Sara Tong SC
Sara Tong SC
Sara Tong SC
"She's a very forceful advocate who really puts up a fight to highlight the best aspects of arguments. She is good at both public law and commercial law. She is meticulous and thorough. Her written submissions are very well structured and often persuasive" - Chambers Greater China 2023

Call: 2003 (HK)
Solicitor: 2001 - present (England & Wales); 2002-2003 (HK)
Inner Bar: 2022
Member of the HKIAC List of Arbitrators

Education

    University of Cambridge, Robinson College
    Master of Arts M.A. (Hons) Law (First Class in 2 years)

    University of Hong Kong
    Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) (Distinction)

Contact

Email:saratong@templechambers.com
Tel:(+852) 2523 2003
Fax:(+852) 2810 0302

Secretary

Name:Lilian Wong
Email:lilian@templechambers.com
Tel:(+852) 2248 1972

mentions

Practice Areas

  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Insolvency
  • Public Law / Judicial Review
  • Equity / Trust
  • Property & Conveyancing
  • Probate / Succession
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Professional Liability
  • Disciplinary
  • Injunction / Contempt
  • Employment
  • Banking / Finance
  • Charity
  • Arbitration
  • Mental Health
  • Civil Fraud / Asset Recovery
  • Securities & Regulation
  • Defamation / Media
  • Confidentiality / Privacy
  • Restitution / Unjust Enrichment
  • Appointments And Public Office

  • 2023 – 2024      Deputy High Court Judge of the Court of First Instance
  • 2022      Temporary Deputy Registrar of the Court of First Instance
  • 2021      Deputy District Judge
  • 2020      Temporary Deputy Registrar of the Court of First Instance
  • 2023 – present      Chairperson of the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Boards
  • 2023 – present      Member of the Advisory Committee on Mental Health
  • 2019 – 2021      Co-opted Member of the Consumer Council (Legal Protection Committee)
  • 2018 – 2023      Lecturer on Administrative Law, University of Hong Kong
  • 2023 – present      Member of the Disciplinary Panel of the Insurance Authority
  • 2018 – present      Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal Panel (Buildings Ordinance)
  • 2018 – present      Member of the Appeal Board Panel (Town Planning)
  • 2018 – present      Member of the HKSAR Passports Appeal Board
  • 2022 – present      Member of the Examining Panels for Higher Rights of Audience Assessments (Hong Kong Bar Association)
  • 2017 – present      Panel Counsel for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority
  • 2016 – present      Adjudicator of the Registration of Persons Tribunal
  • 2016 – 2018      Member of the Appeal Panel (Housing Ordinance)
  • 2015 – 2021      Member of the Board of Review (Inland Revenue Ordinance)
  • 2015 – 2017      Member of the Disciplinary Board Panel (Land Survey Ordinance)
  • 2007 – present      Representative of Hong Kong Bar Association on the Steering Committee on Land Titles Ordinance
  • 2018 – present      Member of the Committee on Company Law, Hong Kong Bar Association
  • 2018 – present      Member of the Committee on Land, Trust and Probate, Hong Kong Bar Association
  • 2020 – 2021      Member of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights, Hong Kong Bar Association
  • 2020 – present      Member of the Committee on Financial and Securities Law, Hong Kong Bar Association
  • 2007 – 2009      Part-time tutor at University of Hong Kong
  • Publications And Articles

  • 2004 – Present Contributing Editor of the Hong Kong Civil Procedure (White Book)
  • Scholarship And Prizes

  • Bar Scholarship
  • Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship
  • The Advocacy Institute of Hong Kong Prize in Advocacy (for the best performance in the PCLL advocacy course)
  • Baker and McKenzie Postgraduate Prize (for the best performance in the PCLL Commercial Law and Practice course)
  • IFA Prize in Revenue Law (for the best performance in the PCLL Revenue Law course)
  • Cambridge University, Robinson College Scholarship
  • Cambridge University, Robinson College Law Prize
  • Cambridge University, Rebecca Flower Squire Scholarship
  • Prince Philip Scholarship
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship
  • Profile

    Sara Tong SC is an experienced counsel specialising in commercial litigation. Her practice comprises a broad spectrum of civil commercial disputes, corporate and shareholders’ disputes, trust and probate matters, professional negligence and disciplinary matters, employment disputes, securities and regulatory matters, jurisdictional disputes and judicial reviews.

