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John C K Chan    陳楚傑大律師

Call: 2021 (HK); 2018 (England & Wales)


John joined Chambers after completing his pupillage with Mr. Richard Khaw SC, Mr. Jonathan Chang SC, Mr. Bruce C. H. Tse, and Ms. Bonnie Y. K. Cheng. John is developing a broad civil practice in commercial litigation and international arbitration and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

John was called to the Hong Kong Bar after a short stint at Han Kun Law Offices in Beijing, where he worked on cases before various PRC courts and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

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Selected Cases

  • The Commissioner of Inland Revenue v. Lo Wa Ming Patrick [2022] 2 HKLRD 1162 – Appeared as amici curiae in an appeal regarding relief from double taxation under section 8(1A)(c) of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112) (led by Stewart Wong SC)

  • Lo Tak Wing Benson (羅德榮) v. Ngan Ng Yu Ying – appeal against a bankruptcy order

  • [2022] HKCA 1125 – application for security for costs and application to strike out the notice of appeal (as sole counsel)
  • [2023] HKCA 192 – substantive hearing of appeal before the Court of Appeal (as sole counsel)
  • The Secretary for Justice v. The Joint and Several Administrators of the Estate of Nina Kung & Chinachem Charitable Foundation Limited [2022] HKCFI 3255 – Appeared on behalf of Chinachem Charitable Foundation Limited in a 5-day hearing settling a scheme regarding the late Nina Kung’s HKD 140 billion estate (led by Bernard Man SC, with Justin Lam)

  • 李明實、方壘 & 史洪源, Dr. Changli Wang & Plus View Investment Limited v. Ace Lead Limited & Shao Baiqing – application for a stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration and on case management and forum non conveniens grounds

  • [2022] HKCFI 3342 – substantive hearing of the application for a stay of proceedings (led by Victor Dawes SC)
  • [2023] HKCFI 193 – application for leave to appeal the Judge’s decision to dismiss the defendants’ application for a stay of proceedings (led by Victor Dawes SC)
  • HKIAC Administered Rules – Claim in respect of a put option in a share subscription and purchase agreement in the amount of USD 90 million (led by Victor Dawes SC, with Adrian Lai)

  • HKIAC Securities Arbitration Rules – Claim to revoke and declare invalid shareholders’ resolutions and board resolutions of a mainland company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under PRC law (led by Bernard Man SC)

  • HKIAC Administered Rules – Claim in respect of a sale and purchase agreement regarding Bitcoin mining hardware in the amount of USD 60 million (led by Victor Dawes SC, with Astina Au)

  • HKIAC Arbitration administered under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules – Claim in respect of professional negligence in the amount of RMB 600 million (led by Ng Jern-Fei KC)

  • HKIAC Administered Rules - Claim to enforce obligation to repurchase shares and make repayment under convertible bonds following non occurrence of IPO on behalf of investor (led by Ng Jern-Fei KC, with Danny Tang)

  • Re MSB International Limited HCCW 386/2021 – Successfully obtained a validation order for the acquisition of property on an urgent contested application (with Bonnie Y K Cheng)

  • Tam, Ho Yan v. Chan, Hoi Fai Raymond FCMC 1370/2018 - Acting for the petitioner in ongoing divorce and ancillary relief proceedings (with Bonnie Y K Cheng)

  • Foo, Judy v. Chan, Ka Shing Wilson FCMC 11040/2021 – Acting for the respondent in ongoing ancillary relief proceedings (with Bonnie Y K Cheng)

  • Summi Group (Holdings) Limited v. Hu Mingyue HCA 763/2022 – Acting for the defendant in ongoing proceedings including a strike-out application (as sole counsel)

  • Hong Kong Finance Co Ltd v. Wah Fung Forest Resources Ltd & Ors HCA 1694/2020 - Successfully obtained a stay pending appeal from Master’s decision to a Judge (as sole counsel)

  • Advised a premium brand of cigars and cigar accessories and a Cuban cigar distributor for Asia Pacific on issues of statutory interpretation of the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance (Cap. 371) (led by Bernard Man SC)

  • Advising on company law issues in an ongoing shareholders’ dispute for a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (led by Eva Sit SC, with Astina Au)

  • Acted for a mainland Chinese distributor in a successful mediation regarding a distributorship agreement with the Italian manufacturer (as sole counsel)

  • Practice Areas

  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Equity / Trust
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Injunction / Contempt
  • Arbitration
  • Public Law / Judicial Review
  • Restitution / Unjust Enrichment
  • Discrimination
  • Family / Matrimonial
  • Banking / Finance
  • Employment
  • Insolvency
  • Disciplinary
  • Tax / Revenue
  • Mental Health
  • Defamation / Media
  • Intellectual Property
  • Probate / Succession
  • Professional Liability
  • Civil Fraud / Asset Recovery
  • Securities & Regulation
  • Appointments And Public Office

  • Committee Member of Mainland Affairs Committee, Hong Kong Bar Association

  • Member, HKBA Taskforce for the Government’s Consultation regarding the Mainland Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters (Reciprocal Endorsement) Bill

  • Member, Standing Committee on Continuing Education, Hong Kong Bar Association

  • Member, Standing Committee on Barristers Qualification Examination, Hong Kong Bar Association

  • Education


    Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford


    BA in Jurisprudence, University of Oxford (First Class Honours)


    Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong


    St. Paul’s Co-educational College

    Publications And Articles

  • "Recent developments in Hong Kong’s arbitration landscapes", Asia Business Law Journal, 13 July 2022 (co-authored with Ng Jern-Fei KC and Danny Tang)

  • Scholarship And Prizes


    Bar Scholarship


    The COSF Brasenose BCL Scholarship


    The Provost’s Award for Excellence (BPTC)


    The Human Rights Lawyers Association Judicial Review Mooting Competition, Champion


    The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Honourable Mention for Best Team Orals and Winner of the All Munich Rounds Vis Pre-Moot (representing the Middle Temple)


    St. Peter’s College Book Prize for FHS Performance

    2013 - 2016

    The Macau Foundation Scholarship


    English, Cantonese, Putonghua (native)

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