Tara Liao 廖敏皓

Tara grew up in Guangzhou, China and is a native speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin. She read law in Peking University and passed the PRC National Judicial Examination. Upon completing her bachelor degree in PRC laws, she received a Scholarship from Herbert Smith (now known as Herbert Smith Freehills) to study common law in the UK and Hong Kong before joining Herbert Smith as a trainee solicitor working in the firm’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices as well as on secondment to a leading international investment bank. She then worked as an assistant solicitor at Kennedys in the Commercial Litigation Department where she gained extensive experience in commercial litigation, regulatory, insurance and professional negligence matters.

Tara began full practice as a barrister in 2015 after completing pupillages with Mr Philip Dykes SC, Mr Richard Khaw SC, Mr Derek C.L. Chan SC and Mr Roger Beresford.

Tara is developing her practice in a wide range of matters including commercial injunctions, arbitration, shareholders’ disputes, winding up and bankruptcy proceedings, defamation, competition, land, trust, insurance and regulatory cases.

  • Solicitor, Hong Kong S.A.R. (2010 -2014)
  • PRC National Judicial Examination

  • PCLL, The University of Hong Kong
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School, UK
  • Bachelor of Laws (PRC), Peking University, Beijing, P. R. China

  • Middle Temple Society Advocacy Scholarship
  • Herbert Smith PRC Scholarship


Six Practical Tips for Conducting Remote Hearings (view article)


• COVID-19 – The Law Un-masked: Practical Means of Holding Extraordinary General Meetings During the Coronavirus Outbreak (view article)
• COVID-19 – The Law Un-masked: Risks and Remedies for Non-Recourse Stock Loan Agreements in a Pandemic Market (view article)

• Contributed to the update on laws on matrimonial finance in the PRC in Chapter 20 of Family Law and Practice in Hong Kong (3rd Edition)

WHC Limited trading as Wine High Club & others v Hong Kong Wine Chamber of Commerce Limited [2019] HKCFI 2548

Irregular general meeting/resolutions – Chairman’s exercise of power -determination of membership

Silver Universe Investments Ltd v China Times Securities Limited & ors, HCA 1824/2018, [2019] HKCFI 834, [2019] HKCFI 153  

Non-recourse loan agreement – commercial fraud – proprietary injunction – ancillary disclosure order

Competition Commission v W. Hing Construction Company Limited [2019] HKLRD 46 

Alleged market sharing & price sharing – economic efficiency defence

Tam Heung Man v Incorporated Owners of Tung Lung Court (Blocks A-F) [2019] HKDC 401

Defamation – qualified privilege – malice – attribution of malice

Re A & Another [2019] HKCFI 1749

Surrogacy – parental order

Acropolis Limited & another v W&Q Investment Ltd & others, [2018] HKCA 184, HCA 1496/2017, 31 August 2017

Shareholders dispute – unfair prejudice – conspiracy to defraud/injure – breach of fiduciary duties – interim injunction

Aeso Holding Limited & another v Chan Siu Chung & others, HCA 1737/2017 & HCMP 1647/2017, 4 September 2017, 21 December 2017

Fraud/breach of fiduciary duties -Mareva/proprietary injunction – receivership

Aeso Holding Limited & others v Chan Siu Chung & others, HCMP 1721/2017, 11 August 2017

Director’s right to inspect documents – mandatory injunction

Acropolis Limited & another v W&Q Investment Ltd & others, HCCW 218/2017, 31 May 2018

Securities fraud – appointment of provisional liquidators

The University of Hong Kong v Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Co Ltd & another, [2016] 1 HKLRD 536, HCMP 2801/2015, 30 November 2015

Interim injunction – breach of confidence – freedom of speech – public interest

Wu Zuo Cheng v Leung Lai Ching Margaret & others, HCMP 2080/2015, 16 February 2016

Registration and enforcement of a Mainland Judgment under the Mainland Judgments (Reciprocal Arrangement) Ordinance (CAP.597)

Call : 2015
Set : Main
Practice Areas
Administrative and Public LawArbitrationChanceryCommercial LawCompany and InsolvencyCompetition LawFamily LawLand and Property LawRegulatory and DisciplinaryTort and Personal Injuries
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