Norman Nip, S.C. has a broad civil practice with an emphasis on commercial and securities litigation. He has been described as “incredibly clever and hard-working” (Chambers & Partners 2023) and a “very user-friendly barrister” who is “extremely good on his feet” (The Legal 500 2023).
He has acted for the Securities and Futures Commission and parties under investigation in a number of cases before the courts and the specialist tribunals (Market Misconduct Tribunal and Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal) and is “regularly singled out for his expertise in securities-related cases” (Chambers & Partners 2023). He has also testified as an expert witness on securities laws in offshore proceedings.
His expertise also spans other practice areas, including banking, company and shareholder disputes, competition, insurance, professional liability, land, trusts, employment, matrimonial, bankruptcy, PRC and international cross-border disputes, public law as well as white-collar crime.
In the arbitration sphere, Norman is currently serving as the Vice Chairman of the Committee on Arbitration of the Hong Kong Bar Association. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the HKIAC List of Arbitrators and has sat as an arbitrator in various commercial disputes. As counsel, Norman has acted in a number of domestic and cross-border commercial disputes. He has also acted in court proceedings in aid of arbitration proceedings as well as applications to set aside the enforcement of arbitral awards.
As a mediator, Norman has conducted a number of mediations involving a wide variety of civil disputes (using English, Cantonese and/or Mandarin). He qualified as a CEDR accredited mediator in 2010.
Prior to joining the Bar, Norman had served as the tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Sperling of the New South Wales Supreme Court and practised as a solicitor with Clayton Utz in Sydney and Linklaters in Hong Kong.
Norman is ranked by the legal directories for:
Chambers & Partners
The Legal 500
Who’s Who Legal
“Norman Nip SC of Rede Chambers took silk in 2021 and is regularly singled out for his expertise in securities-related cases and frequent representation of the Securities and Futures Commission, but his extensive practice also embraces company law and shareholder disputes, professional negligence and insolvency-related matters.
“Norman is incredibly clever and hard-working, with great attention to detail; he has the ear of the Hong Kong judiciary.”
“Norman’s strengths include being very commercial, very succinct and clear in legal submissions and excellent advocacy, particularly in cross-examinations, where he is very strong in both English and working with translators to Chinese. He is friendly, approachable and available, and willing to get into the detail of evidence, including Chinese language documents.”
“He’s our counsel on a messy and difficult trust case. He has the advantage of having been a solicitor before and is commercial, businesslike and wastes no time; he gets the job done.””
Chambers & Partners (2023)
“Norman Nip SC – Rede Chambers ‘Easy to work with, hands-on and with great analytical mind. He provides good advocacy and cross-examination in both English and Chinese.’” (Commercial Disputes)
“Norman Nip SC – Rede Chambers ‘Norman is very thorough in his work and a very user-friendly barrister. He is extremely good on his feet.’” (Regulatory, Investigations and Crime)
The Legal 500 (2023)
“Norman Nip SC – Rede Chambers ‘A very meticulous silk. He has the ear of the Hong Kong judiciary.’”
The Legal 500 (2022)
“Norman Nip is a “very well-rounded lawyer” with “strong composure and responses in court”.”
Who’s Who Legal (2021)