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Hugill & Ip
Hong Kong

Hong Kong > Private Client and Family Tier 2

The team at Hugill & Ip has ‘great capability over the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious private client work’, from wealth and estate planning to shareholder disputes and will enforcement. The firm is also active in the family sphere, guiding high-net-worth individuals in Hong Kong and Greater China through issues such as nuptial agreements, divorce and adoption. Team head Alfred Ip has established a strong regional reputation, especially for his expertise regarding trusts and estate planning, with clients claiming he is ‘very adept at dealing with probate matters’.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Ip

Other key lawyers:

Geraint Ho; Raphael Wong; Jacqueline Cheng


‘Hugill & Ip stands out as they have deep knowledge and experience in private client and estate administration related litigation. This is a very specialised area where there is relatively little choice in terms of selection of competent legal advisors.’

‘The team has great capability over the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious private client work, including working on cross-border matters.’

‘I would classify Hugill & Ip private client team as a dream team, for both advisory and contentious practice.’

‘Alfred Ip is the best probate and estates solicitor in Hong Kong. He is excellent at private client and family work, especially matrimonial. He is very professional and clear with clients, unafraid to fight for the best results.’

‘Alfred Ip is a pre-eminent practitioner of private client and contentious estate and trust cases. He has remarkable client management skills and technical litigation prowess. He consistently achieves results desired by clients, while being extremely user-friendly at the same time.’

‘Hugill & Ip is one of the, if not the, leading firms in relation to contentious probate, trusts and estates cases in Hong Kong.’

‘Client focused, result driven and strong knowledge in the relevant practice area of probate and family law.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully challenged the DoJ on an issue related to probate in a same-sex marriage.
  • Successfully struck a deal for an estate in a compulsory sale of property with Kerry Properties.

Hong Kong > Labour and employment Tier 3

Adam Hugill leads the employment team at Hugill & Ip, which covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law including individual and mass terminations, high-profile transfers and labour restructurings. The team is also involved in a number of high-profile equal opportunity and discrimination cases, which remains relatively rare in the Hong Kong market. Supporting the team is Christopher Hooley, who has developed a strong reputation regarding the hiring and termination of senior executives and employment strategy advice. Jade Tang bolsters the regional presence, her practice focusing on advising clients throughout PRC and Asia Pacific.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hugill

Other key lawyers:


‘Very efficient team that manage clients well.’

‘I work mainly with Adam Hugill. He is very quick and alive to the real issues.’

‘The team are remarkably commercial compared to their competitors in the Hong Kong market. They are very well suited to working with western clients.’

‘Adam Hugill is superb. Very knowledgeable, commercial, inspires confidence and always available.’

‘The team will work hard for clients.’

‘Adam Hugill is very hands on with matters and does not unnecessarily delegate.’

‘Adam Hugill is an excellent lawyer; I wouldn’t go for any other lawyer when it comes to employment-related matters.’

‘Adam is smart, solution-oriented and  very knowledgeable. I’m also grateful for his quick turnaround time.’

Key clients

BFAM Partners

Hargreaves Services

Daniel Wellington

Lim Advisors

3 Capital Partners

Former Players of R&F Premier League Football Club


Sweet Fashion House

Work highlights

  • Acting for BFAM Partners, a Hong Kong hedge fund, to obtain an injunction against its former Chief Technology Officer to restrict his ability to work for a key competitor for the duration of his non-competition covenant.
  • Acting for Lim Advisors on a case involving, as a preliminary issue, the consideration of the jurisdiction of the Labour Tribunal and High Court when parties have contractually agreed to arbitration.
  • Acting for Charles Taylor and 9 individuals in connection with ongoing claims by their former employer McLarens, for breach of contract, fiduciary duties, procurement to breach and unlawful conspiracy arising from the transfer of their employment in 2019.

Hong Kong > Commercial, corporate and M&A: independent Hong Kong law firms Tier 3

Hugill & Ip has a broad practice across both corporate and commercial law, advising them on joint ventures, licensing, cooperation and distribution agreements, and acquisitions. The team is jointly led by Christopher Hooley, Jade Tang and Gary Wong. Hooley has a decades-long track record handling M&A deals in both the UK and HK, while Wong is qualified to practice in Hong Kong, New York and Hawaii. In addition to her corporate work, Tang has additional expertise in employment law.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Hooley; Jade Tang; Gary Wong

Key clients

Manifest Marketing Ltd

Cellomics Int’l Ltd

YCP Holdings

HKCMA N3 Capital Partners


The Great British Teddy Bear Corp

Central Venue Management Ltd

Serious Staging Ltd

Storm Force Marine Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Hargreaves Services PLC on a wide range of commercial and banking issues in Hong Kong,
  • Acting as primary counsel to Chinney Alliance Engineering Limited on the successful bid and subsequent matters for the Hong Kong $800 million Facility Control Systems for the Hong Kong International Airport Third Runway Project.
  • Advised T Creative Limited on its partnership and joint venture agreements with business partners and on its business agreements, including licensing agreements and cooperation agreements for exhibitions.

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 & Commercial, Private Client, Contentious Trusts & Estates, Family and Employment & 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.

Practice areas

Corporate and Commercial: mergers & 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 & 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 & 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.

Number of solicitors : 15