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Nigel Binnersley 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.

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

He 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, Mr. Binnersley 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, Mr. Binnersley 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, Mr. Binnersley 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, 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.”

Mr. Binnersley 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. Mr. Binnersley 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.

Professional Affiliations

    • 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
    • HKU SPACE, Part-time Lecturer on Shipping Finance
    • Hong Kong Suicide Prevention (SPS Suicide Prevention Services), Honorary Legal Adviser
    • Foodlink Foundation, Legal Adviser (probono)
    • Plastic Ocean Foundation, Legal Adviser(Probono)
    • The Hong Kong Buildings Ordinance Appeal Tribunal, Chairman
    • HKU SPACE, Part-time Lecturer on Shipping Finance
    • Hong Kong Suicide Prevention (SPS Suicide Prevention Services), Honorary Legal Adviser
    • Foodlink Foundation, Legal Adviser (probono)
    • Plastic Ocean Foundation, Legal Adviser(Probono)
    • Foodlink Foundation, Legal Adviser (probono)
    • Plastic Ocean Foundation, Legal Adviser(Probono)
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Representative Experience

  • Acting on behalf of client and successfully obtained a Winding Up Order in Hong Kong High Court against a BVI company in respect to a shareholders dispute.
  • Acting on behalf of a client to successfully obtain a winding up order in Hong Kong Court against a BVI company.
  • Acting for client in a directors and shareholders dispute, in resisting vexatious proceedings in the Hong Kong High Court of First Instance.
  • Acting for an integrated financial services client in a tenancy dispute matter relating to the rental of two offices based in Kowloon, HK.
  • Representing a shipping company in the purchase of a fleet of nine specialised tanker vessels sold pursuant to a New York Chapter 11 Sale Order with the auction held in London.
  • Acting on behalf of a HK financier to set aside enforcement in HK of an arbitration award obtained in London. Working both in HK and in the London Courts. See reported case: https://www.ilaw.com/ilaw/doc/view.htm?id=367012
  • Acting for a US client in connection with advice given concerning its Participating Agreement with two software and hardware producers based in the US and China.
  • Acting for US and European based entities resulting from the fraudulent hacking of their email and transmission of illegally obtained funds to banks in HK.
  • Acting for a prestigious auction house in the theft of US$5 million of fine wine from its subcontractor’s warehouse in HK.
  • Acting for a UK listed publishing, advising on employment and commercial matters in HK and China. Assisting with the termination of numerous printing contracts with its HK and Chinese based suppliers, with contracts with in excess of US$30M.
  • Pursuing arbitration matters in London and HK which are ad hoc and institutional (HKIAC/LMAA).
  • Assisting the owners of a toy store brand in a cross-border transaction involving Chinese retailers.
  • Advising on HK law issues on the drafting of governing law and arbitration matters concerning US and PRC pharmaceutical entities.
  • Advising and pursuing GAFTA arbitration proceedings in London involving breach of supply contract claims.
  • Assisting clients upon enquiries and investigations concerning the Hong Kong SFC and HKEx Listing in connection with alleged market manipulation and insider dealing charges.