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Justin D'Agostino

Justin D'Agostino

Global Head of Dispute Resolution and Regional Managing Partner for Asia

Justin D’Agostino is the Global Head of Herbert Smith Freehills' Disputes practice and the firm's Asia Managing Partner.

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Experience

Considered by Who’s Who Legal 2018 one of the "few thought leaders in arbitration", Justin has established a market-leading reputation. He has appeared before tribunals all over the world, and regularly sits as arbitrator.

Justin was named Managing Partner of the Year 2018 by Asian Legal Business and by China Business Law Journal as one of China’s top 100 lawyers. He was recognised as "Disputes Star of the Year" by Asialaw and was a winner of the Chambers Asia-Pacific Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award and of the FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Outstanding Individuals Awards.


Justin is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University and was a member of the sub-committee of Hong Kong's Law Reform Commission, which recently reviewed the law on Third Party Funding in Arbitration.
He is a member of the Hong Kong Department of Justince Advisory Committee on Promotion of Arbitration, an alternate member of the ICC Court, and Chairman of ICC's Belt & Road Commission. He is an honorary Fellow of ACICA, a former HKIAC Council member, former board member of the Arbitration Institute of the SCC, and a founding member of HK45.

Justin is one of the FT's leading "OUTstanding Executives", recognising the difference he has made in the LGBT professional community. He was named LGBT Executive Sponsor by Community Business, and is a member of the 30% Club HK, a group committed to bringing more women onto corporate boards, as well as BritCham's HK Women in Business Committee.

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

Justin's experience includes advising:

  • 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
  • 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
  • an architectural consultancy firm in Hong Kong and mainland China in obtaining an award in its favour in an HKIAC arbitration and in resisting set-aside proceedings in a reported case in the Hong Kong courts
  • a high net worth individual from Hong Kong in a Liechtenstein-seated ICC arbitration in relation to a dispute between family members
  • a leading international financial institution as respondent in a multimillion-dollar arbitration under the CIETAC rules