Queenie Lau 劉恩沛大律師

T: (+852) 2523 2003
E: qlau@templechambers.com
Secretary: Yvonne Yim T: (+852) 2248 1881

Professional qualifications

Call: 2008 (HK)
Solicitor: 2007 to 2008 (HK); 2008 to present (England and Wales – non-practising)
Accredited as a mediator by CEDR in 2009
Accredited as a general mediator by HKIAC in 2009
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2017
Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators since 2016

Appointments and public office

Hong Kong Bar Association

Member, Bar Council (Jan. 2011 to Jan. 2014)
Chairman, Young Barristers Committee (2011)
Member, Special Committee on Companies Law (2011 to 2012)
Member, Special Committee on Code of Conduct (2010 to present)
Member, Special Committee on Practice Promotion (2008 to 2015)
Member, Special Committee on Civic Education (2009 to 2010)

University of Hong Kong

PCLL Course: Assessor for the Commercial Dispute Resolution Advocacy Assessment (various); Part-Time Lecturer for mediation exercise (various)

Other

Part-time Member, Central Policy Unit, Government of the HKSAR (2012)
Member of the Management Committee, Consumer Legal Action Fund (2015 to present)
Member, Disciplinary Panel A of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2013 to present)
Member, Private Columbaria Appeal Board (2017 to present)
Member, Licensing Appeals Board (2012 to 2017)
Member, Transport Tribunal Panel (2012 to present)
Member, HKSAR Passport Appeals Board (2012 to present)
Member, Regulatory Framework Sub-committee, Steering Committee on Mediation (2012 to 2017)
Member, Accreditation Sub-committee, Steering Committee on Mediation (2017 to present)
Member, Eastern District Fight Crime Committee (2012 to present)
Member of Board of Governors, The Prince Philip Dental Hospital (2017 to present)
Member, Pharmacists Sub-group, Steering Committee on Strategic Review on Healthcare Manpower Planning and Professional Development (2012 to present)
Member, Advisory Panel on Vetting of Amusement Games / Machines (2012 to present)
Member, 11th and 12th Committees of the All-China Youth Federation (中華全國青年聯合會第十一及十二屆委員會委員) (2010 to present)

Education

2009: MA, University of Cambridge
2004: BA (Hons) in Law, University of Cambridge

Scholarships and prizes

2008: Middle Temple Society Scholarship
2005: Represented Hong Kong in the LAWASIA Moot on Intellectual Property – Champion team, Best Mooter
2004: Lizette Bentwich Prize (for academic performance), awarded by Trinity College, University of Cambridge
2001-2004: Jardine Scholarship (full scholarship for undergraduate studies at University of Cambridge)

Practice profile

Queenie Lau has a broad, predominantly civil, practice which includes commercial law, securities and regulatory matters, banking, company law, conveyancing, building management, professional negligence, employment law, family law, defamation, probate and commercial fraud. She has been instructed by a media conglomerate to advise and act for it in a range of cases, acts for the Securities and Futures Commission as well as parties under investigation, and also acts both for and against banks. She has trial and appellate experience both as an advocate in her own right and as junior counsel.

Queenie is also regularly involved in arbitration and mediation.

Selected cases

Arbitration

Represented a European investment company in HKIAC proceedings arising from the breakdown of a joint venture in the PRC

Represented a private equity fund in an arbitration arising from an investment dispute (UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules)

Resisted a jurisdictional challenge in an HKIAC arbitration concerning the validity of a Letter of Intent concerning lands in the PRC

Resisted jurisdictional challenges in three ICC arbitrations arising from disputes over sale of timber contracts

Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Limited v. China International Fund Limited, HCCT 9/2014, 6 August 2014 (resisted an application for stay of execution re: enforcement of arbitral award), 24 September 2014 (resisted an application for leave to appeal re: setting aside of arbitral award)

Judicial Review

Nancy Ann Kissel v The Long-Term Prison Sentences Review Board, HCAL 137/2016, 17 May 2018 (judicial review by Nancy Kissel, who was convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to life imprisonment) (led by Mr Russell Coleman SC)

