Charles Hollander QC (England & Wales)   

Call: 2015 (Hong Kong); 1978 (England & Wales)
Inner Bar: 1999 (England & Wales)

Tenancy: Brick Court Chambers, London
Temple Chambers, Hong Kong (since 2015)
Called to the Bar in British Virgin Islands, Cayman (for specific cases), Gibraltar, and Brunei.


Charles practises in London from Brick Court Chambers, but since joining Temple Chambers on his call to the Hong Kong Bar in 2015, he splits his time between London and Hong Kong. He took the Bar exams and became Hong Kong qualified in order to spend more time as an advocate in the courts and arbitration in Hong Kong.

Charles’ practice is predominantly in commercial litigation. He has been involved in many of the major litigations of the day in London and is an advocate who has a hands-on involvement as team leader in any litigation where he is involved.

Charles’ recent work includes two Privy Council cases (one Jamaican appeal and a Guernsey appeal), two major international commercial arbitrations, one in London under Swedish Chamber of Commerce rules, and an HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong. His recent Hong Kong litigation work includes involvement in the first case before the new Competition Tribunal in Hong Kong together with an involvement in the long-running China Shanshui litigation.

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Selected Cases


  • Chung Yen Chu v Borrelli CA Feb 2019 judgment awaited (redemption of mortgage)

  • United Bright Ltd V Secretary of Justice [2016] HKEC 367 (government lease construction)

  • Mayer BVI v Alliance Financial Intelligence [2017] HKEC 190 (setting aside judgment on grounds of fraud); judgment currently awaited from Court of Appeal

  • Conflict of Laws

  • Okada v Okada [2018] HKCFI 2310 Ng J (validity of exclusive jurisdiction clause)

  • Civil Fraud / Asset Recovery

  • Mayer BVI v Alliance Financial Intelligence [2017] HKEC 190 (setting aside judgment on grounds of fraud); judgment currently awaited from Court of Appeal

  • Sun Tian Gong v Changchun High and New Technology [2018] HKCFI 2499 DHCJ Le Pichon (amendment after limitation period, inconsistent pleading)

  • Pacific Electric Wire & Cable v Texan Management [2012] HKEC 517, Reyes J, Hong Kong commercial court ( 7 week commercial fraud trial)

  • Competition

  • Competition Commission v Nutanix judgment awaited on trial on first reference before Competition Tribunal; also [2017] HKEC 2111 (privilege against self-incrimination under new Competition Ordinance)

  • Company

  • Elliott International LLP v Bank of East Asia [2018] HKCFI 2002 (minority shareholder action)

  • Waddington v Thomas/Profit Point [2016] HKEC 367(multiple derivative action)

  • Equity / Trust

  • Tao Soh Ngon v HSBC International Trustee [2018] HKCFI 380 Lewis Chan J (amendment after limitation period in trust action)

  • Li Sin Man Seline v Li Shu Chung [2017] HKEC 78 (Court of Appeal) (dispute within family, discretionary trusts)

  • Injunction / Contempt

  • China Shanshui Cement v Zhang Caikui [2018] HKEC 401 (civil contempt)

  • Professional Liability

  • China Medical v Paul Weiss LLP Godfrey Lam J Mar 2019 judgment awaited (jurisdiction dispute-carrying on business in HK)

  • English Cases

    Practice Areas

  • Commercial
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Arbitration
  • Banking / Finance
  • Civil Fraud / Asset Recovery
  • Competition
  • Professional Liability
  • Company
  • Equity / Trust
  • Injunction / Contempt
  • Appointments And Public Office

  • Deputy High Court Judge (E&W) (Queen's Bench Division and Chancery Division)

  • Recorder of the Crown Court (E&W)

  • Board Member, Bar Standards Board and Chair, Standards Committee, (E&W) 2006 to 2011

  • UK National Anti-Doping Panel, Chairman Member

  • Tennis Integrity Unit, Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer

  • International Association of Athletics Federation Disciplinary Tribunal, Chairman Member

  • Education

    King's College Cambridge 1974-77 (first class honours in Classics)

    Publications And Articles

  • "Documentary Evidence" (1st ed 1985, 13th ed 2018)

  • "Documentary Evidence in Hong Kong" (2015)

  • "Conflicts of Interest" 1st ed 2000, 5th ed 2016

  • "Phipson on Evidence" (editor with others) 19th ed 2017

  • "Competition Litigation" 2010 (contributor)

  • Scholarship And Prizes

    James Mould Scholar of Gray's Inn

    Bacon Holt and Uthwatt Prizewinner, Gray’s Inn

    Entrance and Senior Scholar, King's College Cambridge

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