Wong Yan Lung SC 黃仁龍資深大律師

T: (+852) 2523 2003
Secretary: Amy Chan T: (+852) 2248 1894
E: amychan@templechambers.com

Professional qualifications

Call: 1987 (England & Wales); 1987 (HK)
Advocate and Solicitor of Singapore
Inner Bar: 2002
Accredited as a Mediator by CEDR in 2012

Appointments and public office

1989-1990 Committee Member of the Committee of the Bar Association
1990-2005 Consultant Editor the Hong Kong Law Report and Digest
1997-2002 Council Member of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association
2000-present Honorary Lecturer of the Department of Professional Legal Education of the University of Hong Kong
2000-2005 Chairman of the Buildings Appeal Tribunal
2002-2005 Member of the Academic Board of the Department of Professional Legal Education of the University of Hong Kong
2002-2005 Member of the Academic Board of the Department of Professional Legal Education of the City University
2002-2005 Deputy Chairman of the Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong
2003 Deputy High Court Judge of the Court of First Instance
2003-2005 Council Member of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association
2003-2005 Chairman of the Special Committee on Legal Education of the Hong Kong Bar Association
2003-2005 Member of the Steering Committee on Legal Education Reform
2004-2005 Member of the Planning Committee of the Chinese University’s Law Faculty
2004-2005 Chairman of the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Board
2005-2012 Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; and in that capacity, a member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Law Reform Commission
2007 Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
2009 Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
2012 Receiver of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
2012 Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, Lingnan Unversity
2012 Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, Shue Yan University
2013 Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2013 Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2013 Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, The Open University of Hong Kong
2012 Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, The University of Hong Kong
2014 Trustee, Croucher Foundation

Education and scholarship

1976-1983 Queen’s College Hong Kong
1983 Prince Philip Scholarship
1986 BA (law), Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

Practice profile and Selected cases

Before his appointment as Secretary for Justice in 2005, Mr. Wong Yan Lung SC had a broad civil and commercial practice including land, trust, company and defamation. He also had a substantial public law practice covering town planning, land compensation and other constitutional issues.

Since resuming private practice with Temple Chambers in 2013, Mr. Wong has continued to specialize in civil commercial work, and has been taking on judicial review cases with high constitutional importance.

More recent cases include the following:

Company law: Re Pioneer Iron and Steel Group Co Ltd, HCCW 322/2010, 6.3.13 (cross-border insolvency; liquidators’ locus), Winbless Inc v Silver Shadow Co Ltd & Ors, HCCW 369, 370 & 375 of 2011, 24.2.14 (winding up; jurisdictional challenges); Re the Grande Holdings Ltd (No 2) [2015] 2 HKC 39 (provisional liquidators); Chow Sau Hei v Ho Keung Yuen, Smart Creator International Ltd , CACV 112, 113 & 114 of 2013, 7.7.14 (shareholders’ disputes; winding up); Lee Sai Nam v Li Shu Chung & Anor, HCA 1711/2009, 9.12.15 (family/shareholders’ disputes);

Will, probate, administration, family and trust law: Fok Chun Yue Benjamin v Fok Chun Wan Ian & Ors, HCA 2155/2011, 3.1.14 (family settlement agreement); Tan Cheng Gay v Ors v Tan Choo Suan & Anor [2016] 4 HKC 291 (CFA) (construction of Chinese will); Tao Shen Jong v Yung Sau Lan Shirley, HCAP 10/2010, 21.3.14 (propounding will); LWYA v KYW and LLP (Shares in Family company: Gift or Transfer) [2014] 4 HKFLR 567 (CA).

Finance, listing, and related contract law: Tin Lik v Deutsche Bank AG & Ors, HCCL 17/2011, 15.2.16 (REIT listing and fraud); Kilometre Capital Management Cayman v Shanda Games Ltd, HCA 2009/2014, 13.7.15 (taking-private transaction; financial advisor’s role);

Banking, insurance and contract law: Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises Pte Ltd v China Citic Bank Corp Ltd, Xiamen Branch [2014] 1 HKC 96 (Letter of Credit); Integrity Financial Advice Network Co Ltd v Lau Kong Kei, HCA 2165/2011, 31.8.15 (Insurance and agency disputes);

Arbitration-related proceedings: Sea Powerful II special Maritime Enterprises (Ene) v Bank of China Ltd [2016] 2 HKC 566 (anti-suit injunction); S Co v B Co [2014] 6 HKC 421 (court’s review of arbitral award);

Land law: Tsang Foo Keung and Key Kwong Development Ltd v Chu Jim Mi Jimmy & Ors, [2015] 6 HKC 200; CACV 178/2015, 28.10.16 (adverse possession);

Defamation law: Pui Kwan Kay v Ming Pao Holdings Ltd & Ors [2016] 2 HKC 518 (CA) (responsible journalism; freedom of expression);

Constitutional and human rights law: Keen Lloyd Holdings Ltd & Ors v Commissioner of Customs and Excise & Anor (No.2) [2016] 5 HKC 508, CA (constitutionality of warrantless search); The Incorporated Owners of Po Hang Building v Sam Woo Marine Works Ltd, HCMP 415A/2014, 8.4.16 (CA) (finality provisions on appeal; access to justice).

Mr. Wong has been instructed in arbitration cases involving disputes in substantial investment projects. He has given advice to the Government and other public bodies such as the Communications Authority on regulatory issues. He has also conducted mediation in family shareholders disputes.


Proficiency in Cantonese and Putonghua