    Sara has been described in the Chambers & Partners guides (Global and Asia Pacific) as “diligent, meticulous and a strong advocate”, “one of the best for the difficult cases”, “a very bright and detail-oriented advocate whose written work and analysis is first rate” and “very practical, very solicitor-friendly and definitely easy to work with". She has also been described in Legal 500 as “pro-active and conscientious”, “always well-prepared and quick on her feet - an incisive advocate in court and a great cross-examiner”.

    Sara has been instructed as advocate for a wide range of individuals and institutions at all levels of court in Hong Kong, as well as various specialist and disciplinary tribunals. She also appears as counsel in arbitrations and sits as arbitrator in commercial disputes.

    Sara has served as a Deputy High Court Judge of the Court of First Instance and has also been appointed by the Government to various statutory appeal boards and tribunals.

    Experience

    Commercial+
  • CMBICDHA W Investments Ltd v. Li Lei & Ors [2023] 2 HKLRD 939; [2023] HKCFI 2176
  • Li Ngan Kwan & Ors v. Gao Li Hui [2023] HKCA 781
  • Yu Quan Li & Anor v. UBS AG [2022] HKCFI 1364
  • Shih Rick Ju-Feng & Ors v. Lo Yuen-Li & Ors [2021] HKCFI 2896
  • Cheung Kong Property (Business Development) Ltd v. Gold Brilliant Investment Ltd & Anor [2021] HKCFI 603
  • Bank of Communications Trustee Ltd v. China Energy Reserve and Chemicals Group Overseas Co Ltd & Anor [2021] HKCFI 486
  • Zillion Global Ltd v. UBS AG [2020] HKCFI 953
  • Eastgate Advisors Ltd v Zhu Liang & Anor [2020] 3 HKC 6
  • Kot See For v. Lam Man Cheung & Ors [2021] HKCFI 1029, [2019] HKCFI 2403, [2019] HKCFI 1871
  • Brave Venture Ltd v. Xinhua News Media Holdings Ltd & Ors [2017] 5 HKLRD 153, CAMP 42/2017
  • Daimler AG (formerly known as Mercedes Benz AG) v. Leiduck & Anor [2018] 1 HKLRD 1188; [2018] 1 HKLRD 40; [2013] 2 HKLRD 822 (CA); [2013] 5 HKC 170 (CA), 220, 242; [2012] 3 HKLRD 119; CACV 172/2011(CA); FAMV 36/2012 (CFA)
  • Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co. Ltd & Others v. BYD Co. Ltd & Others [2012] 3 HKLRD 736 (CA), [2018] HKCA 408
  • Big Island Construction v. Wu Yi Development & Anor [2010] 2 HKC 356; [2014] 2 HKLRD 1054 (CA); (2015) 18 HKCFAR 364 (CFA)
  • Credit Agricole Indosuez Shanghai Branch v. China Textile Machinery Co. Ltd & Anor [2010] 2 HKLRD 965
  • Company+
  • Re Reignwood International Investment (Group) Company Limited [2021] HKCFI 3794
  • Re Next Digital Limited [2021] HKCFI 3087
  • Re Luen Tat Watch Band Manufacturer Limited (HCMP 1871/2022)
  • Great Sea Global Ltd & Ors v. Registrar of Companies & Ors [2020] 4 HKC 664
  • Re Pacific Bulk Lines Company Limited [2020] HKCFI 1690
  • Chinaculture.com Ltd v. Lam Ting Ball & Ors [2018] HKCFI 742
  • Re China Metal Recycling (Holdings) Ltd [2015] 2 HKLRD 747
  • AR Evans Capital Partners Ltd v. Gen2 Partners Inc. [2012] 4 HKLRD 511
  • Securities & Regulation
  • Acting for and advising the Securities and Futures Commission on regulatory matters relating to entities and persons regulated by the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571)
