Wong Yan-Lung SC
Wong Yan-Lung SC
Wong Yan-Lung SC

Call: 1987 (HK); 1987 (England & Wales)
Inner Bar: 2002
Advocate and Solicitor of Singapore
Accredited as a Mediator by CEDR in 2012


  • Queen's College Hong Kong
  • BA (law), Magdalene College, University of Cambridge



Name:Amy Chan
Tel:(+852) 2248 1894


Practice Areas

  • Company
  • Insolvency
  • Probate / Succession
  • Public Law / Judicial Review
  • Banking / Finance
  • Commercial
  • Property & Conveyancing
  • Intellectual Property
  • Defamation / Media
  • Arbitration
  • Equity / Trust
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Mediation
  • Appointments And Public Office

  • Deputy Chairman of the Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong (2002-2005) (2018-present)
  • Chairman, Advisory Committee on Mental Health (2017-2023)
  • Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, The University of Hong Kong (2014)
  • Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, The Open University of Hong Kong (2013)
  • Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2013)
  • Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2013)
  • Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, Shue Yan University (2012)
  • Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, Lingnan University (2012)
  • Receiver of the Grand Bauhinia Medal (2012)
  • Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (2009)
  • Master of the Bench of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple (2007)
  • Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; and in that capacity, a member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Law Reform Commission (2005-2012)
  • External Examiner in Revenue Law, P.C.LL., University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong (September 1999 – June 2004)
  • Chairman of the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Board (2004-2005)
  • Member of the Planning Committee of the Chinese University’s Law Faculty (2004-2005)
  • Member of the Steering Committee on Legal Education Reform (2003-2005)
  • Chairman of the Special Committee on Legal Education of the Hong Kong Bar Association (2003-2005)
  • Council Member of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association (2003-2005)
  • Deputy High Court Judge of the Court of First Instance (2003)
  • Member of the Academic Board of the Department of Professional Legal Education of the City University (2002-2005)
  • Member of the Academic Board of the Department of Professional Legal Education of the University of Hong Kong (2002-2005)
  • Chairman of the Buildings Appeal Tribunal (2000-2005)
  • Honorary Lecturer of the Department of Professional Legal Education of the University of Hong Kong (2000-present)
  • Council Member of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association (1997-2002)
  • Consultant Editor the Hong Kong Law Report and Digest (1990-2005)
  • Committee Member of the Committee of the Bar Association (1989-1990)
  • Scholarship And Prizes

  • Prince Philip Scholarship
  • Profile

    Before his appointment as Secretary for Justice in 2005, Mr. Wong Yan Lung SC had a broad civil and commercial practice including land, trust, company and defamation. He also had a substantial public law practice covering town planning, land compensation and other constitutional issues.

    Since resuming private practice with Temple Chambers in 2013, Mr. Wong has continued to specialize in civil commercial work, and has been taking on judicial review cases with high constitutional importance.

    Mr. Wong has been instructed in arbitration cases involving disputes in substantial investment projects. He has given advice to the Government and other public bodies such as the Communications Authority on regulatory issues. He has also conducted mediation in family shareholders disputes.


