Kevin Warburton



Kevin Warburton is a Partner in our Arbitration practice, focusing on international, cross-border and domestic arbitrations. He advises a broad range of clients both inside and outside Hong Kong on matters of arbitration, litigation, regulatory investigations and inquiries, data privacy and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Kevin advises private and listed companies, financial institutions, high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and multinational organisations in Hong Kong, China, the wider APAC region as well as the UK and Europe. Kevin has extensive experience dealing with arbitration proceedings in front of the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA and other bodies and is a member of HK45, a network of arbitration practitioners in Asia and the surrounding region. Kevin is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and advises on privacy matters including in relation to key privacy policy documents and procedures as well as related contentious issues.

Kevin read Law at the University of Oxford and completed his LPC in London in 2007 before passing the OLQE in 2019 in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Tanner De Witt, Kevin worked in the disputes and investigations team of a Magic Circle firm in their London and Hong Kong offices for thirteen years.



  • Advised a Hong Kong-listed energy company in LCIA arbitration proceedings in relation to an indemnity claim for tax liabilities arising out of an acquisition.
  • Advised a large listed company in Hong Kong in respect of its status and involvement as an interested party in judicial review proceedings affecting one of its projects.
  • Acted for a Hong Kong based private equity manager and fund in parallel Hong Kong court and ICC arbitration proceedings arising from the disposal of a large overseas media licensing and manufacturing company.
  • Acted for a major European television and entertainment company in relation to the settlement of an HKIAC arbitration with a Chinese counterparty, including advising on related anti-money laundering issues.
  • Acted for an aviation and aeronautics company in relation to an ad hoc arbitration regarding certain financing arrangements.
  • Acted for a multinational engineering company in relation to series of LCIA arbitrations regarding various commercial agreements.
  • Acted for a client in respect of the successful defence of charges under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.
  • Advised a number of Hong Kong and overseas clients in interlocutory and substantive proceedings in the Hong Kong courts to recover funds defrauded from such clients in email phishing and other attacks.

Speaking experience

Kevin has written articles on important procedural and legal developments in relation to arbitration, litigation and regulatory investigations as well as articles on privacy law in Hong Kong and the implications for clients in the current climate. He has also written book chapters containing overviews of Hong Kong’s court and arbitral procedures, regulatory investigations landscape and class actions regime. He has delivered a number of seminars throughout Hong Kong, China, the wider APAC region and the UK on various litigation, arbitration, investigations and privacy-related topics.