Litigation and Dispute Resolution Hong Kong


Tanner De Witt’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution team combines insightful and thorough legal analysis with a practical approach so we can resolve disputes promptly with minimum disruption to commercial relationships.

Our experience in commercial litigation and dispute-resolution procedures enables our lawyers to deal effectively with disputes in the various courts and tribunals of Hong Kong. We also advise on domestic and international arbitrations and conduct cases before various specialised tribunals and professional associations in Hong Kong.

Our Experience

Our commercial litigators act on a wide variety of cases, many of which have involved landmark decisions. We handle a wide range of commercial and business-related disputes, including:

  • Banking
  • Breach of contract and negligence
  • Commercial conspiracy and fraud
  • Debt recovery
  • Defamation
  • Employment
  • Family and matrimonial
  • Injunction proceedings
  • International trade
  • Joint venture and franchise disputes
  • Judicial review
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Sale of goods and services
  • Trusts

Our Work

Our lawyers’ wide experience includes:

  • An application for judicial review of the Securities and Futures Commission’s refusal to investigate complaint lodged against a Hong Kong listed company;
  • Advising the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants on disciplinary proceedings against a prominent accounting firm;
  • As part of its regulatory and white collar crime work, the department is acting on an international money laundering case involving the authorities in Australia and in Hong Kong;
  • The litigation department has a developing focus on minority shareholder protection which has resulted in a number of winding-up petitions based upon just and equitable grounds, including for a prominent Hong Kong toy manufacturer;
  • The firm is acting on a number of disputes concerning quoted companies and intra-family disputes where typically the second or third generation of an entrepreneur’s family claims different entitlements in the entrepreneur’s estate; and
  • Applying for and obtaining injunctive relief, including “springboard” injunctions, in respect of claims for breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of restrictive covenants, arising out of the whole-scale clandestine removal of the entire workforce of a business in Hong Kong owned by a group in the UK.


Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

The practice is led by Mark Side who is acting for a high-net-worth individual in a professional negligence claim against an international bank. Jeff Lane is ‘a true market leader in fraud and asset recovery claims, with tremendous experience and local knowledge’. Lane is defending Yves Bouvier against a Russian billionaire accusing the client of defrauding him out of $500m. Pamela Mak is also a key contact.

Chambers and Partners Asia 2017

Respected, independent Hong Kong firm, acknowledged for its broad commercial disputes offering. Often acts for clients in the telecoms, hospitality and automotive sectors, as well as handling private client matters.

Jeff Lane has a flourishing practice representing high-profile clients in complex litigation in the Hong Kong market. Sources acknowledge his established credentials, describing him as a “hardcore and serious litigator.”

Mark Side is a committed mediator and litigator with solid experience in handling major disputes for clients such as public companies, shareholders and accountants. Market sources comment that “he is a good all-rounder” who “has been around the market for a long time.”

Robin Darton is appreciated for assisting clients with contentious matters, especially in relation to restructuring, insolvency and employment issues. Other areas of focus are shareholder and trade disputes.