Victor Dawes SC 杜淦堃資深大律師

T: (+852) 2523 2003
Secretary: Yvonne Yim T: (+852) 2248 1881

Professional qualifications

Call: 1999 (HK)
Inner Bar: (2015)
Accredited as a mediator by CEDR in 2006
Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Appointments and public office

Member, Chief Justice’s Working Party on Mediation (2007-2013)
Deputy District Judge (Aug 2010 and Nov 2012)
Member, Working Group on Financial Dispute Resolution Centre (FDRC), Government of HKSAR
Member, Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong - Sub-Committee on Third Party Funding in Arbitration
Member, SFC Takeovers Disciplinary Chair Committee


1998: LLB – London School of Economics and Political Science
1999: PCLL – HKU

Practice profile

Victor is a commercial litigator and arbitrator. He has substantial experience in commercial disputes with emphasis on international arbitration, securities and regulatory matters, trust, company law and banking and financial disputes.

He acts regularly for both regulators (HKEx and SFC) and parties under investigation in court proceedings and other relevant tribunals (MMT, SFAT and the Takeover Panel).

He acted for CITIC Limited in the disputes arising from the forex losses in 2008. CITIC was successful in two Court of Appeal decisions over LPP issues and subsequently in the MMT proceedings commenced by the SFC. He also appeared for the SFC in a number of important cases including the winding up of China Metal Recycling, the s. 213 proceedings against Qunxing Papers and the disqualification proceedings against the directors of Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd.

Since the financial crisis in 2008, he has appeared for a number of financial institutions in the most significant mis-selling cases in Hong Kong: e.g. Selina Kwok v. HSBC, DBS Bank v. Sit, Chang v. Bank of Singapore and Shine Grace v. Citibank.

As part of his ADR practice, Victor appears regularly as counsel in arbitrations and in related court applications. He also sits regularly as arbitrator in a wide range of commercial disputes. He is on the HKIAC Panel of Arbitrators and also the HKIAC Panel for Financial Services Disputes.


English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)

Recent reported cases


Allen & Overy v Beijing Tong Gang Da Sheng Trade Co Ltd (2016) 19 HKCFAR 705

China Gas Holdings Ltd v Li Xiao Yun (2016) 19 HKCFAR 522

Vivien Fan v HKSAR (2011) 14 HKCFAR 641

Yung Shu Wu v Vivienne Sung Wu (2011) 14 HKCFAR 39


Secretary for Justice v Cheung Kai Yin [2018] 1 HKLRD 109

Securities and Futures Commission v Li Hejun [2017] 4 HKLRD 785

Chang Pui Yin v Bank of Singapore Ltd [2017] 4 HKLRD 458

Lai Man Lok v Director of Home Affairs [2017] 3 HKLRD 338

Secretary for Justice v Cheng Kam Mun (No 3) [2017] 2 HKLRD 768

Re Hong Kong Journalists Association [2017] 2 HKLRD 756

Secretary for Justice v Cheng Kam Mun (No 2) [2017] 1 HKLRD 735

Qiyang Ltd v Mei Li New Energy Ltd [2016] 4 HKLRD 790

Secretary for Justice v Chau Wan Ying [2016] 2 HKLRD 434 (pre-trial direction)

Komal Patel v Chris Au [2016] 1 HKLRD 328

China International Fund Ltd v Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Ltd [2015] 4 HKLRD 609

Citic Pacific Ltd v Secretary for Justice (No 2) [2015] 4 HKLRD 20

Beijing Tong Gang Da Sheng Trade Co Ltd v Allen & Overy [2015] 3 HKLRD 247

China Metal Recycling (Holdings) Ltd (No 3) [2015] 2 HKLRD 415

Beijing Tong Gang Da Sheng Trade Co Ltd v Allen & Overy (No 2) [2014] 3 HKLRD 292

China People (Hong Kong) Ltd [2014] 2 HKLRD 808

MKKWH v RKSH [2014] 2 HKLRD 704

Chinachem Financial Services Ltd v Century Venture Holdings Ltd [2014] 2 HKLRD 557

Beijing Tong Gang Da Sheng Trade Co Ltd v Allen & Overy [2014] 2 HKLRD 86

Leung Chung Pun v Masterwise International Ltd [2014] 1 HKLRD 1129

Wong Hung Kar Kee Mimi v Severn Villa Ltd [2014] 1 HKLRD 1088

Citibank NA v Days Properties Ltd [2013] 4 HKLRD 264

Re Lau Wan [2013] 3 HKLRD 567

Wong Wai Kay v Hong Kong Economic Journal Co Ltd [2013] 3 HKLRD 27

Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co Ltd v Pur Products Ltd [2013] 1 HKLRD 590

CITIC Pacific Ltd v Secretary for Justice [2012] 2 HKLRD 701

Kwan Hung Sang Francis v Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd [2012] 1 HKLRD 546

Wong Kar Gee Mimi v Hung Kin Sang Raymond [2011] 5 HKLRD 241

Re Planet Toys (HK) Ltd [2011] 2 HKLRD 101

H v H (Public Company: Imposed Director) [2011] 1 HKLRD 1048

China New Era International Ltd v Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd [2010] 2 HKLRD 254

Wong Chung Ming Development Fund Co Ltd v Profit Surplus Ltd [2009] 3 HKLRD 514

A v R (Arbitration: Enforcement) [2009] 3 HKLRD 389

A (Mentally Incapacitated Person: Committee) [2009] 2 HKLRD 159


Secretary for Justice v Siew Yun Long [2018] 1 HKC 147

Hao Xiaoying v Wong Yiu Lam William [2017] 6 HKC 151

Yang Foo-Oi v Wai Wai Chen [2017] 5 HKC 507 (leave to appeal against post-judgment discovery order)

Regina Ip Lau Suk-Yee v Cheng Albert Jianghan [2017] 5 HKC 335 (Civil Procedure)

DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd v Sit Pan Jit [2016] 5 HKC 104

Centa-City Index Co Ltd v Hong Kong Economic Journal Co [2016] 4 HKC 53

Pui Kwan Kay v Ming Pao Holdings Ltd [2016] 2 HKC 518

Lu, Lu & Lu v Chan & Hui [2015] 6 HKC 149

Hao Xiaoying v Wong Yiu Lam William & Ors [2015] 3 HKC 155

Z v A & Ors [2015] 2 HKC 272

Chiu Luen Public Light Bus Co Ltd v Persons Unlawfully Occupying or Remaining on the Public Highways & Ors [2014] 6 HKC 298

Johnson Electric International Ltd v Bel Global Resources Holdings Ltd [2014] 5 HKC 504

Lai Jianping & Anor v ABN Amro Bank NV [2013] 3 HKC 571

Yang Foo Oi v Wai Wai Chen & Anor [2013] 3 HKC 131

Kwok Wai Hing Selina v HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA (Formerly known as HSBC Republic Bank (Suisse) SA) [2012] 4 HKC 260

Astro Nusantara International BV & Ors v PT Ayunda Prima Mitra & Ors [2012] 3 HKC 349

Ho Foon Cheung v Shun Yip Engineering Co Ltd [2012] 1 HKC 203

AO Smith Holdings (Barbados) SRL v Zhang Dacheng [2011] 4 HKC 435

Global Bridge Assets Ltd & Ors v Sun Hung Kai Securities Ltd [2011] 4 HKC 9

HKSAR v Habibullah Abdul Rahman & Ors [2010] 4 HKC 301