Michael Lok

  • BCL (Oxon), Distinction, St John's College
  • LLB (LSE), First Class Honours, Top of Year
  • Island School, Hong Kong
  • Bar Scholarship
  • Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship

Profile

Michael Lok’s practice spans all areas of commercial litigation (with particular focus on the areas of bankruptcy, company and insolvency) as well as public and regulatory litigation (in which Michael has appeared for/advised public bodies (e.g. the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data and the Director of Legal Aid) as well as the Government (e.g. the Secretary for Justice, the Commissioner of Police, the Director of Fire Services and the Building Authority)). 

Amongst other academic and public responsibilities, Michael is the Co-Founder of the Company and Insolvency Law Society and Chairman of the Island School Council. Michael also sat as Deputy Presiding Officer of the Labour Tribunal for certain periods in 2019 and 2020.    

Michael is cited in Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2021) as "a source of responsive, solid and practical advice" and recognised as "a good advocate who thinks outside the box".

Notable Cases

Bankruptcy, company and commercial

Secretary for Justice v. Global Merchant Funding Limited (2016) 19 HKCFAR 192 (led by Simon Westbrook SC and with Derek CL Chan, as he then was) (Court of Final Appeal)

Re Ocean Sino Limited [2020] UKPC 24; [2020] 1 WLR 4656 (led by Richard Hacker QC, John Carrington QC and William Wong SC, JP) (Judicial Committee of the Privy Council)

Re Convoy Global Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCA 972; [2020] 3 HKC 403 (led by William Wong SC, JP) (Court of Appeal)

Lau Yu v. HSBC [2019] 2 HKC 18 (led by Linda Chan SC, as she then was) (Court of Appeal)

Chu Kong v. Wing Yan and Others [2019] 1 HKLRD 589 (led by William Wong SC, JP) (Court of Appeal)

Crane World Asia Pte Ltd v. Hontrade Engineering Ltd [2016] 3 HKLRD 640; [2016] 5 HKC 573 (led by Gerard McCoy SC and Derek CL Chan, as he then was) (Court of Appeal)

Re Lamtex Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 622  

Re Ando Credit Ltd [2020] HKCFI 2775

Re National Arts Entertainment and Culture Group Ltd [2020] HKCFI 275

Re Pearl Oriental Oil Ltd [2019] 3 HKLRD 715; [2018] 5 HKLRD 567 (led by William Wong SC, JP)

Canton Plus Enterprise Ltd and Another v. Tong Zhenjun and Others [2019] 6 HKC 173; [2018] 1 HKC 277 (led by William Wong SC, JP)

Re Li Wing Sang (ex p Credit Suisse AG, Hong Kong) [2019] HKCFI 924

Re Cai Sui Rong (ex p HSBC) [2019] HKCFI 514 (led by Douglas Lam SC)

Re Enice Holding Co Ltd [2018] 4 HKLRD 736 (scheme of arrangement; privatisation; cross-border restructuring) (led by William Wong SC, JP)

The Joint Administrators of African Minerals Ltd (in administration) v. Madison Pacific Trust Ltd [2015] 4 HKC 215 (led by William Wong SC)

Bay Capital Asia Fund, LP (in official liquidation) v. DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd (HCMP 3104/2015, 2 Nov 2016)

Re Hong Kong Society of Congenital & Structural Heart Disease Ltd [2016] 5 HKLRD 117

Re African Minerals Ltd [2015] 4 HKC 215 (led by William Wong SC, JP)

Land and property

New Castle Investments Ltd v. WFC Holding Ltd and Others [2021] HKCFA 5 (led by Edward Chan SC) (Court of Final Appeal)

Cornhill Enterprises Ltd v. Leung Chun Sang and Others [2016] 2 HKRLD 1518 (Court of Appeal)

Polyline Development Ltd v. Ching Lin Chuen and Others [2021] HKCFI 483 (led by Horace Wong SC)

Yu Hing Tong Ltd v. Fung Hing Chiu Cyril [2016] 5 HKLRD 567; [2016] 6 HKC 289

Chan Sang v. Chan Kwok [2015] 3 HKLRD 131 (led by Jose Maurellet, as he then was)

Public, administrative and regulatory

Tong Ying Kit v. Secretary for Justice [2021] HKCFI 1397 (for Secretary for Justice)

Re Apple Daily Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1128 (for Commissioner of Police)

彭道力 訴 行政上訴委員會 [2021] HKCFI 230 (for Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data)

Death Inquest re: Alex Chow-Tsz Lok CCDI-932/2019 (for Director of Fire Services)

Competition Commission v. Kam Kwong Engineering Company Ltd and Others [2020] HKCT 3 (Competition Tribunal)

  • Bar Scholarship
  • Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship
  • Sir Roy Goode Prize for BCL, St. John’s College, Oxford
  • Slaughter & May Prize for Best Overall Degree, LSE
  • Slaughter & May Prize for Best Performance in final year, LSE
  • Hogan Lovells Prize in Business Associations, LSE
  • Deputy Presiding Officer, Labour Tribunal (which exercises unlimited jurisdiction over employment disputes)
  • Chairman, School Council, ESF Island School
  • Co-Founder, Company and Insolvency Law Society
  • Member, Executive Committee, Middle Temple Society in Hong Kong
  • Member, Committee on Company Law, Hong Kong Bar Association
  • Member, Committee on Arbitration, Hong Kong Bar Association
  • Member, Standing Committee on Civic Education, Hong Kong Bar Association
  • Former Honorary Secretary and Member, Standing Committee on China Practice Development, Hong Kong Bar Association
  • Former Member, Standing Committee on Young Barristers’ Committee, Hong Kong Bar Association
  • Non-Clinical Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
  • Former President, Island School Alumni Association
  • Former Associate Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal
  • Former Head Boy, Island School

  • Contributing Editor to Hong Kong Company Law Cases (2008 - 2019) - published in 2020 by DVC in collaboration with Kluwer 
  • Contributing Editor of Hong Kong Civil Procedure (the “White Book”) (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • Research Assistant, ‘Sealy and Worthington’s Text, Cases and Materials on Company Law’ and ‘Gower and Davies’ Principles of Modern Company Law’
  • Guest Speaker at the 8th Lujiazia Legal Forum, delivering a lecture entitled “Internationalization of Legal Services: Cross-Border Arbitration in Hong Kong” (December 2016)
  • Guest Speaker at International Disputes Resolution Along “Belt and Road” Initiative, Renmin University of China) (November 2016)
  • Schemes of Arrangement under the Companies Ordinance: Recent Updates and Practical Pointers (CPD seminar, with Terrence Tai) (October 2018)
  • Cross-border insolvency and Restructuring – Latest Developments (CPD seminar, with Jason Yu) (September 2018)
  • Cross-border insolvency and related shareholders disputes’ (CPD seminar, with Jose-Antonio Maurellet SC) (August 2017)
  • Updates on Cross-Jurisdictional Company and Insolvency Litigation (CPD seminar, with Vincent Chiu and Stephanie Wong) (April 2017)
  • Hong Kong Companies and Insolvency Law from Litigation Perspective - a lecture delivered to the Pudong Lawyers Association (with Alexander Tang and David Chen) (June 2016)
  • ‘Ring-fencing Domestic Property: Is there a solution?’ (CPD seminar, with Martin Kok and Jacqueline Law) (December 2014)
  • ‘Demystifying the Law of Unjust Enrichment’ (CPD seminar, with Martin Kok, Martin Ho and Jacqueline Law) (October 2014)