Dennis is a founding partner of Cocking & Co. He has been working with Ian Cocking since his admission in Hong Kong in 2005. Dennis is an accredited adjudicator. Dennis worked in Beijing in 2017/2018 on Chinese outbound construction work.
Dennis studied law and obtained his legal qualification in New South Wales, Australia in 1999. Dennis became a Hong Kong solicitor in 2005 and had since engaged in contentious business at international firms in Hong Kong and China.
Dennis has wide experience of various forms of commercial dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration, litigation and adjudication. In particular, he specializes in resolving complex contractual and construction disputes.
Dennis has handled many international and domestic arbitrations involving construction projects in Hong Kong, Macau, London, Dubai, Oman and Saudi Arabia. He is experienced in advising various stakeholders in the construction industry including governments, employers, contractors, engineers, and a variety of other clients, on construction related dispute resolution in Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in handling construction disputes arising from final accounts, delay, extension of time, liquidated damages, variations, defects and other construction issues.
Also, he has a vast amount of experience in non-contentious matters, especially construction projects in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Africa and the Middle East. He has drafted joint venture agreements, construction contracts and consultancy agreements for his clients. Dennis also has experience in defamatory claim, ICAC investigation and industrial summons cases.
Dennis is regarded as the up and coming / next generation construction lawyer by Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and Who’s Who in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
He is also the past president of the Hong Kong North Lions Club and the immediate past president of the Australian Chinese Association Hong Kong.