Vanessa Ip


Practice Areas

Dispute Resolution
Family / Matrimonial


Vanessa has a keen interest in dispute resolution and completed the majority of her training as a paralegal and trainee in litigation, with a particular focus on matrimonial and family matters. Previously a journalist and PR / media relations specialist, Vanessa continues to contribute to various legal publications during her spare time.

Personal Statement

I have always been driven by a strong desire to be a part of the solution and not the problem. As a journalist, I was able to bring attention to the problems but was often left feeling powerless in being able to bring about any practical change. At I am able to combine my media expertise and legal skills to bring about change and give our clients the new start that they deserve. 

Experience and Key Cases

  • 2020 – Present Associate, Bowers
  • 2018 – 2020 Trainee Solicitor, Howse Williams
  • 2016 – 2018 Paralegal, Howse Williams Bowers
  • 2014 – 2016 Manager, Financial Services, PwC
  • 2012 – Present China Business Law Journal, Freelance Correspondent
  • 2011 – 2012 Editor, City University of Hong Kong Law Review
  • 2006 – 2011 Journalist / Media Relations (Various) (UK)


  • The Law Society of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Family Law Association
  • Journalist Member, Foreign Correspondents Club Hong Kong


China Business Law Journal

  • Here be Dragons – Special report on China outbound M&A (Nov 2013)
  • Clubs are trumps – Special report on law firm networks (Jun 2014)
  • China Business Law Directory 2014: Game Changers – Annual round up of major legal trends and developments in Hong Kong and China (Jul/Aug 2014)
  • Hot and Cold – Special report on China outbound M&A: US and Canada (Sep 2014)
  • Building Compromise – Special report on dispute resolution in China (Oct 2014)
  • Eastern Stars – Special report on China outbound M&A: Central and Eastern Europe (Jan 2016)
  • Power Hungry – Special report on China outbound M&A in energy and mining (Mar 2016)
  • Eagle Eyes – Key compliance issues for US-listed Chinese companies (Sept 2016)
  • A Fraction too much Friction – Special report on Chinese foreign trade (Nov 2016)
  • The Heat Is On – Special report on International Antitrust Enforcement (Dec 2016)
  • IP world tour – Special report on IP rights and protection for Chinese outbound investors (Apr 2017)
  • Trend Setter – Special IP report (Apr 2017)
  • A Common Language – Special report on dispute resolution (Sept 2017)
  • Hands on Africa – Special report on Chinese foreign direct investment in Africa (Mar 2018)
  • The Long Game – Special report on Chinese outbound investors (May 2019)

Legal Week Magazine

  • Agreeing to disagree – Special report on employee satisfaction (24 Nov 2011)
  • Technology in the Hot Seat – Information Technology Report (25 May 2012)