Ivan read law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he graduated with an LLB (Hons) and PCLL. Following his undergraduate studies, he went on to obtain an LLM from the London School of Economics with scholarship, and graduated with Distinction in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

Ivan is developing a practice in a wide range of criminal matters. He has experience in cases of bribery and corruption, insider dealing, money laundering, violent crime, sexual offences, access to computer with criminal intent, offences in respect of trade description, and traffic offences, both at trial and appellate level, in his own right and as a led junior. Ivan is also regularly instructed by the Department of Justice to prosecute cases as a counsel on fiat at the Magistrates’ Court. Further, Ivan has also previously been instructed to appear as a defence counsel in a professional disciplinary hearing.

In civil matters, Ivan focuses on land, contentious probate and personal injuries. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the Court of First Instance, and the District Court. Ivan has extensive experience in mediation. He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator since 2017 and a HKMAAL Accredited General Mediator since 2019. He has been appointed as a mediator for cases concerning personal injuries, property and commercial disputes.

Scholarships & Prizes

2014-2015: S. Leung Postgraduate Scholarship
2012-2013: Dean's List
To Yuet Lai Scholarship
2011-2012: Shum Choi Sang Scholarship for Academic Excellence
2009-2010: CUHK United College Dean's List
Pang Ching Cheung Scholarship
Yasumoito International Exchange Scholarship
Called to the Bar: Hong Kong, 2016
Areas Of Practice: Adverse Possession
Building Management
Commercial Fraud
Contract Disputes
Copyright and Trade Description Offences
Employees' Compensation
General Civil Claims
General Crime
Health, Safety and Departmental Summonses
Landlord and Tenant
Market Misconduct (civil and criminal)
Matrimonial Law
Money Laundering
Personal Injuries
Road Traffic
Wills, Probate and Succession
Qualifications: Accredited Mediator (General)HKMAAL
Accredited Mediator of CEDR
International Accredited Professional Mediator of Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center(MHJMC)
International Dispute Resolution & Risk Management Institute (IDRRMI)
Diploma in Arbitration, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
LLM, London School of Economics (Distinction)
PCLL, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
LLB, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Jan 2023 - Member of the Disciplinary Committee Panel for the Social Workers Registration Board (from 16 January 2023 to 15 January 2026) (pending confirmation by the Gazette

Sep 2022 & 2021 - Part-time Instructor for Law Enforcement in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University

Mar 2021 - present - Part-time Instructor for Provisional Property Management Practitioner (Tier 1 & 2 Licence) (Laws of Property Management and Code of Practices),Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education, Hong Kong Metropolitan University

Sep 2021 - March 2022 - Part-time Lecturer for Graduate Diploma in Law and LLB Programme (Land Law and Criminal Law), Hong Kong Management Association

2020-present, Honourary Legal Advisor, Hong Kong Sea School

Languages: English (fluent), Cantonese (fluent), Putonghua (Conversational)

White Collar Crime

Bribery & Corruption

  • HKSAR v Gonzalez & Another—acted for the 2nd Defendant who was acquitted for a joint charge of “Conspiracy for an agent to accept advantages”. (led by Mr Derek Chan SC, with Mr Lawrence Hui)

Insider Dealing

  • SFC v Leung—acted for the SFC to prosecute 5 counts of insider dealing. (led by Mr Derek Chan SC)

Money Laundering

  • HKSAR v Wong—acted for the defendant. Two cautioned statements were successfully ruled out at the conclusion of the alternative procedure. (with Mr Bruce Tse)

General Crime

Indecent Assault

  • HKSAR v Yeung—acted for the defendant, who was acquitted after trial as the Court found the prosecution witness could not be sure on certain matters key to the charge. (as sole advocate)


  • HKSAR v Tsang—acted for the defendant, who was acquitted after trial as the Court accepted the expert evidence given by a specialist in psychiatry for the defence. (as sole advocate)
  • HKSAR v Macaraig—acted for the defendant, who was acquitted after trial as the Court found the prosecution witness could not be sure on certain matters key to the charge. (as sole advocate)


  • HKSAR v So & Others—acted for the 3rd defendant, who was acquitted after trial based on CCTV evidence. (as sole advocate)

Common Assault 

  • HKSAR v Yung—acted for the defendant, who was acquitted after trial due to material inconsistencies of the prosecution witnesses. (with Mr Tony Li) (now Mr Tony Li SC)

Committing an act outraging public decency

  • HKSAR v C—acted for the defendant, a case on whether the act in question was committed in a “public place” and whether “two-person rule” could be satisfied. (led by Mr Tony Li SC)

Obtaining access to computer with a view to dishonest gain for oneself or another

  • HKSAR v Fung—acted for the defendant, a case involving expert evidence in psychiatry from both the Prosecution and the Defence. (with Mr Jonathan Ah-weng)


  • HKSAR v Mok—acted for the defendant, a case involving substantial CCTV evidence. (with Mr Bruce Tse)


  • Yinggao Resources Ltd and Another v The Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd [2022] HKCFI 306—acted for the plaintiff, application to re-amend its Amended Statement of Claim was partly granted. (with Mr Alan Ng)
  • Guangdong Yingao Shipping Ltd v Secretary for Justice [2022] 1 HKLRD 1224—a case on extension of time to file amended defence. (with Mr Alan Ng)
  • A v B & others [2022] HKDC 492—applications of Norwich Pharmacal Discovery and Gagging Order granted. (as sole advocate)
  • Mok Tim Cheong v Mok Tim Ming & Another [2020] HKDC 1043—acted for the Plaintiff, a case on common intention constructive trust/ resulting trust and adverse possession. (as sole advocate)
  • Cheung Wai Lam v Cheung Kwok Sun [2019] HKCFI 2825—acted for the plaintiff, a default judgment was successfully obtained. (as sole advocate)
Telephone: 2521 2616 (Office)
Fax: 2845 0260
Email: ivanlee@plowmanchambers.com
Address: 14th Floor, Tower 1, Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong