Lareina J. Chan

Call 2014 (Hong Kong)


English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish


T: +852 2840 1130

Secretary: Ms. Juliana Chan



Lareina maintains a strong matrimonial, civil and white-collar crime practice. She has appeared as an advocate in her own right in the Court of Appeal, the Court of First Instance, the District/Family Courts and the Magistrates’ Courts, and as Junior Counsel.

Lareina has substantial experience in all aspects of matrimonial and family litigation. She is regularly instructed in a broad spectrum of matrimonial finance matters and children’s disputes. These include ancillary relief proceedings (including those involving cryptocurrencies), third-party interest claims, relocation applications, custody / care and control arrangements, enforcement proceedings and committal proceedings. Since 2017, Lareina has been an Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong Family Law Association (HKFLA), and she is also a member of the Hong Kong Bar Association’s Committee on Family Law.

She has been named as a Leading Junior for Family & Private Client work by The Legal 500 in 2024  and a Recommended Family & Divorce Law Barrister by Doyle’s Guide in 2024.

In other civil litigation, Lareina has an established practice with an emphasis on private client matters. She has been instructed in a wide range of cases including mental health proceedings, probate / administration, intellectual property, cases involving cryptocurrencies / bitcoin, medical negligence, land law, shareholders’ disputes, as well as other company and commercial matters.

In criminal litigation, Lareina handles complex white-collar matters including cases involving the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), and FinTech / cryptocurrency-related financial crimes.

Outside of her practice, Lareina is an Advocacy Trainer for the Hong Kong Advocacy Training Council (HKATC), involved in advocacy training programmes for pupil barristers, and also teaches at the University of Hong Kong.

Practice Areas

General Civil Litigation
General Criminal Litigation
Commercial Law
Company Law
Family Law
Private Client
White-Collar Crime



University of Hong Kong


University of Hong Kong

  • Lecturer, PCLL Civil Advocacy (Small Group Tutorials), Department of Professional Legal Education, University of Hong Kong (Sep 2019 – Present)
  • Member, Committee on Family Law (CFamL), HK Bar Association (Mar 2019 – Present)
  • Member, Standing Committee on Legal Education, HK Bar Association (Mar 2019 – Present)
  • Member, Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) (Nov 2018 – Present)
  • Member, Standing Committee on Practice Development, HK Bar Association (Jun 2018 – Present)
  • Advocacy Trainer, Hong Kong Advocacy Training Council (Jan 2018 – Present)
  • Executive Committee Member, Hong Kong Family Law Association (Member since 2015) (Nov 2017 – Present)
  • Vice-Chairman, Standing Committee on Young Barristers, HK Bar Association (Mar 2017 – Feb 2019)
  • Secretary, Standing Committee on Young Barristers, HK Bar Association (Mar 2016 – Mar 2017)
  • Member, Bar Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association (under Winnie Tam SC) (Jan 2016 – Jan 2017)
  • Member, Task Force on Continuing Professional Development (CPD), HK Bar Association (Oct 2015 – Jan 2017)
  • Member, Task Force on Hong Kong Bar Code of Conduct and Registered Foreign Lawyers Advising on & Practising in Hong Kong, HK Bar Association (Oct 2015 – Jan 2017)
  • Member, Hong Kong Competition Association (2015 – Present)
  • Member, Middle Temple Society in Hong Kong (2015 – Present)
  • Member, Standing Committee on Welfare and Sports, HK Bar Association (2015 – 2018)

  • Middle Temple Scholarship for Advocacy Training (London, United Kingdom) (2015)

