Sharon Yuen

  • LLM, Harvard Law School (2016)
  • PCLL, University of Hong Kong (2015)
  • BBA (Law) & LLB (First Class Honours), University of Hong Kong (2012, 2014)

Year of call

  • 2017

Practice areas

Banking
Conveyancing & Property
Defamation
Public International
Regulatory & Securities
Trust & Probate

Profile

Sharon joined Des Voeux Chambers in 2017 after completing her BBA (Law) and LLB degree at the University of Hong Kong with First Class Honours and her LLM degree at Harvard Law School.

Sharon is developing a broad civil practice involving cases concerning company and insolvency matters, trust and property, probate, public law, land, and other civil and commercial disputes. She appears regularly in courts as a sole advocate or a led junior.

General Civil and Commercial

  • Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings Ltd v. Chen Keen & Ors [2020] HKCFI 2491 – Mareva injunction involving assets exceeding HK$900 million; relevance of criminal restraint order (led by Rachel Lam SC)
  • Chui Mong Shui & Anor v. Wealth Asia Credits Ltd & Anor [2020] HKCFI 2098 – 3-day trial; setting aside of consent order based on undue influence (sole advocate)
  • Emperor Securities Limited v. SMI Investment (HK) Limited [2020] HKCFI 129 – appointment of receivers; gross dilution of security interest (led by Rachel Lam SC)
  • Christine Ruth Ong Chai Hoon & Ors v. Lam Kin Chung & Ors [2019] HKCFI 2772 – resisting security for costs; reciprocal enforcement regime between Singapore and Hong Kong (sole advocate)
  • Hong Ziyun v. Chan Kwan Ming & Ors [2019] 4 HKLRD 405 – staying of action in favour of PRC court; exclusive jurisdiction clause and forum non conveniens (led by Rachel Lam SC)
  • Tin Lik v. Deutsche Bank AG & Ors (CACV 145/2016) – leave to appeal to the Court of Final Appeal on questions of equitable set-offs (with Mr. John Hui)
  • Wanghai Development Ltd v. Leung Yu Fung [2019] HKCFI 1628 – dismissal of leave to appeal out of time against striking out of defence (sole advocate)
  • Li Ming & Ors v. Zhang Caikui & Ors [2019] HKCFI 2122 – resisting appointment of receivers; unclean hands (led by Simon Westbrook SC, with Mr. Alexander Tang)
  • Re Jessop & Baird (Hong Kong) Limted [2017] 5 HKLRD 314 - appointment of interim receiver; approach to costs for unsuccessful interlocutory applications (led by José-Antonio Maurellet SC)
  • Chen Lingxia v. 中國金谷國際信託有限責任公司 [2019] HKCFI 913 – discharge of injunction; material non-disclosure (led by Dr. William Wong SC, JP, with Mr. Allen Lam); award of indemnity costs (sole advocate)

Company and Insolvency

  • China Latin (International) Engineering Co Ltd v. Keyes Global Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCFI 977 – resisting injunction to restrain the presentation of winding-up petition (with Mr. Christopher Chain)
  • Re Gold Bless International Investment Limited [2019] HKCFI 1234 – resisting appointment of provisional liquidators (led by José-Antonio Maurellet SC); award of indemnity costs for tactical issuance of petition (sole advocate)
  • Re Hsin Chong Construction Company Limited [2019] HKCFI 1211 – validation order; payment out of joint venture account with Samsung (sole advocate)
  • Re Jessop & Baird (Hong Kong) Limited HCA 352/2016 – striking out of winding -up petition; alternative remedy available (led by José-Antonio Maurellet SC)
  • Kwok Hiu Kwan v. Convoy Global Holdings Ltd & Ors [2018] HKCFI 1729 – resisting injunction to restrain sale of Listco shares (led by Dr. William Wong SC, JP, with Mr. Michael Lok)
  • Kwok Hiu Kwan v. Johnny Chen & Ors [2018] HKCFI 2112 – resisting injunction to restrain disqualification of votes at general meeting of Listco (led by Dr. William Wong SC, JP, with Mr. Michael Lok)
  • Re China Shanshui Investment Company Limited [2018] HKCFI 1184 – reconvening of extraordinary general meeting (led by Simon Westbrook SC, with Mr. Alexander Tang)
  • Re X Ltd and Y Ltd HCCW 118-119/2017 – sanction application by provisional liquidators to sell business (led by José-Antonio Maurellet SC and, with Mr. Michael Lok); appointment of provisional liquidators (with Mr. Michael Lok)

Asset Recovery

  • Ciklus S.A. v. Airwallex (Hong Kong) Limited (HCA 128/2020) – constructive trust and unjust enrichment; anti-money laundering legislation (led by Jin Pao SC)
  • Sensio Inc v. Koaby Trading [2020] 2 HKLRD 1198 – bank disclosure; distinction between proprietary and non-proprietary claims (sole advocate)
  • UPS Parcel Delivery Service Limited v. Huaqi Import & Export Limited (HCA 424/2020) – proprietary/Mareva injunction (sole advocate)
  • Transunion Ltd v. Hongkong Taijin Industry Ltd & Ors [2019] HKCFI 2437 – proprietary/Mareva injunction involving US$18 million (sole advocate)

Public Law

  • Dairyfarm Establishment & Anor v. CIR (CACV 544/2018) – power to annul of CIR; tax reserve certificate as security for multiple assessments (led by Johnny Mok SC)
  • Chapman Development Limited v. CIR (Board of Review) – transaction for dominant purpose of obtaining a tax benefit under s. 61A of IRO (led by Johnny Mok SC)
  • Various advisory work including statutory interpretation of the scope of charity exemption under s. 88 of the IRO.

Other selected cases

  • Qvist Henrik v. Clatronic Far East Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2464 – 6-day employment trial; summary dismissal based on habitual neglect of duties (with Mr. Christopher Chain)
  • Lee Pak Yan v. Sha Lo Tung Development Co Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2159 – striking out; vacating of registration of lis pendens against New Territories land lots (led by Maggie Wong SC) 
  • Baynard Ltd & Anor v. Secretary for Justice & Ors [2019] HKCFI 852 – O.14A determination of issues concerning effect of modification letters (led by Chua Guan-Hock SC)
  • Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship (2017)
  • Harvard Law School Dean’s Scholar Prize for Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment (2016)
  • Peter Vine Postgraduate Law Scholarship (2015)
  • Jarvis and Kensington Prize for Trial Advocacy (2015)
  • Hong Kong Trustees Association Prize in Equity and Trust (2014)
  • The University of Hong Kong – Dean’s Honours List (2011, 2012, 2014)
  • The HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (2009 - 2011)
  • The HKU Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Students (2009 - 2011)
  • Part-time lecturer (non-clinical) in Equity and Trust at the University of Hong Kong (2017-2018)
  • Part-time lecturer (non-clinical) in Contract Law at the University of Hong Kong (2018-2020)

English, Cantonese, Mandarin