Michael Withington


Direct +852 2803 3612
Mobile +852 5293 6967
Fax +852 2803 3608
Email [email protected]

Jurisdictions Hong Kong
England and Wales
New South Wales, Australia
Languages English


Michael is experienced in a wide range of commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes involving both listed companies and high-profile private companies (many of which involve a cross-border element). He has also acted in litigation involving financial services institutions (including mis-selling claims and negligence claims), claims involving directors, and disputes over asset acquisitions.  He advises property managers and landlords in relation to enforcement of deeds of mutual covenant and tenancy disputes.


A large part of Michael's practice at Howse Williams involves contentious employment matters (acting for both employers and employees), including claims over termination and remuneration, enforcement of post-termination restrictions, discrimination claims and partnership disputes. He advises employers and statutory bodies on internal investigations and disciplinary proceedings, and has represented a number of individuals in SFC investigations. He also has significant experience in conducting and defending judicial review proceedings.


Michael also has extensive insurance experience, particularly in relation to the defence of professional negligence claims and advising on coverage issues. He has been a panel solicitor for the Hong Kong Solicitors Professional Indemnity Scheme since 1998, and has represented both local and international law firms in connection with a broad range of claims.


Michael is currently ranked by Chambers Asia as a Band 2 employment lawyer and a Band 3 insurance lawyer. Comments include:


2017: "He has a cool, calm demeanour.  We use him during a crisis."

2015: "a seasoned operator" 
          "a very good litigator - very experienced and steady"
2014: "is an experienced litigator who certainly knows his stuff; gives clients sensible and

           considerate advice."
          "He is particularly adept in restrictive covenants, partnership disputes and investigations

           by local regulators"
2013: "very quick and very clear on providing advice" ... "his immediate response and

          technical support are always available"
2012: "good judgement and great technical skills"..."is a seasoned practitioner for commercial

          litigious matters on labour issues"
2011: "has deep rooted experience in employment litigation"


2015 Howse Williams
2012 Gall
2002 Herbert Smith Freehills
1998 Wilkinson & Grist
1994 Haldanes


1987 The University of Sydney, LLB

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

1994 Hong Kong
1994 England and Wales
1987 New South Wales, Australia

Member, Law Society of Hong Kong

Reported Decisions


  • Philippe Delhaise v Ng & Co & Erving Brettell [HCA 10165/2000; CACV 386/2003]
  • Mimi Monica Wong v Mirko Saccani [HCA 2061/2004]
  • Pat Bobby Ying Ho v Hong Kong Solicitors Indemnity Fund Ltd [HCCT 40/2004]
  • Michael John Treloar Rowse v The Secretary for the Civil Service, The Chief Executive & The Chief Secretary for Administration [HCAL 41/2007]
  • GFI (HK) Securities LLC v Kang Gyong Hee & ICAP Equities Asia Ltd [HCA 451/2015]