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International arbitration in Hong Kong – innovation and change

Hong Kong continues to compete and innovate in the world of international arbitration. This is reflected in the legislative framework, key reforms, and the practice of the leading institutions in Hong Kong. This short article introduces Hong Kong as a seat of arbitration and provides an update on recent reform and innovation. Authors David Holloway and Damien McDonald conclude this article with an observation on practice in Hong Kong and how it supports the development of Hong Kong as a leading arbitration seat. Arbitration Framework – supporting commercial arbitration Hong Kong’s international focus The arbitration law in Hong Kong was based on English arbitration law until 1989 when the Arbitration Ordinance was amended to adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on…

Arbitration, Legal Blog & Publications, International 8 Apr, 2022

Damien McDonald

Damien McDonald joins Outer Temple’s international team

Outer Temple Chambers is delighted to welcome Damien McDonald to our international commercial and arbitration team. Damien is a former solicitor in Australia (2001), England and Wales (2008) and Hong Kong (2016) before transferring to the bar in Hong Kong (2020), and UK Bar (2021). He was a registered foreign lawyer and then international arbitration partner with a leading Chinese law firm in Hong Kong, Fangda Partners between 2014 and 2019. Before then he was with Herbert Smith Freehills in London, Shanghai and Beijing, commencing his legal career in Australia with Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King and Wood & Mallesons). He specialises in international commercial and contractual disputes predominately involving mainland China. He is based in Hong Kong but will…

News, International 8 Nov, 2021

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