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Richard Zimmern

LLB (with Honours), Bristol University Inns of Court School of Law [1993-4]
CEDR Accredited Mediator
Richard Zimmern



Richard Zimmern has advised on and appeared in a broad range of commercial and corporate disputes, in litigation and arbitration; including company and insolvency, banking, international arbitration, public, securities, shipping and professional negligence matters.

His practice focuses on cross-border commercial litigation and company and insolvency matters. Richard has acted in numerous joint venture contract and shareholder disputes, winding-up petitions, and applications arising out of the liquidations of companies.

Richard is also an accredited mediator, member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and former member of the Board of Review of the Inland Revenue.

Selected Cases

  • Eminent Investments (Asia-Pacific) Limited v. DIO Corporation (2020) 23 HKCFAR 487. Recent CFA decision on the interpretation of contracts, and whether an effective cause presumption applies generally to commission agents, in particular financial advisors.
  • Ryder Industries v. Chan Sui Woo [2015] 18 HKCFAR 544. Seminal authority on the application of foreign illegality principles to breaches of foreign law in performance of contract.
  • Commission of Inquiry into the Collision of Vessels near Lamma Island on 1st October 2012 [2012]. Acted on before of Islands Ferry, the owner of the Sea Smooth, one of the MVs involved in the collision, during the course of the 3-month Inquiry
  • FG Hemisphere v. Democratic Republic of Congo, China Railway Group [2011] FACV5, 6 and 7/2010, unreported. Injunction of US$104 million, relief sought of equitable execution over a sovereign state for a foreign ICC arbitral award. Issues of sovereign immunity in Hong Kong and relationship with Basic Law. This Landmark judgment from the Court of Final Appeal voluntarily referred matters to the NPCSC under 158 of Basic Law for interpretation.
  • Re: A Solicitor v. Law Society of Hong Kong [2008] 2 HKLRD 576; [2008] 11 HKCFAR 117. The case resolved the standard of proof required in professional disciplinary proceedings in Hong Kong and overturned applicability of the rules of Young v. Bristol Aeroplane on the intermediate Courts in Hong Kong by applying a new streamlined test.
  • New World Development v. SEHK, [2005] 2 HKLRD 612 CA; [2006] 2 HKLRD 518; [2006] 9 HKCFAR 234 CFA. Judicial review of the SEHK disciplinary tribunal procedures, in particular the right to full legal representation and the application of the common law right to a fair hearing to its regulatory procedures.
  • Asia Television Ltd. v. Mak Chi Kin t/a Wilson Top Marketing Promotion Co.[2006] CACV No 148/2006, unreported. Rights of ATV under its standard form Rates Card with advertisers and their agents, whether single signature binding on multiple parties and whether joint and severally liable.
  • Yuanta Securities Asia Financial Services Ltd. v. Core Pacific investment Holdings (BVI) Ltd and others[2005] HCCW 803/2003. Shareholders dispute and right to just and equitable winding up of a highly solvent company, tests for company participation in a shareholder dispute, and nature and requirements in pleading Petitions.
  • Wynn Macau LLC v. Henry Mong [2009] HCA 190 and 191/2009. The right of Macau Casino to recover gambling debts in Hong Kong and basis of the suit i.e. whether under a credit agreement or the marker.
  • Re: Legend International Resorts [2006] HCCW 1139/2004, unreported. [2011] CACV 58/2011, unreported. 4 January 2012 and 26 April 2012.The case relates to powers, matters to consider and reasons for the removal of liquidator in the course of a company’s liquidation.
  • Kwok Wai Hing Selina v. HSBC Private Bank S.A. [2012] HCCL 7 of 2010, unreported. The first [post trial] judgment in Hong Kong to deal with the mis-selling by Banks of high risk derivative products, particularly forward accumulators, to private customers.

Memberships & Appointments

  • MCiArb (2007 to date)
  • CEDR appointed mediator (2007 to date)
  • Member of Board of Review (IRO) (2015 to March 2021)

Specific Areas of Expertise

Regulatory & Securities, Shipping & Insurance, Sale and Carriage of Goods


 ‘Richard’s advice is always clear, succinct and user-friendly.’,  Richard Zimmern is recognised as a Leading Junior for Commercial Disputes.

- Legal 500 Asia Pacific HK Bar (2022)

“His advice is always clear, succinct and user-friendly, and given in the context of both the law and strategic considerations.” Richard Zimmern is recognised as a Leading Junior for Commercial Disputes.

- Legal 500 Asia Pacific HK Bar (2021)