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Asia-Pacific Guide
Firm Profile

Boase Cohen & Collins

Firm Profile

Hong Kong

  • Profile
  • 2303-7 Dominion Centre
  • 43-59 Queen's Road East
  • Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong
  • China

Firm profile submitted by Boase Cohen & Collins

Senior Partner: Colin Cohen
Number of Partners: 8
Number of Consultants & Associates: 13
Languages: English, Cantonese, Putonghua

FIRM OVERVIEW: Boase Cohen & Collins was founded by Melville Boase and Colin Cohen in 1985, since when it has become strongly established as a leading independent full-service law firm equipped with Hong Kong knowledge and global reach. Polished and professional, the firm’s accomplished team of lawyers offers a comprehensive range of legal services to a broad cross section of clients, from private individuals to multinational companies. As well, the firm has been recognised by the Law Society of Hong Kong for its pro bono work and community outreach. Mr Cohen, Senior Partner since 2004, has co-ordinated defence teams on some of Hong Kong’s most high-profile court cases and is a recipient of the Hong Kong Medal of Honour, while Mr Boase remains with the firm as Consultant.

Dispute Resolution:
Litigation 4 Partners, 10 Fee Earners
The firm’s skilled and experienced litigation lawyers, led by Senior Partner Colin Cohen, cover all aspects of this complex practice area. Typical cases involve commercial or shareholder disputes, contract or employment issues, winding up and bankruptcy proceedings, landlord and tenant disputes, defamation actions, personal injury or fatal accident, and banking and insurance claims. The firm is also a strong advocate of alternative methods of dispute resolution and its lawyers are well versed in the fields of arbitration and mediation.
■ Shareholders’ disputes
■ Winding up
■ Insider dealing, market misconduct, tribunal – investor protection and regulation
■ Competition Law
■ Arbitration
Contact: [email protected]

Family Law:
4 Partners, 7 Fee Earners
Partner Usha Casewell heads the Matrimonial Department, providing supervision and guidance to the matrimonial team. Mrs Casewell is highly regarded as one of the top matrimonial practitioners in Hong Kong and is also a trained mediator and collaborative practitioner. She is a long-standing committee member of the Hong Kong Family Law Association and is currently Vice Chairman, having previously served as Chairman from 2013-16. In addition, Mrs Casewell sits on the Judiciary’s Working Group on Children and Ancillary Relief and has worked with the Hong Kong Law Society sub-committee on enforcement of maintenance orders.
The firm’s Family Law clients come from all walks of life, from legally aided to high net worth persons. Cases vary in complexity, involving different issues in divorce, children arrangements, ancillary relief matters, child abduction, removal, adoption, parental orders, wardship, injunctions, and any other matters arising from the matrimonial context. The firm is a perennial finalist in the Matrimonial Law Firm of the Year category in the Asian Legal Business Awards.
■ Court representation
■ Immediate and efficient action for Hague Convention/abduction cases.
■ Trained Collaborative Practitioners
■ Alternative Dispute Resolution
■ Mediation
Contact: [email protected]

Criminal Practice:
3 Partners, 6 Fee Earners
■ Complex commercial crime - defending leading corruption trials in Hong Kong
■ Murder trial – defending a high profile case in Hong Kong
■ ICAC cases
■ Money-laundering – dealing with the proceeds of indictable offence
Contact: [email protected]

Personal Injury Insurance Work:
2 Partners, 4 Fee Earners
Partner Teddy Lam leads the firm’s team of experienced and dedicated lawyers specialising in insurance law and personal injury litigation. Boase Cohen & Collins acts as panel solicitors for several major insurance companies. It provides insurer clients with a wide spectrum of high-quality legal services including personal injury claims, motor claims, fire and water claims, third party liability, medical and other professional negligence claims, arbitration proceedings, drafting of and advising on policy terms and conditions, mergers and acquisitions of insurance companies and related compliance matters.
■ Dealing with insurers in multifaceted defence work
■ Acting for plaintiffs
■ Legal Aid instructions
Contact: [email protected]

Labour and Employment
3 Partners, 4 Fee Earners
This practice team, led by Partner Alex Liu, has an extensive track record of helping employers and employees resolve their differences. Amid his myriad qualifications, Mr Liu has completed the world renowned MBA programme run jointly by Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. For the past three years, he has also been a recipient of the prestigious Gold Award under the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Programme.
■ Representation of numerous employers and employees in respect of employment disputes
Contact: [email protected]

Intellectual Property
1 Partner, 3 Fee Earners
Partner Susan Cheung is acknowledged as one of Hong Kong’s leading IP lawyers and heads a team dedicated to providing first-class service in this fast-evolving practice area. The firm advises and guides clients with regard to their ideas, innovations and creations to ensure optimum IP protection both at home and abroad.
■ Protection of patents, trademarks, designs and copyright
■ Advice on confidentiality, trade secrets and database use
■ Guidance on licensing, contracting, protection, exploitation and infringement
■ Commercial and technical insight
Contact: [email protected]

INTERNATIONAL WORK: Boase Cohen & Collins is an active member of Ally Law (, a global platform designed to give clients enhanced legal services and help them meet their international business challenges. Ally Law has its origins in the International Alliance of Law Firms, a prestigious worldwide network founded 25 years ago. Boase Cohen & Collins is Hong Kong’s sole representative in the organisation, which includes 60-plus independent firms and some 2,400 lawyers in more than 40 countries.