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Paul W T Shieh SC   石永泰資深大律師

Call: 1988 (HK)
Inner Bar: 2003

Arbitrator and Mediator
Advocate and solicitor of Singapore (since 1994)


Paul Shieh SC has a wide commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with experience in banking, insolvency (corporate and personal), company, commercial fraud, conflict of laws, family law and professional negligence. He also acts in judicial reviews, and appears both for applicants and for respondents (whether government departments or other public bodies).

Paul is recommended in the leading independent legal directories:

  • Chambers and Partners (2022): Paul is cited as a “Band 1” silk in the commercial dispute resolution category. He is identified by one interviewee as a barrister who “can do any sort of case and make his points well,” while another observes: “He's a great advocate, he's great fun to work with, he's highly regarded by the Bench and he's at the top of his game," then adds: “He's one of a handful of barristers in Hong Kong who can claim to have all of those qualities and to be at that standard. On any big matter, any sensible law firm would opt for him.”
  • Legal 500 (2022): Paul is cited as a “Band 1”, “leading silk” for commercial disputes, and described as “A heavyweight silk, whose submissions are highly respected by the bench”.
  • Who’s Who Legal (2021): Paul is cited as a “national leader” for arbitration in the Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR region.
  • Doyle’s Guide (2022): Paul is recommended as a leading family law & divorce law barrister.
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Appointments And Public Office

  • Recorder of the High Court (2006-2016)

  • Chairman, Hong Kong Bar Association (2013-2015)

  • Member, Hong Kong Bar Free Legal Services Scheme Management Committee

  • Examining Panel Member, Higher Rights Assessment Board

  • Member, Civil Court Users Committee

  • Vice Chairman, Hong Kong Bar Association (2007-2009, 2011-2012)

  • Member, Bar Council (2010)

  • Member, Financial Reporting Review Panel, Financial Reporting Council

  • Vice-Chairman, Telecommunications (Competition Provisions) Appeal Board

  • Chairman, Appeals Review Committee, The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) (2016-2021)

  • Member, Law Reform Commission (2006-2011)

  • Chairman, Law Reform Commission Sub-Committee on Double Jeopardy (report completed)

  • Member, Law Reform Commission Sub-Committee on Conditional Fees (report completed)

  • Member, Consumer Council Consumer Legal Action Fund Management Committee (2010-2012)

  • Honorary Lecturer, Department of Professional Legal Studies, University of Hong Kong

  • Temporary Deputy Registrar of the High Court (2003)

  • Chairman, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Review Tribunal (2018 to Present)

  • Education

    1977 - 1984

    St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong


    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Law (Double Firsts – First Class in Part 1B and Part 2 of Law Tripos), University of Cambridge (Queens’ College)


    PCLL, University of Hong Kong (Distinction in Revenue Law)


    Bachelor of Civil Law (Second Class), University of Oxford (Worcester College)

    Publications And Articles

  • Editor, Hong Kong Civil Procedure

  • Consultant Editor, Chitty on Contracts Hong Kong edition (Specific Contracts)

  • Scholarship And Prizes

    1986 - 1987

    Foundation Scholarship, Queens’ College, Cambridge


    Maxwell Law Prize, University of Hong Kong


    Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Postgraduate Studies


    Dr. Morris Prize for the Best Result in the Conflict of Laws, University of Oxford


    Tel:(+852) 2523 2003


    Name:Candy Chau

    Practice Areas

  • Commercial
  • Civil Fraud / Asset Recovery
  • Company
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Banking / Finance
  • Restitution / Unjust Enrichment
  • Public Law / Judicial Review
  • Injunction / Contempt
  • Securities & Regulation
  • Commission of Inquiry / Inquest
  • Defamation / Media
  • Family / Matrimonial
  • Arbitration
  • Admiralty
  • Building / Construction
  • Charity
  • Competition
  • Confidentiality / Privacy
  • Disciplinary
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Equity / Trust
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mediation
  • Mental Health
  • Personal Injury / Medical Negligence
  • Probate / Succession
  • Professional Liability
  • Property & Conveyancing
  • Tax / Revenue
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
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