Val has a broad civil and commercial practice and is experienced in advising on a range of financial, securities, company, trust and regulatory matters.
Val has been named as a Leading Junior for Commercial Disputes by The Legal 500.
Val is also actively developing an arbitration practice. He regularly acts in international commercial arbitrations and has advised on various aspects concerning arbitration (including document disclosure, jurisdictional challenge and interim relief). He has been admitted to a number of arbitrator panels of local and international arbitral institutions.
Val has also authored a number of legal opinions for use in court proceedings in Mainland China in which he provided expert opinion on Hong Kong law on areas including contract law, private international law, arbitration, money-lending, securities law and agency law.
Before being called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2013, Val was a Judicial Assistant to the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal from 2011 to 2012 where he worked with appellate judges on a variety of appeals. Prior to that, Val trained as a solicitor at Linklaters and qualified in its capital markets team, where he advised on various debt, equity and equity-linked transactions.
Arbitration But Ka Chon v Interactive Brokers LLC  4 HKLRD 85;  5 HKC 238;  HKCA 873 – principles governing the exercise of bankruptcy jurisdiction where the disputed debt is subject to an arbitration agreement (led by Alexander Stock SC)R v. A, B and C  HKCFI 2034 – Court review of an arbitral tribunal' s decision on jurisdiction in an investment dispute concerning an off-shore fund; construction of s.34 of the Arbitration Ordinance/Article 16 of the UNCITRAL Model LawRepresented a party in an arbitration concerning a pre-IPO financial derivative instrument (HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules) Commercial China Shanshui Cement Group Ltd & Ors v Zhang Caikui & Ors, HCA 2880/2015–35-day trial on claims brought by a leading cement manufacturer in China for breach of directors' duties and conspiracy (judgment pending) (led by Wong Yan Lung SC)Feishang Non Metal Materials Technology Limited v. Tong Chung Ming  1 HKLRD 943 – Trial counsel for a listed company in a dispute arising out of a commodities trading contract; issues raised on drawing adverse inferences from individuals not called to give evidenceAccent Delight International Limited v Yves Bouvier HCMP 573/2015 – Interim relief in aid of foreign proceedings connected to the purchases of high-value artwork by da Vinci, Monet and Rothko (amongst others)(led by Roxanne Ismail SC (Day 1), Charles Manzoni SC (Day 2)) Re Pearl Oriental Oil Ltd  5 HKLRD 567;  HKCFI 2564 – statutory derivative action in relation to a listed company in which the construction of requirements under s.733(4) of the Companies Ordinance (Cap 622) was consideredRe Grande Holdings Ltd (No 2)  1 HKLRD 755;  1 HKLRD 435 – Admission of proof of debt arising from close-out amounts calculated under an ISDA Master Agreement (led by Roxanne Ismail SC at first instance, sole counsel on appeal)Re Grande Holdings Ltd (No 3)  1 HKLRD 765 – Admission of proof of debt arising from a judgment debt rendered in a California court against a listed company in liquidation (led by Roxanne Ismail SC) Pa Sam Nang v The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited HCA 1020/2015 – Summary judgment application concerning freezing of bank accounts held by persons placed on the SDN sanctions list issued by the US Department of Treasury (led by Roxanne Ismail SC) Topping Chance Development Ltd v. CCIF CPA Ltd  HKCA 478 – Defending an audit negligence claim and considering the applicability of the “no reflective loss” principle (led by Alexander Stock SC) Yuen Tsz Chun v. Lo Chi Keung & Anor  2 HKLRD 95 - Interpretation of s.8A of the Intestates’ Estates Ordinance (Cap 73) Mak Mui v Pang Kit Man  HKCFI 125 – Trial counsel in a claim for a piece of land based on common intention constructive trustMok Tim Cheong v Mok Tim Ming & Anor  HKDC 1043 – Trial counsel in a dispute over a property involving issues of common intention constructive trust, proprietary estoppel and adverse possession Elite Consortium Limited & Ors v Yim Wan Por & Ors  HKCFI 3303– Resisted application for stay in favour of Mainland proceedings on grounds of forum non conveniens/lis alibi pendens
Public Law / Judicial Review
American International Group, Inc v Huaxia Life Insurance Co Ltd (2017) 20 HKCFAR 503 – Constitutional challenge to finality provisions in the Arbitration Ordinance and the High Court Ordinance on appeals against decisions on setting aside an arbitral award (led by Russell Coleman SC)Yu Hung Hsua Julie v The Chinese University of Hong Kong HCAL 47/2015 – Application for judicial review against decisions made by the university concerning the assessment of postgraduate students (led by Russell Coleman SC)