Justin Lam

  • BA (Oxon), First Class
  • BCL (Oxon), Distinction

Year of call

  • 2013 (Hong Kong)

Practice areas

Banking
Conveyancing & Property
Regulatory
Trust & Probate
Land Law

Profile

Justin is developing a broad practice in civil and commercial law. He has been involved in a wide range of civil cases, with an emphasis on company, probate, trusts and land matters.

He appears regularly in the High Court, including the Court of Appeal, as an advocate in his own right and as junior counsel.

Prior to joining Chambers as a tenant in 2013, Justin completed his degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford in 2010 with first class honours, graduating second in his class. In 2011, he obtained his BCL degree from the University of Oxford with distinctions in all subjects. He was awarded the Bar Scholarship in 2012.

He is also a fluent Mandarin speaker.

  • Bar Scholarship (2012)
  • Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship (2012)
  • Proxime Accessit, Martin Wronker Prize for Best Performance in Law Finals (2010)
  • Gibbs Book Prize for Best Performance in Contract, Tort, Land and Trusts (2010)
  • Quadrant Chambers Prize for Best Performance in International Trade (2010)
  • Demyship for Performance in Law Moderations (2008-2010)

Company

  • Waddington Ltd v Chan Chun Hoo Thomas & Ors, HCA 3291/2003, [2014] 4 HKC 356, [2015] 3 HKLRD 474, CACV 142/2015, CACV 10/2014, FAMV 49/2016 (trial and appeal involving a multiple derivative action and BVI law – led by Benjamin Yu SC; application for interim payment of costs – led by Benjamin Yu SC, appeal – led by Charles Hollander QC)
  • Liao Chen Toh v Loyal International Enterprises Co. Ltd. & Ors, HCA 2302/2014 (applications against ex-director for delivery up of corporate documents and removal as bank signatory, proprietary injunction for misappropriated funds of approximately US$100 million and Bankers Trust orders – led by William Wong SC)
  • SFC v Yin Yingneng Richard & Ors, HCMP 2502/2012, [2015] 5 HKLRD 530 (trial involving an unfair prejudice petition issued by the SFC against directors of a listed company – with Jose Maurellet)
  • Anthony A Sperandeo v George Lencsak & Anor, HCMP 1022/2013 (trial involving an unfair prejudice petition over complaints of exclusion from management and dilution of shareholding)
  • Lee Chi Yuen Artic v Lau Siu Ming & Anor, HCMP 778/2016 (application for interim injunction to restrain shareholder and director from acting on an invalid shareholders’ resolution)
  • Hansen Int’l Ltd v High Fashion Apparel Ltd & Ors, HCA 1724/2014 (application to discharge ex parte injunction in an ex parte hearing with notice – with Jose Maurellet; at the inter partes hearing – led by Russell Coleman SC)
  • Re Days International Ltd, HCCW 229/2011 (acting for the company in resisting an application for security for costs under section 905 of the Companies Ordinance, Cap. 622)
  • Wu Yang v Dayuan International Development Ltd, HCCW 103/2015 (acting for the respondents in resisting applications to strike-out and seeking a stay of unfair prejudice proceedings – led by Victor Joffe QC and Jose Maurellet SC)
  • Re China Solar Energy Holdings Ltd [2017] 2 HKLRD 1074 (acting for the investors in an application by provisional liquidators for approval to enter into various restructuring agreements – led by William Wong SC)
  • Chien Tsai Wan Judy v Chiu Tai Loy & Ors, HCA 1561/2016 (resisting application for interlocutory injunction to restrain directors from dealing with the company’s assets – led by William Wong SC)

 

