Julian Cohen
Office Contact No.: +852 2866 8233
Mobile No.: +852 9835 8075

MA (Oxon), FCIArb


Julian has more than 27 years of experience of heavyweight commercial dispute resolution in Hong Kong, and across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Europe.  Sums in dispute in his cases vary from small to in excess of USD 2 billion. 

Julian handles a wide range of commercial disputes.
He is particularly well known for his specialist practices in arbitration, and also in relation to construction and engineering disputes.  He is recognised as one of the world’s leading construction lawyers.
In addition to acting as counsel, he also regularly sits as an arbitrator in Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East in both commercial and construction cases.  He has sat both as a sole arbitrator and on three-member Tribunals under HKIAC, UNCITRAL, DIAC and LCIA rules.

In addition to a substantial domestic Hong Kong practice, Julian has been involved with disputes in Macau, PRC, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Fiji, Guam, India, Pakistan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Mali, Albania, Czech Republic, France, Belgium, Brazil, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Julian has conducted disputes under a variety of common law and civilian legal systems, and under most forms of International Arbitration Rules (including ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, SIAC, DIAC, KLRC).

He was called to the Bar in England in 1990 before joining the Construction Disputes department of Pinsent Masons in London in 1993. He moved to Hong Kong in 1998.  He left Pinsent Masons as a partner in 2009, and was called to the Hong Kong bar in 2010.

In the construction industry, Julian has experience of acting for every level of the contractual chain including contractors, sub-contractors, Employers, Consultants and Governments.

Experience schedules are available on request for Julian’s experience:

  • In commercial disputes
  • In construction & engineering disputes
  • As an arbitrator.
Julian teaches advocacy, and is regularly invited to speak in Hong Kong, and internationally, on arbitration and other topics.