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Justin D'Agostino

Justin D'Agostino

Justin D'Agostino

  • Role Global Head of Practice, Dispute Resolution
    Joint Regional Managing Partner, Asia and Australia
  • Office Hong Kong
  • Email Justin D'Agostino
  • Tel +852 2101 4010
  • Mobile +852 9087 0603
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Justin D’Agostino is the Global Head of the firm's dispute resolution practice and the firm's Joint Regional Managing Partner for Asia and Australia.

He is a leading international arbitration lawyer having acted as counsel and advocate before tribunals all over the world including in Hong Kong, London, Singapore, The Hague, Beijing, Bangkok and Zurich. Justin has experience in arbitrations under the rules of all the major institutions including the HKIAC, CIETAC, ICC, SIAC, LCIA and ICSID, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules and the Permanent Court of Arbitration Optional Rules for Arbitrating Disputes Between Two States. He also advises on arbitration-related court proceedings. Justin regularly sits as an arbitrator – as presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator. 

A member of Herbert Smith Freehills' specialist international law team, Justin also advises state authorities and companies on a range of public and private international law, insurance and regulatory issues, including the protection of foreign investments using investment treaties and political risks insurance, the applicability of international sanctions laws and proceedings under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties.

He also speaks regularly on a variety of topics relating to arbitration and international law and is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Justin is a member of the Council and Executive Committee of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and a founding member of HK45, a group of arbitration practitioners based in Asia. He is also on the panel of arbitrators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, a member of the board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, a Councillor of the LCIA's Asia Pacific Users' Council and a member of the Consultation Board of Practical Law's Arbitration Service. Justin is also a member of the sub-committee of the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong which is reviewing the law on Third Party Funding in International Arbitration.

He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and as a solicitor advocate in England and Wales.

Considered by Chambers Asia Pacific as "one of the few true experts in international arbitration", Justin has established a market-leading reputation as one of the top arbitration practitioners in the region. In 2016, he was a winner of the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Outstanding Individuals Awards. 

Justin was named LGBT Executive Sponsor 2016 by Community Business to recognise a senior executive sponsor in Hong Kong who has spoken up and used his influence to promote LGBT inclusion. Since 2013, Justin has been listed in the Financial Times as one of the top "OUTstanding in Business Leaders", which recognises prominent professionals who have made a difference in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. He is also a member of the 30% Club Hong Kong, a group of highly distinguished business leaders in Asia, committed to bringing more women onto Hong Kong corporate boards.


  • Grand Pacific Holdings Limited in its high-profile and successful appeal against a decision by the Hong Kong Court of First Instance to set aside an ICC arbitral award in its favour
  • The Government of Malaysia in a US$1.2 billion arbitration against the Republic of Singapore concerning the interpretation of a bilateral treaty, conducted under the Permanent Court of Arbitration Optional Rules for Arbitrating Disputes Between Two States
  • a high net worth individual from Hong Kong in a Liechtenstein-seated ICC arbitration in relation to a dispute between family members
  • a leading multinational travel operator in a consolidated ICC arbitration in Singapore, in relation to a significant breach of warranty claim under a share purchase agreement
  • a leading international financial institution as respondent in a multimillion-dollar arbitration under the CIETAC rules
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