David Hall-Jones

David Hall-Jones is the firm’s Managing Partner of Asia. He focuses his practice on arbitration and litigation. David has practiced in Asia for more than 25 years and has conducted hearings and trials in numerous countries before a diverse range of courts and tribunals. He is recognized as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ and ‘Star Litigator’ by independent legal publications such as Chambers, Legal 500, and Benchmark Litigation Asia. He is an accredited CIETAC arbitrator. David is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

Mr. Hall-Jones’ recent matters include:

  • Acting for a Fortune 500 company in an FCPA investigation spanning several Asian countries. This matter entailed extensive forensic investigations and interviewing of numerous employees. In addition to legal advice on the provisions of the FCPA, we advised on the nature and extent of reporting and compliance obligations arising within Asia.
  • Advising a port operator in Lands Tribunal proceedings to determine the value of its infrastructure assets.
  • Advising a U.S. Fortune 50 company in a dispute relating to a renewable energy investment in China. The sums in dispute were approximately (U.S.) $350 million.
  • Advising a U.S. Fortune 50 company in arbitration proceedings arising from a failed attempt to acquire a minority interest in a PRC bank. The sums in dispute exceeded (U.S.) $500 million.
  • Representing an accounting firm to defend negligence allegations arising from the audit of a PRC company.
  • Acting for a major Hong Kong and PRC-based construction materials manufacturer in civil proceedings related to misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information.
  • Acting for an international hotel group to represent and monitor its interests in a multi-jurisdictional criminal investigation (bribery and money laundering).
  • Acting for two fixed-line carriers (in separate proceedings) in telecommunications litigation relating to the payment of delivery fees for call-back and local re-file traffic. The sums in dispute exceeded (HK) $1 billion (inclusive of claims for interest). Both matters were settled before trial.
  • Acting for the Hong Kong Housing Authority in multiple proceedings relating to alleged fraud on piling projects (short piles and falsified piling records). These proceedings were completed before the Court of Final Appeal. The adverse party in this matter was imprisoned for contempt of court.
  • Representing the developer in the construction of the Hong Kong Cyberport project, with a value of approximately (HK) $15 billion, including extensive drafting of contract and sub-contract forms, bonds and guarantees, and advising on environmental issues.
  • Advising the developer and drafting contracts for a new five-star hotel at Hong Kong International Airport.
  • Acting for a Japanese contractor in an arbitration against the Hong Kong SAR Government. The disputes related to a civil engineering project where the sums in dispute exceeded (HK) $370 million. This matter was heard by a sole arbitrator assisted by a technical assessor.
  • Acting for a Japanese contractor on claims arising out of a LPG storage terminal in the PRC. The disputes with the Sino-Japanese developer (approximately [U.S.] $25 million) were resolved by a combination of ad hoc negotiations and mediation. The primary dispute involved time and money claims arising from difficult ground conditions.

Mr. Hall-Jones received a B.A. in Political Science and an L.L.B. from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1984 and an L.L.M. in 1987 from the University of Cambridge, England.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Hall-Jones is ranked as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution in China and Hong Kong by Chambers Global in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He is also ranked as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution in China by Chambers Asia-Pacific in 2013. 


Mr. Hall-Jones is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce. He also chairs a Hong Kong-based charity, the Mekong Club, fighting human slavery in the Asia region.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Mr. Hall-Jones regularly speaks about legal issues affecting Asia. Some of his recent speeches include:

  • “Dispute Resolution – HKIAC and CIETAC Update”, Corporate Counsel Forum, Hong Kong, Jun 2014.
  • “China Arbitration Update”, Winston & Strawn’s In-house Seminar, Shanghai, Jan 2014.
  • Lead author, “HKIAC Arbitration”, LexisNexis’ online Practice Guide, Dec 2013.
  • “Arbitrating with China: Understanding State Owned Enterprises, Enforcing Awards & Using BITs”, London, Dec 2013.
  •  “Protecting Your Offshore Investments Through the Use of Bilateral Investment Treaties”, Hong Kong, Sept 2013.
  •  “KPMG Global Forensics Conference”, Hong Kong, Jun 2012.
  •  “Risk Management and Crisis Avoidance”, Stanford University Senior Executive Leadership Forum, Hong Kong, May 2012.
  •  “Dispute Resolution in China”, Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Center Annual Conference, Dec 2009.
  •  “Effective & Enforceable Remedies to Deal With Contract Breaches", Fourth Annual Contract Series: Contract Optimization & Risk Management Conference, Beijing, May 2009.
  •  “Dispute Resolution in China”, LexisNexis Commercial Contracts & Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference, Hong Kong, Apr 2009.
  •  “Eurocodes: Can Hong Kong Learn From Sustainability Principles Found in European Standards?” SustainaBuild: The Trends for Inspiration Conference, Hong Kong, Mar 2009.
  •  “The Risks of Litigation in China”, Richmond, Virginia, Sept 2007.
  •  “International Arbitration – The Hong Kong Experience”, Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group Conference, Hong Kong, Dec 2006.
  •  “How China’s Global Expansion Exposes Your Business to New Legal Liabilities, Bilateral Investment Treaties”, Asian Legal Business In-House Congress, Beijing, Nov 2006.
  •  “Big Changes Imminent for Litigation in Hong Kong”, Asian Legal Business In-House Congress, Hong Kong, Sept 2006.
  •  “Arbitration in China: Recent Developments and Prospects”, CIETAC and HKIAC, Hong Kong, Nov 2005.
  •  “Competition Law in Hong Kong and China”, Asian Legal Business - In-House Congress, Hong Kong, Sept 2005.
  •  “Major Construction/Infrastructure Projects in Asia: The Effective Use of ADR from Start to Finish”, American Bar Association, Los Angeles, Apr 2005.


  • Hong Kong, China
  • England & Wales, United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong


  • University of Cambridge, LLM, 1987
  • University of Otago, LLB, 1984
  • University of Otago, BA, 1984


  • French
  • English