Barrister: 2013 (Hong Kong)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Member, Panel of Arbitrators (7th Cohort), Shanghai Arbitration Commission
Val is a practicing barrister who regularly acts in international commercial arbitrations and has advised on various aspects (such as document disclosure, jurisdictional challenge and interim relief) in arbitrations seated in various APEC jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore and Japan. Val has been named as a Leading Junior Barrister for Commercial Disputes by The Legal 500 (2021).
In early 2020, Val was appointed by The Court of Arbitration for Arts at The Hague as a member of its pool of arbitrators.
Before being called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2013, Val was a judicial assistant to the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2012 where he worked with appellate judges on a variety of appeals. Prior to that, he trained as a solicitor at Linklaters and qualified in its capital markets team, where he advised on various debt, equity and equity-linked transactions.
But Ka Chon v Interactive Brokers LLC  4 HKLRD 85;  5 HKC 238;  HKCA 873 – principles governing the exercise of bankruptcy jurisdiction where the disputed debt is subject to an arbitration agreement (led by Alexander Stock SC)
Represented a party in an HKIAC arbitration concerning a real estate investment in Mainland China (UNCITRAL Rules)
Represented a party in an HKIAC arbitration arising from a dispute under a share purchase agreement (HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules)
Represented a party in an HKIAC arbitration arising from an investment agreement to invest in a listed company in Hong Kong (HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules)
Represented a party in an HKIAC arbitration arising from a supply of heavy machinery in an ASEAN country (UNCITRAL Rules)
Represented a party in an arbitration over a dispute arising from a distributorship arrangement as junior counsel (remote hearing under JCAA Rules)
Arjowiggins HKK2 Limited v X Co HCCT 53/2015 – Application to enforce an arbitral award in the sum of RMB167,860,000 (led by Russell Coleman SC)
American International Group, Inc. v X Company HCCT 60/2015 – Application under s.81 of the Arbitration Ordinance to set aside a US$475 million arbitral award on the ground that the majority of the arbitral tribunal acted as unauthorized amiable compositeurs (led by Russell Coleman SC)
Advised on potential interim relief application before an emergency arbitrator (HKIAC Rules)
Urgent application for Mareva injunction in aid of arbitration outside Hong Kong under the Construction and Arbitration List (in 2015)
Member, Committee on Arbitration, Hong Kong Bar Association
Member, Committee on Financial and Securities Law, Hong Kong Bar Association
BBA (Law) (First Class Honours), University of Hong Kong
LLB (First Class Honours), University of Hong Kong
LLM (Corporate and Commercial Law), London School of Economics and Political Science
PCLL, University of Hong Kong
Chinese (Putonghua and Cantonese) and English