Hill Dickinson Hong Kong









Tel: +852 2525 7525 fax: +852 2525 7526


Number of lawyers: 13


Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Spanish, Italian


Firm Overview:


Hill Dickinson Hong Kong works with Hill Dickinson’s offices in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Greece and Monaco, to service a global client base. Best known for its expertise in commercial litigation, international arbitration, contentious shipping and trade matters, Hill Dickinson Hong Kong also has non-contentious capability. Damien Laracy specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration as well as financial and workplace investigations and inquiries. He also sits as an arbitrator. Bryan O’Hare, specialises in commercial and financial disputes and insolvency litigation. Caroline Thomas specialises in insurance, shipping and competition law and is also a qualified mediator. Tony Jex specialises in in corporate/commercial work and is also a Notary Public.


Main Areas of Practice:


The firm offers a broad range of legal services in the following categories: contentious, regulatory, non contentious and shipping. On the contentious side, the firm advises clients on complex high value cross-border commercial litigation and international arbitration as well as more straightforward domestic commercial disputes. Hill Dickinson regularly advises stakeholders (debtor and creditor) in distressed situations and related security enforcement and insolvency procedures in Hong Kong, the PRC and other Asian jurisdictions. The firm also advises on shareholder disputes (including ‘quasi partnership’ disputes), joint venture disputes, investment product misrepresentation/ misselling claims, banking disputes, internet crime (business email compromise scams/CEO fraud) and more routine debt/asset recovery matters, sale of goods disputes and employment issues. The firm regularly appears before the High Court on urgent confidential interim relief applications to trace, preserve and recover assets (including the appointment of provisional liquidators and receivers, freezing orders, Anton Piller orders and discovery orders). The firm regularly provides advice concerning the validity of arbitration clauses, and the enforceability of judgments and arbitration awards. The firm also advises on contentious insurance matters including coverage and defence work. It also provides audits of insurance policies and advise on policy wordings. The types of polices we have advised on include CAR, D&O, H&M, jeweller’s block, liability, property and BI, P&I, reinsurance/ retrocession and Welcar policies. In a regulatory context, the firm handles competition issues and advises company directors and others involved in the management of listed companies, as well as employers and employees involved in regulatory investigations. Caroline Thomas and Anthony Jex provide regulatory advice to companies in the insurance and shipping sectors – including on authorisation as an insurer or intermediary in Hong Kong and on changes engendered by the Independent Insurance Authority. On the non-contentious side, Anthony Jex has practised in Hong Kong for 25 years. His team advises clients in relation to corporate/commercial matters, business sale and purchase, real estate sale and leasing, trusts and wills, employment issues. On the shipping side, clients consult Hill Dickinson Hong Kong in respect of both contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm handles cargo misdelivery and loss/damage claims, ship mortgage enforcement, charterparty disputes, claims under ship management agreements and Admiralty work generally. The firm advises banks, brokers, traders, ship owners, charterers, underwriters and the international group of P&I clubs. Hill Dickinson’s wet specialists also assist and advise in relation to marine collisions, groundings, salvage and pollution issues. The firm assists on ship sale and purchase transactions, escrow arrangements and contract drafting.