ability to “formulate arguments very quickly and high level of user-friendliness.”
Another silk from DVC is notable as a highly visible silk who is clearly “moving up in the insolvency field”. She is commended for being “a very safe pair of hands” who is “extremely confident and composed, both on her feet and when dealing with the clients,” and as “a cool, calm and proficient” advocate who “stays very on top of things and works well under pressure.”
This DVC member is acknowledged for being “very strong in insolvency” and lauded for being “a very practical, sensible and commercial guy who punches above his weight” and “a very smooth operator who’s fantastic with clients.”
Another DVC member is praised as “the guru for corporate insolvency, especially in cross-border cases,” he is also described as “an absolute brain who has the ear of the companies court” He stands out for his close focus on insolvency issues, and in-depth expertise concerning them, a field to which he brings both the technical knowledge of a published authority on the subject and the practical insights derived from having practised as a solicitor in the area for over 15 years.
This silk is recognised for being ‘Well known for his expertise in restructuring and insolvency work.’
He is praised for his “deep knowledge of both IP law and dispute resolution,” and is commended for being “extremely busy and one of the IP experts.” He is also noted for being “an obvious name to put on the list.” He is “approachable and responsive” and a “highly commercial and pragmatic” barrister who pays “strong attention to detail.” He devotes a significant proportion of his broad civil and commercial practice to IP issues, offering experience in all areas of the discipline, handling both contentious and non-contentious issues, but being particularly trade mark-related mandates.
She is universally acknowledged as “an IP guru,” and “is without doubt the top counsel in the area of intellectual property law.” She continues to command immense respect as one of the jurisdiction’s most eminent IP practitioners, operating in all areas of the discipline and maintaining a focus on the handling of high-profile, cross-border cases on behalf of clients from a diverse range of sectors. Noted for her involvement not only in the litigation, but also in the arbitration, of IP disputes, she is also praised for being “incredibly good and incredibly busy,” and recognised for “her advocacy skills and ability to lead a case”.
‘An authoritative counsel, who has a highly persuasive courtroom manner.’
Praised for her “great gravitas” and “specialist knowledge in IP,” this silk is described as “excellent tactically” and an “outstanding advocate, at the top of her field.” She maintains a focus on impressive high-profile cross-border cases and acts on both litigation and arbitration proceedings, acting on behalf of clients from a diverse range of sectors. She is described as “a really impressive senior counsel and obviously an IP expert who is very knowledgeable and commercial, and very good on her feet.”
This silk is highlighted as a “very sharp and user-friendly” choice of counsel, whose “recall of detail is quite striking.” His practice spans an impressive range of instructions, with a civil and commercial remit incorporating company, insolvency and intellectual property law, in addition to contentious securities, probate and professional negligence matters. He receives further plaudits as a “thorough and experienced advocate” who is “able to understand business dynamics.”
“Excellent: one of the best if not the best barrister for IP in Hong Kong, you can always rely on her to do her very best and fight hard in court.”
“Hardworking with strong attention to detail, he is highly commercial and pragmatic.”
“She’s very sharp and quick on her feet and has the ear of the judge.” This silk is recognised for her busy IP practice and well known for her “handling of cross-jurisdictional cases.” She is also acknowledged for being an “excellent advocate.”
Consistently identified as “one of the leading silks for IP in HK” this respected Silk is consistently identified as “the top specialist” in the jurisdiction and “everything she provides is just excellent… and she is absolutely invaluable.” She is recognised as being an “extremely strong advocate who has the patience and skill to explain complex IP laws and “she will fight as hard as she can and she has managed to turn around a number of difficult court cases successfully.”
Being described as having “all the gravitas of a silk,” this junior is “active in the commercial, regulatory and intellectual property sectors.” She is characterised as “very intelligent with a particularly impressive advocacy style – eloquent and passionate and yet calm; a very powerful combination.”
One Silk is noted for being “an excellent advocate and a pleasure to work with and to instruct.” Her “broad practice covers all key IP issues and extends across an impressive range of industry sectors.” One of DVC’s juniors stand out for being “seen as one of the rising stars of his seniority” and for possessing “very powerful advocacy” skills “in his own right.”
“Ling Chun Wai of Des Voux Chambers represents parties in a diverse array of commercial and administrative cases and is a seasoned pro in IP, particularly trademark, disputes.”
He is commended for being “one of the brightest and best-regarded juniors in Hong Kong,” and for being a barrister who “possesses a unique and effective way of explaining complex strategies to clients.” He regularly attracts praise for his “very busy” caseload and “the impressive range of his practice, which incorporates particular strengths in company and corporate law, shipping and insolvency issues.”
He is brilliant. “He is acclaimed as an “excellent advocate and cross-examiner,” He maintains a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice spanning shipping, securities and financial services-related disputes.
‘An excellent advocate and cross-examiner.’
