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Martin Lau

LLB (First Class Honours), HKU (2016)
PCLL (Distinction), HKU (2017)
BCL (Distinction), Oxon (2018)
Martin Lau



A graduate of Diocesan Boys’ School, Martin read law at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Oxford.

Martin first obtained his Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours (ranking second in class) from the University of Hong Kong. He then completed his Postgraduate Certificate of Laws with Distinction, ranking first in class in Property Litigation as well as achieving the highest average mark in all litigation subjects.

Martin pursued furthur studies at Pembroke College, Oxford and obtained the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law. During that course, he achieved individual subject distinctions in all subjects taken, as well as an overall distinction for his degree.

Martin was called to the bar in 2019. He is developing a civil practice in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Selected Cases

Civil Litigation

  • Remedy Asia v. Patrick Tong Hing Chi & Ors [2020] HKCFI 398; [2020] HKCFI 2792 – Claim for breach of fiduciary duties (led by Charles Manzoni SC, with Norman Nip (now Norman Nip SC)
  • Minmetals Inc v. Yu Wing Keung Dicky [2023] HKCFI 3224 – Trial on substantive liability for a Deed of Guarantee (with Jonathan Chan)
  • Trillion Wide Credit Finance Limited v. Ample Sky Holdings Limited [2022] HKCFI 3813 – Enforcement of loan agreements with associated questions on registrability of security documents (sole advocate)

Winding Up & Bankruptcy

  • Re Lau Mei Sze Cinderella [2023] HKCFI 2435 – Proceedings for annulment of a bankruptcy order (sole advocate)
  • Re Jiayuan International Group Limited [2023] HKCFI 1254 – Winding up proceedings against a property developer listed in Hong Kong (led by Anson Wong SC)
  • Re MAT Limited [2021] HKCFI 3144 – Proceedings for declaration of beneficial ownership over shares and rectification of register of shareholders (sole advocate)

Property Law

  • Kong Colin Chung Ping v. Kong Chun Ip [2023] HKCFI 2495 – Variation of sale price of a jointly owned building (with John Hui)
  • Geoffrey Holdings Ltd v. Lam Che Chung & Ors [2022] HKDC 552 – Trial in relation to claims for adverse possession and encroachment (sole advocate)
  • Ho Kwok Ming v Wong Hung Ho & Ors [2022] HKDC 370 – Proceedings for interlocutory injunctive relief to protect an easement acquired by prescription (with Alan Kwong)


  • W v. AW [2022] HKCFI 1397 – Application for setting aside of an arbitral award (led by William Wong SC, with Adrian Lai)
  • An Ad Hoc Arbitration (2022) – Proceedings concerning the validity of a disclaimer of an insurance policy (with Kevin Lau)

Scholarships and Awards

  • Middle Temple Advocacy Scholarship (2019)
  • Pembroke College Prize (2018)
  • Minvie Leung Prize for Property Litigation (2017)
  • Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot First Runner Up (2017)
  • Sweet & Maxwell Edlyn Yap Prize for Litigation (2017)
  • Deacons Prize in Law (2016)
  • Dean’s Honours List (2016; 2014; 2013)
  • Joint University Mooting Competition Champion (2016)
  • Professor Dafydd Evans Memorial Scholarship (2016)
  • HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund Reaching Out Award (2015)
  • Betty Ho Prize in Law (2013)
  • Freshfields Prize in Legal Skills (2013)
  • Ho Fook Prize (2013)
  • Linklaters Prize for Overall Excellence in Law: Year I (2013)
  • HKU Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Students (2012)

Publications / Lecture / Talks

  • Contributing Editor to Hong Kong Company Law Cases (2008 – 2019) –  published in 2020 by DVC in collaboration with Kluwer
  • Martin Lau, “Time Extended, Discretion Expanded: Astro v First Media” (2018) 47(3) Common Law World Review 208

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