This article considers the pro-arbitration approach of courts in Hong Kong in the context of a recent case. It also considers other significant initiatives and developments in the arbitration regime concerning interim measures from mainland courts, arbitration of Russia-related disputes and the new online dispute resolution platform.
Hong Kong has been long established as one of the world’s leading centres for dispute resolution. Strategically positioned at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region, Hong Kong boasts a thriving economy, a highly developed legal infrastructure and benefits from a wealth of both local and international expertise across all sectors.
Stan Cheung and Nick Gall recently wrote an article on “Resolving a Dispute – Initial Considerations” for LexisNexis where they explored key factors and preparation to be taken before commencing litigation. As part of our collaboration with LexisNexis Adriel Wong also wrote a piece on “Substituted Service by Social Media” and Ashima Sood wrote about “International Enforcement of Default Judgements”.
We are delighted to announce that Gall has won Firm of the Year, Hong Kong and Chris Wong was awarded Lawyer of the Year, Hong Kong at the Asialaw and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2019.
The shortlist has just been released for the Asia Legal Awards 2019. We are delighted to have been nominated in the Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year category in these regional awards.
The Legislative Council passed resolutions on 27 June 2018 to raise the upper financial limits on the civil jurisdiction of the Small Claims Tribunal (“SCT”) and the District Court (“DC”) in certain matters. In other words, both the SCT and DC will have the power to deal with claims of a larger amount. Such resolutions will come into operation on 3 December 2018.
Sanctioned offers are a significant feature of the litigation landscape in Hong Kong, providing parties a strong incentive to settle their disputes at earlier stages (Rules of High Court and Rules of District Court, O.22).
In the recently released Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 Guide Gall is ranked in the Dispute Resolution and Family/Matrimonial practice areas. Partners Nick Gall (Dispute Resolution) and Caroline McNally (Family/Matrimonial) are named as Leading Individuals in their respective practice areas, Chris Wong and Andrea Randall were names as Notable Practitioners.
Gall has been recommended in the recently published Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2018. 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.
Asialaw have published Asialaw Profiles 2018, The Definitive Guide to Asia-Pacific’s Leading Domestic and Regional Law Firms.In the Hong Kong domestic firm category, Gall was ranked as “Outstanding” in both the Dispute Resolution & Litigation category and in Labour & Employment. The Firm was “Highly Recommended” in the Restructuring and Insolvency category.Nick Gall and Chris Wong were named as Market Leading Lawyers and Andrea Randall was named a Leading Lawyer.