Bryan has over 20 years of legal practice in Hong Kong working at leading global law firms. He has extensive experience in all aspects of dispute resolution including trial preparation, conducting trials, asset tracing and asset recovery and settlement negotiations. He often handles challenging commercial and insolvency related disputes. He has managed numerous high-profile disputes from the Court of First Instance up to the Court of Final Appeal. He also has experience of domestic and international arbitrations and mediations.
He acts primarily for financial services companies, financial institutions, leading insurers and reinsurers, turnaround management firms and court appointed liquidators and receivers and high-net-worth private clients.
Bryan has particular experience of debtor payment defaults, corporate insolvencies, receiverships, corporate fraud, breach of fiduciary duties by directors and officers and trustees, shareholder disputes, professional negligence and sale of goods/commodity disputes. During the global financial crisis, he also acted for leading financial institutions defending investment product ‘mis-selling’ claims and the related regulatory/compliance investigation. He also has experience managing multi-jurisdiction litigation including PRC cross-border disputes and cross-border insolvencies and pursuing multiple claims following a corporate collapse as a result of a fraud by the former management. He has experience pursuing claims offshore such as Cayman, BVI and Samoa. He regularly obtains urgent interim relief for clients including asset freezing and disclosure orders.
Bryan is a regular writer, commentator and presenter on dispute resolution and insolvency market trends and developments. He has been a joint contributor to the Hong Kong White Book for many years and he authored the Bullen & Leake Chapter on Insolvencies and Companies (Hong Kong 2013 First Edition and 2017 Second Edition). He is also a featured video presenter on the Conventus Law online legal media platform. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a bachelor of laws and post-graduate diploma in legal practice.
Hill Dickinson has been offering legal advice continuously since 1810.
We have offices in London, Piraeus, Singapore, Monaco, Hong Kong, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.
We are a leading and award-winning full service international commercial law firm delivering advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum.
We are a major force in the corporate and commercial arena. Our transport and maritime expertise is internationally renowned and we have award-winning construction and property practices.
We are widely regarded as a leader in the fields of maritime law, commercial and insolvency litigation, employment, travel and leisure, healthcare law, and wealth management.
Our clients include multi-national companies, major corporations and publicly listed companies, banks and financial institutions as well as public and professional bodies, public sector organisations and private individuals.
As with most other international law firms, we partner with local correspondent law firms in those jurisdictions where we do not have an office.
Hill Dickinson established its Hong Kong office in 2013 when it formed an association with a local firm, Laracy & Co.
From April 2017 the two firms merged as a single entity, becoming Hill Dickinson Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong office currently has a team of thirty (35) staff including seven (7) partners with extensive experience across a full range of practice areas, diligently and creatively supporting our clients in achieving their business goals.
Major practice areas in the Hong Kong office include:
• International arbitration
• Dispute resolution / Litigation
• Corporate and commercial
• Insolvency and restructuring
• Shipping and international trade
• Construction and engineering
• Regulatory and investigations
• Data privacy
• Private wealth management
• Property and real estate
Damien is a speaker and contributor of commentary and articles regarding arbitration and litigation, shipping and trade.
He is the contributing author to the Hong Kong law chapter of the 2015 publication Shipping & International Trade Law – Jurisdiction Comparisons published by Thomson Reuters (First Edition 2011, Second Edition 2015). The Frist Edition covered 25 jurisdictions and the Second was expanded to 36.
Damien completed a chapter for GAR on maritime and offshore arbitration in the Hong Kong jurisdiction. The chapter answers questions on offshore oil and gas disputes, maritime disputes and security for claims in arbitration.
Co-author of Maritime Law and Practice in Hong Kong (“Enforcement of Maritime Claims”, Chapter 17).