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Vod Chan


Practice Profile

Vod is a practising barrister with a focus on civil litigation, especially in the areas of company/business, intellectual property, employment, discrimination, land/property, landlord and tenant, torts including personal injury, and banking laws. In particular, his spectrum of practice covers, in the area of company law, advising a listed company’s investment vehicle on its shareholders’ rights, and seeking reliefs on behalf of a company falling foul of the Companies Ordinance; regarding the employment law, assisting a worldwide leader of technical solutions in a hotly contested employment dispute, advising an international health care solution provider on a labour dispute involving a question of equal opportunity, and seeking an injunction order against a former employee for enforcement of restrictive covenants; and, concerning the law of intellectual property, seeking an injunctive relief for breach of confidence, advising in two separate cases of pharmaceutical patents involving an interesting point of law, and arguing a novel point of law in a trade mark dispute.

Likewise, he is also an active arbitrator and advocate in many arbitrations such as major financial arrangements / cross-border investments / international financing, banking, international trading, contract / business, insurance, property management / DMC, construction / engineering, PRC media, etc. 

Vod also acts as defence counsel in criminal litigation, from appearing before the Court of Appeal to advocating an unprecedented point of law in magistracy appeal to defending cases, for example, involving a corruption offence, an infringement of intellectual property rights, or a breach of trust with an amount in question close to $20 million.

Call: 2004 (HK)




LLM in ArbDR (Distinction) (City University of Hong Kong) (CityU)

LLM (Distinction) (University of Hong Kong)

PCLL (University of Hong Kong)

LLB (Hons.) (University of London)

MBA (Simon Fraser University)

Advance Certificate in Sport & Exercise Nutrition (The University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education)

SAP Certificate

 Selected Cases

  • Construction and Arbitration

    • To HS Eddy v Sheenluxe, HCCT 34/2008 (Court of First Instance, 3 Dec 2008) (Opposing to set aside an arbitration award)

    • Falcon Building Materials Co. Ltd. v Fine View Engineering Ltd, DCCJ 5663/2006 (District Court, 3 Jan 2008)

    • Otis Elevator Co (HK) Ltd v Cheung Yip Chuen David, DCCJ 5316/2005 (District Court, 21 Jul 2006)

  • Administrative and Public Law

    • China Mobile v Commissioner of Inland Revenue, HCIA 2/2017 (Court of First Instance, 28 Jul 2020) (Tax/Income Revenue)

  • Company and Insolvency

    • Palliser Investments Ltd v Man Chi Chuen & Another (Bankruptcy), HCB 3633/2005 (Court of First Instance, 17 Oct 2005)


  • Chair, Appeal Tribunal Panel (Buildings)

  • Member, Finance Dispute Resolution Centre’s Appointment Committee

  • Vice Chair, Mediation Committee, HKBA

  • Adjunct Professor, School of Law, CityU

  • Deputy Registrar, District Court, HK Judiciary

  • Council Member, HK Institution of Arbitrators

  • Member, ICC-HK Standing Committee on Arbitration and ADR

  • Member, Committee on Arbitration, HKBA

  • Mentor of Hong Kong University’s Law Mentorship Programme

  • Former Deputy Adjudicator, Small Claims Tribunal, HK Judiciary

  • Former Deputy Magistrate, Tuen Mun Magistracy, HK Judiciary

  • Former Member of HK Trade Development Council’s Professional Services Advisory Committee

  • Former Member of Steering Committee on Mediation, Department of Justice

  • Former Adjunct Professor of Arbitration Law, CityU

  • Former Lecturer of International Trade Law, Arbitration Program, HKU SPACE

  • Former Member of Supervisory Board, Asia Dispute Resolution Journal

  • Former Chairperson, HK Mediation Council, HKIAC


  • What Should Lawyers Do When the Best of the Two Worlds Collide in Mediation/Negotiation?, HK Lawyer, p.35, 11/2020”

  • Using softer hands to settle injury claims, South China Morning Post, p2, 16/1/2016

  • Turn bad times into a career opportunity, South China Morning Post, p2, 20/9/2014

  • Mediator’s Qualifications & Skills, publication following Mediation Conference on 21/3/2014

  • Stopping fighting friends' garment firm from unravelling”, South China Morning Post, 15/2/2014

  • RTHK Disputants Should Have Radioed for Mediation Help, South China Morning Post, p20, 13/4/2013

  • Should a lawyer-mediator’s fee be shared in HK?, HK Lawyer p.62 9/2012

  / Awards

Bronze Award for Volunteer Service, Social Welfare Department Hong Kong

Eileen Purkiss Memorial Endowment Award

BC Hydro Scholarship


  • Practising Arbitrator:

o Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)’s List of Arbitrators

o Domain Name Dispute Resolution

o Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

o Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb)

o Member of Finance Dispute Resolution Centre

o Nanjing Arbitration Committee International

o Online Dispute Resolution Centre (eBRAM)

  • General & Family Mediator:


o Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited

o Hong Kong Bar Association (HKBA)

o Finance Dispute Resolution Centre

o International Online Dispute Resolution Centre (eBRAM)

  • Greater Bay Area Lawyer


Fluent in Cantonese, English and Putonghua

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