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Donald is a partner in the Litigation Department of the Hong Kong office. He joined the firm as a trainee in 2010, qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2012 and was promoted to partner in 2021.

Donald specialises in Hong Kong court litigation and international arbitration proceedings. He also regularly advises on insolvency issues and acts in regulatory inquiries and investigations. The Legal 500 commended Donald for his “broad range of sector expertise that spans pharmaceuticals, financial services, transport, energy and technology”. He also has experience in disputes relating to other sectors including garment, precious metals, logistics, insurance, cryptocurrency and consumer goods.


  • University of Hong Kong, 2017, LL.M., Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (Distinction)
  • University of Hong Kong, 2010, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws
  • University of Hong Kong, 2009, Bachelor of Laws, (LLB), Hons

  • Hong Kong

  • Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, List of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Member and Arbitrator, Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group
  • Member, List of Arbitrators, China Maritime Arbitration Commission
  • Member and Panel Arbitrator, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration
  • Member, Panel Arbitrator, Asian International Arbitration Centre
  • Secretary and Executive Committee Member, Hong Kong Maritime Law Association
  • Member, Maritime Services Training Board, Vocational Training Council, Education Bureau, HKSAR Government
  • Member, Panel Arbitrator, South China International Arbitration Center (HK)

  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin

Premios y reconocimientos

  • Up and Coming, China (including Hong Kong) Shipping: Litigation (International Firms) – Chambers Greater China Region 2024
  • Up and Coming, China (including Hong Kong) Shipping: Litigation (International Firms) – Chambers Global 2024
  • Next Generation Partner, Hong Kong Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration – Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2022-2024
  • Named to the Arbitration Powerlist: Hong Kong – Legal 500 2023
  • Named one of Asia 40 Under 40 – Asian Legal Business 2023
  • Named one of Hong Kong’s 10 Most Influential Lawyers Under 40 – Hong Kong Business 2022
  • Rising Star, Hong Kong Dispute resolution: International arbitration – Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021
  • Recommended as one of the Leading Admiralty, Maritime & Shipping Lawyers in Hong Kong – Doyle’s Guide 2021
  • Winner of the President’s Prize – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2016