The Legal 500 2022 rankings are announced for Asia-Pacific


Tanner De Witt is proud to be recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2022 for employmentrestructuring and insolvency, dispute resolution and technology, media, telecommunications (TMT). Legal 500’s Hall of Fame includes Partners Ian De Witt and Robin Darton and Consultant Kim Boreham, while Pamela Mak and Russell Bennett are recognised as Leading Individuals. Sunny Hathiramani is listed as a next generation partner for our top tier Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. The full rankings can be found here.

Restructuring and insolvency – ranked: tier 1

Independent Hong Kong firm Tanner De Witt has a large and dedicated restructuring and insolvency team that handles matters with domestic and international dimensions. It is often instructed as lead counsel on contentious matters and also services large international law firms as local counsel. Ian De Witt and Robin Darton co-head the team of ‘well respected practitioners’, with De Witt recommended for commercial litigation, insolvency, fraud, asset-tracing and enforcement matters. Darton has considerable experience in debt restructurings and matters relating to financing and security transactions. ‘Excellent lawyer’ Sunny Hathiramani acts for office holders and creditors in relation to contentious personal and corporate insolvency matters. 

Hall of Fame

Ian De Witt

Robin Darton

Next Generation Partner

Sunny Hathiramani


‘Tanner De Witt has a team of well respected practitioners in the Hong Kong insolvency space’.

‘Being a firm rooted in Hong Kong, they are very knowledgeable in the development of judicial thinking in the territory, and have been involved in some important cases shaping the law in the space’.

‘Quality is consistent across the firm and they seem less exposed to turnovers that can happen at international firms’.

‘Robin Darton is very commercial and extremely user friendly’.

‘Sunny Hathiramani is an excellent lawyer with a strong grasp on the key issues’.

‘Robin Darton has exceptional knowledge and experience is my first port of call when ever I need to run something by a lawyer. ’

‘One of the largest and most respected restructuring and insolvency teams in Hong Kong’.

‘They have exceptional experience to draw on and there are very few matters they have not dealt with before’.

Employment – ranked: tier 2

Independent Hong Kong firm Tanner De Witt generates referrals from other independent and international law firms, and it is equally strong in both contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice has recently seen a number of instructions relating to the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law and the COVID-19 pandemic, including advice on the Hong Kong government’s wage subsidy scheme, work-from-home arrangements, and sickness and termination issues. With Kim Boreham stepping into a consultancy role, the team is now led solely by Russell Bennett, who focuses on handling contentious employment matters for senior regulated individuals.

Hall of Fame

Kim Boreham

Leading Individual

Russell Bennett


Russell Bennett is hard-wired to help people and make tough times lighter and more bearable – absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent Hong Kong experience, and knowledge of the Hong Kong courts and the individuals in the court system.’

‘Russell Bennett has a very good “big picture” view of the case and how his client’s position should be presented in court.’

Russell Bennett – exceptionally talented and knowledgeable.’

Dispute resolution: litigation – ranked: tier 3

The ‘responsive and user-friendly‘ litigation team at Tanner De Witt handles a broad scope of matters, ranging from banking-related fraud and asset tracing to the contentious probate of high-net-worth individuals. Jointly led by Mark SideJeff Lane and Pamela Mak, its other focus areas include insolvency and multijurisdictional shareholder disputes. Clients note Side as a ‘tough adversary‘, with further praise for Mak, who is ‘adept at smoothing over any problems‘. The ‘commercially savvy‘ Robin Darton is another key contact.

Leading Individual

Pamela Mak


‘Mark Side and Pamela Mak lead an impressive commercial dispute resolution team. Russell Bennett leads a leading contentious employment team.’

‘Mark Side is a tough adversary for commercial disputes, while Russell Bennett is a knowledgeable and very competent employment litigator.’

‘Always get very commercial, solid advice. Very responsive and user-friendly, and just a nice bunch of people.’

‘Pamela Mak is excellent with mainland clients in particular, and adept at smoothing over any problems and gaining trust of clients.’

‘Robin Darton is very commercially savvy and knows the HK court processes like the back of his hand.’

‘During recent years, a number of highly complicated multijurisdictional asset recoveries have been referred to Tanner De Witt’s litigation team. Those cases are always time-sensitive and the firm has always met the standards necessary to handle those cases successfully. Moreover, it stays on the case even after years until a final solution or judgement has been reached.’

‘Jeff Lane as a partner is always available and in appropriate cases with timely restrictions representing them in court. Also, Kevin Siu has deep knowledge not only of the remedies available in Hong Kong, but a great understanding of the complexity and different legal approaches on those cases in other jurisdictions.’

TMT – ranked: tier 3

Led by the ‘responsive and pragmatic‘ Pádraig Walsh, Tanner De Witt provides ‘practical advice‘ to investors, strategics and founders on a range of transactional, procurement, data protection and commercial contracts matters. Walsh acts for clients in a wide variety of industries, such as fintech, regtech, healthtech and cleantech, among many others. He is knowledgeable about issues associated with new technologies, including AI, blockchain and cloud. Consultant Nigel Stamp is a recent arrival from K&L Gates.


The team provides practical advice and solutions.’

Padraig Walsh provides practical advice to tech start-ups. His broad range of expertise has been particularly helpful for early stages companies.’

Padraig Walsh is extremely responsive and provides a consistently high level of client service, with a balanced and pragmatic approach.’

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