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), author
Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong: Protection of Endangered Animals and Plants Ordinance Cap 586 (2019)
Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Hong Kong Precedents of Pleadings, 2nd ed, contributor (chapter on competition law)
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, family law, regulatory matters, land law and building management, 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 regulatory bodies in disciplinary proceedings, criminal proceedings and public law matters.
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 also undertook a 2-month secondment at the Hong Kong Competition 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.
- Experience in public matters includes:
- Judicial reviews relating to the Small House Policy, the “Co-location arrangement” of the high speed rail, the construction of the 3rdRunway, immigration decisions, and disciplinary proceedings.
- Experience in family law includes:
- Acting in CDR proceedings, acting in ancillary relief proceedings, advising on variation of maintenance, applying for anti-suit injunction, advising on harassment, resisting application for stay of Hong Kong proceedings, and discovery applications in the family context.
- Experience in building management matters includes:
- Conducting building management trials and applications involving adverse possession, building management fees, disputes as to common parts, meeting procedures, charging orders, injunction against harassment, and unauthorized building works.
- Experience in regulatory matters includes:
- Financial regulation: represented the Securities and Futures Commission in disciplinary proceedings and in trial.
- Competition law: has work experience at the Hong Kong Competition Commission; has advised private parties on implementation of the Competition Ordinance.
- Regulation of professions: has experience representing the regulatory body and the complainant in professional misconduct cases.
Business and Commercial Law
Probate and Family Law
Public Law and Human Rights
Land and Property Law