Desmond Liaw, Partner, MinterEllison LLP
Desmond specialises in complex commercial and civil litigation, with emphasis on areas such as corporate-related disputes, boardroom disputes, contractual disputes, financial services-related disputes, employment, fraud, trust and professional negligence. He co-leads MinterEllison's employment practice group in Hong Kong. His other area of speciality is in insolvency and bankruptcy. With more than two decades of experience, he delivers effective and practical solutions to clients.
Originally from Malaysia and having obtained his education in Australia, Desmond is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, NSW (Australia) and Malaysia.
Apart from his areas of speciality in complex litigation, employment and insolvency, Desmond has extensive experience in white-collar crime and regulatory investigations such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations, and has represented clients in investigations and prosecutions by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Commercial Crimes Bureau (CCB) of the Hong Kong Police. Desmond is also experienced in Securities Futures Commission matters, regularly advising individual clients in investigations by the regulator.
In the 2020/21 Legal 500, Desmond was quoted as "thorough but at the same time always keeps an eye on the big picture and overall strategy to advance the client's case" and "responsive and knowledgeable". Sources have also said, "Desmond Liaw is an excellent lawyer who is very knowledgeable in the area of litigation. He is approachable and is easily accessible and his advice is well analysed and always practical. He is highly recommended".
Ellie Cheung, Associate, MinterEllison LLP
Ellie Cheung is an Associate in the Disputes, Competition & Insurance team. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, insolvency, shareholders' disputes and employment matters. She assisted in acting for various companies in filing police reports, applying for Court injunctions and commencing civil actions at the High Court (including garnishee proceedings) to recover stolen funds as a result of a series of email fraud and which were transferred into Hong Kong bank accounts. She also assisted in advising and representing clients on contentious and non-contentious employment matters ranging from pre-employment to post-employment issues, including working on a number of employment-related projects (e.g. redundancy of employees, standardising employment contracts, employee handbooks and policies).