Kathryn Sanger

Kathryn Sanger

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

 Hong Kong


Kathryn advises clients on complex international arbitration proceedings in Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she has nearly 15 years' experience of advising clients on arbitration and litigation proceedings in Asia Pacific. Kathryn has advised clients across a wide range of industries and locations, with particular strengths in financial services, energy and in China-related matters. Her arbitration skills and reputation in China matters are enhanced by her ability to speak and read Mandarin Chinese.  

Professional background

Kathryn has an impressive profile in the Asian international arbitration market. 

She has been a Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) since 2008.  Between 2013 and 2018, Kathryn chaired the HKIAC appointments committee, and has also served on its rules committee. Kathryn sits regularly as an arbitrator, is listed on the HKIAC's List of Arbitrators, and is also a member of the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. She is admitted to practice in England and Wales and Hong Kong.


Kathryn is a ranked lawyer in both Chambers and Legal 500.  In Chambers Asia Pacific 2018, Kathryn is described as being "An extremely clever and reasonable litigator, with excellent written and spoken Chinese." Another source comments on her client service, noting that"she is very responsive and efficient in getting the work done." She is particularly experienced with investment disputes.

Ranked on The A List: China's Top 100 LawyersChina Business Law Journal 2017

Acritas Star lawyer (2016 and 2017), credited for "excellent trial preparation and drafting skills".