  • Securities and Futures Commission v. Adamas Asset Management (HK) Limited [2021] HKCFI 729
  • Cardinalasia Consulting Limited & Anor v. Securities and Futures Commission (SFAT 2/2021)
  • Probate / Succession+
  • Acting for and advising the joint and several administrators of the estate of Nina Kung in multiple ongoing proceedings concerning, inter alia, the sanctioning of a scheme of arrangement relating to the Estate’s charitable purpose, and related litigation: [2023] HKCA 648; [2022] HKCA 1907; [2022] HKCFI 3255
  • Poon Loi Tak (administrator of the late Poon Nuen Deceased) v. Poon Loi Cheung Desmond [2023] HKCFI 101
  • Re Estate of Ma Shu Tau [2022] HKCFI 16
  • Huang Meixia v. Leung Hoi Shan & Ors [2021] HKCFI 3727
  • The Ban Khi v. The Loei Beng & Anor [2019] HKCFI 1492
  • Lee Charles v. Lee Yan Chun & Others [2010] 1 HKLRD 415
  • Equity / Trust
  • Tao, Soh Ngun v. HSBC International Trustee Ltd [2018] HKCA 691; [2018] 1 HKLRD 603
  • LYYC v CHL & Anor [2019] HKFLR 1; [2019] HKCA 521
  • Yuan Chu Chen & Ors v. Chen Min Chun & Ors [2018] HKCFI 530
  • Law Shuk Hoi v. Lo Lok Fung Kenneth & Others [2010] 4 HKLRD 316 (1st Instance); [2011] 5 HKLRD 23 (CA)
  • Professional Liability+
  • The Registrar of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants v. Tang Chung Wah [2022] 5 HKLRD 298
  • Law Fei Shing v. The Disciplinary Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants [2019] 4 HKLRD 225
  • CECEP Costin New Materials Group Limited (in Provisional Liquidation) v. RSM (HCA 435/2019)
  • China Citic Bank International Ltd v. Li Yan Hung & Ors [2022] HKCFI 354
  • Tsui Yuen v. Ho Tse Wai, Philip Li & Partners (a firm) [2021] HKCA 1613
  • New Century Credit Services Co . Ltd v. Yeung Hung & Ors [2020] HKCFI 2651
  • China Medical Technologies Inc. (in liquidation) v. Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (a firm) & Anor [2019] HKCFI 2631
  • Jim Chiu Yuen v. C.L. Chow & Macksion Chan (a firm) & Ors [2018] HKCFI 215
  • Chinabase Holdings Ltd v. Robert Chun Chung Ip t/a Robert CC Ip & Co & Ors [2016] 4 HKLRD 304
  • Disciplinary
  • Acting in various disciplinary proceedings against accountants before the Disciplinary Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Conflict of Laws
  • DP World Djibouti FZCO & Ors v. China Merchants Port Holdings Co Ltd [2020] HKCFI 639; [2022] HKCA 84; [2022] HKCA 1330
  • China Medical Technologies Inc. (in liquidation) v. Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (a firm) & Anor [2019] HKCFI 2631
  • Tremendous Success Holdings Ltd & Anor v. Sinosoft Technology Group Ltd & Ors HCA 2345/2013
  • Public Law / Judicial Review+
  • China Properties Group Limited v. The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited [2023] HKCFI 1885
  • Sunevision Holdings Ltd v. Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation [2022] 3 HKLRD 21; [2022] HKCA 1795
  • Lo Ming Yin v. Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority [2020] HKCFI 1135