Trusts and Probate

  • Mo Ying v Brillex Development Ltd & Anor [2014] 3 HKLRD 224, [2015] 2 HKLRD 985, [2015] 3 HKC 104 (trial and appeal involving common intention constructive trust and its effect on a third party purchaser – led by William Wong SC)
  • He Jiping v Wang Zhenping & Anor, HCA 200/2005 (trial involving dispute as to whether shares are held on express trust – with Jenkin Suen)
  • Dr. Wong Wen-Young v Hua Yang Investment (H.K.) Ltd & Ors, HCA 1017/2013 (acting for the administrator of the estate of Wang Yung-Ching in the recovery of substantial assets in Hong Kong in excess of HK$30 billion)
  • Kwok Shuk Kuen Maria & Anor v Li Wun & Anor, CACV 151/2014, 72/2015 (appeal involving dispute over validity of a will and the test for testamentary intention – with Alfred Liang)

Banking and Commercial

  •   Lo Yuk Sui v Fubon Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd, HCA 409/2005, [2017] 2 HKLRD 477 (trial involving the interpretation of a side letter in the context of a corporate debt restructuring exercise, implied terms and damages – led by Clifford Smith SC)
  • Indian Overseas Bank v Vee Pee Global Ltd & Ors, HCMP 2114/2011 (trial involving the defence of undue influence and non est factum against a mortgage enforcement claim)
  • First Asia Finance Ltd v Tsoi Tin Kwan Fanny, HCA 1070/2011, HCA 1589/2011, HCA 1774/2011 (trial involving claims for money had and received and breach of share purchase agreements – with Patrick Chong)
  • Tech Garden Asia Ltd v Yuneec International Co Ltd, HCMP 2421/2015 (application for interim injunction in aid of arbitration in relation to an exclusive distributorship contract)
  • Arbitration (damages claim for approximately US$1.5 million for failure to open letter of credit in breach of contract for the sale of commodities – with Jose Maurellet) 

Land

  • Uni-Creation Investments Ltd v Secretary for Justice [2017] 2 HKLRD 139 (application for declaration that columbarium use is not in breach of the Offensive Trade Clause in the government lease – led by Benjamin Yu SC)
  • United Bright Ltd v Secretary for Justice [2015] 2 HKLRD 633, [2015] 4 HKC 12 (appeal in relation to the proper interpretation of the terms of a government lease – led by Benjamin Yu SC)
  • Sky Ace Enterprises Ltd v Appeal Tribunal (Buildings) & Anor, HCAL 157/2014 (judicial review against decision of the Buildings Appeal Tribunal concerning (a) characterisation of land as a “street” and (b) refusal to grant exemption or modification for building plans – with Anthony Ismail)
  • Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation v Ha Chiu Yeung & Anor, HCAL 385/2013 (applications on behalf of KCRC for order to conduct ground investigation works on unauthorised structures and disclosure order)

 

Others

  • Commissioner of Inland Revenue v Perfekta Enterprises Ltd HCIA 1/2016 (appeal by way of case stated in respect of profits tax assessment as to whether change of intention to trade established – led by Clifford Smith SC)
  • Re David Perry QC [2016] 2 HKLRD 647 (acting for the Bar Association in resisting application for overseas admission and making first-ever costs application – led by Graham Harris SC)
  • Darryl Penrice v Chan Kwok Ji, Eric, IDSM, Director of Immigration & Ors, DCCJ 2983/2014 (acting for the Ombudsman in an application to strike-out a statement of claim)
  • Waddington Ltd v Chan Chun Hoo Thomas & Ors, CACV 136/2013 (appeal involving third-party discovery and subpoenas duces tecum)
  • West Coast Int'l Trading Ltd v Chelesa Art Co Ltd, HCA 1636/2010, HCMP 1228/2014 (appeal from master involving amendment of pleadings, expert directions and interrogatories)
  • Champion Concord Ltd v Kao Lee & Yip (a firm) & Ors, HCA 85/2012 (application for leave to issue a writ of subpoena ad testificandum to compel the attendance of a witness at trial)
  • Wallbanck Brothers Securities (Hong Kong) Ltd v Emily Tse & Ors, HCMP 1464/2015, CACV 222/2015 (application for leave to appeal against order to strike-out statement of claim and appeal on costs)