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Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms)

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What the team is known for

Strong litigation practice, acknowledged for its strength in professional indemnity cases, regularly representing lawyers, accountants and other services professionals. Also instructed on banking and finance disputes, particularly those with investment banks as counterparty. Offers additional expertise in insurance litigation and data protection cases, as well as recovery and enforcement actions. Often defends accountancy firms and auditors against allegations of misconduct. Regularly receives referrals from other international law firms in Hong Kong.

Strengths

A client lauds the team for being "absolutely exceptional" and making them "feel guided through the whole process" while offering "superb communication and attention to detail."

Another client likes that the team "seems to work together seamlessly," noting that there is "consistency, timeliness and competence" displayed across the board.

Work highlights

Defended BDO against a USD1.95 billion claim stemming from allegations of negligent audits of the Sino-Forest Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Charles Allen is adept at handling a range of commercial disputes, from product liability claims to employment disputes to claims for breach of contract and fiduciary duties. One market source describes him as a "super litigator."

Consultant David Smyth is well known for his work on professional indemnity, misconduct and negligence cases. One source regards him as an "elder statesman" in the market.

Up-and-coming lawyer Jonathan Crompton is praised by clients for being "very hands-on and extremely responsive" as well as for his "exceptional clarity and attention to detail." He focuses on finance disputes, with recent work revealing a niche interest in cyber incidents and cryptocurrency matters.

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Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms)


Charles W Allen
Band 3
David G Smyth
Band 4
Jonathan Crompton
Up and Coming