Hugh Kam

Hugh Kam qualified as a barrister in 2011 and runs a broad based civil and commercial practice. He appears regularly in the Court of Appeal and the High Court and has conducted both trials and appeals at these levels in Chinese. His cases regularly involve claims of over HK$100M and have an international element, with him having worked with clients and lawyers from over 20 jurisdictions.

Hugh’s clients include multiple Fortune 500 companies, companies listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ, HKSE, SZSE and ASX, state owned enterprises, private conglomerates, governmental institutions and high net worth individuals, such as Manulife, Sun Life, The Mission Hills Group, the BGI Group, the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong and investment bank MDs.

Hugh has been appointed as an arbitrator, and as a counsel, in multiple commercial arbitrations and was invited to speak at the ADR in Asia Conference in November 2019. He also sits on 5 statutory tribunals, including as Chairman of the Buildings Appeal Tribunal, and is a Member of the District Court Rules Committee.

From 2017 to 2020, Hugh served as a Council Member of the Hong Kong Bar Association. He was Chairman of its Standing Committee on Young Barristers from 2017 to 2019 and is presently Chairman of its Standing Committee on International Practice.

In 2018 and 2019, Hugh was awarded a scholarship each from the International Bar Association, the International Association of Young Lawyers and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association in recognition of his active efforts in the legal and broader communities. Further, he was named by Prestige magazine as one of Hong Kong’s ’40 Under 40’ in November 2019.

Hugh obtained his B.A. in law from the University of Cambridge as a Prince Philip Scholar and his LL.M. from Peking University as a Law School Scholar. He was awarded the Ludlows Prize for achieving the highest score in the subject of Advocacy when he completed the P.C.LL at the University of Hong Kong.

Prior to joining the Bar, Hugh was engaged in rule of law work at the Office of the Secretary General, United Nations in New York. In 2019, Hugh was invited to speak at a conference on role of the judiciary and legal profession organised by the UN and the New York City Bar Association.

Called to the Bar: Hong Kong, 2011
Education:

University of Cambridge, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law

Peking University, Master of Laws (graduated first in year)

University of Hong Kong, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (with Distinction in Advocacy) 

Appointments (Courts, Tribunals and Arbitration): 

Buildings Appeal Tribunal, Chairman (2018-)

Immigration Tribunal, Adjudicator (2019-)

Obscene Articles Tribunal, Adjudicator (2018-)

Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Disciplinary Panel, Member (2019-)

Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Appeal Board, Member (2019-)

District Court Rules Committee, Member (2018-)

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, HK45 Committee, Member (2018-)

Appointments (Hong Kong Bar Association)

Council, Member (2017-2020)

Standing Committee on Young Barristers, Chairman (2017-2019) and Vice Chairman (2014-2017)

Standing Committee on International Practice, Chairman (2020-)

Standing Committee on Civic Education, Member (2012-)

Standing Committee on Legal Education, Member (2016-2019)

Standing Committee on Professional Development, Member (2016-2018)

Committee on Arbitration, Member (2020-)

Committee on Companies Law, Member (2016-2018)

Appointments (Community)

Hong Kong Advisory Council on AIDS, Council Member (2019-)

Oxfam Hong Kong, Committee Member (2017-)

Youth Arch Foundation, Board Member (2016-)

Commercial

Pacific Harbor Advisors Pte. Ltd. v. Winson Federal Ltd. (HCA 1257/2013, 1 August 2014) and (HCMP 1285/2015, 21 August 2015) 

[Loan recovery of USD 80M+ by summary judgment; led by Mr. Jason Pow SC.]

 

Melvin Waxman v. Li Fei Yu [2013] 3 HKLRD 711 (CFI) and (CACV 157/2014, 20 April 2016) 

[Breach of PRC conglomeration share transfer agreement; led by Ms. Linda Chan SC.]

 

China Baoli Technologies Holdings v. Orient Equal International Group Ltd. (HCA 1399/2016, 1 June 2016, 3 June 2016, 4 August 2016 & 22 August 2016) 

[Breach of a lock up agreement by a share placement exercise; led by Mr. William Wong SC.]

 

Hounö A/S v. Teckali (HK) Industries Ltd. (HCA 2796/2015, 30 November 2015, 31 January 2018

& 15 May 2019) [Securing Mareva injunction, judgment and garnishee order in relation to an online fraud, with EUR 9M+ having been stolen.]

 

Mak Seen Wah Sylvia v. Alejo, Celso Escorpiso Jr. (HCA 635/2018, 25 July 2018) 

[Breach of bailment of valuable jewels with tracing, accounts and other equitable remedies awarded.]

 

Arbitration

Appointed as a co-arbitrator for an international arbitration between a US, Hong Kong and Taiwan company over a product supply agreement; claim of over US$4M.

