Martin Lau

  • LLB (First Class Honours), HKU (2016)
  • PCLL (Distinction), HKU (2017)
  • BCL (Distinction), Oxon (2018)


A graduate of Diocesan Boys’ School, Martin read law at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Oxford.

Martin first obtained his Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours (ranking second in class) from the University of Hong Kong. He then completed his Postgraduate Certificate of Laws with Distinction, ranking first in class in Property Litigation as well as achieving the highest average mark in all litigation subjects.

Beyond Hong Kong, Martin also studied at Pembroke College, Oxford for the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law. During that course, he achieved individual subject distinctions in all subjects taken, as well as an overall distinction for his degree.

Academics aside, Martin is also a keen mooter. He participated in a number of mooting competitions. Notably, his team attained the overall 1st runner up in the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot 2017.

Martin was called to the bar in 2019. He is developing a civil practice in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Commercial Disputes

  • Re: Tsuen Wan Hsin Kuang Restaurant Limited [2021] HKCFI 2543 –  Statutory derivative proceedings in respect of breach of directors' duties (led by Jose Maurellet SC, with Alexander Tang) 
  • Canton Plus Enterprise Ltd & Anor v Tong Zhenjun & Ors [2021] HKCFI 181; [2021] HKCFI 273; ​​[2021] HKCFI 1244; [2021] HKCA 1251 – Asset-freezing and proprietary injunctions in the context of derivative claims (sole advocate)
  • Jingang Group Investment Ltd v Jaime Che & Ors [2021] HKCFI 948 – Derivative claims on behalf of BVI and Bermuda companies (with Alan Kwong)
  • Remedy Asia Ltd v Patrick Tong Hing Chi & Ors [2020] HKCFI 398; [2020] HKCFI 2792 – Claims for breach of directors’ duties (led by Charles Manzoni SC, with Norman Nip)

Winding-Up and Related Matters

  • Re Wealthy Up Finance Ltd [2021] HKCFI 401 – Third-party costs order in the winding-up context (led by William Wong SC)
  • Re Lionstar Manufacturing Ltd [2019] HKCFI 1664 – Costs implications upon withdrawal of a winding-up petition (with John Hui)

​Civil Procedure

  • 林家敏 v 紀文鳳 [2020] HKCFI 2868 – Application to strike out statement of claim (with Adrian Lai)
  • Resorts World at Sentosa Pte v Wong Fei Fu [2020] HKCFI 1236 – Application to set aside foreign judgment in Hong Kong (with Harrison Cheung)
  • Jessop & Baird (Hong Kong) v Neo Hwee Khim & Ors [2019] HKCFI 2583; [2020] HKCFI 557 – Substantive proceedings for contempt of Court (led by William Wong SC, JP with Toby Brown; sole advocate on costs)


  • An Arbitration administered by the HKIAC – Dispute over the beneficial ownership over a commercial property in Hong Kong (led by Anson Wong SC, with Adrian Lai)
  • Middle Temple Advocacy Scholarship (2019)
  • Pembroke College Prize (2018)
  • Minvie Leung Prize for Property Litigation (2017)
  • Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot
  • First Runner Up (2017)
  • Sweet & Maxwell Edlyn Yap Prize for Litigation (2017)
  • Deacons Prize in Law (2016)
  • Dean’s Honours List (2016; 2014; 2013)
  • Joint University Mooting Competition Champion (2016)
  • Professor Dafydd Evans Memorial Scholarship (2016)
  • HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund Reaching
  • Out Award (2015)
  • Betty Ho Prize in Law (2013)
  • Freshfields Prize in Legal Skills (2013)
  • Ho Fook Prize (2013)
  • Linklaters Prize for Overall Excellence in Law: Year I (2013)
  • HKU Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Students (2012)
  • Contributing Editor to Hong Kong Company Law Cases (2008 - 2019) -  published in 2020 by DVC in collaboration with Kluwer 
  • Martin Lau, “Time Extended, Discretion Expanded: Astro v First Media” (2018) 47(3) Common Law World Review 208

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