Theresa Chow 周廷勵大律師

T: (+852) 2523 2003
E: theresachow@templechambers.com
Secretary: Sarah Liu T: (+852) 2248 1886

Professional qualifications

Call: 2014 (HK)
Solicitor: 2012 - 2013 (HK)

Appointment

Standing Committee on China Practice Development, HK Bar Association 2017-present
Committee on Family Law, HK Bar Association 2017-present
Council Member, The Bar Council, 2017 – 2018

Education

2013: MA, University of Cambridge
2010: PCLL, University of Hong Kong
2009: BA (Hons) in Law, University of Cambridge

Scholarships and prizes

2013: Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship
2006 - 2009: Jardine Scholarship (full scholarship for undergraduate studies at University of Cambridge)
2006 - 2009: Cambridge Commonwealth Overseas Trust Scholarship - Honorary Scholar
2006 - 2007: Cambridge University Magdalene College Governing Body Exhibition Prize
2004 - 2006: Hong Kong Government Scholarship
2004: Sir Edward Youde Memorial Prize

Practice profile

Theresa Chow commenced full practice in 2014 after completing her pupillage with Mr Victor Joffe QC (on extension), Mr Paul Lam SC, Ms Anita Yip SC, Mr Osmond Lam and Mr Bernard Man (now Bernard Man SC).

Before being called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2014, Theresa was a Judicial Assistant to the Court of Final Appeal and the Court of Appeal from 2012 to 2013 where she provided assistance to appellate judges.

Theresa was previously qualified as a solicitor from 2012 to 2013 following her training at Allen & Overy from 2010 to 2012.

Theresa is developing a broad civil practice and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work. She has been instructed in a wide range of cases involving areas such as family/ matrimonial (ancillary relief and children matters), general commercial, company, employment and arbitration matters.

She has appeared as an advocate (either in her own right or as a led junior) in all levels of Court including the Family Court, the District Court, the Court of First Instance, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal.

She has also appeared as an advocate (either in her own right or as a led junior) in arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, HKIAC Administrated Arbitration Rules and the ICC Rules of Arbitration.

Selected cases

Family/ Matrimonial

CSH v LS, FCMC 12435/2016: 5-day ancillary relief trial; application for Mareva injunction (led by Richard Todd QC and appearing with Corinne Remedios).

LWH v NKWS & others, FCMC 2953/2015: 12-day hearing of preliminary issue on beneficial ownership of certain companies; application for indemnity costs for preliminary issue trial; resisting leave to appeal application (led by Russell Coleman SC).

LSH v WLS, HCMC 1/2017, FCMC 11001/2014: resisting disclosure application in ancillary relief proceedings, advising on discovery applications / subpoena against third parties (including administrator of creditor’s scheme and bank) and preliminary issue trial (led by Russell Coleman SC).

TSYV v LWSV, FCMC 12681/2014: advice on and applications for maintenance pending suit, release from implied undertaking, joinder and pursuant to section 17 of the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Ordinance (Cap. 192), discovery and subpoena against third party (led by Benjamin Yu SC, Russell Coleman SC, Bernard Man SC).

TSC v KWH & others, FCMC 2755/2014: 5-day hearing of preliminary issue on beneficial ownership of certain companies; application for interim maintenance (led by Russell Coleman SC).

M v E, CACV 75/2015, HCMP 392/2015: resisting application under Child Abduction and Custody Ordinance (Cap. 512) (led by Russell Coleman SC); and application for stay of execution pending appeal.

LRL v ESSA, FCMC265/2014 (consolidated with FCMP 133/2013 and FCMP 111/2014): contempt of court order restricting removal of child from jurisdiction, resisting variation of interim care and control and access arrangement.

CLFC v CYM, FCMC1694/2015: application for maintenance pending suit (led by Bernard Man SC); application for interim maintenance.

NTKA v OSP, FCMC 5417/2015: maintenance pending suiting application.

DF v MF (nee Z), FCMC 17358/2013: resisting application for leave to serve further questionnaire in ancillary relief proceedings.

Arbitration

5-day hearing of a RMB550 million claim and RMB 662 million counterclaim for breach of distributor agreement by a PRC national distributor of an Italian brand (led by Russell Coleman SC).

