Australia: Focus on Hong Kong: interview with Camille Jojo
Last Updated: 18 December 2012

Camille Jojo is a dispute resolution lawyer based in Hong Kong. He specialises in handling a wide range of complex finance disputes including credit and security disputes, insolvency litigation and restructuring, trust and probate litigation and regulatory investigations.

I am a lawyer because...

As a commercial litigation and arbitration practitioner, I enjoy the variety of work, the intellectual challenge and the rigour of our common law adversarial system. Practicing in Hong Kong for over 30 years has enabled me to build up a reputation in the local market which attracts interesting high profile work. Given the emergence of China over the last 30 years as an economic powerhouse and the dynamism in Hong Kong, I have enjoyed an incredibly interesting and challenging career in an ever changing environment.

What gives you greatest satisfaction, professionally

In some of the complex cases we are involved in, there are many facets and skills that have to be employed at the same time, which are not limited to legal knowledge, intellect and the logistics of handling a documentheavy case but also strategy, and at times the application of intuition/gut instinct. The satisfaction comes with a happy confluence when all these skills are brought together with a successful outcome.

And personally?

Aside from family, close friends and colleagues, my annual fishing trip off the coast of British Columbia and my eternal quest to capture a salmon over 25kg. It is as wild as it gets and a complete antithesis to the urban life of Hong Kong, which is good for the soul.

How do you spend your weekends?

At the beck and call of three demanding kids and, often as not, demanding clients who expect you to be on 24-hour call.

If you weren't a lawyer, what would you be doing?

Every time I have to pay the monthly rent on my humble abode in Hong Kong, I vow in the next life to come back as a property developer in Hong Kong.

What is your favourite arbitration institution?

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

What is your biggest vice?

My farm in Cheshire, which is 200 years old and constantly requires upkeep and maintenance.

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