  • Lam Kin Chung v Soka Gakkai International of Hong Kong Ltd (No.2) [2018] 2 HKLRD 769; [2022] HKCA 480 (statutory derivative action; locus standi)
  • Allied Ever Holdings Ltd v Li Shu Chung [2017] HKEC 2549; [2021] HKCA 577(stay of winding up order; removal of liquidators)
  • Great Sea Global v Registrar of Companies [2020] HKCFI 1690 (validity of resolutions at EGM)
  • Lee Sai Nam v Li Shu Chung & Anor, HCA 1711/2009, 9.12.15; CACV 2/2016, 19.1.17, CA (family/shareholders’ disputes)
  • Chow Sau Hei v Ho Keung Yuen, Smart Creator International Ltd, CACV 112, 113 & 114 of 2013, 7.7.14 (shareholders' disputes; winding up)
  • Re the Grande Holdings Ltd (No 2) [2015] 2 HKC 39 (provisional liquidators);
  • Winbless Inc v Silver Shadow Co Ltd & Ors, HCCW 369, 370 & 375 of 2011, 24.2.14 (winding up; jurisdictional challenges)
  • Re Pioneer Iron and Steel Group Co Ltd, HCCW 322/2010, 6.3.13 (cross-border insolvency; liquidators' locus)
  • Insolvency
  • Re Pan Sutong (a Bankrupt) [2023] 3 HKLRD 337 (proof of debts)
  • Re Lee Siu Fung Siegfried [2021] 5 HKLRD 627 (removal of trustee in bankruptcy)
  • Probate / Succession+
  • Fok Chun Yue Benjamin v Fok Chun Wan Ian & Ors, HCA 2155/2011, 3.1.14 (family settlement agreement)
  • Lee Pui Ling Angelina v Chen Wai Wai [2020] 1 HKLRD 194 (power of advancement under s.34(1) of the Trustees Ordinance Cap.29)
  • Tan Cheng Gay v Ors v Tan Choo Suan & Anor [2016] 4 HKC 291 (CFA) (construction of Chinese will)
  • Tao Shen Jong v Yung Sau Lan Shirley, HCAP 10/2010, 21.3.14 (propounding will)
  • LWYA v KYW and LLP (Shares in Family company: Gift or Transfer) [2014] 4 HKFLR 567 (CA)
  • Public Law / Judicial Review+
  • Sunevision Holdings Ltd v Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp [2020] HKCFI 548; [2022] HKCA 1795 (policy on Lease restrictions and data centre operations, legitimate expectation)
  • Kwok Cheuk Kin v President of Legislative Council [2021] 1 HKLRD 1247 (resolution amending Rules of Procedure reducing quorum of meeting of the committee of the whole)
  • Re A [2020] HKCFI 493 (amicus curiae; litigation funding in matrimonial proceedings; maintenance and champerty)
  • Designing Hong Kong Limited v Town Planning Board (2018) 21 HKCFAR 237 (protective costs order)
  • Kazuo Okada v Registrar of Companies [2019] 1 HKLRD 483 (power of Registrar to withhold registration)
  • The Incorporated Owners of Po Hang Building v Sam Woo Marine Works Ltd, HCMP 415A/2014, 8.4.16 (CA) (finality provisions on appeal; access to justice)
  • Keen Lloyd Holdings Ltd & Ors v Commissioner of Customs and Excise & Anor (No.2) [2016] 5 HKC 508, CA (constitutionality of warrantless search);
  • Banking / Finance+
  • Eminent Investment (Asia Pacific) Ltd v DIO Corp (2020) 23 HKCFAR 487 (financial advisory agreement; success fee in fundraising transaction)
  • Tin Lik v Deutsche Bank AG & Ors, HCCL 17/2011, 15.2.16; CACV 145/2016, 23 June 2017, CA (REIT listing and fraud)
  • Kilometre Capital Management Cayman v Shanda Games Ltd, HCA 2009/2014, 13.7.15 (taking-private transaction; financial advisor's role)
  • Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises Pte Ltd v China Citic Bank Corp Ltd, Xiamen Branch [2014] 1 HKC 96 (Letter of Credit);
  • Integrity Financial Advice Network Co Ltd v Lau Kong Kei, HCA 2165/2011, 31.8.15 (Insurance and agency disputes);
  • Commercial+
  • Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co Ltd v BYD. Co Ltd [2018] HKCA 408 (principles for expert evidence; unlawful interference with business)
  • Simply power Ltd v Billy Chua [2023] HKCFI 944 (estate agent, misrepresentation on user of property; forfeiture of deposit)
  • Sun Tian Gang v Changchun High & New Technology Industries Development Parent Co [2022] HKCFI 3348 (limitation of action, s.26 of the Limitation Ordinance)
  • Chen Jinhui v Wong Kam San [2021] HKCFI 710 (dispute over transfer of company shares)
  • Pui Ying Middle School of Hong Kong v Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China [2021] HKCFI 692 (breach of agreement on management of school)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • China Medical Technologies Inc v Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP [2019] HKCFI 2631 (validity of service against LLP registered in New York with associated firm in Hong Kong)
  • Property & Conveyancing
  • Hilder Co Ltd v Persons Unknown, HCMP 1868/2000 (adverse possession)
  • Tsang Foo Keung and Key Kwong Development Ltd v Chu Jim Mi Jimmy & Ors, [2015] 6 HKC 200; CACV 178/2015, 28.10.16 (adverse possession)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Universal Music Ltd v Neway Music Ltd [2019] 1 HKLRD 627 (copyright infringement)
  • Defamation / Media
  • Pui Kwan Kay v Ming Pao Holdings Ltd & Ors [2016] 2 HKC 518 (CA) (responsible journalism; freedom of expression);
  • Arbitration
  • Sea Powerful II special Maritime Enterprises (Ene) v Bank of China Ltd [2016] 2 HKC 566 (anti-suit injunction);
  • S Co v B Co [2014] 6 HKC 421 (court's review of arbitral award);
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