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Hugill & Ip Offices
2308, TWO LIPPO CENTRE
Hugill & Ip > The Legal 500 RankingsHugill & Ip continues to leverage its commercial litigation and private client team’s capabilities to provide specialist and focussed advice to prominent families and high-net-worth individuals in Hong Kong and Greater China. The firm’s practice also covers family law matters, regularly advising on issues such as nuptial agreements, divorce and adoption. Regarded as ‘the top litigator in Hong Kong’, Alfred Ip leads the team and has a strong regional reputation, especially for his expertise regarding trusts and estate planning. The team welcomed litigators Caroline McNally and Kajal Aswani in November 2023, both joined from Gall in November 2023.
‘Alfred Ip and Geraint Ho are highly responsible and their advice is always on point. They are able to grasp complex issues and distill it in a concise and easy to understand manner.’
‘Hugill & Ip is a boutique law firm, and is the market leader in niche practice areas of private client, management of family wealth, trusts, probate and estates litigation. It has one of the highest concentration of such cases in the market. With its energetic and client-oriented approach in terms of case management and problem solving, it breathes new life into what is otherwise a conventional area of law.’
‘Alfred Ip is consistently regarded as the top litigator in Hong Kong in the area of trusts, estates and private client disputes.’
‘Sophisticated and thorough knowledge of private client issues. Alfred Ip and Jacqueline Cheng are service oriented and knowledgeable.’
‘They have a truly rounded team – with expertise in trusts and estates, as well as the whole gamut of family disputes. They focus on strategic solutions, and are not afraid to give clients frank advice. They are very well resourced and have excellent partner-associate support.’
‘Alfred Ip is the best trusts and estates solicitor in Hong Kong and has quickly become highly respected for his family work. He has a strategic and aggressive mind that allows him to solve the unsolvable. He understands business better than any of the other family lawyers and can arrange an effective team to execute. He has unparalleled technical ability and experience across the different areas of private client law that make him incomparable.’
‘Raphael Wong is the leading associate in this firm. He has excellent judgement and and a superb worth ethic. He has a very bright future indeed.’
‘HIP is a more boutique firm so lawyers are more hands-on and accessible. A younger firm with younger lawyers.’
Pamela Aldred/Elysium Ltd
Cornwall Agency Company Limited
Alvarez & Marshall
Ellie Oo Yi Lo
- Acted for a client in successfully obtaining and injunction, and successfully continued the injunction despite being contested, against the trustee of the family trust for disposing of the trust assets pending final determination.
- Acting for a company in a dispute among family members on the redevelopment of the property held by the company valued at HK$749m.
- Acting for professionals in managing the financial affairs of the MIP when her children are in multiple legal proceedings regarding assets disposition made in the course of her alleged incapacity.
Christopher Hooley; Jade Tang; Gary Wong
T Creative Limited
The Great British Teddy Bear Company Limited
Formenti & Giovenzana Group
New Saxon 2019 Limited
Central Venue Management Ltd
Serious Staging Ltd
Technical Production Services Limited
Hon Kwok Land Investment Company Limited
TBS Avionics Limited
- Advised on the New Saxon HengTong (Huawei Group) joint venture, a technology driven marine installation company. The firm has also been involved in negotiations and upgrading of certain technical services agreements, relating in part to UJ Jointing.
- Acting for a client in a EUR 100m deal concerning of Project Gamma, for the acquisition of a DS-E business. The transactions involved shares purchases, asset deal and transfer of employees on different levels.
- Acted for a client in the successful bid, subcontracting, insurance, and risk assessment of the Hong Kong $800 m facility control systems for the Hong Kong International Airport Third Runway Project.
‘Standout partners and professional services.’
‘This is a growing employment practice in Hong Kong. Having set up a few years ago, it has gone from strength to strength under Adam Hugill’s guidance.’
‘Adam Hugill is very hands-on. Despite having a busy diary, he always manages to take on new matters.’
‘Adam Hugill is responsive, sensible and skilled.’