Family Law

  • Re Estate of LKL, Deceased (FCMP 86/2019) (FC).  Application for financial provision under Cap 481.
  • AVLDL v. RJW (FCMC 4941/2016) (FC).  Ancillary relief proceedings and children’s matters.
  • WWK v. WWH (FCMC 6552/2018) (FC).  Children’s matters.
  • GC v. LWMI (FCMC 11066/2019) (FC).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • LSSK v. CC (FCMC 6653/2019) (FC).  Ancillary relief proceedings and children’s matters.
  • GKLJ v. WE (formerly known as WFYE) (FCMC 16521/2015) (FC).  Children’s matters.
  • WW v. LPQ (formerly known as LLN & LSM) (FCMC 4996/2018 transferred to FCMC 8485/2019) (FC) & (CAMP 237/2019, CACV 524/2019) (CA). Ancillary relief proceedings, and Appeal to Court of Appeal relating to litigation funding.
  • TKCC v. CCWI (FCMC 15101/2018) (FC) (with Jeremy S.K. Chan).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • JKH v. AH (also known as ACLL) (FCMC 3529/2018) (FC).  Children’s matters.
  • LNMC v. LYCS (FCMC 7588/2018 transferred to FCMC 7889/2019) (FC).  Children’s matters.
  • KMS v. CHJC (FCMC 13728/2017) (FC).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • SSLT v. SMFC (FCMC 11056/2017) (FC).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • LSHC v. CMNA (FCMC 14122/2014) (FC).  Children’s matters; variation of access.
  • SRA (née NAD) v. RPA (FCMC 14417/2017) (FC).  Application under section 17 of the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Ordinance (Cap 192).
  • CSY v. CPK (FCMC 7235/2015) (FC).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • KHT v. HMC (FCMC 9974/2014, 30 November 2017) (FC).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • LWFV v. TCY (FCMC 4046/2016) (FC).  Defended petition.
  • NSK v. WYK (FCMC 7469/2017) (FC).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • PJB v. MLE (FCMC 7114/2017) (FC).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • AWK also known as AWKY v. MLTH also known as MTH (HCMC 2/2016) (CFI) (led by Russell Coleman SC, as he then was).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • CKF v. LHL (FCMC 17031/2014, 28 October 2016) (FC).  Application for restoration of injunction summons, committal proceedings, contempt of Court
  • HHH v. SWM (FCMC 15225/2015, 8 April 2016) (FC).  Application for maintenance pending suit, judgment summons.
  • WSMP v. BKRM (FCMC 9724/2015) (FC).  Application for interim injunction.
  • LPC v. CHY (FCMC 15250/2013) (FC).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • PAMDV v. CYKA (HCMC 1/2014) (CFI) (led by Russell Coleman SC, as he then was, and with Jeremy S.K. Chan).  Ancillary relief proceedings.
  • TJCJ v. HDCK & Others (FCMC 7332/2013, 17 April 2015) (FC) (led by Russell Coleman SC, as he then was).  Trial of preliminary issues in context of ancillary relief proceedings.

White-Collar Crime

  • HKSAR v. Mak Kwong Yiu (D1), Chan Lai Yee (D2), Wong Shuk On (D3), Lee Yick Ming (D4) (DCCC 657/2019) (DC).  Conspiracy to Defraud & Fraud
  • HKSAR v. Chen Boliang (ESCC 806/2020) (on Committal to High Court). Obtaining Access to Computer with Dishonest Intent, Theft, Fraud (Cryptocurrencies)
  • HKSAR v. Cho Kwai-chee (D1), Chan Lai-yee (D2), Tan Ye-kai, Byron (D3) (DCCC 678/2019) (DC) (led by Martin Hui SC and with Vivian Wong). Conspiracy to Defraud & False Statement by Company Directors

Company / Commercial Law

  • Huobi Asia Ltd & Huobi Global Ltd v. Chen Boliang & Chen Feng (HCA 415/2020) (CFI)
  • Li Wei Hong v. Pang Guei Hua & Others (HCA 494/2018, 6 April 2018) [2018] HKCFI 894 (CFI)
  • On Benefit Limited & Another v. H.M. Chan Limited (DCCJ 1230/2018) (DC)
  • Discovery Learning Academy Holdings Ltd. v. Bright Investment Planning Ltd.; Bright Investment Planning Ltd. v. Golden Gate International Kindergarten and Nursery Ltd. (HCA 1440/2015 & HCA 1476/2015, heard together) (CFI).
  • Tsang Hoi Wah Ava, Deceased & Another v. Bancka Limited (HCMP 1427/2017) [2017] 5 HKLRD 562 (CFI).  Application under section 570 Companies Ordinance (Cap 622) for convening of extraordinary general meeting of company to appoint director following death of sole director and sole shareholder; commencing and carrying on proceedings prior to letters of administration or probate having been obtained.
  • New World TMT Limited v. Hong Kong Money Exchange Limited (HCMP 115/2015) (CFI).
  • Eton Solutions Limited v. Lau Hoi Chin & Another (HCA 999/2016) (CFI)
  • Yang Liancheng & Zhang Fangrui v. Chow Pak Wah Oliver (HCA 2698/2015) (CFI).
  • Re Global Eco Resource Limited (HCCW 281/2014 & HCCW 372/2014) (CFI).  Unfair prejudice petition under section 724(1) Companies Ordinance (Cap 622) and section 177(1)(f) Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance (Cap 32).
  • Re He-He International Holdings Development Limited (HCMP 2148/2014) (CFI).

