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Managing Partner: Andrew Powner

Senior Partners: Jonathan Midgley, Geoffrey Booth

Number of partners: 20

Number of lawyers: 19

Languages: Cantonese, English, French, Mandarin, Spanish  

Firm Overview: 

Established in 1975, Haldanes is a Hong Kong based law firm with significant experience in serving the needs of clients locally, in the Asia region and internationally.

The firm prides itself in working to high standards, recognising this is critical to building sustainable client relationships. The firm’s philosophy of reducing bureaucracy is reflected in the efficiency with which we can react to clients’ requirements, being as responsive and cost effective as possible.

The firm has three partners who are appointed as solicitor-advocates – Jonathan Midgley and Geoffrey Booth were the first two solicitor-advocates to be appointed to the criminal division whilst Nathan Wong was appointed to the civil division.

Criminal Defence:  

4 partners; 6 associates

Haldanes has both the largest and longest established criminal defence practice in Hong Kong engaged exclusively in assisting persons or companies facing criminal prosecution. Stretching back to 1981 when the first commercial crime prosecution was staged in Hong Kong through to the present, Haldanes has been involved in many of the major criminal trials. This department regularly assists clients with securities and futures commission regulatory issues, commercial crime, extradition, competition law and all aspects of criminal defence work.

Contact: Jonathan Midgley

Tel: +852 2868 1234

Email: [email protected]

Contact: Felix Ng

Tel: +852 2868 1234

Email: [email protected]

Civil Litigation:

5 partners; 8 associates

Haldanes’ litigation team represents clients in a wide range of cases at all levels of the Hong Kong Court system from first instance through to the Court of Final Appeal. Haldanes is regularly instructed in arbitration proceedings and mediation. The firm’s lawyers have particular experience in the conduct of multi-jurisdictional litigation and complex commercial disputes covering commercial fraud, shareholders’ disputes, contractual and trust disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, defamation and employment. Haldanes recognises the importance of achieving practical, business-oriented solutions and aim to help clients resolve disputes with minimum cost and disruption.

Contact: Yu Kew Leung

Tel: +852 2868 1234

Email: [email protected]

Contact: Paul Lui

Tel: +852 2868 1234

Email: [email protected]

Corporate, Commercial, Media & Entertainment: 

3 partners; 2 solicitors

Haldanes’ commercial practice has extensive experience advising on transactions of all types, including the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, investment and subscription arrangements, joint venture and shareholders’ agreements. In the media, entertainment and sports industries, the firm represents television channels and broadcasters, sponsors, promoters of live events, DSPs, publishing companies, film studios and production companies, and international and regional movie stars and musical talents. The department also handles employment and immigration work, and has extensive experience of trademarks and other intellectual property matters.

Contact: John McLellan

Tel: +852 2868 1234

Email: [email protected]


3 partners; 4 solicitors

Haldanes’ team are experienced in obtaining injunctive relief for clients to protect assets against dissipation and will frequently enlist the assistance of highly competent forensic accountants to assist in this regard. Haldanes deal with many child issues including custody, care and control, access and wardship applications. Such matters are particularly difficult for clients and the Haldanes team endeavours to display sensitivity and understanding in such matters and prides itself on the service they can offer.

Contact: Elsie Liu

Tel: +852 2868 1234

Email: [email protected]

Other Areas of Practice:

Dispute Resolution



Intellectual Property

Private Client

Property & Conveyancing

Securities, Regulatory & Disciplinary Matters

Company Secretarial

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