Litigation in Hong Kong is a complex minefield that requires experienced practitioners. Our team of litigators has lengthy experience in handling large commercial litigation matters, including one of the first crypto-currency cases in Hong Kong.
We have for over three decades represented clients at all court levels including one of the first crypto-currency cases in the Hong Kong courts. We successfully represented one of the last appeals to the Privy Council in 1997. We have also represented successful Appellants in the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a well-established arbitration centre of international standing. We have experience representing our clients in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation.
Mediation is now an important part of dispute resolution. Our partner has acted as mediator in the resolution of local disputes.
Few litigants enjoy the litigation process. It is adversarial, expensive, time-consuming and stressful. Mediation, in the right hands, provides a genuine opportunity for the parties to put a dispute behind them and start afresh. It allows the parties to reach a creative settlement or at least to settle on reasonable terms.
Mediation is a structured process whereby a neutral person assists the parties to reach a negotiated settlement. It may be conducted before or during the litigation. It is private and voluntary with the parties remaining in control throughout. They may discuss and reach agreement on what matters to them rather than the legal issues. They may introduce matters that are not the subject of the litigation. Relations can be maintained and parties are better able to return to business with each other if they so wish.
Mediation can be arranged quickly. Experience shows that mediation offers every prospect of cost-effective and speedy resolutions to disputes and is less likely to damage long-term relationships.
Hong Kong Courts encourage parties to mediate and have the power to order that a party that unreasonably refuses to mediate should pay the legal costs of the proceedings even if that party is ultimately successful in the litigation.
ACCREDITED MEDIATION EXPERIENCE
One of our partners, David Ravenscroft, is an Accredited Mediator with the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Ltd., the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and CEDR. He is a member of the CEDR Asia Pacific Practice Group, as well as accrediated to the Hong Kong Law Society as an international general mediator.
Mr Ravenscroft has conducted mediations in Hong Kong and has also worked on overseas mediations. In addition, he has on many occasions represented parties at mediation. Over a number of years, he has also conducted numerous lectures, seminars and workshops on the practical aspects of mediation including the subjects of handling commercial mediation and representing clients at mediation.
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