Jonathan Chang

  • LLB (University of Hong Kong)
  • LLM (King’s College London)

Year of call

  • 2001 (Hong Kong)


Jonathan was awarded the Bar Scholarship in 2001 and he joined Des Voeux Chambers in 2003. He practises in all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular emphasis on commercial litigation, judicial review, tax, land, and regulatory work. He has appeared in a wide variety of cases, both led and unled, at all levels of the Courts, the Board of Review, the Insider Dealing Tribunal and the Market Misconduct Tribunal. He was also appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2012 (August) and 2016 (February to March).

Born and educated in Hong Kong, Jonathan is comfortable with the use of the Chinese language in Court proceedings, and he has on numerous occasions conducted trials and appeals in Chinese.

As a CEDR accredited mediator, Jonathan from time to time also acts as mediator in commercial and general civil disputes.

  • Deputy Honorary Secretary, Hong Kong Bar Association (2016-present)
  • Member, Committee on Tax Law, Hong Kong Bar Association (2016-present)
  • Council Member, Hong Kong Bar Association (2008-2009)
  • Deputy District Judge (2012, 2016)
  • Adjudicator, Obscene Articles Tribunal (2010-present)
  • Assessor, HKU PCLL Civil Advocacy Course (2010-present)
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator

Commercial Dispute

  • Re Pacific Electric Wire & Cable Co Ltd (HCCL 16-18/2009, on appeal CACV 90, 91, 93-96/2012, and before the CFA in FACV 5-8/2014) (claim for a previously listed Taiwan company in an asset recovery action against its senior officers and third parties) (led by Anthony Neoh SC, Godfrey Lam SC, and Eugene Fung SC)
  • Asia Property Agency Co Ltd v. Cheung Wun Yee Jamie (HCA 298/2013) (claim against an estate agency by the purchaser alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duties)
  • Tang Chung Wah & Anor v. Jonathan Russell Leong & Ors (HCA 1691/2011) (partnership dispute between majority and minority partners in an accountancy firm)
  • Eastern Athletic Association Football Team Ltd v. Alessandro Ferreira Leonardo [2015] 5 HKLRD 905 (interlocutory injunction restraining a professional footballer from joining a rival club)
  • Lin Man Yuan v. Kin Ming Holdings International Ltd & Anor (HCA 216/2008) (claim by a purchaser for specific performance of contract involving the sale and development of the Strait City in Xiamen, PRC) (led by Anthony Neoh SC)
  • Cheung Wei Man Vivien & Anor v. Centaline Property Agency Ltd & Ors (HCA 286/2000) (claim by a purchaser against estate agents for misrepresentation) (led by Horace Wong SC)


Judicial Review

  • BI & BH v. Director of Immigration (CACV 9, 103 & 134/2015) (proper interpretation of the dependant policy in Hong Kong) (led by Benjamin Yu SC)
  • Yung Chi Keung v. Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund Board & Anor (CACV 37/2014) (proper operation of the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund) (led by Roxanne Ismail SC)
  • Chang Li Hsien Leslie v. Securities and Futures Commission (HCAL 164/2014) (stay of Market Misconduct Tribunal proceedings) (led by Horace Wong SC)
  • Suen Mo Joel v. Director of Social Welfare (HCAL 117/2012) (level of maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme) (led by Johnny Mok SC)
  • Cheung Kin Ho & Ors v. Registration of Persons Tribunal [2014] 3 HKLRD 526 (whether the 7-year continuous residence criteria for attaining Hong Kong permanent resident status is disrupted by fraud leading to the grant of the entry permit)
  • Man Hing Medical Supplies (International) Ltd v. Director of Health and Anor [2015] 3 HKLRD 224 (power to order a recall of medical products from the market) (led by Raymond Leung SC)
  • Ng Shek Wai v. Medical Council of Hong Kong [2015] 2 HKLRD 121 (disclosure of information concerning a disciplinary inquiry pursuant to a request made by a member of the public)



  • Commissioner of Inland Revenue v. Datatronic Ltd [2009] 4 HKLRD 675 (profits tax implication arising from contract processing arrangement entered with a Mainland subsidiary) (led by Chua Guan-hock SC)
  • Commissioner of Inland Revenue v. Kwong Mile Services Ltd [2003] 3 HKLRD 874 (whether profits acquired through underwriting contracts with Mainland developer are subject to profits tax) (led by Chua Guan-hock SC)
  • Co-editor (with Chua Guan-hock SC), “Practical Guidance on Taxation” (LexisNexis Hong Kong online edition)

  • Contributing Editor of “Hong Kong Construction Law”