1985 | Hong Kong

1984 | England & Wales


1981 | University of Wales, LL.B


  • Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal Panel, Chairman and Member

  • London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA)

  • Hong Kong Telecommunications (Competition Provisions) Appeal Board, Board member

  • The Hong Kong Buildings Ordinance Appeal Tribunal, Chairman


Work In The Community:

  • Foodlink Foundation

  • Hong Kong Suicide Prevention (SPS Suicide Prevent Services), Honorary legal advisor

  • Plastic Ocean Foundation

Achievements & Honours:

2020 | Chambers Asia Pacific, Shipping Litigation

(International Firms)

2020 | Chambers Global, Shipping Litigation

(International Firms)

2019 | Chambers Global, Shipping Litigation

(International Firms)

2018 | Chambers Global, Shipping Litigation (International Firms)


2017 | Chambers Asia Pacific, Shipping Litigation (International Firms)


2017 | Chambers Global, Shipping Litigation (International Firms)


2016 | Chambers Asia Pacific, Shipping Litigation (International Firms)


2016 | Chambers Global, Shipping Litigation (International Firms)


2015 | Chambers Global, Shipping Litigation (International Firms)


2014 | Chambers Global, Shipping Litigation (International Firms)


Nigel has over 30 years’ experience conducting high value complex commercial litigation and arbitration in the Asia Pacific region, advising and assisting on a variety of business disputes and investigations, employment matters and transactions.


He acts for a range of clients including individuals, private and listed companies, multi-nationals, conglomerates and insurance & financial institutions.


Nigel conducts litigation in the High Court of Hong Kong SAR and is regularly involved in cases taking place in other local regional jurisdictions such as mainland China, Singapore, South Korea and Macau.


On behalf of clients, Nigel has handled numerous ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in various jurisdictions including Hong Kong, London, New York, Beijing, Shenzhen, Paris and Singapore under various rules including HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL ,SIAC, LMAA, CIETAC and GAFTA. In recent years, Nigel has been the lead partner in some high profile arbitration related litigation cases adjudicated by the Hong Kong and London Courts. He can also sit as an arbitrator.

Recognised by various prestigious legal publications such Chambers Asia and Chambers Global, Nigel is praised by clients and peers for handling “a broad range of wet and dry cases, including financial and contractual disputes". Clients “appreciate his great in-depth knowledge of difficult intertwined issues”. Chambers highlighted his “prompt response” and “great, in-depth knowledge as a key strength.” In 2018 and 2019 Chambers Global stated “sources report that he is not only very knowledgeable but also concise and concrete in defining the strategies for client to follow” as well as “giving practical as well as legal advice”. Ranked in 2020 Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global, Nigel is referred to as “a respected litigator with a solid depth of experience in the shipping field. He is sought after by clients across the full breadth of the practice area and offers and expert handling of contractual and financial disputes”.


Nigel also maintains a diverse commercial practice, through which he assists clients in navigating the complexities of their businesses from structuring and joint venture arrangements to M&A and employment advice. Nigel provides support to clients who may run into disputes during the course of general business operations.


His wide and varied insurance practice includes, amongst others, specie claims concerning high value art, jewellery and fine wine.