William Leung

William Leung is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact William directly using the contact details listed above.

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William graduated from University of London with a Master of Law degree in 1988, Master of Business Administration from University of Hong Kong in 1992. Prior to and shortly after the re-unification of Hong Kong and China in 1997, he has also taken the initiative to polish his legal expertise in China by obtaining a Bachelor in Chinese Law from China University Politics and Law in 1997 and a Master in Economic Law from Peking University, China in 2002.

William is a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK; the Hong Kong and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and he is a Panel Arbitrator with Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; Singapore International Arbitration Centre; China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission, China Maritime Arbitration Commission; Korean Commercial Arbitration Board; and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration in Malaysia.

His recent publications include “Exercise Of Residual Discretion under Article V Of The New York Convention By Enforcement Court When Award Is Alive Dead And Undead” published in January 2019 on China Legal Science, focusing on Arbitration.

Other contributions in the area of corporate finance include “Oxford handbook of Asian Business Systems – Hong Kong: Hybrid Capitalism as Catalyst, by Professor Gordon Redding, Gilbert Wong and William Leung” published in 2014 on 2014 oxford handbook of Asian Business System.

William has been an insolvency practitioner since the year of 2001, has been appointed by both the Hong Kong High Court and the Hong Kong Official Receiver, in acting as company liquidators in liquidating company assets.

In year of 2016, William has been granted the status of Solicitor Advocate* having higher right of audience to appear and make submissions in any higher courts in Hong Kong.

In year of 2020, William was appointed by The High People’s Court of Guangdong Province as a mediator for cross-border commercial disputes in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

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Katie Lau

Katie Lau is our exclusively recommended Medical Aesthetics expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Katie directly using the contact details listed above.

For Katie, Founder of Dr. Katie Clinic, principles are of paramount importance, and the sole principle she has staunchly followed since the onset of her professional career is to help people in need. This principle of Katie has been one of the key factors that has made her one of the most admired and influential doctors in and around her space in Hong Kong. Katie graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2006 and later completed three years of surgical training at its teaching hospital. Katie still needed hands-on experience as a practitioner to prover her mettle and absorb the knowledge of a professional practice, which led her to work in many organisations and helped her gain her initial clinical aesthetic experience. “After 3 years of basic surgical training, there were a few opportunities which led me into private practice. Before my clinic, I started off as a general practitioner, and after a few months I got involved in the study of cosmetic medicine”, says Katie.

Why Dr. Katie is much Different:

According to Katie, running one’s own clinic is every practitioner’s dream. “I never imagined possessing my own clinic”, she says. She eventually did in the year 2017, and started her journey of treating her patients, Katie did not just go by the book. There is a clear difference with the approach that Katie adapts to the others around her, and that approach has come from a purpose she worked out for over a period of time. Like other practitioners, Katie too is much passionate about looking after and taking care of her patients, but the purpose she does it with is by having a greater understanding of her patients. The thought behind Katie’s treatment is “Every patient is different”. This thought has been one of the hallmarks of Katie’s approach as a result of which she has been able to build a large conglomeration of patients. Her “one size doesn’t fit all” approach has made Katie understand her patients, their needs and requirements and how they take their way of treatment as a conscious and step by step approach. From the words of Katie, “I need to tailor make for every patient of mine because they are different, and their needs are different. In the beginning they might be sceptical and unhappy, but eventually they would experience the positive impact with me being an expert and a professional in this field for some time, I should tell them what is best for them”.

The one-to-one care that patients experience at Dr. Katie Clinic makes them feel much confident about her catering towards them. According to Katie, there is a higher degree of change patients experience psychologically and physiologically when it comes to cosmetics and skin, and this varies from other specialties. Unlike many others, Katie’s way of treating her patients is a non-invasive one. By using energy-based devices, injectables which are non-invasive methods, Katie’s patients are finding a lot of improvement in their skin and in their outer-appearance which also makes them feel confident about themselves, as reflected in their work and social life, all in all transforming their whole personality to the better. At the beginning, “I did not expect great feedbacks from my patients, but later on results started to pay off, my patients were much relieved in what they saw. Because I like working with my hands a lot, I believe I want to help patients with my hands instead of just prescribing medicine with just the drug”, Katie said. Another reason for Katie’s non-invasive approach is because they are relatively safe, reversible and involves less risk. The products used by Katie are ones which are all FDA approved which means that they are proven the safest. All these factors have made Katie gather a loyal and trusted patient conglomeration over the past years.

Katie believes in direct hands-on experience instead of formal, theoretical ventures. Having grown up in an environment of facing everyday challenges which demanded her to learn and perform the same things each day is what resulted in her having complete faith in the testing and experimentation methods. “By doing this I started to build my own patient pool gradually and now I have stable and loyal supporters who come to me regularly”. Katie is one of the very few who does not compete in terms of cost, and sustaining the ongoing pandemic was one of the significant live examples that affirmed Katie serving her patients with this thought. “The COVID pandemic posed another challenge and over the past few months, many families with children started to emigrate. Some of them lost their jobs and their incomes were unstable, it was like a recession and spending was a challenge for many including my patients”, she said.