Tsang Kwong Kuen v. The Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council, HCAL 44/2015, 31 May 2017 (judicial review concerning a meeting of the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council held on 27 June 2014 at which the approval of funding in relation to the development of residential areas in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North was discussed)

Chan Yeuk Ming v. Housing Authority, HCAL 25/2012, 7 September 2012 (judicial review concerning the Housing Authority’s policy in allocating public housing to divorcees) (led by Mr Stewart Wong SC)

Acting for the applicants in several applications for judicial review concerning claims made under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, e.g. Hussain Tasawar v. Betty Kwan, Adjudicator [2017] 2 HKLRD 567

Company / Commercial

Orient Power Holdings Limited (receivers and managers appointed) (in liquidation) and Others v. Ernst & Young, HCCL 14/2014, 15 February 2017 (discovery); CAMP 6/2017, 28 August 2017 (resisting the introduction of a new witness) (led by Ms. Roxanne Ismail SC); instructed to represent EY in the 60-day trial (led by Mr. Justin Fenwick QC and Ms. Roxanne Ismail SC)1

Re The Grande Holdings Ltd [2016] 1 HKLRD 435 (what constitutes a liquidated sum that entitles a creditor vote at a creditors’ meeting) (led by Mr. Victor Joffe QC)

張才奎所託管中國山水投資有限公司 and Another v. 張才奎 and Another, HCA 1661, 1766, 2191/2014 & HCA 623, 939, 1564/2015 (Consolidated), 9 October 2015, 26 October 2015; HCMP 2498/2015 (CA), 22 October 2015 (resisted 1st Defendant’s various applications for injunctions against two independent non-executive directors)

Komal Patel and Others v. Chris Au and Others, HCA 183/2014, 11 July 2014 (Defendants’ applications for the discharge of interlocutory injunctions; Plaintiffs’ applications for summary judgment and further interlocutory injunctions) (led by Mr Charles Sussex SC)

Pony HK World Limited v. Vand Petro-Chemicals (BVI) Company Ltd and Other, (2013) 16 HKCFAR 937 (CFA), [2012] 5 HKLRD 735 (CA) (enforcement of a put option) (led by Mr Charles Sussex SC)

Paul's Model Art GmbH v. UT Ltd and Others, HCA 1501/2000, 30 August 2013 (14-day trial: breach of contract) (led by Mr Stewart Wong SC)

Pacific Electric Wire & Cable Company Limited v. Gold Global Limited and Others, HCCL 17 and 18/2009, 12 April 2012 (18-day trial: diversion of companies’ funds and properties, dishonest assistance etc.) (led by Mr Russell Coleman SC)

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd. v. Sweetmart Garment Works Ltd. and Others, HCA 1807/2005, 10 March 2010 (enforcement of a guarantee) (led by Mr Paul Shieh SC)

Regulatory

Securities and Futures Commission v. Wong Yuen Yee [2017] 1 HKLRD 788 (nature and scope of the SFC’s obligations of disclosure in disqualification proceedings) (led by Mr Victor Joffe QC)

Securities and Futures Commission v. Wang Jian Hua and Others, HCMP 745/2013, 29 October 2015 and 30 May 2016 (disqualification of directors) (led by Mr Eugene Fung SC)

Securities and Futures Commission v. Yeung Kui Wong and Others, HCMP 1742/2009, 1 March 2011 (disqualification of directors) (led by Mr Anderson Chow SC)

Advising on provisions of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) both in the civil and criminal contexts

Bankruptcy

Re Chow Wing Kun, HCB 7058/2012, 18 July 2013 (bankruptcy order)

Land / conveyancing

Advising a developer in respect of various restrictive covenants (led by Senior Counsel)

Join Union Investment Ltd v. China Tree Investment Ltd [2016] 2 HKLRD 901

Channel Green Ltd v. Huge Grand Ltd [2015] 1 HKLRD 655 (whether good title had been shown; construction of sale and purchase agreement) (led by Ms Lisa Wong SC)

