Andrew Lau劉晉安大律師

Andrew joined Chambers in 2018 upon completion of pupillage with Mr. Chan Chi Hung SC, Mr. Benson Tsoi, Mr. Vincent Lung and Mr. Jeffrey Tam.

Andrew is developing a broad civil and criminal practice, with exposure to areas such as commercial disputes, company/insolvency, construction, equity/trusts, land, probate, personal injuries and public law. He has appeared for civil and criminal appeals, as well as for trials. One of his cases was recently heard before the Court of Final Appeal.

Court work aside, Andrew teaches constitutional law and administrative law, and legal procedure at the Community College of City University.

Prior to joining the Bar, Andrew was a reporter for TVB News. He also anchored the flagship newscasts News at Six-Thirty (六點半新聞) and Late News (晚間新聞).

Andrew accepts instructions in all areas of work. He is fluent in English, Cantonese and Putonghua, and is capable of providing written submissions and conducting hearings in both English and Chinese.

 

Education

PCLL (Distinction), Chinese University of Hong Kong (2017)

Juris Doctor (Top 5%), Chinese University of Hong Kong (2016)

Master of Journalism (Distinction), University of Hong Kong (2010)

BSc (Radio/TV/Film and Economics), Northwestern University (2009)

Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong (2006)

Diocesan Boys’ School (2004)

 

Scholarships and Prizes

Dean’s Letter of Distinction (2017)

Prize for Criminal Litigation Practice (2017)

Association of China-Appointed Attesting Officers Scholarship (2017)

HKSAR Government Scholarship (2016)

Finalist, Hong Kong Law Reform Commission Essay Competition (2015)

Northwestern University Immersion Language Grant Award (2008)

Dean’s List (2006-2008)

 

Selected Cases

General Civil

Tian Tian v Cao Ji [2019] HKDC 197 – successfully applied for a Mareva injunction in the context of cyber-fraud (sole advocate)

高笑萍  v 陳樹 (LDPE 1203/2014) – successfully resisted the Respondent’s application for leave to appeal on the grounds of delay and res judicata (sole advocate)

Chan Yi Pang and Ors. v Sin Yuk Ling and Ors. [2019] HKCFI 65 (now CACV 61/2019) – four-day trial arising from the sale of a retail jewelry business involving fraudulent misrepresentations and breaches of contract (with Mr. Jeffrey Tam)

 

Construction

Sun Cheong Construction Company Ltd v The IOs of King Fu, Ho Fu, Ki Fu and Ka Fu Buildings (HCCT 27/2010) – seven-day trial arising from a contractual dispute to carry out building repair and maintenance works (with Mr. Tim Kwok and Mr. Albert Wan)

Sun Cheong Construction Company Ltd v The IOs of King Fu, Ho Fu, Ki Fu and Ka Fu Buildings [2019] HKCFI 236; [2019] HKCA 167 – application to rule D’s expert reports as inadmissible evidence due to D’s failure to comply with the expert evidence procedural regime under O.38 of the Rules of the High Court (Cap. 4A) (with Mr. Tim Kwok and Mr. Albert Wan)

 

Public law

Tsang Kin Shing v Secretary for Justice [2019] HKCFI 900 – resisting the putative respondents’ application to sever a rolled-up hearing as directed by the Court (with Mr. Jeffrey Tam)

Tsang Kin Shing v Secretary for Justice (HCAL 687/2019) – judicial review challenging the Department of Justice’s decisions not to prosecute (with Mr. Jeffrey Tam)

Lau Siu-Lai v Kwok Wai Fun, Franco and Chan Hoi Yan (HCAL 245/2019) – election petition arising from the returning officer’s determination that the petitioner was not validly nominated in the Legislative Council By-election for the Kowloon West Geographical Constituency held on 25 November 2018 (led by Mr. Paul Shieh SC and with Mr. Jeffrey Tam)

Wong Chi Fung v Secretary for Justice [2018] HKCFI 2318 – application for leave to appeal against the decision of the Small Claims Tribunal on the point of law that the police had no right to use handcuffs on the claimant without lawfully arresting him in the first place (with Mr. Jeffrey Tam)

Re: Kwok Cheuk Kin, HCAL 260/2015 (LAA 1351/2018) – appeal against the decision of the Director of Legal Aid to revoke the applicant’s legal aid certificate for willful failure to disclose his financial resources (sole advocate)

 

Criminal

HKSAR v Cheung Kwai Choi and Chow Nok Hang [2018] HKCFI 2243; [2019] HKCFA 13 – D1’s appeal against conviction of an offence under section 20(b) of the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance (Cap. 382) for contravention of an administrative instruction issued under section 8(3) of the same ordinance (with Mr. Jeffrey Tam)

 

Public Service

Member, Standing Committee on Civic Education, Hong Kong Bar Association