Ian Cocking

Ian is a founding partner of Cocking & Co. He is recognised as one of the leading legal advisers to the construction, engineering and project development industries in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region. Ian is an accredited mediator and an accredited adjudicator.


With over 30 years’ experience in negotiating and managing major projects, project administration and dispute management, Ian has a comprehensive understanding of how the construction industry works in Hong Kong and across the Asia region.

Ian has taken a key role in a diverse range of major construction and project development matters, regularly advising contractors, proprietors, financiers, consultants and insurers on their ongoing contractual relationships, risk management strategies, and claims and dispute resolution.

“Ian Cocking is a very well-regarded Lawyer who excels in a range of high-value contractual and contentious issues across the construction sector.” Who’s Who Legal have ranked Ian as Thought Leaders – China & Hong Kong for 2021 to 2023, and also Thought Leaders – Construction 2022. He was ranked as Global Leader in Who’s Who Legal – Construction 2020, 2021 and 2022. Ian Cocking is highly respected by sources who say he “has an excellent depth of knowledge and experience of construction and dispute resolution”.

The Legal 500 has named Ian in Asia Pacific 2021 to 2024 Hall of Fame. According to some, Ian Cocking is ‘a standout lawyer’.

Ian is also ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 to 2024 in Band 1 for Construction in China. Chambers states: “Ian Cocking is a first-class lawyer who provides high-quality legal advice and develops sound legal strategies.”

In 2016, 2020, 2021 and 2022, Doyles named Ian a “Preeminent Construction & Infrastructure lawyer” in Hong Kong.

He is recognized as a Litigation Star for Construction in Benchmark Litigation – Asia Pacific 2021 and 2024.

Ian was awarded Outstanding Practitioner of the Year at the Asialaw Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017 in Hong Kong. This Award is based upon extensive research among private practice lawyers and in-house Counsel across the region.

He also have been identified as the “Best of the Best Global 2022” by Expert Guides in construction. It lists the top 30 legal practitioners in 15 areas of law in the world.

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