Trusts

Cheerbond Development Ltd. v. Tung Kwok Yu [2010] 2 HKLRD 546 (trusts; illegality)

黃吉雲 對 孫磊及另二人, HCA 752/2014, 10 February 2017 (dispute about the beneficial ownership of a property arising from a mortgage action)

Employment

Noble Spirit Ltd. t/a Life Solutions v. Wong Shu Yuen and Another, HCA 842/2011, 8 May 2013 and 23 December 2013 (striking out of High Court proceedings on the ground that the Labour Tribunal has exclusive jurisdiction)

Defamation

Jonathan Lu and Others v. Paul Chan Mo-Po and Another, CACV 251/2015 and CACV 252/2015, 23 December 2016 (appeal against jury verdict), 5 April 2017; [2018] HKCFA 11 (led by Mr Benjamin Yu SC)

Bawang International (Group) Holding Ltd. v. Next Magazine Publishing Ltd., HCA 1109/2010, 23 May 2016 (38-day trial involving, inter alia, expert evidence on toxicology, chemical engineering, PRC law and accounting) (led by Mr Benjamin Yu SC)

Hong Kong Television Network Ltd. and Another v. Asia Television Limited and Another, HCA 2217/2012, 20 November 2015 (acted for HKTV and Mr Ricky Wong Wai Kay in a trial concerning libel by ATV and Mr James Pan Yu Shing)

Emperor International Holdings Ltd. v. AtNext Ltd. [2016] 1 HKLRD 77 (resisted the continuation of an ex parte interlocutory injunction)

Jigme Rinpoche v. Brightec Ltd. and Others [2015] 1 HKC 566 (first trial in Hong Kong to consider the defence of reportage)

Other

La Dolce Vita Fine Dining Company Limited v. Zhang Lan [2018] HKCFI 548 (acted for the founder of the South Beauty restaurant chain (俏江南) in a contempt of court trial) (led by Mr Benjamin Yu SC)

Wong Wing Yue Rosaline v. Next Media Interactive Limited and Others, HCA 2701/2016, 21 February 2017 (whether a disclosure order should be granted in this action for copyright infringement and breach of confidence; protection of journalistic sources)

Mushtaq v. Secretary for Justice sued for and on behalf of Director of Immigration, DCCJ 1766/2010, Shahzad Saleem v. Secretary for Justice sued for and on behalf of Director of Immigration, DCCJ 1875/2011, both dated 14 November 2014 (damages for wrongful detention; applications for leave to amend the Statement of Claim; the first and second of some 369 other similar actions)

International Associated Attorneys Ltd. v. Eurostock Energy Ltd., HCA 180/2012, 5 October 2012 (whether funds under a restraint order should be released to meet a judgment debt) (led by Mr Peter Ng SC)

Hui Shu Leung v. Wah Fung Forest Resources Ltd. [2012] 5 HKC 330 (appeal on costs; jurisdiction for costs order in favour of a director)

Pido v. Compass Technology Co. Ltd. [2010] 2 HKLRD 537 (conspiracy to injure) (led by Mr Jat Sew-Tong SC)

Akai Holdings Ltd. (in compulsory liquidation) and Others v. Ho Wing On, Christopher and Another, HCCL 37/2005 and HCCL 40/2005, 1 June 2009 (interrogation/cross-examination of defendant as to his compliance with the terms of a Mareva order; discovery) (led by Mr Godfrey Lam SC)

Advising on jurisdictional and forum non conveniens issues (instructed as junior counsel to Mr Jat Sew-Tong SC)

Advising on the Disability Discrimination Ordinance (Cap. 487)

Publications

Contributing author, Securities & Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571): Commentary and Annotations, Sweet & Maxwell, 2017
Contributing author, Hong Kong Competition Law, 2017

Languages

Fluent in Cantonese, Putonghua and English


1The case settled on the eve of trial.