Trends, and What Excites Dr. Katie Clinic:

According to her, people OPT FOR the newer advancements as they are well informed on the question of embracing and adapting to new technologies, Katie completely welcomes the change. Having known about the changing trends in technologies as well as social trends over the past 10 years, Katie also has a special mention on the Chinese traditional ways which is still very strong currently. She is very much cognisant of the fact that technology and social media have had a fair share of influence due to which beauty in its very form has been largely emphasised. Katie views beauty as a basic hygiene, and according to her it is something which everyone needs to take seriously. Katie is also concerned about the current issues the millennials of today are facing.

Boys and girls at the age group of as early as 20’s-30’s are vulnerable to skin cancer, and along with them are some signs of allergies that take the form of redness, pain and swelling which are prevalent among them, and any age groups, especially lately during the pandemic when wearing of surgical masks has become mandatory almost globally. Most are much conscious about preventing those red flags, and with advancements in technology and various non-invasive techniques and methods, treating them is no difficult. According to her, people the newer advancements as they are well informed that these tend to be less time consuming and also cost-effective, notably intervention of Artificial Intelligence into the healthcare sector, and robot-assisted surgeries playing a key role in major operations. Katie has made sure all her novel ideas and time-tested techniques and methods are at the disposal of her patients whenever time demands.

To help people with acne problems and scars out of that, Katie prefers combination therapy with energy-based devices, complemented with hyaluronic acid injections after for more thorough and faster effects.

The Approach:

Katie is all welcoming and completely open when it comes to learning of her patients’ expectations. “People are overloaded with information from the Internet, thus are much more educated, and are able to do their research very well. They acknowledge about the latest product on market and have very high expectations on both the product as well as the machines. Like fashion, they are of different pieces, different styles, and they might not fit everyone. I apply my experiences and try my very best to help them”. When it comes to using technologies, Katie does not mind sitting with her patients patiently to explain that the newest “trends” might not be the best for them still. This is precisely what is called a sensible and a pragmatic approach which is very much imperative when it comes to the medical field.

Katie operates her clinic quite differently from others, she does it in a more natural possible way. Helping patients asides treatment times, including pre and post visits have resulted in her winning her patients’ hearts. “I take most time to attend to each patient. I see more quality than quantity, and I firmly believe in this. I routinely review results and make sure they appreciate the exact changes they are going through. This approach of mine is making my patients really positive”, says an ecstatic Katie.

Katie finds most of her patients through references from colleagues, their family members and extensions of the same. Maskne (skin-related problems from prolonged wearing of surgical masks), pigmentation, viral warts, facial asymmetry, are some of the common issues today to which people are approaching aesthetic medicine. Earlier, Katie had occasionally been trying out new innovations, and now it has become her signature treatment. Katie chooses to use injections which deliver instant results with less downtime, while many outside do away with drugs and machines. To help people with acne problems and scars out of that, Katie prefers combination therapy with energy-based devices, complemented with hyaluronic acid injections after for more thorough and faster effects. According to Katie, this is because downtime is minimal, results effective, and widely affordable, above all, most importantly, patients are happy. Moreover the recently very popular high intensity focused ultrasound for skin tightening is actually derived from a novel liver cancer treatment, highly focused to kill cancer cells only, saving healthy liver cells, thus preserving function. Another dermatological breakthrough, especially for the more mature age group, which mostly required skin lifting open surgeries in order to achieve the same.

Katie’s Aspirations:

Recalling an experience she had with one of her 60’s patient who went into tears after she was relieved off her all time upper nasal bridge 5 centimetres long oblique scar since childhood, Katie expressed she is always very willing and readily open to try new techniques from any corner of the world. “I modulated certain European practices to deliver on Asians, be it for moisturisation, different utilisations and administration of fillers, like hyaluronic acids, I’m specialising in all these. I have been sharing my modified theories and techniques with my colleagues locally in Hong Kong, and across Asia, namely Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia”, she claims.

Going forward, Katie is very much into building up on academic strengths, and even more enthusiastic when it comes to adapting fresh learnings. Katie is eager to publishing medical literature, authoritative medical journals, and coming up with her own book collecting on her wonderful journey.

Graham Harris SC

Graham Harris is our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Graham directly using the contact details listed above.

Graham is a specialist in criminal law – with an emphasis towards ‘White Collar Crime’ and regulatory matters. As well as defending cases of serious and complex fraud, he also handles ICAC and SFC prosecutions and Market Misconduct Tribunal Inquiries. In addition, his services are frequently engaged in Professional Disciplinary Proceedings, particularly in cases in which criminal misconduct is alleged.

