Dr Alan Ma

Dr Alan Ma is a lecturer in Law at Birmingham City University. He is dual-qualified in Engineering and Law with in-house and private practice experience. He is a qualified (non-practising) solicitor in England and Wales and Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Over the years in private practice, Dr Ma had successfully trained 15 trainees to become English solicitors. One of them is now practising as a barrister and arbitrator in the City of London.

Alan Ma studied law whilst in full-time employment as a Chartered Engineer. He was called to the Bar in 1993 and subsequently became a solicitor. Past legal appointments include in-house counsel of a multi-national engineering company (Odebrecht), a solicitor with a City law firm in London (Pinsent Masons), his own firm operating in London, Edinburgh and Hong Kong.  He established the branch office of Ince Gordon Dadds in Hong Kong as a foreign law firm in 2018 and worked as Resident Partner. 

Case Highlights

  • Advised on merger and acquisition cases following the introduction of China's ‘Go Out Policy' encouraging foreign investments from mainland-based enterprises.
  • Advised on the acquisition of Cadac Electronics by Soundking Group, a Ningbo based audio manufacturer, was reported in The Law Gazette.
  • Conducted many successful appeal cases for rejected visa applications. Recipient of a certificate of excellence awarded by the United Nations affiliate in 2013.
  • Scottish practice.  Acted for a Chinese enterprise in purchasing a privately owned island on the west coast of Scotland.  The purchase included a luxury spa hotel and all facilities.
  • Construction law. Chartered engineer worked on construction sites. Worked as contract manager on major international projects.  Case: Staveley Industries Plc, Trading as EI.WHS v Odebrecht Oil & Gas Services Limited [2001] 2 WLUK 792, the first court’s decision on the applicability of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 in respect of onshore construction work for  EPIC offshore contracts.
  • Acted for Hong Kong companies in English cases: In Great Wealth Telecom Limited v Simtel Communications Limited [2007] EWHC 95 (Ch) successfully persuaded the judge to do a U-turn on his judgement resulting in a favourable decision for the client. Also, appeared in a court hearing in London using video link in Hong Kong.

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