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David Smyth
Senior Partner, Hong Kong

A commercial disputes lawyer with over 30 years' experience, David Smyth leads RPC's Hong Kong office.

David focuses his practice on professional indemnity, financial lines and other special risks claims. He has considerable experience providing general risk management advice to professionals such as accountants, solicitors, insurance brokers, surveyors and stock-brokers. 

David has worked on the defence of claims in various jurisdictions including England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the BVI, the PRC and Taiwan.

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"David Smyth is held in high regard as 'an icon' and 'a pioneer' in the Hong Kong insurance market." - Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 

"He is an established figure in the market and clients describe him as a 'very bright, approachable and experienced' lawyer with 'good commercial sense.'" - Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 

Recommended and listed as a Leading Individual - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

"the globally renowned David Smyth" - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 

Recommended and listed as a Leading Individual - Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 

David Smyth "has an ability to think very logically and bring perspectives to a matter which nobody else has thought about." - Chambers Asia Pacific 2016

"Smyth & Co in association with RPC has a core team of market leaders, headed by the globally renowned David Smyth." – Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015

"David Smyth is held in high regard for his successful professional indemnity practice. One interviewee attests that Smyth is 'very approachable and very knowledgeable about insurance,' while another describes him as 'a big hitter' for contentious insurance sector work" - Chambers Asia Pacific 2015

Memberships

Member of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited

Chairman of the Law Society of Hong Kong Professional Indemnity Advisory Committee

Member of the Audit Profession Reform Working Group of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Member of the Disciplinary Panel for the Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers

Member of the Hong Kong Insurance Law Association Limited

Member of the Hong Kong Insurers Club Limited