Douglas Lam SC

  • Bachelor of Laws, London School of Economics and Political Science (1997)
  • PCLL, University of Hong Kong (1999)

Year of call

  • 1999 (Hong Kong)
  • 2015 (Hong Kong Inner Bar)


Douglas Lam S.C. was a management consultant with the Hong Kong office of McKinsey & Company before he joined the Bar in 1999. He is an English, Cantonese and Mandarin speaker.

His practice specialises in cross-border commercial litigation and company and corporate insolvency matters. He has acted in numerous contract and shareholder disputes involving Mainland Chinese and foreign parties, winding-up petitions, and applications arising out of the liquidations of companies.

He also advises and appears regularly as counsel in banking and securities disputes, regulatory matters involving the Securities and Futures Commission, contentious trust and probate matters, commodities contract disputes, insurance and shipping related litigation and arbitrations.

In recent years, has also been instructed regularly in complex disputes concerning the division of family assets in matrimonial proceedings, particularly those involving issues of constructive trust and asset tracing.

He was appointed Senior Counsel on 2nd May 2015.

He is also an accredited mediator.

  • Deputy Judge of the High Court (March - April 2017, January-February 2018, October-December 2018)
  • Chairperson of the Insurance Appeals Tribunal (IAT) (2017-present)
  • Chairman of the Buildings Appeal Tribunal (2015 - present)
  • Deputy Chairman of the Administrative Appeals Board (2016 - present)
  • Member of the Independent Police Complaints Council (2017 - present), Chairman of the Legal Committee (2018 - present)
  • Member of the SFC Disciplinary Chair Committee (2018 - present)
  • Member of the Estate Agents Authority (2016 - present)
  • Member of the Special Committee of the Bar Association on Overseas Admissions (Civil) (2013 – present) and the Investment Committee (2015 - present)
  • Accredited Mediator (CEDR)

  • Awarded "Barrister of the Year" at the 2017 Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards held on 28 September 2017
  • Middle Temple Society of Hong Kong Scholarship (2000-2001)