Firm Profile


Our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team combines legal analysis with a practical approach and attempts to resolve disputes promptly with minimum disruption to commercial relationships.


The team’s experience in commercial litigation and dispute-resolution procedures enables it to deal effectively with disputes in the various courts and tribunals of Hong Kong. We also advise on domestic and international arbitrations and conduct cases before various specialised tribunals and professional associations in Hong Kong.


Our commercial litigators act on a wide variety of cases, many of which have involved landmark decisions. We handle a wide range of commercial and business-related disputes, including:


  • Banking
  • Breach of contract and negligence
  • Commercial conspiracy and fraud
  • Debt recovery
  • Defamation
  • Employment
  • Injunction proceedings
  • International trade
  • Joint venture and franchise disputes
  • Judicial review
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Owner operated company and shareholder disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Sale of goods and services
  • Shipping and cargo claims
  • Trusts


Industry Recognition*


Tanner De Witt is recommended for its ‘response time, quality of work and commercial judgement’. The team, led by Mark Side, ‘has no qualms about acting against big players’”. Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2011


Tanner De Witt is ranked as a leading law firm for Dispute Resolution. Asia Pacific Legal 500 – 2012


Clients highlight the ‘extraordinary high-quality service’, the ‘vast knowledge and business acumen’ of the partners and the ‘very strong team’. Asia Pacific Legal 500 – 2012


Though its expertise is much broader than in contentious work, Tanner De Witt truly excels in the litigation environment. This is thanks in part to the presence of immensely experienced litigators Mark Side (‘very good’) and Ian De Witt (‘expert analysis and opinion’). Asia Pacific Legal 500 – 2012


Tanner De Witt is ranked as a leading law firm for Dispute Resolution, Employment and Restructuring and Insolvency. Chambers Asia – 2012, China (Hong Kong)


Mark Side is listed as a leading lawyer for Dispute Resolution. Chambers Asia – 2012, China (Hong Kong)


“Clients can't seem to say enough good things about Tanner De Witt's capability and service.” IFLR1000 – 2012


Another client notes: "The partners are very easy to get a hold of and always readily available. They are actively involved in cases rather than handballing them to other staff. They also put a lot of effort into a developing a relationship and maintaining it. They are very keen in nurturing relationship even when there isn't work going on at that time. In this respect, Tanner De Witt is probably one of the most proactive firms in HK." IFLR1000 – 2012


Notable Practitioners


Pamela Mak

Mark Side



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