Isabel Tam was called to the Bar in Hong Kong in 2013 after having been called in New York in 2012.
LLB (First class), University College London (2010)
LLM (Distinction), Georgetown University (2011)
PCLL, University of Hong Kong (2012)
MA in EU Competition Law, King’s College London (2017)
Bar Scholarship (2012)
Charles Ching Memorial Scholarship (2012)
Dean’s List (2011)
Georgetown Global Teaching Fellowship (2011)
Best paper in international criminal law (2011)
International Bar Association Asian Regional Forum Scholarship (2014)
Inter-Pacific Bar Association Scholarship (2017)
Hong Kong Civil Procedure, Contributing Editor, 2015 to present
Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong: Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance Cap 499 (2017)
Hong Kong Construction Law (Issue 39), Contributor
The Trade In Live Reef Food Fish -Going, Going Gone (2017), Co-author
Isabel Tam has acted as counsel on cases in public law, commercial and company law, regulatory matters, land law and building management, family law, defamation, arbitration and criminal law. Her legal experiences outside Hong Kong include working on a state-to-state international arbitration, researching at the International Environmental Law Research Centre in Kenya and a summer judicial clerkship at U.S. federal court.
Isabel has appeared as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal, the Court of First Instance, the District Court and the Magistrates’ Courts. She has also appeared in the Court of Final Appeal. She has conducted both civil and criminal trials as sole counsel. She has experience representing the SFC in disciplinary proceedings and in criminal proceedings.
She has a particular interest in the development of competition law in Hong Kong, having obtained an MA in competition law at the same time as pursuing private practice and was awarded Distinction in the examination component. She was recently selected by the Hong Kong Competition Commission to undertake work experience at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
She also has a strong interest in environmental law. She has advised on and published on various aspects of wildlife trade law including the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, the ivory trade, the seafood trade, customs and excise regulations, food safety legislation and international legal instruments ranging from WTO law to biodiversity conventions.
Her pro bono work includes contributing to advice on public law issues in Burma, advising on sexual minority rights in the Hong Kong criminal context and acting as honorary legal advisor to a Hong Kong non-profit organization.
Business and Commercial Law
Probate and Family Law
Public Law and Human Rights
Land and Property Law