Tara Liao廖敏皓大律師

Tara grew up in Guangzhou, China and is a native speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin. She read law in Peking University and passed the PRC National Judicial Examination in 2006. Upon completing her bachelor degree in PRC laws, she received a Scholarship from Herbert Smith (now known as Herbert Smith Freehills) to study common law in the UK and Hong Kong before joining Herbert Smith as a trainee solicitor working in the firm’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices as well as on secondment to a leading international investment bank. She then worked as an assistant solicitor at Kennedys in the Commercial Litigation Department where she gained extensive experience in commercial litigation, regulatory, insurance and professional negligence matters.

Tara began full practice as a barrister in 2015 after completing pupillages with Mr Philip Dykes SC, Mr Richard Khaw SC, Mr Roger Beresford and Mr Derek C.L. Chan.

Tara is developing her practice in a wide range of matters including commercial injunctions, company and insolvency proceedings, civil fraud, competition, trust, arbitration, insurance, defamation, land, personal injury cases and cross-border disputes.

Selected cases:

Silver Universe Investments Ltd v China Times Securities Limited & ors, HCA 1824/2018, 18 January 2019, 29 March 2019 (securities & financing – breach of trust – civil fraud – proprietary injunction – ancillary disclosure order)

Competition Commission v W. Hing Construction Company Limited, CTEA 2/2017, 17 May 2019 (alleged market sharing & price sharing – economic efficiency defence)

Acropolis Limited & another v W&Q Investment Ltd & others, CACV 276 & 277/2017, HCA 1496/2017 (shareholders dispute in a GEM listco – unfair prejudice – conspiracy to defraud/injure – breach of fiduciary duties – interim injunction)

Aeso Holding Limited & another v Chan Siu Chung & others, HCA 1737/2017 & HCMP 1647/2017, 4 September 2017 (civil fraud/breach of fiduciary duties -Mareva/proprietary injunctions – receivership)

Aeso Holding Limited & others v Chan Siu Chung & others, HCMP 1721/2017, 11 August 2017 (Director’s right to inspect documents – mandatory injunction) 

Tam Heung Man v Incorporated Owners of Tung Lung Court (Blocks A-F), DCCJ 4380/2014, 26 March 2019 (defamation – qualified privilege – malice – attribution of malice)

The University of Hong Kong v Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Co Ltd & another, [2016] 1 HKLRD 536 (interim injunction – confidentiality – freedom of speech – public interest)

Wu Zuo Cheng v Leung Lai Ching Margaret & others, HCMP 2080/2015, 16 February 2016 (registration and enforcement of a Mainland Judgment under the Mainland Judgments (Reciprocal Arrangement) Ordinance (CAP.597))



2015 Barrister, Hong Kong
2010-2014 Solicitor, Hong Kong
2006 PRC National Judicial Examination


PCLL, Hong Kong University
Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School
LLB (PRC laws), Peking University


Middle Temple Advocacy Scholarship
Herbert Smith PRC Scholarship
Detailed Practice Areas:

Company and insolvency proceedings

Commercial injunctions