Karen Y.Y. Lau

Karen Y.Y. Lau


practice profile

Karen has a broad practice in both civil and criminal law. She has been instructed as an advocate in Court of Appeal, Court of First Instance, District Court, Family Court, Lands Tribunal and Magistracies Court.

Karen conducts trials and drafts documents in both English and Chinese.

She is a member of the Legal Aid Panel (Civil and Criminal), Duty Lawyer Service Panel, Convention Against Torture Scheme Panel and Duty Lawyer Free Legal Advice Scheme.

Karen was accredited by CEDR in 2011. She is well placed and qualified to undertake the role of mediator in a wide variety of disputes.

academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) - University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) - University of Exeter, United Kingdom

professional qualifications

  • Year Of Call - 2011 (HK)
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator - Since April 2011

civil cases

In her civil commercial practice, Karen conducts regular court and advisory work and appears at trials and interlocutory hearings in the Court of First Instance and District Court in various areas, including land disputes (landlord and tenant, adverse possession, building management, vendor and purchaser disputes, recovery of possession...etc), contentious probate disputes, commercial and contractual disputes, company law, matrimonial, personal injuries, employment disputes, bankruptcy matters, money lenders matters as well as judicial review.

criminal cases

As to her criminal practice, Karen regularly instructed for defence and prosecution work, and frequently conducts bilingual trials at Magistracies and the District Court as well as appeals at the High Court and Court of Appeal.

She has developed a substantial criminal practice which includes cases of violent crimes, dishonesty drugs, Immigration offences, Customs & Excise, Conspiracy to Defraud, road traffic related offences, and other criminal matters.

Karen also regularly provides legal advice services for clients who are detained in the police station or Immigration Department, Customs Department or ICAC, under investigation.

administrative law

ASGHAR IBRAR v Torture Claims Appeal Board and Director of Immigration [HCAL9/2016]
In a case against the Immigration Department and the Torture Claim Appeal Board, Karen has successfully obtained leave to appeal on paper application, and the reliefs sought were granted with cost in the end.