Businesses in Hong Kong can sometimes be faced with either receiving or having to file for a lawsuit in Hong Kong. Any disputes, legal claims and other legal matters that may arise must be resolved according to law and by observing the legal court system in Hong Kong. If, for any reason, you are interested in entering a litigation process, our litigation attorneys in Hong Kong can help you solve any dispute or judicial matter.
Our Hong Kong law firm specializes in various legal areas, including commercial law, corporate legislation, employment law and even family law.
Our lawyers invite you to watch a short video about dispute resolution in Hong Kong:
Hong Kong court structure
In Hong Kong, commercial disputes are brought before the Court of First Instance of the High Court, that has unlimited jurisdiction on all civil matters. The most common types of civil proceedings that are brought before this court include:
-breaches in agreements;
-bankruptcy and/or company dissolution;
-tort and admiralty;
Specific types of disputes include banking and financial disputes. In general, foreign lawyers do not have rights of audience in Hong Kong. If you need legal representation in a commercial dispute, our Hong Kong lawyers can offer you legal representation in court.
Court proceedings in Hong Kong
Commercial disputes in Hong Kong usually have public court proceedings. Some exceptions when the proceedings are held privately include cases that refer to intellectual property, trusts, certain bankruptcy and company dissolution matters or obtaining evidence for foreign courts.
Court proceedings commence when the claimant issues and serves process on a defendant residing in Hong Kong. This can be done by personal service, service by registered post or service by insertion through the letter box. Once the defendant has been informed of the legal proceedings, he or she must acknowledge them within 14 days after receiving the notice and inform the other party if he or she wishes to defend the action.
There are certain cases in which a plaintiff can obtain judgement on a case without proceeding to trial. Arbitration and mediation are alternative dispute resolution methods in Hong Kong based on consensual dispute resolution.