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John C K Chan    陳楚傑大律師

Call: 2021 (HK); 2018 (England & Wales)


John joined Chambers after completing his pupillage with Mr. Richard Khaw SC, Mr. Jonathan Chang SC, Mr. Bruce C. H. Tse, and Ms. Bonnie Y. K. Cheng. John is developing a broad civil practice in commercial litigation and international arbitration and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

John was called to the Hong Kong Bar after a short stint at Han Kun Law Offices in Beijing, where he worked on cases before various PRC courts and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

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Selected Cases

  • The Commissioner of Inland Revenue v. Lo Wa Ming Patrick [2022] 2 HKLRD 1162 – appeal regarding relief from double taxation under section 8(1A)(c) of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112) (led by Stewart Wong SC, as amici curiae)

  • The Secretary for Justice v. The Joint and Several Administrators of the Estate of Nina Kung & Chinachem Charitable Foundation Limited [2022] HKCFI 3255 – application to settle a charitable scheme regarding the late Madam Nina Kung’s HKD 140 billion estate (led by Bernard Man SC, with Justin Lam)

  • Lo Tak Wing Benson (羅德榮) v. Ngan Ng Yu Ying – appeal against a bankruptcy order

  • [2022] HKCA 1125 – application for security for costs and application to strike out the notice of appeal (as sole counsel)
  • [2023] HKCA 192 – substantive hearing of appeal before the Court of Appeal (as sole counsel)
  • 李明實、方壘 & 史洪源, Dr. Changli Wang & Plus View Investment Limited v. Ace Lead Limited & Shao Baiqing – application for a stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration and on case management and forum non conveniens grounds

  • [2022] HKCFI 3342 – substantive hearing of the application for a stay of proceedings (led by Victor Dawes SC)
  • [2023] HKCFI 193 – application for leave to appeal the Judge’s decision to dismiss the defendants’ application for a stay of proceedings (led by Victor Dawes SC)
  • Arbitration under HKIAC Administered Rules regarding a dispute arising from a put option in a share subscription and purchase agreement involving claims over USD 90 million (governing law: Hong Kong law) (led by Victor Dawes SC, with Adrian Lai)

  • Arbitration under HKIAC Securities Arbitration Rules regarding claims to revoke and invalidate shareholders’ resolutions and board resolutions of a mainland Chinese company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (governing law: PRC law) (led by Bernard Man SC)

  • Arbitration under HKIAC Administered Rules regarding a dispute arising from a sale and purchase agreement for Bitcoin mining hardware involving claims of over USD 60 million (governing law: Hong Kong law) (led by Victor Dawes SC, with Astina Au)

  • Arbitration under HKIAC Administered Rules regarding a dispute arising from redemption clauses under an investment agreement and promissory notes (governing law: Hong Kong law) (led by Ng Jern-Fei KC, with Danny Tang)

  • Re MSB International Limited HCCW 386/2021 – application for a validation order for the acquisition of property on an urgent basis (with Bonnie Y K Cheng)

  • Sunni International Limited v. Kao Wai Ho Francis & Ors HCA 1884/2018 – strike out application regarding claims of fraudulent breach of fiduciary duties and conspiracy (led by Senior Counsel)

  • Summi Group (Holdings) Limited v. Hu Mingyue HCA 763/2022 – strike out application regarding a dispute arising from a shares subscription agreement involving a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (as sole counsel)

  • Hong Kong Finance Co Ltd v. Wah Fung Forest Resources Ltd & Ors HCA 1694/2020 – application for stay pending appeal from Master’s decision to a Judge (as sole counsel)

  • Speedy Finance Limited v. Liu Jianming HCA 269/2023 – acting in ongoing proceedings regarding a tenancy dispute and application for summary judgment (as sole counsel)

  • Advised a premium brand of cigars and cigar accessories and a major distributor of Cuban cigar in Asia Pacific on issues of statutory interpretation of the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance (Cap. 371) (led by Bernard Man SC)

  • Advising and acting for a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on company law issues in an ongoing shareholders’ dispute (led by Eva Sit SC, with Astina Au)

  • Acted for a mainland Chinese company in a mediation regarding a distributorship agreement (as sole counsel)

  • Practice Areas

  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Equity / Trust
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Injunction / Contempt
  • Arbitration
  • Public Law / Judicial Review
  • Restitution / Unjust Enrichment
  • Discrimination
  • Family / Matrimonial
  • Banking / Finance
  • Employment
  • Insolvency
  • Disciplinary
  • Tax / Revenue
  • Mental Health
  • Defamation / Media
  • Intellectual Property
  • Probate / Succession
  • Professional Liability
  • Civil Fraud / Asset Recovery
  • Securities & Regulation
  • Appointments And Public Office

  • Committee Member of Mainland Affairs Committee, Hong Kong Bar Association

  • Member, HKBA Taskforce for the Government’s Consultation regarding the Mainland Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters (Reciprocal Endorsement) Bill

  • Member, Standing Committee on Continuing Education, Hong Kong Bar Association

  • Member, Standing Committee on Barristers Qualification Examination, Hong Kong Bar Association

  • Education


    Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford


    BA in Jurisprudence, University of Oxford (First Class Honours)


    Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong


    St. Paul’s Co-educational College

    Publications And Articles

  • "Recent developments in Hong Kong’s arbitration landscapes", Asia Business Law Journal, 13 July 2022 (co-authored with Ng Jern-Fei KC and Danny Tang)

  • Scholarship And Prizes


    Bar Scholarship


    The COSF Brasenose BCL Scholarship


    The Provost’s Award for Excellence (BPTC)


    The Human Rights Lawyers Association Judicial Review Mooting Competition, Champion


    The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Honourable Mention for Best Team Orals and Winner of the All Munich Rounds Vis Pre-Moot (representing the Middle Temple)


    St. Peter’s College Book Prize for FHS Performance

    2013 - 2016

    The Macau Foundation Scholarship


    English, Cantonese, Putonghua (native)

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