James Thomson

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Year of call: 1992 (Hong Kong), 1983 (England and Wales)

James acts as an adviser and advocate in disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals. His practice spans a wide variety of commercial disputes including shipping, banking, insurance, company disputes, judicial review and probate and trusts. He has substantial experience in handling a wide variety of interlocutory matters.

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James commenced practice in London in 1983 and in Hong Kong from 1992.

James acts as arbitrator in international arbitrations and has dealt with complex cross border disputes and charter-parties.  He has acted on numerous occasions as an examiner of the High Court of Hong Kong taking evidence for foreign proceedings. He has been instructed as an expert witness on Hong Kong law regarding wills.

He is a former lecturer in law in trusts at Hong Kong University and a former member of the Inland Revenue Board of Review.


Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
General Mediator, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

Judicial/Statutory Body or Other Appointments:

Approved lecturer and tutor in arbitration (CI Arb)
Various appointments as Examiner of the Court
Past member of Inland Revenue Board of Review (2006-2008)

Cases involved in:

Baynham, Paul and Another v. Liquor Licencing Board HCAL 38/2010; HCAL 71/2010
Unlawful refusal to transfer liquor licence

Ericsson Ltd and Another v. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Others [2006] 1 HKLRD 584
Claim for loss of goods under Amended Warsaw Convention

Paul John Pheby v. Alois Paier and others [2003] 2 HKLRD 323
Privilege against self-incrimination as a defence to contempt proceedings

SK Global Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd. and Another v. The Owners and/or demise charterers of the ship “Al Dhhabiyyah” and other
Stay of admiralty proceedings


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