Mediation Lawyers in Hong Kong

Mediation is growing in popularity as a time and cost efficient way to resolve disputes sensibly. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in mediation across a broad range of disputes. We support parties in the mediation process and help parties reach a negotiated settlement as an alternative to court proceedings.

Mediation gives parties the opportunity to:

  • Discuss the issues and clear up misunderstandings
  • Determine underlying interests or concerns
  • Find areas of agreement and incorporate those into resolutions
  • Generate and agree mutually acceptable solutions
  • Ensure confidentiality
  • Tailor an outcome which can be embodied in a legally enforceable settlement agreement, or a court order


Frequently asked questions

Hong Kong first introduced mediation as a voluntary resolution process under the Civil Justice Reform (CJR) on April 2, 2009. On January 1, 2013, the Hong Kong Mediation Ordinance came into force, providing both a regulatory framework for mediation. The Practice Direction on Mediation (PD 31), meanwhile, came into effect on November 1, 2014 and created a procedural framework for mediation in court proceedings. Under PD 31, sanctions can be imposed on parties to a civil dispute who refused to explore the possibility of settlement through mediation.

Mediation involves attempting to settle a legal dispute through active participation of a third party (mediator) who works to find points of agreement and make those in conflict agree on a fair result. It is considered a type of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Mediation is a faster, more efficient and confidential approach to resolve disputes and it also allows companies to engage in without prejudice discussions prior to or after launching litigation.  If successful, it is a much cheaper option than litigation.

A successful mediation depends on the right mediator with solid skills, the parties’ willingness to settle, the attitude of the parties’ legal representatives, the respective strengths of the parties’ case, and whether there are any other consequences that are not within the control of both parties.

Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2022-2023

Boutique dispute resolution only firm, no conflicts, small but very strong.

Leading Firm, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2023

“Extremely professional, concise, timely and creative.”
“Gall is a first-class firm, offering practical and cost-effective advice”

Outstanding Firm, Dispute Resolution – Asialaw Profiles 2020

Tier 1 Firm, Commercial and Transactions Hong Kong Domestic Firms

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019

A boutique practice that ‘provides great technical advice and is sensitive to commercial issues’.

Leading Firm, Dispute Resolution – Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019

Winner, Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year

The Asian Legal Awards 2019

Interviewees highlight the team’s timeliness and the quality of its advice. “They always come back to us quickly. They provide clear advice and understand what we are talking about very quickly,” a client reports. Further sources concur by saying that the team is “always on time” and “gives strong advice.”

Leading Firm, Dispute Resolution – Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

All the solicitors I have worked with at Gall are extremely competent, hard-working and demonstrate the ability to ‘think outside of the box’ in solving problems and issues that arise during the course of the litigation.

Outstanding Firm, Dispute Resolution – Asialaw Profiles 2019

Tier 1 Firm, Commercial and Transactions Hong Kong Domestic Firms

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018

Local firm, well known and respected for its representation of clients in both Hong Kong and cross-border commercial disputes. Well placed to assist financial institutions, foreign governments and high net worth individuals, with expertise in a range of issues including insolvency, fraud and employment disputes. Experienced in securing major injunctions for high-profile clients.

Interviewees describe the team as “very responsive” and appreciate that it can handle matters “in a timely manner.”

Leading Firm, Dispute Resolution – Chambers Asia Pacific 2018