Clive Grossman was born in London in 1940 and lived in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) from 1947 to 1983. He graduated and obtained BA LLB from University of Cape Town in 1966 and was a member of the Zimbabwe Bar from 1967 to 1983. In August 1983, he joined the Legal Department in Hong Kong, where he attained the rank of Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of Commercial Crime Unit. In 1993, he took silk and in 1994, left the Legal Department for private practice.

He is the General Editor of Archbold Hong Kong, an authoritative criminal law reference book and most frequently cited text in the criminal court. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Accredited (CEDR) Mediator, an executive member of International Criminal Bar Association; a World Court listed counsel and former vice chairman of Hong Kong Bar Association.

Clive has been involved in many high-profile cases, including the Carrian case, the extradition cases of Lorraine Osman and Rais Saniman and Yip Kai Foon, the Nina Wang case and the 18 pilots versus Cathay Pacific case. His main areas of practice include all Courts up to Privy Council and Court of Final Appeal in Criminal Law mainly commercial crime, money-laundering, corruption and human rights issues; in Administrative Law for judicial review, such as: Right of Abode, Town Planning and Medical Council; in Commercial and Chancery Practice in contract disputes, I.P., probate, land compensation, etc. and in Arbitration including Chairman of Arbitrators in a commercial UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) Arbitration.