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Gareth Thomas


Hong Kong

Gareth is a commercial and insurance litigator with wide-ranging experience in disputes, arbitration and mediation matters.



Gareth’s expertise in dispute matters covers banking, commercial contracts, defamation, employment, fraud, insolvency, negligence, product liability, restraint of trade and shareholders’ disputes, as well as cases involving bonds, structured products and other derivatives. He also advises on private client related matters, including family and probate disputes.

Gareth also advises clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious international insurance and reinsurance law and practice. This includes advising on issues such as bankers’ blanket bonds; business interruption; construction; directors’ and officers’ duties; errors and omissions; product liability; professional indemnity; trade credit; risk, property and general liability insurance; and all forms of reinsurance and alternative risk transfer. 

He has handled claims against insureds including by accountants, architects, constructors, engineers, lawyers, manufacturers, publishers and suppliers. 


Gareth has contributed to numerous publications, and is a co-author of Hong Kong Civil Procedure, Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong – Insurance, Chitty on Contracts (Hong Kong), and Hong Kong Law of Insurance. He regularly lectures to lawyers and industry bodies on a wide range of topics.

Leading individual (band 1) for Insurance (Contentious), China/Hong Kong Chambers Asia Pacific 2010-2014

Leading individual for Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong Asia Pacific Legal 500 2010-2014

Leading individual for Employment, China/Hong Kong Chambers Asia Pacific 2012-2013


"The 'sensible and practical' Gareth Thomas leads [tax & trusts] team that is noted for its 'professional delivery and comprehensive know-how'" Asia Pacific Legal 500 2014

"Gareth Thomas is 'intelligent', 'results driven' and ha 'excellent knowledge of Hong Kong litigation process'" Asia Pacific Legal 500 2014

"'Well-informed industry expert' Gareth Thomas is described by sources as 'down-to-earth and practical. He gives straightforward and sensible instructions and provides impeccable pre-hearing preparation.' As part of his extensive skill set he advises clients on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious insurance and reinsurance law issues" Chambers Asia Pacific 2013

"Gareth is very good at the big-picture stuff but he also gets involved in the nitty-gritty understanding of his cases, just what you'd expect of a top partner here" Chambers Asia Pacific 2013

"…'tactically astute’ litigator Gareth Thomas" Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013

"Gareth Thomas leads the Hong Kong commercial litigation team, in addition to the Asia insurance practice, and is hailed as being ’at the top of his game’" Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013

Leading individual for Dispute Resolution, China/Hong Kong Chambers Asia Pacific 2010, 2012-2013

‘Gareth Thomas also proves popular with clients: “He is exactly what I would expect from a Herbert Smith lawyer. He puts forward a detailed strategy and issues which are pertinent to what you're achieving. He puts the brainpower in and is a pleasure to work with”’ Chambers Asia 2012

"Gareth Thomas is one of Hong Kong's elite practitioners" Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012

‘Gareth Thomas is noted as “a tough litigator and a real go-to guy for difficult cases”, with clients highlighting him as 'a counsel's counsel’ Chambers Asia 2012

‘Gareth Thomas is well versed in contentious employment matters’ Chambers Asia 2012

Leading individual for insurance (non-contentious), China/Hong Kong Chambers Asia 2010 and 2012

‘Sources are impressed by Gareth Thomas' well-rounded technical knowledge in dispute resolution.’ Chambers Asia 2011

‘With more than 20 years of experience in employment disputes, Gareth Thomas is particularly noted for his expertise in matters in the insurance field.’ Chambers Asia 2011

‘Gareth Thomas is consistently praised by clients as “incredibly experienced and first-rate” with an established reputation, especially with regard to indemnity work.’ Chambers Asia 2011

Recommended individual – Employment, Hong Kong Asia Pacific Legal 500 2011

‘Gareth Thomas stands out as “an excellent litigator and a talented negotiator,” say sources, “he is a solid and smart lawyer who knows his stuff.”’ Chambers Asia 2010

‘A highly able and tenacious insurance litigator.’ Chambers Asia 2008–2009

‘… “a fine and sensible general litigator” offering “clear, succinct advice”.’  Chambers Asia 2008–2009

‘Gareth Thomas is described as “responsive” and “practical”.’ Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2008–2009

‘“Shrewd litigator” Gareth Thomas heads the Hong Kong commercial litigation group.’ Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2008–2009

‘… has an impressive record and is a recognised authority on restrictive covenants.’ Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2007–2008