Year: 2016

“Hong Kong courts: pro-arbitration in principle and in practice” – Nick Gall and Ashima Sood contribute the Hong Kong chapter of The Dispute Resolution Global Guide published by Practical Law

The Dispute Resolution Global Guide provides practical analysis of topical cross-border issues and country-specific Q&A guides on dispute resolution law and practice worldwide. The Q&A guide aims to give a structured overview of the key practical issues including, for example, court procedures, fees and funding, interim remedies (including attachment orders), disclosure, expert evidence, appeals, class actions, enforcement of judgments, cross-border issues and the use of ADR. This article considers the pro-arbitration approach of courts in Hong Kong in the context of two recent cases T v C HCCT 23/2015 and Bluegold Investment Holdings Limited v Kwan Chun Fun Calvin HCA 1492/2015. It also considers other significant initiatives and developments in the arbitration regime concerning third party funding, consolidation, and costs of arbitrations.

“Hong Kong courts: pro-arbitration and KB v S and Others” – Brooke Holden and Urvashi Malhotra contribute the Hong Kong chapter of The Arbitration Global Guide published by Practical Law

Practical Law’s Arbitration Global Guide provides practical analysis of topical cross-border issues and country-specific Q&A guides on arbitration law and practice worldwide. The Q&A guide aims to give a structured overview of the key practical issues including, for example, any mandatory provisions and default rules applicable under local law, confidentiality, local courts' willingness to assist arbitration, enforcement of awards and the available remedies, both final and interim. This article considers the pro-enforcement approach of courts in Hong Kong in the context of the recent judgment in KB v S and Others, examines the various factors courts consider when dealing with applications to set aside an arbitral award or to refuse enforcement of an award, and provides a concise overview of the procedure for applying to the Hong Kong courts for enforcement of a foreign arbitration award.

Gall receives a Silver Award for The Law Society of Hong Kong Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Programme 2016

Gall is proud to have won a Silver Award from The Law Society of Hong Kong Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Programme 2016. The Award Presentation Ceremony will take place on Friday 16 December 2016 at the Miller Theater of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. The ceremony will recognise the lawyers and law firms who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer pro bono and community work during the year from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Family Matters – Family and Divorce Newsletter November 2016

We are delighted to introduce Lydia Pilati who joined us in October as a Registered Foreign Lawyer. Prior to joining Gall, Lydia worked for a specialist family law firm in London and has experience in a wide range of family law issues. We look forward to introducing Lydia to you over the coming months.In other news, Head of Practice Caroline McNally has qualified as a collaborative lawyer. Collaborative practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which separating couples reach agreement without resorting to litigation. More information on this increasingly popular form of alternative dispute resolution is included in the article below about a civilised approach to divorce.This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kong Family Law Association (HKFLA) of which Caroline McNally is the Honorary Secretary. In celebration of the anniversary, the HKFLA held a cocktail reception and a gala dinner with Baroness Hale of Richmond attending as Guest of Honour.

Gall sponsors the Hong Kong Family Law Association’s 30th anniversary celebrations

Gall was delighted to support the recent celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kong Family Law Association (HKFLA), of which Partner Caroline McNally is the Honorary Secretary.As part of the celebrations, the HKFLA held a cocktail reception at The Helena May on Thursday 9 November and a gala dinner at The Hong Kong Club on Friday 10 November with Baroness Hale of Richmond in attendance as Guest of Honour. Caroline McNally, Lydia Pilati and Rachel Mocatta from Gall’s Family and Divorce practice were delighted to be involved in both events.

Gall recommended in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2017

Gall has been recommended in the recently published Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2017. The firm was ranked for Dispute Resolution, Employment and for Restructuring and Insolvency in the Hong Kong chapter. The firm maintained its rank as a Leading Firm in these core practice areas, receiving positive feedback from both clients and peers. Senior Partner Nick Gall was again recognized as a Leading Individual in Hong Kong dispute resolution.

Gall ranked in Asialaw Profiles 2017

Asialaw have published Asialaw Profiles 2017, their guide to the best domestic and regional law firms in the Asia-Pacific area. In the Hong Kong domestic firm category, Gall was “Highly Recommended” in our core practice areas of dispute resolution, employment and insolvency.In the individual lawyer categories, Nick Gall was named as a Market Leading Lawyer, Brooke Holden and Chris Wong were named as a Rising Star Lawyer.

Partner Andrea Randall named in Asian Legal Business 40 under 40 2016, a list showcasing “40 of the brightest young legal minds in the region”

Gall is delighted to announce that Partner Andrea Randall has been included in the annual Asian Legal Business 40 under 40 2016 list. In this list ALB showcases 40 of the brightest young legal minds in Asia. These are lawyers under the age of 40 who have been recognized for doing important deals, key disputes and other high quality work, earning accolades from their colleagues and clients in the process.

Gall wins “Disputes Boutique of the Year” and “Best in Labour and Employment” at the second annual Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce that for the second year in a row Gall has won the awards for “Disputes Boutique of the Year” and “best in Labour and Employment” at the annual Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016. The awards ceremony, which took place in Hong Kong on September 27, celebrated the foremost leaders in 12 practice areas across 14 jurisdictions around the region.