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Retired UK Supreme Court judge latest coup for Hong Kong Chambers
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  Retired Supreme Court judge Lord Hope has joined Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong, which currently hosts tenants and arbitrators from around the world.Lord Hope is the latest high profile addition to the Hong Kong chambers following GAR 30 firm CMS Hasche Sigle’saddition as its first continental-European tenant in August 2013.

  Lord Hope of Craighead is an arbitrator at Brick Court Chambers in London, having retired from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in June 2013. He practised at the Scottish Bar for 24 years, becoming a Queen’s Counsel in 1978. While at the bar he had an extensive practice in tax, construction and oil and gas law and sat occasionally as a sole arbitrator.

  In 1989 Lord Hope was appointed to the bench as Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General of Scotland. He held these offices until 1996, when he was appointed to the House of Lords, first as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and then later in 2009 when he was promoted to sit as the Second Senior Lord of Appeal. Lord Hope then became Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, when the court was established in October 2009. He continued to hold that office until his retirement, thus having sat as an appellate judge for 24 years.

  During Lord Hope’s tenure at the House of Lords he contributed to judgments in a number of appeals,which raised issues of arbitration law, including the seminalFiona Trust case.

  In addition to his judicial appointments, Lord Hope has had a distinguished academic career. He was Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow from 1998 to 2013. He also holds honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Abertay Dundee and BPP (London) Universities. Finally, Lord Hope is the author of the title on arbitration law in the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia of Scots law.

  Lord Hope said that his decision to joinArbitration Chambers Hong Kong“was a logical next step in his career, and that he was looking forward very much indeed to contributing to its work as it widens its reach into Asia and beyond from its base in Hong Kong”.

  Justin D’Agostino, global head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ dispute resolution practice and a fellow Scot, said “it speaks volumes for the reputation of Hong Kong as a hub for international arbitration that it continues to attract arbitrators of the pedigree of Lord Hope. Lord Hope is one of the leading Scottish jurists of his generation. I am sure that he will enjoy a warm welcome from the Hong Kong arbitration community, including the many Scots lawyers who are based here.”

  Gavin Denton, the founder of Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong says“we are delighted about Lord Hope joining Chambers. For many years the UK has been the main beneficiary of his exceptional contribution to both academia and the law, and now as part of Chambers those of us based in Asia will also have the opportunity to benefit from his significant knowledge and experience.”

  Lord Hope will be speaking at the HKIAC’s ADR in Asia conference on Thursday, 16 October 2014, as part of Hong Kong’s Arbitration Week. More information about Lord Hope can be found at: www.arbitrationchambershk.com

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