Graham was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1975. From 1976 to 1983 he practiced from Common Law Chambers at the London Bar and on the Midland and Oxford Circuit. His practice was widespread in criminal and regulatory work both prosecuting and defending. In January 1984 Graham was appointed Crown Counsel in Hong Kong in the then Attorney General’s Chambers. He joined the Prosecutions Division but was soon seconded as ‘in house’ counsel at the Independent Commission against Corruption where he remained until 1985 at which time he was promoted to Senior Crown Counsel and required to return to the mainstream of the Prosecutions Division. It was at this time that Graham was also admitted to the Hong Kong Bar.

In 1986 Graham was recruited by the Commercial Crimes Unit (“CCU”) of the Attorney General’s Chambers, an elite unit dedicated to the prosecution of serious corruption and white collar crime. There he remained as a Deputy Principal Crown Counsel (Consultant) until leaving Government to enter private practice in early 1995.

In 1995 Graham joined the Chambers of Gilbert Rodway Q.C., where he remained until December 2003 when he co-founded “Liberty Chambers” with Alexander King S.C. Whilst Graham continues to prosecute for the Securities and Futures Commission, his role has switched in recent years to the Defence.

In May 2011 Graham took silk and, upon the sad death of Alexander King SC, he took over as Head of Liberty Chambers.

Throughout his career, Graham has also lectured extensively in all aspects of Criminal Law and Procedure. He is a regular speaker at Law Society and Bar Association CPD and ALE courses; the University of Hong Kong; and as a guest lecturer at a number of universities in The People’s Republic of China. Graham has also been retained as an expert witness in cases overseas requiring consideration of Hong Kong Criminal Law and Procedure.

Firm Overview:

Established by Alexander King SC and Graham Harris SC in 2003, Liberty Chambers is home to a group of independent barristers, with a wealth of experience in a wide range of legal practice areas.

Situated directly opposite and adjacent to the High Court of Hong Kong, our modern, Philip Liao designed workplace, reflects the dynamic and innovative approach we bring to our practice of the law.

Our members include internationally qualified lawyers who have made Hong Kong their home and locally trained professionals.

We act for clients facing investigation and prosecution for corruption, commercial crime, and regulatory matters; by the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC); the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Police (CCB) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). Our members are constantly inter-acting with the Hong Kong Government, its’ tribunals and statutory bodies.

Mimi Hutton

Mimi Hutton is our exclusively recommended Tax Law expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mimi directly using the contact details listed above.

Mimi has over 30 years’ experience advising on global tax, trust and estate planning matters, charities and philanthropy matters, and United States and Hong Kong trust and tax matters for individuals, families and financial institutions.

She is a Hong Kong and United States qualified lawyer and her expertise also covers strategic estate and charitable planning. She is recognised by Chambers HNW 2017 as a standout private client specialist who is “one of the great lawyers in her field” and “an excellent adviser for HNW clients.“. Mimi also holds the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma Asia.

Mimi advises Asian families on a wide range of private client matters. She advises Asian clients on the creation of charitable structures and on their ongoing philanthropy. She also advises charities on tax and structuring and governance matters.

She works with clients who have United States family members, who are investing in the United States, moving to the United States or expatriating.

Mimi also advises in connection with international probate matters where the estate owns United States assets and/or has United States beneficiaries. She assists clients who have United States citizenship or green card status on trust and estate planning strategies.

Mimi is named as a leading individual for private client / wealth management in many international legal directories and publications.

Elisa Yu

Elisa Yu is our exclusively recommended Assurance Services expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Elisa directly using the contact details listed above.

Elisa has extensive experience in providing audit and business advisory services. She deals with a wide range of Hong Kong companies, including companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

Elisa is also involved in various transaction support assignments including initial public offerings, financial due diligence in acquisitions of companies and review of certain internal controls of a hotel. She is a Hong Kong Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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Clive Grossman, S.C.

Clive Grossman is our exclusively Business Crime Law expert in Hong Kong on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Clive directly using the contact details listed above.

Clive graduated BA and LL.B from the University of Cape Town. He was called to the Rhodesian Bar (later the Zimbabwe Bar) in 1967 and practised there until 1983.  He joined the then Hong Kong Legal Department in 1983 and worked in the Prosecutions and Civil Division.  Before he left the public sector in 1994, he had reached the position of Deputy Director of Public Prosecution and the Head of Commercial Crime Unit.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993.  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Clive has served as Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association.  He was formerly an executive member of the International Criminal Bar Association and a World Court listed counsel.  He has been the General Editor of Archbold Hong Kong.

Clive is experienced in criminal matters such as commercial crime, money-laundering, corruption and cases involving human rights issues.  He has also experience in international criminal practice as he has advised Governments of several countries.

Clive Grossman has also an established public law and civil practice as he has been involved in judicial reviews relating to right of abode, town planning and professional bodies; in contractual disputes, probate, fraudulent trading etc.  He has been involved in many high-profile cases, both civil and criminal since 1983.  Clive also has experience of sitting as an arbitrator or appearing as counsel in arbitration’s.