Grace Chow has a broad civil practice with an emphasis on insolvency/commercial law, constitutional and administrative law and human rights.
Early on in her practice, she has appeared led and unled in a number of high profile cases involving shareholders disputes seeking unfairly prejudicial relief and/or just and equitable winding up, claims for breach of joint venture agreements and fiduciary duties between two then leading Karaoke outlet operators as well as the enforcement of an international arbitration award of over US$260M which was contested all the way to the Court of Final Appeal. She has considerable experience in the winding-up of companies (both private and publicly-listed companies), the reinstatement of companies and staying of winding-up proceedings.
Apart from insolvency and bankruptcy work, she acts and advises in land, banking and employment disputes.
In more recent years, she advises and appears for the Government, particularly in judicial review cases (involving torture claimants and asylum seekers/refugees as well as constitutional challenges to existing legislations) and has the privilege to be led by and to work closely with well-known local senior counsel as well as eminent London Queen’s Counsel renowned in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, public international law and human rights.
She also accepts instructions from Legal Aid to act for and advise legally-aided clients.
Public Law / Judicial Review Junior Police Officers’ Association of Hong Kong Police Force v Electoral Affairs Commission (No 2)  3 HKLRD 39
Challenge to the registration and electoral system in Hong Kong which requires or permits the electoral registers showing the names of the registered electors together with their principal residential addresses to be made available for inspection by the public and candidates in a District Council election as contrary to the registered voters’ rights to privacy, home and family and/or their right to vote (led by Mr Raymond Leung SC).R v Director of Immigration  HKCFI 1308
A systemic challenge to the policy requiring a person wishing to make non-refoulement claim to give a written signification giving a general indication of the person’s reasons for claiming non-refoulement protection in Hong Kong (led by Mr Johnny Mok SC).MK v Government of HKSAR  5 HKLRD 259
A challenge to the constitutionality of the denial of the right to same-sex marriage in Hong Kong and the Government’s failure to provide a legal framework for the recognition of same-sex relationships as an alternative (led by Mr Stewart Wong SC with Mr Johnny Ma).
Yeung Chu Wing v Secretary for Justice  3 HKLRD 238
A constitutional challenge to various provisions in the Crimes Ordinance Cap.200 as being discriminatory against male homosexuals (led by Mr Raymond Leung SC).Q v Commissioner of Registration  HKLRD 1244
A constitutional challenge to the requirement for female-to-male transgender persons to undergo sex assignment surgery in order to change the gender entry on the HKID card from female to male (led by Mr Stewart Wong SC with Ms Bonnie Cheng).QT v Director of Immigration (2018) 21 HKCFAR 324
A challenge to the Director of Immigration’s refusal to recognize a partner to a same-sex civil partner as a “spouse” under his dependant policy on grounds of sexual orientation discrimination and Wednesbury unreasonableness (led by Lord Pannick QC and Mr Stewart Wong SC).
Aguilar Joenalyn Elmedorial v Director of Immigration, CACV 225/2012,  HKEC 69 & FAMV 47/2013  HKEC 225
Successfully defended an appeal against to the refusal to grant permission to the applicant to work as a domestic helper in Hong Kong because of criminal conviction whilst working for her previous employer.Karlo Joanani Dauz v Director of Immigration, HCAL 86/2008
Successfully defended the Director of Immigration’s decision to reject an application for employment visa.
California Red Ltd v Neway Karoake Box Ltd, HCA 748/2008
A case concerning alleged breach of the joint venture agreement between California Red and Neway by sending out letters to record companies announcing the termination of the joint venture, injunction sought to restrain the obtaining of exclusive licences for new KTVs that are covered by existing joint promotion agreements and the making of various representations to record companies (led by Mr Ashley Burns SC).Re Chime Corp Ltd, HCMP 4146/2001
Acted on behalf of respondents to an unfair prejudice petition, application to strike out and application to amend petition.Re Weihong Petroleum Co Ltd, HCCW 19/1998
Misfeasance proceedings against former directors; the admissibility of transcripts in private examination (led by Mr Paul Shieh SC).
Insolvency Re Suncorp Industrial Ltd, HCCW 287/2008
Successfully obtained a winding up order on behalf of the petitioner and supporting creditors.Re Celeasia Co Ltd, HCCW 475/2005
Successfully obtained on behalf of petitioner orders for reinstatement of company and winding up.Re Sun Honest Development (China) Ltd, HCCW 1275/2004
Successfully obtained on behalf of the petitioner orders for reinstatement of company and winding up.
Property & Conveyancing Fortune Asset Development Ltd v De Monsa Investments Ltd CACV 270, 271 & 272/2010
A case on the mental capacity required to enter into sale and purchase agreements, legal effect on an agency upon an agent becoming of unsound mind, measure of damages for breach of agreement (led by Ms Lisa Wong SC).Takco v Secretary for Justice, HCAL 196/2007
A case concerning breach of tenancy agreement, whether Government was entitled to serve a Notice to Quit and to obtain vacant possession of premises, assessment of mesne profits (led by Mr Jat Sew Tong SC).Lam Chung Yan v Wu Yuk Ying & Anor, HCMP 1011/2005
Vendor and purchaser summons, requisition on title, whether delay in answering requisition constituted repudiation of the sale and purchase agreement by the vendor.
Karaha Bodas Co LLC v Perusahaan Pertambangen Minyak Dan Gas Bumi Negara (2009) 12 HKCFAR 84 (Court of Final Appeal),  4 HKLRD 1002 (Court of Appeal) and HCCT 28/2002 (Court of First Instance)
The successful enforcement of a New York Convention award of over US$260M (led by Mr Jat Sew-Tong SC).Hop Hing Iron Worksamp Construction Co v Acg Joint-Venture, HCCT 27/2003
An appeal against arbitration awards (led by Mr Rimsky Yuen SC).
Fortune Asset Development Ltd v De Monsa Investments Ltd CACV 270, 271 & 272/2010
A case on the mental capacity required to enter into sale and purchase agreements, legal effect on an agency upon an agent becoming of unsound mind, measure of damages for breach of agreement (led by Ms Lisa Wong SC).
S v J (Surrogacy: Wardship)  5 HKLRD 129
Application for a parental order by the genetic father of children who were born through surrogate mothers in India using the gametes of the father and mother who were both Hong Kong permanent residents (together with Mr Richard Todd).