Terrence Tai

  • BA (Cantab)
  • JD (HKU)
  • BCL (Oxon)


Terrence joined Des Voeux Chambers as a tenant in 2016 after obtaining First Class Honours in his juris doctor degree (ranking second in his year), and a Distinction in the Bachelor of Civil Law degree at the University of Oxford.

Terrence was awarded the Bar Scholarship and the Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Terrence is developing a broad civil and commercial practice and has been involved in cases concerning trusts, probate, land, company and corporate insolvency matters. He is fluent in English and Chinese.


Selected Cases

Company and Insolvency

Re ATV HCMP 1278/2017 – Scheme of Arrangement 

Re Enice Holding HCMP 2705/2017 – Scheme of Arrangement

Re JB Equity Ltd HK Ltd HCMP 554/2018 – Unfair prejudice petition 

Fung Chuen v Sandmartin International Holding Ltd HCMP 1044/2017 & CACV 240/2017 – Inspection of documents under s.740 of the Companies Ordinance; stay of execution pending appeal

Re Buy Together HK Ltd HCCW 212/2016 – Conversion of compulsory winding-up into voluntary winding-up under s.209A of Companies (Winding up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance

Zhi, Charles v Michael Kor HCA 977/2016  – Application to strike out claim against listed company

So Kuen Kwok v Pearl Oriental Oil Limited HCMP 1912/2018 – Application to restrain directors from acting as chairman of a special general meeting

General Civil and Commercial

Convoy Global Holdings Ltd v Cho Kwai Chee Roy HCA 2922/2017 – Acting for a former director in respect of alleged wrongs committed against companies

Hong Kong Scrap Yard Ltd v Cheung Chi Yuen HCA 1044/2018 – Claim against former employee for misappropriating company proprietary and seeking interlocutory injunctive relief

BMC Global Ltd v Tor Asia Credit Master Fund Lp HCA 2392/2016 – Interlocutory injunction to restrain exercise of powers under debenture and disposal of company assets

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Taikoo) Ltd (in compulsory Liquidation) v Leung Yee Wai Mona & Ors HCA 125/2012 – Security for costs

Step Perfect Ltd v Gregory Goldstein & Anor HCA 846/2017 –  Stay of proceedings, forum non conveniens, dismissal of interlocutory injunction application

MiraDry, Inc v James Lam HCMP 1142/2018 –  Injunction in aid of arbitration against former employee

Various 'email fraud' / cybercrime cases (involving urgent ex-parte Mareva and proprietary injunctions, Bankers Trust, Norwich Pharmacal and/or default judgment applications): (1) GF Trading SA v Mingzi Trading Co Ltd HCA 2011/2017; (2) JRJ Investment Fund Ltd v Baitongyuan Trading Co Ltd HCA 195/2018; (3) Bitfury Group Ltd v Hongkong Zitan Trade Ltd HCA 2011/2018

Construction and Arbitration

HKIAC Arbitration – Claim by sub-contractor against a contractor under pile removal sub-contracts 

HKIAC Arbitration – Claim under an investment agreement

Ipson v IO of Connie Towers HCCT 26/2014 – Trial for breach of contract for repair and maintenance works to be carried out at residential properties

Mental Health Law

Re CKY HCMH 67/2016 – (closed to public)

Re WHY HCMH 72/2016 – (closed to public)

Re CFS HCMH 70/2017 – (closed to public)

Re LSL HCMH 91/2017 – (closed to public)

Re CKY HCMH 7/2018 – (closed to public)

Re YHM HCA 1469/2018 – Trial for determining capacity to execute enduring power of attorneys 

Rendered advice to committees and interested parties and acted in various contentious and non-contentious Part II MHO applications. 


Jingtian v Stephen Liu HCA1103/2017 – Interim injunction against listed company and its chairman based on alleged defamation

Chu Kong v Sun Min HCMP 3605/2016 –  Committal for contempt; setting aside ex parte leave

Re Yuen Lai Gwen HCB 8839/2016  –  Bankruptcy petition representing the petitioner

Li Yan Hun v Li Yau Chun HCAP 25/2015  –  Probate - trial on affidavit evidence

Gao Haiyan & Xie Heping HCMP 1741/2017 –  Taxation of Costs

  • Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship (2016)
  • Bar Scholarship (2015)
  • 8 other scholarships and awards
  • Tutor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
  •  2016年普通法精要---國際商貿法律實務課程

Fluent in English and Chinese