Paul StarrPartner and Practice Leader HK DR/Infrastructure at King & Wood Mallesons

Paul Starr is Asialaw’s Hong Kong Disputes Star of the Year, and joint coordinator of King & Wood Mallesons’ worldwide arbitration practice. He is Practice Team Leader in Hong Kong for Construction and Dispute Resolution. An honours graduate in law from Peterhouse, Cambridge University, England. Paul won a scholarship and the University’s prestigious Squire Law Prize. Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 states that "Paul Starr is widely acknowledged as the leading dispute resolution practitioner in Hong Kong, China and the Pacific region.". The Global Arbitration Review describes Paul as: ‘Simply the best lawyer for dispute resolution in construction and industrials in the East Asia and Pacific region”. The Asia Pacific Legal 500 singles out Paul as “an excellent strategist”.

KWM being China’s first international law practice, Paul has represented a wide range of PRC clients, on: India’s largest infrastructure arbitration; a USD 600million Central America power arbitration; an LCIA arbitration over force majeure in Africa; a USD 600 million shareholders dispute in Hong Kong. His work for other international clients includes: a HKD 2 billion construction arbitration in Hong Kong; projects in Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, region-wide. His team, working with KWM’s Shanghai office, was the first to obtain a USD 360 million asset protection order from the Shanghai Financial Court, pursuant to Hong Kong’s unique new asset protection agreement with China Mainland.

Who’s Who Legal Construction lists 799 lawyers from nearly 400 firms, and describes Paul as the “goto name on construction and infrastructure dispute resolution and a legend of the Hong Kong legal scene”.

He is an accredited arbitrator/mediator with HKIAC and AIAC, and arbitrator with CIETAC, SHIAC, SCIA, BIAMC. Paul serves as Advisory Board member of the Asian Academy of International Law, the Hong Kong Red Cross and the professional services committee of Hong Kong’s Trade Development Council.