Represented a PRC state owned enterprise in an international arbitration over a shipping sale agreement with a Nigerian oil company; claim of over US$5M.

Represented a PRC conglomerate in an international arbitration over an entertainment services agreement with a US Hollywood company; claim of over US$45M.

 

Company & Insolvency

Ngai Chun Ngor Irene v. Ling Fat Co. Ltd. (HCA 161/2020, 21 February 2020)

[Voiding directorship changes and share transfers for breach of Articles of Association; led by Mr. Jin Pao SC.]

 

Cheng Wai Kin v. Song Congying [2019] HKCFI 700

[Setting aside a statutory demand with multiple agency issues; led by Ms. Linda Chan SC.]

 

Pacific Harbor Advisors Pte. Ltd. v. Cho Woon Ming Vincent (HCA 1257/2013, 22 May 2015) and [2016] 6 HKC 14 (CA)

[Receivership over complex corporate group; led by Mr. Edward Chan SC. Subsequent determination on the question of privilege in the context of an examination of a judgment debtor; led by Mr. Victor Joffe QC.]

 

Wong Luen Hang v. Chan Yuk Lung (HCA 1265/2015, 11 March 2016)

[Receivership over complex corporate group.]

 

Re Karson Oten Fan, Karno (HCMP 1101/2011, 26 February 2013) 

[Bankruptcy proceedings of celebrity English tutor K.OTen; led by Ms. Linda Chan SC.] 

 

Probate & Mental Health

Re NLS (HCMH 4/2020, 24 January 2020)

[Emergency relief under Part II of the Mental Health Ordinance (Cap. 136).]

 

Hsu Ngai Yuen v. Cheung Mei Lan Wendy (HCMP 1522/2018, 22 February 2019)

[Rectification of a will non-compliant with testamentary requirements.]

 

Hon Bik Yu Amy v. Hon Bik Fai (HCMP 3324/2015, 18 February 2016) 

[Rectification of a will non-compliant with testamentary requirements.]

 

余民 v. 醫院管理局 (CACV 78/2015, 5 February 2016) 

[Appeal in Chinese on the alleged false imprisonment / improper medication of a mentally incapacitated individual.]

 

Cook Yin Ping v. Arthur Mo Wan Cheung (HCMP 2436/2011, 21 January 2014) 

[Construction of a will; with Mr. Bernard Man.]

 

Property

Man’s (Asia) Development Ltd. v. Fung Chi Kin (HCA 1279/2013, 24 March 2017) and [2018] HKCA 239

[Claim for vacant possession and mesne profits, with question of how damages should be assessed in the absence of evidence; appeal with Mr. Tony Ko.]

 

Fantastic State Ltd. v. Tien’s Organic Farm [2018] HKCFI 1241 and [2018] HKCFI 2473

[Injunction to prevent blockage of an easement by a subsidiary of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd..]

 

何靜敏 v. 陳輝煌 (CACV 269/2013, 11 April 2014) 

[Appeal in Chinese over wrongful termination of a tenancy agreement.]

 

Kin Lee Construction Co. Ltd. v. Setrich Development Ltd. (HCA 272/2015, 7 December 2016)

[Dispute over the use of funds for the development of small houses in New Territories; led by Mr. Victor Dawes SC.]

 

Kwang Qian Wen Marie v. Kwan Kit Yuk [2016] 1 HKLRD 891 (DC)

[Breach of an agreement on the sub-sale of a property prior to completion.]

PRIZES

International Bar Association Scholarship (2018)

International Association of Young Lawyers Scholarship (2018)

Inter-Pacific Bar Association Scholarship (2019)

Prestige ’Hong Kong’s 40 Under 40’ (2019)

Peking University Law School Scholarship (2008-2010)

Ludlows Prize for Advocacy (2008)

Prince Philip Scholarship (2004-2007)

Cambridge Overseas Fellowship (2004-2007)

Cambridge Lawyers Without Borders Scholarship (2006)

 

CONTRIBUTIONS

Publications

Editor, Hong Kong Civil Procedure (the White Book) (Sweet & Maxwell (2014-)

Contributor, The Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622): Commentary and Annotations (Sweet & Maxwell) (2016-)

Contributor, Butterworths Hong Kong Media & Communication Handbook (LexisNexis) (2014)

 

Speeches

UN & New York City Bar Association, Conference on the Role of Judges and Lawyers (2019)

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, ADR in Asia Conference: Arbitrating for Settlement (2019)

Singapore Law Society, Regional Young Lawyers Forum (2018)

Hong Kong Bar Association, Company Law Seminars (Shareholders Disputes) (2016)

Professional Learning Institute, CPD Seminar (Fraud, Asset Tracing and Injunctions: Law and Practice) (2016)

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