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Sharon Yuen

LLM, Harvard Law School (2016)
PCLL, University of Hong Kong (2015)
BBA (Law) & LLB (First Class Honours), University of Hong Kong (2012, 2014)
Sharon Yuen



Sharon joined Des Voeux Chambers in 2017 after completing her BBA (Law) and LLB degree at the University of Hong Kong with First Class Honours and her LLM degree at Harvard Law School.

Sharon has a broad civil and commercial practice involving cases concerning company and insolvency matters, trusts and property, probate, public law, land, and other civil and commercial disputes. She appears regularly in courts both as a sole counsel and as a led junior.

Selected Cases

Company and Insolvency

  • Re Ping An Securities Group (Holdings) [2021] 2 HKLRD 204 – cross-border insolvency; recognition and assistance of foreign liquidators (as sole counsel)
  • Re Lamtex Holdings Ltd [2021] 2 HKLRD 177 – cross-border insolvency; determination of primary insolvency jurisdiction (with Mr. Michael Lok)
  • China Latin (International) Engineering Co Ltd v. Keyes Global Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCFI 977 – injunction restraining presentation of winding-up petition (with Mr. Christopher Chain)
  • Re Gold Bless International Investment Limited [2019] HKCFI  1234 – appointment of provisional liquidators (led by José-Antonio Maurellet SC)
  • Re Hsin Chong Construction Company Limited [2019] HKCFI 1211 – validation order; payment out of joint venture account with Samsung (as sole counsel)
  • Re Jessop & Baird (Hong Kong) Limited HCA 352/2016 – striking out of winding-up petition; alternative remedy (led by José-Antonio Maurellet SC)
  • Re Convoy Global Holdings Ltd [2018] HKCFI 1729 – resisting injunction to restrain sale of Listco shares; [2018] HKCFI 2112 – resisting injunction to restrain disqualification of votes at general meeting of Listco (both led by Dr. William Wong SC, JP and with Mr. Michael Lok)
  • Re China Shanshui Investment Company Limited [2018] HKCFI 1184 – reconvening of extraordinary general meeting (led by Simon Westbrook SC and with Mr. Alexander Tang)


General Civil and Commercial

  • Solyda SRL v. Wu Ge [2021] HKCFI 1825 – foreign illegality and change of position (sole counsel)
  • Qu Jian Qin [2020] HKCFI 2788 – Mareva injunction; enforcement of PRC judgment (sole counsel)
  • Chong Chin & Anor v. Guoan International Ltd [2021] HKCFI 525 – summary judgment (led by José-Antonio Maurellet SC)
  • Grand T G Gold Holdings Limited [2021] HKCFI 326 – relief from sanction (sole counsel); [2020] HKCFI 2820 – summary judgment (with Mr. John Hui)
  • Re China Shanshui Investment Company Limited [2021] HKCFI 648 – injunction restraining dealing with shares; [2020] HKCFI 2708 – striking-out (both led by Simon Westbrook SC)
  • Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings Ltd v. Chen Keen & Ors [2020] HKCFI 2491 – Mareva injunction involving assets exceeding HK$900 million (led by Rachel Lam SC)
  • Chui Mong Shui & Anor v. Wealth Asia Credits Ltd & Anor [2020] HKCFI 2098 – 3-day trial; setting aside of consent order based on undue influence (sole counsel)
  • Emperor Securities Limited v. SMI Investment (HK) Limited [2020] HKCFI 129 – appointment of receivers (led by Rachel Lam SC)
  • Christine Ruth Ong Chai Hoon & Ors v. Lam Kin Chung & Ors [2019] HKCFI 2772 –security for costs; reciprocal enforcement regime between Singapore and Hong Kong (sole counsel)
  • Hong Ziyun v. Chan Kwan Ming & Ors [2019] 4 HKLRD 405 – forum non conveniens stay; exclusive jurisdiction clause (led by Rachel Lam SC)
  • Tin Lik v. Deutsche Bank AG & Ors [2017] HKCA 528 – leave to appeal to the Court of Final Appeal on questions of equitable set-offs (with Mr. John Hui)
  • Wanghai Development Ltd v. Leung Yu Fung [2019] HKCFI 1628 – appeal against striking out of defence (sole counsel)
  • Li Ming & Ors v. Zhang Caikui & Ors [2019] HKCFI 2122 – appointment of receivers; unclean hands (led by Simon Westbrook SC and with Mr. Alexander Tang)
  • Re Jessop & Baird (Hong Kong) Limited [2017] 5 HKLRD 314 – appointment of interim receiver; approach to costs for unsuccessful interlocutory applications (led by José-Antonio Maurellet SC)
  • Chen Lingxia v. 中國金谷國際信託有限責任公司 [2019] HKCFI 913 – discharge of injunction; material non-disclosure (led by Dr. William Wong SC, JP, with Mr. Allen Lam); award of indemnity costs (sole counsel)


