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Advance Business Dispute Resolution in Practice

Course Code
Application Code
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Start Date
To be advised
6 hours
Cantonese supplemented with English
Course Fee

This workshop aims to provide an understanding of the business dispute resolution methodologies and practical procedure for Senior Executives in business without an in-house legal department in particular. Explore the analytic framework of developing dispute resolution a lawyer does and to equip the mindset of resolving in a non-traditional way.

Key Points

  1. Given his legal views as an independent non-executive director of a listed asset management company in Hong Kong, he guides participants the strategic views to avoid and manage potential business dispute in non-traditional way.  
  2. For Executives in Business without an in-house legal department, it helps to equip them with some fundamental legal concepts and essential communication skills with external legal consultants.
  3. It is an experiential learning based workshop that mainly delivers with case analysis and situation discussion. Participants are highly encouraged to bring their usual business cases to the workshop for in-depth group analysis.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the workshop, the attendees should be able to:

  • Understanding the principles of business dispute resolution
  • Explore the analytic framework of business dispute resolution
  • Equip the knowledge of negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation
  • Understand non-traditional business dispute resolution concept with active dispute management
  • Understand how to work with in-house counsel and external legal advisors

Who should Attend

  • Senior executive, or executive to be, an anyone who want to create a speciality with the business as active dispute manager
  • Senior Executive in Business without an in-house legal department
  • Senior Executive in business in some sort of dispute and foreseeing there will be some dispute with external parties.


  • Tough thought question: when you are facing an unreasonable claim from a business partner, what will you do as a deputy CEO?
  • Five Approaches to Conflict Resolution: Accommodating, Avoiding, Collaborating, Compromise, Confrontation
  • Introduction to ADR and Litigation: Mediation, Arbitration and Civil Litigation
  • Working with lawyers: what preparation should be done, what to expect and how to control legal costs
  • Introduction to Active Dispute Management and Sustainable Legal Business

DATE, tIME & venue

Date: TBC

Time : 10:00 am- 5:00pm (total 6 hours)

Venue: Island Side Learning Centre

*Complimentary lunch is included

*Please note that commencement date is subject to the number of enrolment. Please complete and return the application form for registration. We will contact you for the updates of the workshop.



Mr. Devin C.I Sio

Mr. Devin C.I Sio


Mr. Devin C.I. Sio was called to the Bar of Hong Kong in 2011 and achieved Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2013. He is an emerging leader and his practice areas include international commercial arbitration, civil litigation, criminal defence and anti-money laundering. Mr. Sio is now consultant of various PRC law firms in Shanghai and Beijing, and he is an independent non-executive director of a listed asset management company in Hong Kong.

Mr. Sio received business and legal education in Hong Kong. In relation to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), he went to Oxford and London for advanced studies. Mr. Sio also obtained a Bachelor of Law in Chinese Law. In 2015, Mr. Sio was qualified as certified anti-money laundering specialist. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Law in China University of Political Science and Law. Furthermore, Mr. Sio is holding HKSI Specialist Certificates for Securities, Corporate Finance and Asset Management.

In addition, Mr, Sio also commits himself to public services. He is sitting as committee member in various consultation committee of the HKSAR government. He also provides free legal advice to community and is appointed as honorary legal advisor by various NGO.

Statement of attendance

A STATEMENT OF ATTENDANCE from HKU SPACE will be issued to all students who have successfully completed the workshop.

Application Code 1640-1804NW -

  • Island Side Learning Centre
  • Mr. Devin C.I. Sio (蕭震然先生), Barrister (Hong Kong), Arbitrator, Mediator
Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$3000
  • Early Bird Rate : HK$2500 (Early Bird Rate ends 10 days before the application deadline)

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