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Career Talk at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

On 12 March 2024, Valerie Tang, Emily Ting and Ted Chan gave a career talk at CUHK Faculty of Law on the topic of “Inside & Outside of the Courtroom: Life at the Bar”.

The talk was well attended by LLB and JD students studying at the CUHK. Ted presented a case study that delved into the intricate intersections of probate, estate administration, and adoption law across different jurisdictions.

Followed by a panel discussion, Valerie, Emily and Ted talked about the ins and outs of their practice to give students a realistic idea of the life of a barrister. The three speakers also provided their insights into continuous professional growth, networking, and how to make the most out of mini-pupillage.

We hope the talk provided students with valuable insights and useful information about pursuing a career at the Bar.


Valerie Tang

Valerie was called to the Bar in 2019. Since joining Chambers, Valerie has established a broad civil practice with an emphasis on commercial and matrimonial matters. She has also been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2020.

In Atkins China Limited v China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Limited [2020] HKCFI 2092, Valerie successfully resisted an application for an interim injunction to stay arbitration proceedings, which concerned a dispute over the design of certain sections of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.

More recently, Valerie obtained a return and non-removal order for children abducted from Hong Kong to a non-Hague Convention contracting state in MF v LJL (FCMC 655/2023).

Valerie also regularly acts as sole advocate in land, trust and probate matters. She also has experience in matters relating to mentally incapacitated persons, including Part II inquiries and other contentious applications.

Valerie obtained her law degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and read International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science prior to her legal studies. She also served as a Legislative Council assistant for the Legal Sector Constituency office from 2015 to 2018.

More details can be found in Valerie’s profile.

Emily Ting

Emily is a Charles Ching Memorial Scholar. Called to the Bar in 2019, she is developing a broad civil practice, with experience in land, trusts, company, insolvency, competition law and tax matters. Her experience in land and building management matters includes work on adverse possession, landlord and tenant matters, building management disputes, building planning, and trial and advisory work in land compulsory sale applications.

Her recent cases include Ever Great Development Limited v Fong Yau Shun & others [2023] HKLdT 50, in which she acted as sole advocate in a Cap. 545 land compulsory sale for development application, and in which the Tribunal ruled on legal points on the inclusion in the application of lots which are 100%-owned by the applicant. Her writings on land-related issues include articles on compulsory sale.

Before joining Chambers, Emily was a Judicial Assistant at the Court of Final Appeal between 2019 and 2020  where she assisted judges in appeals, leave applications and other research and publications.

More details can be found in Emily’s profile.

Ted Chan

Ted has a broad civil and criminal practice. He has appeared in the High Court, the District Court (including the Family Court) and the Magistrates’ Court (including the Juvenile Court). He is also a CEDR accredited mediator and has been involved in mediations of a wide variety of disputes, such as matrimonial, nuisance, building management, contract, etc. ​ ​In the field of family law, Ted regularly advises on and handles matrimonial and family cases, including ancillary relief, custody, relocation applications, parentage order, etc.

The interactive workshop was organized by the Asian Academy of Family Therapy (AAFT), which is a chartable and non-profit organization with a vision to promote family therapy research, training and practice in Asia. Funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the AAFT is conducting several specialized projects, including the development of a treatment approach in working with children from divorced or divorcing families.

Find out more from Ted’s profile.


This article was first published on 19 March 2024.

Disclaimer: This article does not constitute legal advice and seeks to set out the general principles of the law. Detailed advice should therefore be sought from a legal professional relating to the individual merits and facts of a particular case. The photographs which appear in this article are included for decorative purposes only and should not be taken as a depiction of any matter to which the case is related. The views and opinions expressed in this article/material are solely those of the members authoring it and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Denis Chang’s Chambers, or of any other member or members of Denis Chang’s Chambers.