James Thomson
Office Contact No.: 2866 8233
Fax: 2866 7858
Barrister-at-law, England and Wales (1983);
Barrister-at-law, Hong Kong (1992)

Professional Qualifications:

General Mediator (HKIAC)

Practice Overview:

Civil and Commercial Disputes
James commenced practice in London in 1983 and in Hong Kong from 1992.  He acts as an adviser and advocate in disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals. His practice spans a wide variety of commercial disputes including shipping, banking, insurance, company disputes, judicial review and probate and trusts. He has substantial experience in handling a wide variety of interlocutory matters.
James acts as arbitrator in international arbitrations and has dealt with complex cross border disputes and charter-parties.  He has acted on numerous occasions as an examiner of the High Court of Hong Kong taking evidence for foreign proceedings. He has been instructed as an expert witness on Hong Kong law regarding wills. 
He is a former lecturer in law in trusts at Hong KongUniversity and a former member of the Inland Revenue Board of Review.

Selected cases:

Paul John Pheby v. Alois Paier and others [2003] 2 HKLRD 323 (privilege against self-incrimination as a defence to contempt proceedings)
SK Global Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd. and Another v. The Owners and/or demise charterers of the ship "Al Dhhabiyyah" and other (stay of admiralty proceedings)
Baynham, Paul and Another v. Liquor Licencing Board [2010] (unlawful refusal to transfer liquor licence)
Ericsson Ltd and Another v. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Others [2006] 1 HKLRD 584 (claim for loss of goods under Amended Warsaw Convention)