‘Adam Hugill is of good quality.’
CE Brands Inc –
- Advising Stuart Taylor on defending claims for HK$17.5m for wrongful dismissal.
- Acting for Cunnington in defending a High Court appeal by Qantex following Cunnington obtaining a HK$5.5m judgment against Qantex in the Labour Tribunal.
- Acting for former footballers of R&F Football Club in connection with claims for the unpaid balance of their fixed term contracts and various other statutory termination payments following their wrongful and unreasonable dismissal and the subsequent liquidation of the Club.
Hugill & Ip > Firm Profile
Independent law firm in Hong Kong providing bespoke legal services and exceptional client service to individuals, families, entrepreneurs and businesses, locally and internationally.
Clients have diverse issues: some require immediate attention and speedy outcomes; others require the building of a long-term partnership between solicitor and client. In all situations and for all clients, Hugill & Ip provides clear practical advice to help achieve the best results. The firm has achieved outstanding recognitions in the most recent editions of the major legal directories, as well as remarkable results in the areas of dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, private client, contentious trusts and estates, family and employment and business immigration.
Compared to other independent and boutique firms in Hong Kong, Hugill & Ip seeks to raise awareness about legal matters through videos, podcasts, webinars and legal news. Moreover, the firm is strongly engaged in CSR activities and DEI initiatives – more details at ABOUT US.
A big portion of Hugill & Ip’s work is cross-border, complex and requires legal advice from different jurisdictions, laws and regulatory regimes. Due to the international client base, the firm is often instructed and instruct leading firms from around the world. Its solicitors are able to tailor a legal offering for each client’s unique situation.
Corporate and commercial: mergers and acquisitions, business sales and purchases, corporate reorganisations, joint-ventures, investment and shareholders agreements, commercial arrangements and contracts, set up of new companies and start-ups.
Dispute resolution: breach of contract and negligence, injunction proceedings, international trade, joint-venture and franchise disputes, landlord and tenant, shareholder disputes, professional negligence and sale of goods and services, arbitration and mediation.
Private client, probate and trust: inheritance law and distribution of estates, estate administration, Wills, trusts, grants of probate and letters of administration, resealing of grants in Hong Kong and overseas and deeds of family arrangement.
Contentious trusts and estates: probate and family company shareholder disputes, trust litigation, estate administration disputes, bringing/defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Ordinance, contentious committee and Mental Health Ordinance applications.
Family: divorce and matrimonial matters, separation, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, financial maintenance, adoption, child custody and child access.
Employment: consultancy and employment agreements, redundancy, remuneration and benefits, secondments and handbooks, post-termination restrictions, team moves, injunctive relief, Labour Tribunal claims, District and High Court actions, personal data privacy and discrimination claims.
Business immigration: employment, investment and dependants visas, extension of stay and appeal, prolonged visitors’ visas, permanent residency, immigration law advice, investigation and prosecution, overstaying and breach of conditions.
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Staff FiguresNumber of solicitors : 29
Alfred Ip, PartnerAlfred Ip explains why Hong Kong boutique law firm Hugill & Ip is well positioned to respond to the current needs and expectations of its growing client base:
What do you see as the main points that differentiate Hugill & Ip from your competitors?
Some of the feedback that we consistently get from clients is that they feel well looked after. They feel there is a close partnership between themselves and the solicitor. As a boutique law firm, we are immersed in all practice areas we focus on. We are not generalists, so we have our eye on both market trends as well as up-to-date technical skill and knowledge.
Our lawyers are responsive. In addition, we have a very high ratio of partners vs associates and other supporting staff, so we are able to lead matters with the right involvement and supervision at senior level.
Moreover – being a relatively small outfit – we can be agile and offer more innovative and adaptable pricing structures to suit the varied needs of clients, both corporate and individual.
Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
My core practice area is Trust & Estates. In this area we have seen a consistent growth of both advisory and contentious Trusts & Estates work. The firm has built a strong reputation in contentious Estate matters and we have represented clients successfully over a diverse range of issues, including those involving modern family relationships where the law has been slow to catch up.
