The Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2020 has been released and Gall is ranked as a Leading Firm for Dispute Resolution (Band 4) and Family/Matrimonial (Band 3). Nick Gall (Band 3), Caroline McNally (Band 1) and Andrea Randall (Band 3) are named as Leading Individuals and Chris Wong as a Recognised Practitioner.
What the team is known for Local firm, well known and respected for its representation of clients in both Hong Kong and cross-border commercial disputes. Well placed to assist financial institutions, foreign governments and high net worth individuals, with expertise in a range of issues including insolvency, shareholder and joint venture disputes, fraud, and employment disputes. Experienced in securing major injunctions for high-profile clients. Regularly receives referrals from international law firms in Hong Kong.
Strengths Clients are impressed with the lawyers' client-oriented approach, with one noting: "They offer very reliable and swift work. They are easy to communicate with, and are also reasonable in their proposals and strategy."
Another source reports: "We think their litigation strategy is strong; they're quite flexible in terms of arrangements and providing a step-by-step approach. They will follow up regularly and are proactive in terms of thinking about what's coming next."
Work highlights Defended Cellmark against a claim brought by Deloitte alleging conspiracy and diversion of a listed company's assets.
- Leading Individual – Nick Gall, Band 3
Nick Gall receives extensive praise from sources, who report that "his advice is always lined with his long-term experience and deep knowledge of the Hong Kong legal standards." He is a seasoned litigator and advises clients on shareholder and joint venture disputes, as well as offering notable expertise in asset tracing litigation and fraud claims.
- Recognised Practitioner – Chris Wong
What the team is known for Compact team known for its expertise in dealing with the breakdown of relationships. Acts for clients going through a divorce, assisting them with the financial aspects, also usually handling complex international relocations where children are involved. Also equipped to advise on matters involving trusts and business assets. Renowned for its emphasis on using collaborative law and mediation as alternative methods to resolve a dispute. Remains a popular choice for expatriates, HNW individuals and local clients for assistance in family-related disputes and settlements.
- Leading Individual – Caroline McNally (Band 1)
Sources describe Caroline McNally as a "settlement-focused lawyer who never messes around." "She has worked hard to make herself known in the field and she knows what she is doing," confirms one interviewee. She moves into the top band this year after attracting significant praise for her expertise in matrimonial matters, including cases involving financial settlements, custody issues and nuptial agreements. Market observers highlight her skilful handling of cases, stating: "Caroline is one of the most sensible people in the room."
- Leading Individual – Andrea Randall (Band 1)
Andrea Randall enters the rankings this year on the strength of a raft of positive recognition from market sources, who consider her "very experienced in employment litigation." One employee client notes: "The advice I received was accurate and swift, enabling me to reach a good conclusion with my employer; she responded quickly and helped me resolve matters fully." She represents both employees and employers in the full gamut of employment disputes.
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