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Anita Phillips

Foreign Legal Consultant (England & Wales), Hong Kong

Anita is a professional support consultant in dispute resolution, based in our Hong Kong office.



Anita trained with the firm, has worked in the London, Paris and Hong Kong offices and has over 15 years' experience in all forms of contentious work, including arbitration, litigation and mediation, and corruption-related matters. Anita is ranked as one of Hong Kong's leading mediation specialists. 

Anita specialises in thought leadership initiatives, and has been a core member of the firm's disputes practice since 2003. Over that time she has spoken at a wide number of events and published widely on dispute resolution topics. She has been central to the firm's major ADR research initiatives including The Inside Track 2007 and the Global Pound Conference 2018. She also led the Hong Kong office's client research on mediation in Hong Kong, which was shortlisted for an FT Innovative Lawyer Award. Anita devised and edits the firm's ADR in Asia Pacific guide series and has led on various other texts including the 4th edition of Kendall, Freedman and Farrell on Expert Determination by Sweet & Maxwell (shortlisted for CEDR's best publication award). Anita has an interest in technology for lawyers and online dispute resolution, particularly in the context of ADR. Anita also supports the firm's global corporate crime and investigations practice from Hong Kong. Work includes the Guide to Anti-bribery Regulation in Asia Pacific and the Global Anti-corruption Report, covering corruption risks and perceptions in close to 100 countries.

Anita was a member of the Global Pound Conference Central Organising Group and editorial committee. She led the organisation of the Hong Kong event in February 2017 and advised the Local Organising Committees in Singapore, New York, Sydney, Dubai, Bangkok and London. 

Anita is vice chair of Women in Law Hong Kong (WILHK), a society established in 2015 to support women at all levels of Hong Kong's legal industry. 


Anita graduated with first class honours in Law with European Law from the University of Nottingham and a distinction in Legal Practice from the College of Law in London.