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Briana Young

Briana Young

Foreign Legal Consultant (England & Wales)/Professional Support Consultant

Briana is a Professional Support Consultant and practice manager in the Greater China arbitration practice.



Briana advises colleagues and clients on all aspects of international arbitration law and public international law. She also acts as practice manager for the Greater China arbitration practice, assisting with business planning and strategic development. 

Briana supports the arbitration practice in a number of ways. She monitors legal developments, devises and delivers legal training, both internally and for clients, and drafts client-facing bulletins and seminar content. She is a principal author of our guide "Dispute Resolution and Governing Law Clauses in China-Related Commercial Contracts" and an editor of our arbitration blog and quarterly publication "Inside Arbitration".

Briana has been closely involved in the development of Hong Kong's party funding legislation, and of the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules.  She is a member of the HKIAC Council and Proceedings Committee, and Co-Chair of HKIAC's Taskforce on Third Party Funding. She speaks and writes on a range of arbitration-related issues, with a focus on arbitration in the APAC region.


Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2011, Briana was China Head of Knowledge and Business Development at another international law firm. Before that, Briana spent a number of years as an Associate and Professional Support Lawyer in the arbitration team of the same firm. She has acted in complex arbitrations under the SCC, ICC and LCIA Rules, involving a range of governing laws and jurisdictions.