Adrian T.Y. Wong

BARRISTER

Call: 2019

Adrian commenced full practice in 2020 following the completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Victor Dawes SC, Norman Nip (now Norman Nip SC), Jonathan Wong (now HHJ Jonathan Wong), Isaac Chan and Benson Tsoi.  He is developing a broad civil practice, having appeared in all levels of the Hong Kong courts, either as sole counsel or a led junior.

His recent highlights include acting for the Employees Compensation Assistance Fund Board in its appeal to the Court of Final Appeal in Fong Chak Kwan v Ascentic Ltd on a question involving the interpretation of the tort jurisdictional ‘gateway’, and for the Competition Commission in its first enforcement proceedings adopting the Carecraft procedure in a ‘hybrid settlement’ case in Kam Kwong Engineering Co Ltd.

Prior to joining the Bar, Adrian qualified as a solicitor after having trained with an international law firm.  He obtained his LLB and PCLL from the University of Hong Kong, and further obtained an LLM with distinction from the London School of Economics (placing in the top 10% of his cohort) and an LLM with first class honours from the University of Cambridge (ranking 4th in his cohort with first class grades in all subjects).

Adrian was awarded the Middle Temple Advocacy Scholarship in 2019.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

Commercial

  • Wen Yuzhou & Ors v Man Shu Kwan [2021] HKCFI 2510: application for worldwide Mareva injunction in aid of SCIA arbitration proceedings in Shenzhen
  • CMB Wing Lung Bank Ltd v Guang Rong Finance (HCA 419/2021): opposing continuation and discharge of worldwide Mareva injunction against subsidiary of state-owned enterprise (with Michael Lok)
  • Kenneth Walter Chad v Chow Yin Man (HCA 643/2020): dispute over ‘success fees’ arising out of sale of multi-national video-conferencing solutions business (with Isaac Chan)
  • Incu Global & Anor v Skybound Capital (HK) Ltd & Anor (HCA 853/2018): dispute between manager and advisors of investment fund over futures/options trading and outstanding fees (led by Norman Nip SC)
  • Billion World Holdings Ltd v Asia Cosmos Wealth Management Ltd (HCA 499/2016): claim for fees due under and damages for breach of a corporate consultancy agreement
  • Yuen Chun Max v Chong Man Yuk (HCA 1740/2015): trial of business dispute over chain of medical practices (led by Victor Dawes SC and with Michael Lok)

Bankruptcy & Insolvency

  • The Joint and Several Trustees of the Property of Yeung Wing Sing v Yeung Wing Sing [2021] HKCFI 2018: application to set aside transaction at undervalue under s. 49 Bankruptcy Ordinance (with Norman Nip, now Norman Nip S.C.)
  • Re Forever Winner International Development Ltd (HCCW 80/2021): petition to wind-up trading arm of PRC fashion brand operator
  • Grand T G Gold Holdings Ltd v Lee Sing Leung Robin (HCMP 859/2020): interim injunction restraining presentation of winding-up petition
  • Re North Mining Shares Company Ltd (HCCW 452/2021): supporting petition to wind-up listed company engaged in mining and chemical trading operations
  • Re Carnival Group International Holdings Ltd (HCCW 48/2020): supporting petition to wind-up a listed company engaged in leisure and consumption business
  • Re Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Ltd (HCCW 147/2019): petition to wind-up listed company engaged in resource-based energy business 

Property & Probate

  • Ho Man Che Peter v Tam Miu Chi (HCAP 1/2021): probate action to propound will (led by Edward Chan S.C.)
  • Cheung Kei Center Ltd v Mount Kelly International Ltd (HCA 1383/2019 & HCA 1668/2019): tenancy dispute over early termination of commercial lease
  • Bank of Baroda v Goyal Mukesh Kumar (HCMP 891/2019): resisting mortgage action based on liabilities under banking facilities (with Christopher Chain)

Civil Fraud & Asset Recovery

  • Euro Cargo Aviation HK Ltd v HK Wing Tat Co., Ltd & Ruifeng Hong Kong Ltd (HCA 836/2021): resisting applications to set aside default judgment for sums misappropriated by email fraud
  • NongHyup Bank v Universe Income Builder Fund Series VI LLC & Ors [2021] HKCFI 107 (proprietary injunction), [2021] HKCFI 3519 (interpleader): action based on breaches of trust/contract arising from investment scheme for gold trading (with Roger Phang)

Employment & Insurance

  • FWD Life Insurance Company (Bermuda) Ltd v Cheung Lik Keung (HCA 705/2020): claim for ‘clawback’ of signing fee and bonuses from ex-insurance agent
  • UPFitness Ltd v Daniel Dubois (HCA 1531/2020): resisting interim injunction enforcing restrictive covenants under an employment contract
  • Wong Ka Yick v AXA China Region Insurance Co Ltd (HCA 421/2017): dispute involving breach of contract and misrepresentations in relation to setup and operation of a ‘general agency’ model (led by Norman Nip S.C.)

Construction

  • Converge Design and Construction Co Ltd v Mount Kelly International Ltd [2020] HKCFI 2433 (evidence), [2021] HKCFI 1591 (trial), [2021] HKCFI 1908 (interest): trial of dispute over outstanding sums due under renovation contracts (with Desmond Leung)
  • Baosteel Engineering & Technology Group Co Ltd v Xinyang Maojian Group Ltd (HCCT 7/2018): enforcement of arbitral award relating to contractual dispute over construction project on the Mainland

Personal Injuries & Employees’ Compensation

  • Fong Chak Kwan v Ascentic Ltd & Ors [2022] HKCFA 4 (leave), [2022] HKCFA 12 (appeal): representing the Employees Compensation Assistance Fund Board in its appeal on question involving interpretation of tort jurisdictional gateway (led by Horace Wong SC and with Clark Wang)

Regulatory

  • Competition Commission v Kam Kwong Engineering Co Ltd & Ors [2020] 4 HKLRD 61: representing Commission in first enforcement proceedings adopting the Carecraft procedure in a ‘hybrid settlement’ case (led by Victor Dawes SC and with Isaac Chan)

Arbitration

  • HKIAC Arbitration involving a USD45 million claim for breach of software licensing agreements, copyright infringement, fraud/deceit and unfair competition

SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES

  • Middle Temple Advocacy Scholarship
  • Magdalene College Bundy Scholarship
  • Magdalene College Prize for Law
  • Haldanes Criminal Law Moot Cup
  • HKU Worldwide Exchange Scholarship to Cornell Law School
  • Dean’s Honours List

EDUCATION

  • LLB, University of Hong Kong
  • PCLL, University of Hong Kong
  • LLM (Distinction), London School of Economics
  • LLM (First Class), Magdalene College, Cambridge

LANGUAGES

  • English (fluent)
  • Cantonese (native)
  • Putonghua (professional proficiency)

LINKEDIN

Adrian’s LinkedIn page can be accessed here.