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Samantha Lau and Matthew Suen gave a CPD talk at Howse Williams on Impact of CISG on Sale of Good Disputes

On October 28, 2023, Samantha Lau and Matthew Suen jointly delivered a CPD talk on “Impact of CISG on Sale of Good Disputes”. The lunch session focused on the disputes related to CISG and the respective resolution through arbitration and various interpretation of CISG contracts. Given the adoption of 97 contracting states, the CISG has been one of the important international treaties governing cross-jurisdictions sale of goods, including Hong Kong, where this has come to effect from 1 December 2022.


Samantha Lau

Samantha graduated from the University of Hong Kong with double first-class degrees in law and government, before attending Harvard Law School for postgraduate studies, where she graduated with a top prize for her essay on equality law. She later served as a judicial assistant of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong, before being awarded the Hong Kong Bar Scholarship. She is also called to the Bar in New York.

Samantha accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice. She has a wide civil practice with an emphasis on civil and commercial litigation, as well as international arbitration. She has experience in arbitration before SIAC, LCIA and HKIAC.

Samantha is able to provide legal advice and conduct hearings in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Matthew Suen

Matthew is developing a broad civil practice across the full range of commercial litigation, international arbitration and advisory work. He is comfortable working in counsel teams of various sizes or alone and has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court and the District Court.

Before joining the Bar, Matthew had a stint at one of China’s top Red Circle Firms where he acquired practical experiences in China-related cross-border arbitration. As barrister, Matthew has been instructed to act – as junior counsel or sole counsel – for clients in commercial arbitrations under the auspices of major arbitral institutions in Asia, including HKIAC, SIAC and CIETAC (HK). During limited practice, he successfully defended a US corporation as sole HK counsel (instructed by PRC lawyers) against a CISG-governed contractual claim in an SIAC arbitration.

Matthew read law in Hong Kong and mainland China. He holds a Master of Laws degree in PRC Civil and Commercial Law from Peking University. He served pupillage with Mr Hectar Pun SC, Mr Adrian Lai JP, Dr Benny Lo, Mr Randy Shek and Mr Richard Yip before commencing full practice in 2022. Matthew was named a Charles Ching Scholar by the Hong Kong Bar Association in the same year.

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This article was first published on 28 November 2023.

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