Trusts & Probate 

  • A v. C [2020] HKCFI 2628 – acted for administrators to obtain vesting order over foreign assets; Beddoe application (led by José-Antonio Maurellet SC and with Mr. Jason Yu)
  • Ciklus S.A. v. Airwallex (Hong Kong) Limited (HCA 128/2020) – constructive trusts and unjust enrichment (led by Jin Pao SC)
  • Tsang Yiu Wing Stanley v. Ku Kar Leung (HCAP 4/2017) – propounding will; original will lost (with Mr. Christopher Chain)


Asset Recovery

  • Sensio Inc v. Koaby Trading [2020] 2 HKLRD 1198 – bank disclosure; distinction between proprietary and non-proprietary claims (sole counsel)
  • UPS Parcel Delivery Service Limited v. Huaqi Import & Export Limited (HCA 424/2020) – proprietary/Mareva injunction (sole counsel)
  • Transunion Ltd v. Hongkong Taijin Industry Ltd & Ors [2019] HKCFI 2437 – proprietary/Marevainjunction involving US$18 million (sole counsel)


Public Law

  • Dairyfarm Establishment & Anor v. CIR (CACV 544/2018) – power to annul of CIR; tax reserve certificate as security for multiple assessments (led by Johnny Mok SC)
  • Chapman Development Limited v. CIR (Board of Review) – transaction for dominant purpose of obtaining a tax benefit under s. 61A of IRO (led by Johnny Mok SC)
  • Various advisory work including statutory interpretation of the scope of charity exemption under s. 88 of the IRO.


Other selected cases

  • Competition Commission v. Kam Kwong Engineering Co. Ltd [2020] 4 HKLRD 61 —enforcement proceedings adopting the Carecraft procedure in a ‘hybrid’ settlement (with Mr. Michael Lok)
  • Qvist Henrik v. Clatronic Far East Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2464 – 6-day employment trial; summary dismissal based on habitual neglect of duties (with Mr. Christopher Chain)
  • Lee Pak Yan v. Sha Lo Tung Development Co Ltd [2019] HKCFI 2159 – striking out; vacating of registration of lis pendens against New Territories land lots (led by Maggie Wong SC)
  • Baynard Ltd & Anor v. Secretary for Justice & Ors [2019] HKCFI 852 – O.14A determination of issues concerning effect of modification letters (led by Chua Guan-Hock SC)

Scholarships and Awards

  • Harvard Law School Dean’s Scholar Prize for Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment (2016)
  • Peter Vine Postgraduate Law Scholarship (2015)
  • Jarvis and Kensington Prize for Trial Advocacy (2015)
  • Hong Kong Trustees Association Prize in Equity and Trust (2014)
  • The University of Hong Kong – Dean’s Honours List (2011, 2012, 2014)
  • The HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (2009 – 2011)
  • The HKU Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Students (2009 – 2011)

Publications / Lecture / Talks


  • Butterworths Hong Kong Contract Law Handbook (4th Edition, 2019)


  • Part-time lecturer (non-clinical) in Equity and Trust at the University of Hong Kong (2017-2018)
  • Part-time lecturer (non-clinical) in Contract Law at the University of Hong Kong (2018-2020)

Specific Areas of Expertise

Discrimination, Banking, Conveyancing & Property, Defamation, Public International, Regulatory & Securities, Trusts & Probate