Kennis Tai

Called to the Bar in 1999 Kennis has developed a broad range of trial and appellate work in both civil & criminal matters, including: securities law; company & shareholders disputes; insolvency; general commercial and contractual disputes. She has appeared in all levels of Courts throughout in Hong Kong as well as in various specialist tribunals.

SFC & Stock Exchange 

Kennis regularly advises on listing and compliance matters and makes submissions to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). 

Regulatory offences related to the HKSE and SFC, and criminal matters of a ‘white collar’ nature (money laundering, fraud etc), form a significant part of her practice. 

PRC/ Mainland 

In a reflection of HK’s increasing economic integration with the rest of the PRC/Mainland,  Kennis has been engaged as an expert in respect of local (HK) corporate law in PRC/Mainland litigation.

Tribunals – experience & chairmanship

In 2018, Kennis was appointed Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal Panel (Buildings); and has also been appointed to various administrative and quasi-judicial boards and tribunals, including: the Appeal Tribunal (Housing), and the Torture Claims Appeal Board. 

Previous Judicial Office 

Kennis’ legal practice has included (earlier in her career) her sitting in the Magistrates Courts as a Deputy Magistrate hearing a variety of quasi criminal (various departmental summons: health, environment, construction etc.,) and criminal trials which provided her with a wealth of experience in handling and managing cases of various complexity from a judicial standpoint. 

Published Works 

For a period of 7 years (2000 - 07) Kennis compiled all local cases as the Legal Editor of “Hong Kong Cases and Hong Kong Public Law Reports”.  

Personal 

Outside practice, Kennis is active in charity work with a special emphasis on underprivileged children in our community.

Called to the Bar: Hong Kong, 1999
Areas Of Practice: Adverse Possession
Building Management
Commercial Fraud
Contract Disputes
Conveyancing
Copyright and Trade Description Offences
Corruption
Defamation
Employees' Compensation
Employment Law
Fatal Accidents
General Civil Claims
General Crime
Immigration
Landlord and Tenant
Matrimonial Law
Market Misconduct (civil and criminal)
Money Laundering
Motor Accidents
Personal Injuries
Professional Regulatory and Discipline
Restraint/Confiscation of Assets
Securities Law
Taxation
Trespass to Land
Trusts
Qualification: LLB
PCLL
LLM(Dist) in International and Commercial Law
Diploma in Securities and Derivatives Investment
Professional Certificate in Securities Dealing
Languages: English and Cantonese

YWM v SKB FCDJ 680/1996

Wong Wai Man & Ors v HKSAR (2000) 3 HKCFAR 322 

SJ v Apple Daily Ltd & Anor [2000] 2 HKLRD 704 

George Y C Mok & Co (A Firm) v Trade Advisers Co Ltd & Ors HCMP 2538/2003

Sin Kam Wah & Anor v HKSAR (2005) 8 HKCFAR 192 

In the matter of an Inquiry into dealings in the shares of Asia Orient Holdings Ltd (Insider Dealing Tribunal inquiry)

For a period of 7 years (2000 - 07) Kennis compiled all local cases as the Legal Editor of “Hong Kong Cases and Hong Kong Public Law Reports”.  

Co-author, Hong Kong Court Forms on Family law (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2006) 

Contributor, Hong Kong English - Chinese Legal Dictionary (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2005)

Telephone: 2521 2616 (Office)
Fax: 2845 0260
Email: kennistai@plowmanchambers.com
Address: 14th Floor, Tower 1, Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong