Richard Yip 葉海琅
Call : 2011 (HK)
Set : Main
Practice Areas
Administrative and Public LawChanceryCommercial LawCompany and InsolvencyCompetition LawFamily LawLand and Property LawMediationProbate and AdministrationRegulatory and DisciplinaryTort and Personal Injuries
Phone : 28107222 Email : [email protected] Secretary : Janice Leung [email protected]

“He is very commercially minded, diligent and client-focused. Attentive to details and excellent on his feet.”
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2022, Commercial Disputes — Leading Juniors, Tier 1

One of the strongest junior barristers around, his stand-out qualities include an excellent handle on the detail, an insightful legal mind, and sound commercial sense.
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021, Commercial Disputes — Leading Juniors, Tier 1

Richard has a broad civil practice with a focus on shareholder disputes, commercial litigation, financial regulation, competition law and personal injuries. He joined Denis Chang’s Chambers in 2011. Prior to joining the bar, Richard was a corporate finance solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Richard represented four respondents in the second case before the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal, where the economic efficiency defence was raised for the very first time in Hong Kong. He was also involved in a number of substantial shareholder disputes, including Acropolis Ltd v W&Q Investment Ltd 2018 HKCA 379 (appeal against interlocutory injunction concerning the EGM voting results of a listed company) and Waddington Ltd v Chan Chun Hoo Thomas HCA 3291/2003 (trial of a double derivative action).

Richard is also actively involved in the community and academia. He is a part-time lecturer at the University of Hong Kong.

  • Solicitors, Hong Kong (2008-2010) (Herbert Smith, corporate division)
  • HKMAAL accredited mediator

  • Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law, King’s College London (2016)
  • PCLL, University of Hong Kong (2005)
  • LLB, University of Hong Kong (2004)
  • St Paul’s Co-Educational College

  • Election Committee of the Chief Executive of HKSAR, Legal Subsector
  • Part-time Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Hong Kong

Land and Contract

Elias Neil David & Others v Cheng Sui Chu, DCCJ 2148/2016

Resisting a counterclaim based on breach of tenancy agreement

Wan Yuk Ying v Wan Chun Him, HCA 1706/2012

Advising on the merit of a case concerning sale and purchase of land between family members

Fan Angela Ka Po v Total Billion Int’l Ltd, DCCJ 4078/2017

Advising on a tenancy dispute where the tenancy agreement contains an ambiguous clause

Centaline Property Agency Limited v Best Empire Enterprises Limited & Others, HCA 1954/2016

Advising on a contractual dispute between agent and sub-agent on the payment of commission


Tsang Woon Ming v Lai Ka Lim also known as Lai Kai Lim and Others [2020] HKCFI 891

Three actions arising from a shareholders’ dispute to be tried together — Covid-19 outbreak and quarantine requirements — application for Court’s permission for witness in PRC to give evidence by video link

WHC Limited trading as Wine High Club & Ors v Hong Kong Wine Chambers of Commerce Limited & Anor [2019] HKCFI 2548

Acted successfully for the Plaintiff and overturned the AGM result on the basis of material irregularity at the meeting. One of the very few cases in Hong Kong which considered the application of the Duomatic principle and “Irregularity principle” in company meetings.

Acropolis Limited v W&Q Investment Ltd, HCA 1496/2017

Resisting an injunction against directors of a listed company based on fraudulent placement of shares (led by Anson Wong SC)

Dragon Success Enterprises Ltd v Aeso Holding Ltd, HCMP 1647/2017

Appointment of interim receiver

Aeso Holding Ltd and Others v Chan Siu Chung and Others, HCMP 1721/2017

Discovery of documents in the possession of directors of a company

Hong Wei (Asia) Holdings Co Ltd v The Registrar of Companies, HCMP 1418/2016, 13 Jul 2016

Failure to file return of allotment of shares by a listed company, relief from sanction under s.45 of the Companies Ordinance, Cap 32

Waddington Ltd v Chan Chun Hoo Thomas, CACV 10/2014, 20 May 2016

Causation between breach of fiduciary duties and damages awarded; whether multiple derivative action is permissible under BVI law; pre-judgment rate of interests (led by Jat Sew Tong SC)

Waddington v Chan Chun Hoo Thomas, HCA 3291/2003, 18 Dec 2013

Multiple derivative action by a minority shareholder in a listed company in Hong Kong, alleging majority shareholder and director to be in breach of fiduciary duty (led by Martin Lee SC)


Competition Commission v W. Hing Construction Co Ltd & Others [2019] HKCT 3, [2020] HKCT 1

Acted for four respondents in the second ever enforcement case to be heard before the Competition Tribunal, where the economic efficiency defence was raised for the very first time in Hong Kong (with Ms. Tara Liao)

Sale of Goods

Kyocera Corp v W Haking Enterprises Ltd [2020] 1 HKLRD 121 (CFI)

Acted for the successful Plaintiff in a sale of goods dispute concerning the identity of contracting parties (with Mr Jason Ko)

