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Adrian Lai


BA (Cantab)
Adrian Lai



Adrian is a practising barrister, arbitrator, accredited mediator and certified public accountant.  He is instructed as Counsel in a wide range of civil contentious matters, with particular focuses on arbitration, professional negligence and disciplinary matters. He sits as arbitrator – sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or presiding arbitrator – in international commercial arbitrations conducted under various rules including those of HKIAC, CIETAC, ICC and UNCITRAL. He is named on the panels of many arbitral bodies. In addition to international commercial arbitrations, he has also participated in investor-State arbitrations and State-to-State arbitrations.

Adrian is a designated national correspondent of China to the UNCITRAL, reporting on the Hong Kong SAR’s implementation of the New York Convention and the UNCITRAL Model Law (as adopted in the Arbitration Ordinance). He also sits on the Advisory Committee on Promotion of Arbitration of the Department of Justice of the Hong Kong SAR.

Adrian has keen academic interest in international law, which is beneficial to his handling of cases involving points of international law. In his capacity as the Deputy Secretary General of Asian Academy of International Law, a professional body that is dedicated to the advancement of international law, he participates as an observer in the work of the UNCITRAL Working Group III on Investor-State Dispute Settlement.

Selected Cases


  • Wisdom Glory v Adwo Media
  • T v W
  • Re Sun Fung Timber Co Ltd
  • TNB Fuel Services Sdn Bhd v China National Coal Group Corp
  • Re Insigma Technology Co Ltd
  • S Co v B Co
  • Gong Benhai v HKIAC
  • Grand Pacific Holdings Ltd v Pacific China Holdings Ltd (in liq)
  • Shandong Hongri Acron Chemical Joint Stock Co Ltd v Petrochina International Corporation Ltd


Professional negligence / Disciplinary matters

  • Topping Chance Development Ltd v CCIF CPA Ltd
  • Days Impex Ltd v Fung, Yu & Co
  • Enrich Future Ltd v Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
  • Registrar of the HKICPA v Stephen Wong
  • Registrar of the HKICPA v X


International law   

  • Win More Shipping Ltd v Director of Marine
  • FG Hemisphere v DR Congo
  • Re Hua Tian Long

Memberships & Appointments

  • Deputy Adjudicator of the Small Claims Tribunal (December 2013 – January 2014)
  • Panel B member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (February 2014 – January 2018)
  • Adjudicator of the Registration of Persons Tribunal (December 2014-November 2018)
  • Member of the Appeal Panel (Housing) (April 2016 – March 2018)
  • Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Publications / Lecture / Talks

  • Butterworths Hong Kong Contract Law Handbook (4th Edition, 2019)

Specific Areas of Expertise

Discrimination, Public International Law