Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for Major independent Hong Kong firm with experience acting for blue-chip regional and global businesses, banks and governments and a long and impressive record of involvement in domestic litigation. Areas of expertise include banking, insolvency, insurance, defamation, shareholder and investment disputes. Also experienced in competition and regulatory matters. Increasingly involved in private client work and contentious probate.

Strengths A client reports: "Deacons have been our trusted advisers for a very long time. The firm is professional and knowledgeable on pretty much every topic, offering practical and usable advice with an industry perspective and delivering high-quality work within any timeline." 

Another client likes that the team is "responsive, professional and makes good recommendations without sugarcoating things."

Work highlights Acting for companies within the UAE DP World Group against a subsidiary of China Merchants Group in a claim for inducing a breach of DP World's exclusive port concession agreement with Djibouti, including opposing the defendant's application to stay Hong Kong proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Joseph Kwan
is a veteran in the market who is well regarded for his work on sizeable estate disputes and debt recovery actions, in addition to a range of commercial disputes. One market source reports: "I am continually impressed by him."

Richard Hudson
advises on everything from bankruptcy disputes through contract disputes to professional negligence claims. Of late, his clientele has included trustees in bankruptcy, artist management companies, jewellery manufacturers and the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Robert Clark
has a diverse disputes practice which encompasses estate disputes, defamation cases, discrimination cases and securing interim measures. A client reports that he "strikes a very nice balance of legal expertise, pragmatism and focusing on getting to the right outcomes," adding: "He knows the things that matter to us and takes it upon himself to make sure that others in his team do as well."