Trust and Probate

Lam Mo Chu Susie v Lam Sik Ying Victor, HCA1974/2015, 5 Sep 2017

Removal of administrator based on breach of fiduciary duties

Ma Wah Yan and Others v Dharma Realm Buddhist Association Inc & Others, HCA1190/2007, 3 Aug 2016

Public charitable trust – whether the assets of a Deceased monk held in his own name was subject to public charitable trust

Wong Tat Lun Eddie and Others v. Wong Chi Ho Jimmy and Others, HCMP 2391/2013, 24 Apr 2015

Whether the administrator of an estate should bear costs where he successfully defended proceedings to remove him

Re Leung Wang Fai, HCB 15328/2003, 17 Mar 2014

Ownership in property where the son was a joint tenant but made no contribution towards purchase price of the property

Civil Procedure

Kyocera Corp v W Haking Enterprises Ltd [2021] 2 HKC 1 (CA)

Acted for the successful Plaintiff in resisting an appeal concerning the role of pleadings and the availability of limitation defence (with Mr Jason Ko)

Ma Wah Yan and Others v Dharma Realm Buddhist Association Inc & Others, CACV 179/2016, 2 March 2017

Appeal – extension of time – merit of proposed grounds of appeal

Ko Nga Chun v Companhia De Desenvol Vimento Wui San Limitada, HCA 277/2012, 26 Jan 2016

Late amendment of statement of claim

Christow Corporation Trust v Asiacom International Holdings Ltd [2015] 2 HKLRD 1134

Setting aside default judgment where defendant is out of jurisdiction at the time of service but subsequently came to notice of the writ within the jurisdiction

Venetian Macau Ltd v Chen Mei Huan, HCA 1440/2012, 27 Jan 2014

Forum non conveniens application by loan borrower on the basis of an ambiguous jurisdiction clause (led by Hectar Pun)

Ko Nga Chun v. Companhia De Desenvol Vimento Wui San Limitada

Forum non conveniens application in respect of HK litigation proceedings dealing with events that occurred primarily in Macau (led by Hectar Pun)

Billion Star Development Ltd v Wong Tak Chuen, FAMV 38/2014, 7 Feb 2014

Quiat timet Injunction against protestors blocking passage to construction site at Mei Foo Sun Chuen (led by Martin Lee SC)


梁炳泉 訴 富裕國際旅遊發展有限公司 HCLA 11/2015, 12 May 2016

Labour Tribunal Appeal – whether income from sales of souvenir by tour bus driver in the course of their employment constitutes “wages”

黃佳 訴 富裕國際旅遊發展有限公司HCLA 13/2015, 12 May 2016

Labour Tribunal Appeal– whether income from sales of souvenir by tour bus driver in the course of their employment constitutes “wages”

World Houseware Producing Company Ltd v Chau Kam Tong, DCCH 1640/2012, 18 Feb 2014

Fraud by employee

Yu Yiu Wing v Lead Young Logistic & Others, HCLA 20/2012, 11 Oct 2013

Labour Tribunal Appeal, Applicant attempted to validate decision of the Presiding Officer on a different ground

Personal Injuries

Kwong Cheuk Sing v Sky Field Construction Ltd and Others, DCEC 2198/2013, 12 Oct 2017

Identity of employer

Kwong Cheuk Sing v Sky Field Construction Ltd and Others, DCEC 2198/2013, 31 Oct 2016

Adding party out of time

Chen Rong v Innovative Design Group Ltd & Others

Represented the principal contractor in an EC proceeding, argued whether the Paper Mills formula was applicable

Fok Chick Yeung Apple v i-Cable Telecom Ltd, DCPI 396/2013, 15 Oct 2015

Personal injuries – Defendant was found to be in breach of duty despite the finding that the Plaintiff was not a credible witness

Chen Rong v Innovative Design Group Ltd, DCEC 8/2013, 4 June 2015

Employee compensation claim—application of Paper Mills formula

Leung Hoi Yee v. Tai Hing Worldwide Development Ltd, DCEC 2008/2013, 1 Sep 2014

Effect of pre-action calderbank offer in light of a subsequent sanctioned payment accepted by applicant in EC proceedings

Administrative Law

Abayomi Bamidele Fayomi v Secretary For Security and Another [2013] 2 HKLRD 961

Immigration law. Scope of Director of Immigration’s duty to enquire (led by Philip Dykes SC)

程樂蓀 訴 黃靈新 HCAL 4/2012

Election petition. Whether petition time barred


Sima Sai Er v. Next Magazine Publishing Ltd And Others, HCA 1500/2014, 8 Aug 2014

Injunction against magazine publisher where photos invading artist’s privacy has already been widely published (with Hectar Pun)


Re “A” , CACV161/2017, [2018] 2 HKLRD 1245, [2018] HKCA 272

Acted for the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association in an appeal by a pupil barrister against the Court’s decision to oppose his application for admission to the Bar, due to a previous criminal conviction (Led by Mr Robert Pang SC)