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Mike specialises in construction arbitration cases, from advising clients on commencing arbitration proceedings through to the preparation of pleadings, witness statements and preparation for the hearing itself. Mike's work involves meeting with clients and witnesses, experts and counsel to discuss both factual and legal aspects of the case, and to review and consider project documents. Mike also is involved in post-hearing aspects of arbitrations, including preparation of written submissions and advising on appeals from arbitrator's awards.

Mike also is involved in the preparation of court cases in the High Court (Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal) and the Court of Final Appeal, in addition to preparing cases for arbitration hearings.

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor in 2009, Mike spent 12 years practicing as a civil engineer where he worked for a number of international contractors in Hong Kong on major infrastructure projects, such as Kap Shui Mun Bridge, the Chek Lap Kok Airport Terminal Building and Cathay City. His engineering experience gives him an in-depth insight into the day to day running of construction and building projects.

Mike has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1994.

"Mike Docherty always brings a cool head to problems." Legal 500 2021 Asia Pacific


Representative Experience

  • Advised an international specialist subcontactor in an arbitration and court proceedings against the main contractor arising from the MTRC's XRL Project.
  • Advised the developer of a high-profile entertainment development in Hong Kong in mediation, arbitration and court proceedings.
  • Advised a specialist contractor in an arbitration against the main contractor in a dispute arising from a large public transport infrastructure project in the Philippines.
  • Advises various contractors and sub-contractors on debt recovery, claims and disputes against parties at all levels in the contract matrix.