10-day hearing for an over US$45 million claim in contract, trust and restitution for wrongful sale of pledged shares under a stock-secured loan agreement (led by Russell Coleman SC).

Hearing for claim in breach of contract by a financial institution for transfer of money due to internet fraud (led by Jose Maurellet SC).

Opposing objection to the continued involvement as Counsel on grounds of purported conflict/ bias given the arbitrator belongs to same set of chambers (led by Russell Coleman SC).

Application for joinder on behalf of minority shareholder in a land development joint venture.

Company and Insolvency

The Liquidator of Wing Fai Construction Co Ltd (in liquidation) v Yip Kwong Robert & others HCCW 735/2002: 10-day trial of misfeasance proceedings under section 276 of the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 32); setting aside of subpoena ad testificandum; application to amend pleadings; resisting application for leave to adduce expert evidence (led by Linda Chan SC).

Foo Tsing (also known as Nelson Foo) v Roeders Geschaeftsfuehrungs GmBH & another, HCCW 68/2016: resisting an injunction in unfair prejudice proceedings that the company be restrained from removing the plaintiff from the board of its subsidiary (led by Mr Victor Joffe QC).

張才奎所託管中國山水投資有限公司股份相關員工 & others v. 張才奎 & others, HCA 1661, 1766 & 2191 of 2014 and 623, 939 & 1564 of 2015: acting for receivers applying for Court directions on how to vote shares at EGM of listed company (led by Lisa Wong SC).

Re Sun Wang Group Investment Limited, HCCW384/2017: appointment of provisional liquidator, resisting discharge application (led by Jose Maurellet SC).

Re ICG Asia Finance Limited, HCCW 209/2015: acting for petitioner for winding up order on insolvency grounds.

Regulatory

Re AcrossAsia Limited & others (MMT Report 29 November 2016): representing the CEO in MMT hearing to determine whether a breach of disclosure requirements within the meaning of sections 307B and 307G of Part XIVA of the Securities and Futures Ordinance Cap 571 has taken place.

Securities and Futures Commission v C & others, HCMP 727/2008: discharge of injunction for proposed intervener (with Laurence Li).

A & other v C, HCMP1707/2015: acting for trustee in application to Court for directions in relation to notice of investigation pursuant to s.183 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) and requests for disclosure therein (with Laurence Li).

Employment

Pratt, Jon Vaughan Merrick v Barclays Capital Asia Limited [2018] HKCA 132, CACV123/2017, HCA 1295/2016 – application for strike-out of pleadings (led by Bernard Man SC).

General civil and commercial

Cheung Chi Yuen, Frank v Yeung Siu Wai, Anthony HCA826/2014: 6-day trial – breach of contractual and tortious duties of financial advisor (led by Bernard Man SC).

Deyi Investment Ltd v Macjin Info Com Tek., Ltd & another [2016] 5 HKLRD 137 (CA): setting aside leave to serve writ out of jurisdiction within O.11 r.1(1)(d)(iii), (iv) of the Rules of High Court; principles on apparent authority and agency (led by Bernard Man SC).

Wan Chi Hing v Wong Chung Kai t/a Kai Hing Trading Company & others, HCA 1552, 1554 &1555/2013: 5-day trial – breach of contract (led by Bernard Man SC).

Wason Holdings Limited & others v BHP International Markets Limited & others, HCA 1692/2014: application for continuation of ex parte injunction to restrain dealing in proceeds of sales of shares with additional disclosure order and resisting application to strike out; resisting leave to appeal (led by Russell Coleman SC).

Yinggao Resources Ltd v ECO Metal (HK) Ltd & Citibank NA, HCA 964/2012: opposing appeal against Master’s order on amendment of pleadings; application to vary cost order nisi (led by Eugene Fung SC); application for security for costs and resisting appeal from Master’s decision.

Languages

Fluent in Cantonese, Putonghua and English

Publications and Books

Contributing Editor, Hong Kong Civil Procedure (The White Book) (2015 - Present)
Contributor, Lexis Practical Guidance - Dispute Resolution (2015 - Present)
Contributor, Hong Kong Competition Law