  • G & Ors v. Lam Kui-Po William, Deputy Chairperson of the Torture Claims Appeal Board & Anor [2020] 2 HKLRD 118
  • AW v. Director of Immigration & Anor [2016] 2 HKC 393 (CA)
  • Li Kim Ming & Ors v. The Hong Kong Housing Authority & Anor [2016] 3 HKLRD 592
  • SS v. Director of Immigration [2018] HKCFI 2357
  • HW, MST & Ors v. Director of Immigration, HCAL 129, 156/2014
  • T v. Torture Claims Appeal Board, HCAL 80/2015
  • MSSL v. Director of Immigration, HCAL 211/2015
  • DI & Ors v. Director of Immigration, HCAL 135/2015
  • Asia Television Ltd v. Communications Authority, FAMV 23/2013 (CFA); [2013] 3 HKLRD 618 (CA); [2013] 2 HKLRD 354 (CA)
  • Lei Chaohui v. Registration of Persons Tribunal & Others, HCAL 97/2011
  • Bondson Technology Ltd v. Secretary for Justice, CACV 249/2011 (CA)
  • Chan Chiu Wah v. The Housing Authority & Anor [2011] 3 HKLRD 259
  • Mok Charles Peter v. Tam Wai Ho & Anor (2010) 13 HKCFAR 762 (CFA)
  • Dr. Chan Hei Ling Helen v. The Medical Council of Hong Kong [2009] 4 HKLRD 174 (CA)
  • King Glare Ltd v. Secretary for Justice [2008] 6 HKC 450
  • Property & Conveyancing+
  • Win Profit Corporation Ltd v. World Orient Investment Ltd [2012] 2 HKLRD 1053
  • Strong Beauty Ltd v. Gain Legend Industries Ltd [2008] 1 HKLRD 570 (1st Instance); CACV 337/2007(CA)
  • Everwin Inc. Limited & Others v. MTR Corporation Limited, CACV 218-230/2008 (CA)
  • Forever Business Ltd v. Long Surplus International Investment Ltd [2007] 2 HKLRD 700 (CA)
  • Minchest Ltd v. Lau Tsui Kwai [2006] 3 HKLRD 869 (1st Instance); [2007] 2 HKLRD 43 (CA); (2008) 11 HKCFAR 551 (CFA)
  • See To Keung & Anor v. Sunny Way Ltd [2005] 4 HKC 535 (CA)
  • Nation Group Development Ltd v. Bank of East Asia Ltd [2006] 2 HKC 486 (CA)
  • Sun Wealthy Ltd v. Galant Motors Ltd [2006] 2 HKC 239 (CA)
  • Employment+
  • Tung Woon Hing Candice & Ors v. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd [2022] HKCFI 826
  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd v. Shi Huaifang [2019] HKCFI 1212
  • Ho Chee Sing James v. Secretary for Justice [2015] 4 HKLRD 311
  • Uferahal Ltd (formerly known as Hasselblad Asia Pacific (HK) Ltd v. Hansen [2015] 1 HKLRD 683
  • Cantor Fitzgerald (Hong Kong) Capital Markets Ltd & Others v. Ainslie & Others, HCA 41-44/2012, HCA 1160/2011
  • Mental Health
  • Re C.G., HCMH 44/2012
  • Re L.G., HCMH No.78 / 2012
  • Re LLC (statutory will) [2010] 3 HKLRD 16; [2010] 4 HKLRD 400
  • Charity
  • Tong Cun Ming & Ors v. Cheung Sun Ling Sanny, the Administratrix of the Estate of Kwan Yau Hang, deceased & Ors [2022] 4 HKLRD 979
  • Family / Matrimonial+
  • Hannelore De Lasala-Debring v. Ernest Ferdinand Perez De Lasala [2014] 2 HKLRD 674
  • H v. W & Others, HCMC 6/2008
  • HJFG v. KCY [2012] 1 HKLRD 95 (CA); [2012] HKFLR 27
  • SMSE v. KL [2009] 4 HKLRD 125 (CA); [2009] 5 HKLRD 770 (CA)
  • W v. H & Anor [2009] HKFLR 230 (CA); [2008] HKFLR 329; [2008] HKFLR 378
  • H v. T, FCMC 10524/2006
  • (Please refer to the Hong Kong Judiciary website for other cases)
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