Charles Allen

Partner and Accredited Mediator, RPC

Focusing on commercial disputes, Charles Allen is a solicitor advocate supporting clients in domestic and cross-border litigation as well as in international arbitrations across numerous jurisdictions.

During the course of more than 20 years of practice in Asia, Charles has been involved in a wide range of disputes before the Hong Kong courts as well as in other jurisdictions around the region, including China, Singapore and India. 

Charles also specialises in domestic and international arbitration across a range of industries and has extensive experience under various rules including HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and LMAA. He has handled numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations as counsel, and has also sat as arbitrator.

Among others, Charles is on the arbitrator panels of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Law Society of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Charles is a versatile and "very sharp and tactical lawyer" who represents clients on a variety of commercial disputes. He acts for a range of clients, including individuals, private and listed companies, multinationals, conglomerates and financial institutions.

He is dual qualified in Hong Kong where he has higher rights of audience in civil matters.

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July 2021
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December 2020
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December 2020
PART 2 In Part 1, we set out the background to the Guidance Note and referred to some of its provisions. At the time of writing, there are several concerns. WITHOUT PREJUDICE CORRESPONDENCE/…
December 2020
PART 1 – COMING TO THE DISTRICT COURT SOON If you go down to Wan Chai soon, you could be in for a big surprise. At the time of writing, the District Court's new "Guidance Note for Case Settlement…
December 2020
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March 2020
In Re Simpson QC [2019] HKCFI 2689, the High Court rejected a proposal that an English QC be admitted ad hoc on the basis that he would be instructed to appear together with two locally qualified…
December 2019
What Happened? In But Ka Chon v Interactive Brokers LLC [2019] HKCA 873, the Court of Appeal cast doubt on the judgment of Harris J., in Lasmos Ltd v Southwest Pacific Bauxite (HK) Ltd [2018] HKCFI…
October 2019
"This decision confirms Hong Kong’s position as an arbitration-friendly jurisdiction”. This ritual phrase seems to follow every law firm bulletin reporting on the latest judgment staying proceedings…
July 2017