Dispute Resolution

31Oct2023

Foreign plaintiffs must pay security for costs?  Not always.  

Tanner De Witt secures victory for a foreign plaintiff against defendant’s intended appeal to Court of Appeal, following defeating a claim for security for costs In the decision handed down by The Honourable Mr Justice Wilson Chan on 20 October 2023 in XY, LLC v…Read More

26Oct2023

Screened for Fairness: A Tale of Two Hong Kong Enforcement Decisions on Remote Hearings

The Hong Kong Court of First Instance (Court) recently decided due process issues arising from the fairness of remote hearings in not one, but two, judgments. In Sky Power Construction Engineering Ltd v Iraero Airlines JSC [2023] HKCFI 1558 (Sky Power), the respondent argued that…Read More

26Jun2023

An Overview of 3 Common Immigration Offences in Hong Kong – Overstaying, Making false representation and Employment of illegal workers

After the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and the borders between countries reopen, there has been a noticeable increase in prosecutions related to immigration offences in Hong Kong, such as overstaying and making false statements. In Hong Kong, the Immigration Department is the primary law enforcement agency…Read More

07Jun2023

Senior associate advancement announcement 2023

Tanner De Witt is pleased to announce the advancement of three solicitors to the position of Senior Associate. We take great pride in recognising their hard work and contributions to their clients and the firm. These solicitors have consistently demonstrated exceptional legal acumen, professionalism, and…Read More

15May2023

A relief to victims of fraud: Hong Kong Court of Appeal restores the “Letter of No Consent” regime

On 14 April 2023, the Hong Kong Court of Appeal delivered its decision in Tam Sze Leung & Ors v Commissioner of Police [2023] HKCA 537, overturning the Court of First Instance’s decision which had held that the Letter of No Consent (“LNC”) regime –…Read More

14Feb2023

Is a pre-nuptial agreement an act of love? 

We have clients who come to us seeking advice on the process and substance of a pre-nup. Often they haven’t discussed this in any real detail save perhaps they have some pre-marital wealth they wish to ring-fence or a desire to keep extended family wealth…Read More

13Jan2023

The Chambers and Partners Greater China Region 2023 rankings are announced

Tanner De Witt is delighted once again to be recognised by Chambers & Partners in their inaugural 2023 Greater China Region Guide for each of its main practice areas. Please see full results and editorial commentary below.   Corporate/M&A: Independent Hong Kong Firms (Band 2)Full ranking here. Tanner…Read More

12Jan2023

The Legal 500 2023 rankings are announced for Asia-Pacific

Tanner De Witt is proud to again be recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2023 for employment, restructuring and insolvency, dispute resolution, technology, media, telecommunications (TMT), commercial, corporate and M&A, private client and family. Legal 500’s Hall of Fame includes Partners Ian De Witt and Robin Darton, while Pamela Mak and Russell Bennett are…Read More

09Dec2022

Service by NFT – Court serves defendants by ‘airdrop’ into digital wallet

BACKGROUND In D’Aloia v (1) Persons Unknown and (2) Binance Holdings Limited and others, the High Court of England and Wales granted the claimant permission to serve court proceedings on ‘persons unknown’ over blockchain, by way of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). NFTs NFTs are a relatively…Read More

01Nov2022

Joanne Brown admitted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers

Following the recent Family Law Firm of the Year award from Asian Legal Business, we are delighted to announce Joanne Brown has been admitted as a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. IAFL: International Academy of Family Lawyers is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are…Read More

27Jul2022

Pamela Mak recommended as a leading Estates, Probate & Succession Litigation Lawyer by Doyle’s Guide 2022

We are pleased to announce that our Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and Head of China Practice Group at Tanner De Witt, Pamela Mak has been recommended in the 2022 Doyle’s Guide as a “Leading Estates, Probate & Succession Litigation Lawyer” in Hong Kong. This…Read More

27May2022

Hong Kong Court sets aside ex parte order to enforce Mainland Chinese arbitral award on the grounds of material non-disclosure but re-grants order for enforcement on an inter partes basis

Summary In Lin Chien Hsiung v Lin Hsiu Fen[1], the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (“CFI”): (a) set aside an ex parte order for enforcement of an arbitral award (the “Award”)issued by Shanghai Arbitration Commission ( “SAC”); but (b) subsequently exercised its discretion to…Read More