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Haldanes

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Managing Partner: Andrew Powner
Senior Partners: Jonathan Midgley, Geoffrey Booth
Number of partners: 15
Number of lawyers: 18
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.

Jonathan Midgley and Geoffrey Booth became the first two solicitor-advocates to be appointed to the criminal division of solicitor-advocates in Hong Kong.

Main Areas of Practice:
Criminal Defence:
5 partners; 4 solicitors
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:
4 partners; 7 solicitors
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: Patrick Rattigan
Tel: +852 2868 1234
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Paul Lui
Tel: +852 2868 1234
Email: [email protected]

Corporate, Commercial, Media & Entertainment: 
4 partners; 4 solicitors
Haldanes’ practice has extensive experience advising on corporate transactions of all types, including the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, investment and subscription arrangements, joint ventures and shareholders agreements, and the established of closed ended private investment vehicles. The firm has experience in advising on licensing arrangements, distributorship and agency agreements, and commercial contracts of all types, as well as loan transactions of all kinds, including security related arrangements. In the media and entertainment field, the firm represents television channels and broadcasters, record companies, 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]

Matrimonial:
2 partners; 5 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]
Contact: Willard Li
Tel: +852 2868 1234
Email: [email protected]

Practice Areas:
Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Competition
Corporate & Commercial
Criminal Defence
Employment
Matrimonial
Media & Entertainment
Intellectual Property
Private Client
Property & Conveyancing
Securities, Regulatory & Disciplinary Matters
Company Secretarial