The following topics would be covered in this Mediation Talk:

  1. How to deal with an opponent who is hostile to mediation?
  2. How to deal with an opponent who shows obvious signs that he is insincere about the mediation as soon as it is started?
  3. Lawyers' role at the mediation
  4. How useful is pre-mediation conference?
  5. Are joint sessions helpful or should parties go straight to caucus?
  6. How to deal with an intransigent client or opponent?
  7. What can be used when doing reality test?
  8. When should the mediator 'call it a day'?
  9. Problems faced / experienced by mediators/parties
  10. Choice of mediator

CPD Points:

HKIAC: 1.5 points

HKMAAL and Law Society of Hong Kong: (Pending1.5 points)


  • Allan LEUNG

    Allan LEUNG

    Allan was Managing Partner and Head of the Commercial Litigation practice of Hogan Lovells in Hong Kong. He has over 30 years of experience dealing in a broad range of dispute work, including corporate commercial, financial services and regulatory, judicial review, environmental, product liability, cross-border contentious insolvency, fraud and asset recovery, and employment. He retired from Hogan Lovells in December 2019 and will be joining Dentons as a partner on 27 May 2019.

    He has held a number of public and professional offices including Chairman of the Hong Kong Law Society's Working Party on Civil Justice Reform (2000 - 2004). He is an accredited Mediator. As well as this he is a member of the Law Reform Commission , and Chairman of its Cyber Crime Subcommittee.

    He is widely recognised and named in a number of legal directories as an outstanding litigator.

    Allan is a contributing editor to the Hong Kong Civil Procedure published annually by Sweet & Maxwell and co-editor of Civil Litigation in Hong Kong also published by Sweet & Maxwell. Allan read law at Manchester University in England where he obtained the Dauntesey Prize in International Law.

    He is qualified to practice in Hong Kong, England and Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Singapore.

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  • Christopher TO (Chairman at Hong Kong Mediation Council)

    Christopher TO

    Chairman at Hong Kong Mediation Council

    Christopher is an independent mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator who is on the panels of various leading global alternative dispute resolution bodies. He has arbitrated and adjudicated a variety of international cases involving both ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations and adjudications, and has mediated many international and domestic cases to date. After joining the Bar, he has represented clients in a variety of arbitrations as counsel.

    Christopher has written a variety of articles and publications in the areas of arbitration, adjudication, mediation, corporate governance and internet domain names and continues to write in these areas.

    As former Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, he managed to elevate Hong Kong’s status as the regional dispute resolution hub of Asia by increasing the number of international dispute cases being referred to Hong Kong for amiable resolution as well as creating the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre, a body that has gain international prominence within the dot.com community as a reliable, trustworthy, independent and reputable entity that manages domain name disputes. Prior to joining the Bar, he was the inaugural Executive Director of the Construction Industry Council, a position he held for 8 years, to which a variety of prominent achievements were made, including the renowned “Zero Carbon Building” an icon of the Build Environment that has been recognized globally.

    Christopher has a board practice and accepts instructions in all areas of work with emphasis on arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

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  • David LUK

    David LUK

    Mr. David Luk is a solicitor qualified in Hong Kong SAR, arbitrator and an accredited mediator on various panels of professional bodies. He has experience in acting as mediator and advising international and domestic clients on mediation. He is a Committee Member of Hong Kong Mediation Council and the Chairman of Commercial Mediation Interest Group of Hong Kong Mediation Council.

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