Most of our competitors are international firms or renowned local firms with long history. We are proud to currently have one of the biggest Private Client teams in Hong Kong. We also have a fast-growing Family and Matrimonial practice to which we are giving extra investment and support, adding passionate and knowledgeable individuals who specialise in divorce, children and matrimonial matters including adoption, separation, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, financial maintenance, child custody, access and relocation (including Hague Convention).
Our employment practice led by Adam Hugill has also had significant growth over the past two or three years and this is perhaps also fueled by a shift in values and priorities that many businesses and individuals have taken during the recent pandemic.
What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?
We are constantly exploring new ways to benefit clients and to keep the firm very agile and flexible.
Technology is surely something that has helped us to streamline processes internally and with clients, while keeping our legal advice top-notch and avoid adding heavy structures which would escalate internal costs that would need somewhat be passed onto clients.
Being agile also means that internally we have learnt to multitask and move away from the traditional approach that many other law firms take. This happens across several practice areas and it is also possible because of the very clear focus that we had since opening our doors on avoiding to be a full-service firm. We concentrate on providing clients an excellent service in specific areas and we refer out matters which are out of our comfort zone.
How important Corporate Social Responsibility is to your firm?
When my fellow partner Adam and I decided to set up Hugill & Ip, one of the first core values that we shared was to give back to our community, so I would say that CSR is truly part of our DNA.
By being more involved in the community we can develop a better working environment for our staff, and nurture social inclusion into them, as well as strive to provide better services for our clients. We all take so much from the environment and society in general, so giving back not only creates a positive impact on others, but it should be a moral obligation we should all commit as human beings.
We have always taken some matters on a pro-bono basis, but also been involved in larger social responsibility campaigns. Making real impact to people’s lives is what we strive for, and a lot of those who needs us cannot afford us, therefore we are privileged to have the capacity to take on pro-bono cases.
Specifically, we focus on social issues that are very dear to us both as individuals and as a firm overall: most recently we ran a fundraiser and awareness campaign related to cancer research, and we also feel very passionate about other issues – e.g. the environment, the protection of disadvantaged people (Migrant Domestic Workers, the elderly and children), equality and LGBTQ rights. These are causes we have dedicated time and effort to support so far and that we plan to continue getting involved in the future.
Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?
Since my practice area focuses on individuals rather than businesses, I can focus on times when we have really supported and achieved a great result for people during very difficult times in their life.
We are currently helping a child who has lost his father and his estate did not provide for him, and we are claiming for financial provision. His life would be dramatically different if this claim is successful. We are very keen to make it happen and we are doing all we can to help him.
We are also helping a number of clients whose relationships with their significant others are not recognized under the laws: de facto relationship, same-sex relationship, etc. We help them claiming for their entitlement, at the same time we constantly advise other clients in similar relationships to avoid litigation in the future with proper Estate Planning.
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?
Our three-year plan is for sustained and risk-calculated growth. We continue to hire new team members, having brought in two brilliant new associates in the past six months. It is crucial that as we expand and work with new people, while we stay true to our core values.
Our expansion will soon see a boost in several practice areas with new partners and associates joining us in the Dispute Resolution, Private Client and Corporate & Commercial teams. In three years’ time, we reckon our focus and attention will continue in a similar way – widening the team is simply a response to the expansion in our client base, for which we feel privileged as a firm.
Press Releases23rd November 2023 Family law cases can often be emotionally charged and complex, regularly requiring a team of legal professionals to navigate the intricacies of these sensitive matters.
20th September 2023 Hugill & Ip are delighted to reach its fifth anniversary this September - momentous milestone indeed!
27th April 2023 Hong-Kong boutique law firm, Hugill & Ip, has just announced that Caroline Thomas has joined the firm as consultant with effect from 11 April 2023.
12th April 2023 Hong Kong-founded law firm Hugill & Ip recently announced that it has hired Fiona Chan as a partner in its Dispute Resolution and Private Client practice.