Lawyer Monthly - October 2022

arbitration as counsel, tribunal secretary, case management supervisor at the HKIAC and in other roles. My overall experience is that arbitration in Hong Kong is a highly flexible process with multiple procedural options for managing and streamlining the proceedings. The length and costs of a Hong Kong arbitration depend largely on your use of counsel, choice of arbitrator, management of legal fees, and adoption of proper strategy, procedural mechanisms, technology and funding options for the process. Some arbitrators and counsel tend to run all arbitral proceedings in a particular manner. I think it is important for arbitrators and counsel to think innovatively and devise the process for determining issues in a manner that is most suitable and costsaving for each case. You recently left the HKIAC to become an independent arbitrator. Tell us about your new role and what sorts of disputes you are most suited to handling. I have set up my own practice as an independent arbitrator and I am available for appointments in arbitrations seated in any jurisdictions and under any arbitration rules. I have experience in sale of goods, commodity, corporate, investment, banking, energy and technology disputes under a variety of governing laws, including Chinese, English, Hong Kong, Indian, Singapore and New York laws. I am also available for appointments in domain name disputes and have experience in proceedings under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and the CNNIC Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. I am able to conduct proceedings in English, Chinese or both languages. How have your own past professional experiences equipped you to work as an arbitrator? My past experience in arbitral institutions and private practice give me the skills and confidence to work as a full-time arbitrator. During my time at HKIAC, I gained insights on the institutional rules and practice, oversaw the administration of a large amount of cases, worked with numerous arbitrators including some of the world’s most eminent arbitrators, and observed how they worked and determined cases. Similarly, my experience at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (‘SIAC’) was also valuable as I was closely involved in case management and dealt with procedural matters on a daily basis. In addition, I worked on multiple complex and highvalue arbitrations at Allen & Overy. Those experiences honed my skills to think, write and speak as a lawyer who is able to run cases in an efficient, competent and professional manner. I believe the combination of my institutional and private practice experiences in multiple jurisdictions and my language skills will be beneficial to my arbitrator career. THOUGHT LEADER 91 About Joe Liu Joe Liu is an independent arbitrator and domain name panelist with a wealth of experience in international dispute resolution. He is able to draw upon insights gained from work in a global law firm and several major arbitral institutions, including experiences gained as the Acting Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). Able to conduct proceedings in English, Cantonese or Mandarin, Joe has particular expertise in representing parties in high-value and complex disputes. Contact Joe Liu Independent Arbitrator JLIU Dispute Resolution 12/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong E:

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