I am currently a barrister practising in Hong Kong. I have a civil practice (meaning non-criminal), probably as a result of my commercial background prior to joining the Bar.
I graduated university with a Bachelors of Commerce (with double majors in accounting and finance) and then went on to do a Bachelors of Laws (graduating with first class honours).
In 2000, I joined international law firm Baker & McKenzie (now Baker McKenzie) as a trainee solicitor, later joining its Dispute Resolution Group as an associate. I qualified as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia in 2001, Hong Kong in 2002, and England & Wales in 2003.
Baker & McKenzie had a busy litigation practice. My focus was with the firm's numerous general commercial litigation cases, corporate insolvencies, and securities and regulatory investigations.
Many of the cases I did were interesting (and some high profile). A memorable one was a re-possession case – of a client’s jet engines attached to a Boeing 747-200 flying over Europe en route to Hong Kong. When it arrived, we went to court to obtain an urgent order to prevent it from leaving, which we then executed at Hong Kong International Airport. The 747 was grounded. It took a few days for the engines to cool down, after which they were then removed and shipped back to the client in the United States. All in a few days' work!
In 2008, I decided to join the other side of the legal profession and become a barrister in order to focus on courtroom advocacy, in-depth legal advice and analysis, and detailed legal drafting.
Given my background as a litigator from a commercial law firm, I continue to do a lot of general commercial cases and corporate insolvencies. However, I am also frequently instructed in other areas, such as employment disputes, intellectual property cases, personal injury and negligence claims, and probate disputes to name but a few (see section on ‘Experience’).
I speak fluent English and Cantonese.