Queenie Lau    劉恩沛大律師

Arbitrator CV

Call: 2008 (HK)

Solicitor: 2007 to 2008 (HK); 2008 to present (England and Wales – non-practising)
Accredited as a mediator by CEDR in 2009
Accredited as a general mediator by HKIAC in 2009
Accredited as a mediator by HKMAAL in 2013
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2017
Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators since 2016
Member of the HKIAC List of Arbitrators since 2018


Queenie Lau is described by Legal 500 as “highly intelligent, great attention to detail, hugely responsive and just a pleasure to deal with”, as well as having “a comprehensive and detailed knowledge of many areas of law”. Legal 500 has ranked her in the top category of leading Hong Kong juniors for commercial disputes and employment law. Chambers Asia also describes Queenie as “very bright”, and a “solid junior” who “conducts herself with aplomb and confidence”; “her analysis is great and her advocacy is extremely good”.

Queenie has a broad, predominantly civil, practice which includes commercial law, securities and regulatory matters, banking, company law, land law, conveyancing, building management, professional negligence, employment law, family law, defamation, probate and commercial fraud.

In terms of arbitration, Queenie became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2009, and then a Fellow in 2017. She also became a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators in 2016. In 2018, Queenie became a member of the HKIAC’s List of Arbitrators.

Queenie has acted as Counsel both in arbitrations and arbitration-related court applications. Further, she has been appointed as arbitrator by both the HKIAC and the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Selected Cases

  • Currently acting as arbitrator in a number of arbitrations, both in English and Chinese.

  • Acted as a member of a tribunal with respect to a dispute concerning a Share Transfer Agreement and a Guarantee (UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules)

  • Acted in an arbitration regarding a breach of contract claim involving patent issues, with the claim being for over RMB 2.8 billion in damages (UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules) (led by Mr Charlie Manzoni QC SC)

  • Represented the vendor in a dispute concerning the sale and purchase of shares in a Hong Kong company and the land use rights held by that company in the PRC; the governing law was Hong Kong law but PRC law applied to various issues concerning the land use rights in the PRC (Putonghua-only HKIAC arbitration)

  • Represented an Australian-incorporated company in a dispute concerning whether it had to pay over HK$20 million in service fees to a company incorporated in England and Wales (Putonghua-only HKIAC arbitration)

  • Represented a leading beverage brand in a dispute with its distributor in Macau in an ICC arbitration

  • Represented a European investment company in HKIAC proceedings arising from the breakdown of a joint venture in the PRC

  • Represented a private equity fund in an arbitration arising from an investment dispute (UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules)

  • Resisted a jurisdictional challenge in an HKIAC arbitration concerning the validity of a Letter of Intent concerning land in the PRC

  • Resisted jurisdictional challenges in three ICC arbitrations arising from disputes over sale of timber contracts

  • Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Limited v. China International Fund Limited, HCCT 9/2014, 6 August 2014 (resisted an application for stay of execution re: enforcement of arbitral award), 24 September 2014 (resisted an application for leave to appeal re: setting aside of arbitral award)

  • Appointments And Public Office

  • Temporary Deputy Registrar, High Court (Oct. 2018; Sept. 2019)

  • Hong Kong Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Council (Jan. 2011 to Jan. 2014)

  • Chairman, Young Barristers Committee (2011)

  • Member, Special Committee on Companies Law (2011 to 2012)

  • Member, Special Committee on Code of Conduct (2010 to present)

  • Member, Special Committee on Practice Promotion (2008 to 2015)

  • Member, Special Committee on Civic Education (2009 – 2010)

  • University of Hong Kong
  • PCLL Course: Assessor for the Commercial Dispute Resolution Advocacy Assessment (various); Part-Time Lecturer for mediation exercise (various)

  • Other
  • Part-time Member, Central Policy Unit, Government of the HKSAR (2012)

  • Member of the Management Committee, Consumer Legal Action Fund (2015 to present)

  • Member, Disciplinary Panel A of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2013 to 2019)

  • Member, Private Columbaria Appeal Board (2017 to present)

  • Member, Licensing Appeals Board (2012 to 2017)

  • Member, Transport Tribunals’ Panel (2012 to 2018)

  • Member, HKSAR Passport Appeals Board (2012 to 2018)

  • Member, Regulatory Framework Sub-committee, Steering Committee on Mediation (2012 to 2017, 2019 to present)

  • Member, Accreditation Sub-committee, Steering Committee on Mediation (2017 to present)

  • Member, Eastern District Fight Crime Committee (2012 to 2018)

  • Member of Board of Governors, The Prince Philip Dental Hospital (2017 to present)

  • Member, Pharmacists Sub-group, Steering Committee on Strategic Review on Healthcare Manpower Planning and Professional Development (2012 to present)

  • Member, Advisory Panel on Vetting of Amusement Games / Machines (2012 to 2018)

  • Member, 11th and 12th Committees of the All-China Youth Federation (中華全國青年聯合會第十一及十二屆委員會委員) (2010 to present)

  • Education


    MA, University of Cambridge


    BA (Hons) in Law, University of Cambridge

    Scholarship And Prizes


    Middle Temple Society Scholarship


    Represented Hong Kong in the LAWASIA Moot on Intellectual Property– Champion team, Best Mooter


    Lizette Bentwich Prize (for academic performance), awarded by Trinity College, University of Cambridge

    2001 - 2004

    Jardine Scholarship (full scholarship for undergraduate studies at University of Cambridge)


    Fluent in Cantonese, Putonghua and English

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