‘The pre-eminent SC in shipping in Hong Kong.’
‘One of the most user-friendly members of the Bar. Incredibly bright.’
‘He is a tenacious and very experienced advocate.’
‘He has good advocacy skills and legal knowledge, and is excellent on paper. He is unfazed by more senior opponents.’
This silk wins plaudits from a diverse range of sources, who view him as “a supreme advocate” and “one of the best all-round silks in Hong Kong.” His advocacy skills receive widespread praise from instructing solicitors and peers, and his wide-ranging commercial litigation practice spans shipping, securities and financial services-related disputes. He acted for the plaintiff in Bright Shipping Ltd v Changhong Group (HK) Ltd, a case concerning a maritime collision between a Hong Kong flag cargo vessel and a Panamanian flag tanker in international waters in the East China Sea.
“Extremely bright and capable,” this counsel is known for being “excellent at thinking on his feet” and “comes up with practical solutions and possesses a unique and effective way of explaining complex strategies to clients.” He attracts praise for the impressive range of his practice, which incorporates particular strengths in company and corporate law, shipping and insolvency issues. “He is our go-to counsel at DVC, and is one of the brightest, most diligent junior counsels in Hong Kong. He is very well regarded by judges and his submissions always carry great weight.”
“One of the best all-round Silks in Hong Kong. He has a pedigree of practicing for a decade in London.”
“Counsel of choice in shipping disputes, whenever there is a difficult and novel point of law. He is very experienced and also has a track record of the jurisdiction’s key shipping cases.”
“Extremely bright and capable, he is excellent at thinking on this feet.”
This newly ranked up and coming junior attracts increasing attention as a “very busy junior with a high-powered practice.” He is singled out for his “very quick mind,” “impressive advocacy skills” and “very creative readiness to argue things from a different angle.” He has built up a noteworthy body of experience of cases arising in the shipping and aviation spheres.
This silk achieves acclaim for being “a natural advocate and [for being] brilliant on his feet,” with an ability to “steer away from the bad points” while at the same time coming up with “inventive arguments.”
Noted for being “one of best advocates in Hong Kong and for being one of the city’s most versatile Silks,” This standout specialist “gets to the point expressively and persuasively.” He is “significantly active in the shipping, securities and financial services.”
In the shipping and financial arenas, one of DVC’s members stands out for being “one of the best all-round Silks in Hong Kong” able to impressively “master the intricacies of several discrete branches of law” and is “admired” for being a “tenacious advocate” who takes on “hard cases” and can be “recommended for turning a losing case into a winning one.” Another Silk is acknowledged for being very “fair and hard-working,” a “very active thinker,” and “very persuasive to judges.”
He frequently handles “judicial review proceedings and land and planning disputes, in addition to acting on company law, contractual and trust matters.”
Known for his impressive handling of diverse public law, commercial and chancery matters, he is a counsel of choice for government entities and regulatory bodies and is frequently seen on land and planning disputes, in addition to judicial review proceedings. He maintains a busy practice acting on company law, contractual and trust disputes, and continues to be sought out by listed companies, multinational corporations and financial institutions.
With strengths in land law, company, and trust and probate matters, this junior is widely viewed as “one of the Up-and-Coming barristers at the junior end of the Bar.” Achieving recognition for being “very good in research and very quick in terms of turnover” he is also noted for “work[ing] his socks off.”
He is notable for being “consistently wins recognition for his deep expertise in handling trust and probate disputes”. One source observed that “”Probate and trust disputes are areas he is particularly strong in. He offers very detailed analyses and knows how to manage expectations. He’s very user-friendly and reachable, as well as very firm in the arguments he puts forward.”
He has been singled out as “a key name for chancery law, acting in high-value trust and probate matters.
He is described as “the best tax lawyer in the jurisdiction,” and “a very smart guy and very tough in court.” He conducts a wide-ranging practice spanning the commercial and public law fields, providing expertise in taxation and real estate-related cases, and covers company and insolvency law disputes.
This silk has earned himself a “deservedly tough reputation” at the Hong Kong Bar. With a wide-ranging practice spanning the commercial and public law fields, he provides expertise in taxation and real estate-related cases, and offers further experience covering company and insolvency law disputes.
Described as a “barrister with an encyclopaedic range of dispute types, and [the silk] you “definitely want fighting for you if you have a difficult case,” he is also recognised as a “fierce trial lawyer who has the tools for a fact-heavy case” and a “formidable opponent who knows his stuff and represents a very safe pair of hands.”
Attracting praise for “leaving no stone unturned and expert trial craft” this Silk is singled out for being both a “fearless advocate” and for being “one of the busiest Silks in HK.” He is recommended for taxation cases and real property cases as well as for being across the commercial and public law domains.
One of DVC’s members is recognised for being “very experienced in tax” and for knowing [his] stuff.