Mental Health

  • Re FKS (HCMH 40/2020) (HC).  Application under Part II of the Mental Health Ordinance (Cap 136); inquiry under section 10 MHO, appointment of Committee under section 11 MHO.

Medical Negligence

  • Lam Wing Hei (a minor suing by her mother and next friend Lam Tsz Kiu) & Another v. Hospital Authority (HCPI 1129/2015, 28 May 2018) [2018] HKCFI 1167 (CFI) (led by Russell Coleman SC, as he then was).  Application to strike-out baby’s claim; whether cause of action based on wrongful life and wrongful suffering recognised under Hong Kong law (appeal to the Court of Appeal in CACV 115/2018, led by Richard Khaw SC).

Land Law

  • Poon Kwan Lun v. Wong Yu Kin (HCA 1179/2015) (CFI) (led by Jonathan Chang, now Jonathan Chang SC).  Adverse possession, and application for interim injunction.
  • Shum Hing Siu Philip (as manager) and Others v. Shum Hing Cheung (DCCJ 4209/2018) (DC).  New Territories land, tong / tso, trespass to land.

Lectures and Talks

  • Speaker, “Volatile & Risky Matrimonial Assets: Strategies on Dealing with Fluctuating Values and Varying Risk Appetites”, Haldanes (8 Dec 2023)
  • Speaker, “Family Law Enforcement: Unless Orders”, RKS Rita Ku & Ser (24 Feb 2023)
  • Speaker, “Cross-Border Reciprocal Enforcement in Matrimonial & Family Cases”, Howse Williams (16 Nov, 2022)
  • Speaker, “Cryptocurrencies & Cryptoassets in Matrimonial Proceedings”, RKS Rita Ku & Ser (24 Jun 2022)
  • Contributing Author, “Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong Bills of Exchange Ordinance (Cap 19), LexisNexis (Sep 2022 Present)
  • Speaker, “Breaking the (Block)Chain: Divorce & Cryptoassets”, Charles Russell Speechlys & PwC (17 Feb, 2022)
  • Speaker, “Remote Hearings & Virtual FDR”, Committee on Family Law, HK Bar Association (Jul 2021)
  • Speaker, “Family Law Practice & Procedure: First Appointment Hearings”, Committee on Family Law, HK Bar Association (Sep 2019)
  • Speaker, “Family Law Procedure: Domestic Violence”, Committee on Family Law, HK Bar Association (Jun 2019)
  • Contributing Author, LexisNexis Practical Guidance – Private Client (Ancillary Relief) (Mar 2019 – Present)
  • Speaker, “Can barristers be directly instructed to advise on taxation issues? How best to collaborate between barristers and tax practitioners?” (organised by the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong) (Dec 2018)
  • Speaker, “Topical Issues on Contentious Probate & Administration of Estates” (Sep 2017)
  • Speaker, “Crowdfunding and its Regulation in Hong Kong: Room for Inertia?” 2015 UNCITRAL Emergence Conference (published in August 2017) (Nov 2015)

Professional Delegations and Visits

  • Representative of the HK Bar Association, “Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong: Consultation Paper on Causing or Allowing the Death or Serious Harm of a Child or Vulnerable Adult”, Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services, Hong Kong Legislative Council (May 2019)
  • Hong Kong Bar Association Delegation to Basic Law Conference in Shenzhen, China (led by former Chairmen Winnie Tam SC and Paul Lam SC) (May 2019)
  • Legal Symposium for 73rd “Judicial Day” (jointly hosted by the Taiwan Bar Association, the Taiwan Judicial Yuan and the Taipei Ministry of Justice) in Taipei, Taiwan (Jan 2018)
  • Hong Kong Bar Association Official Delegation to Beijing, China (led by former Chairman, Paul Lam SC) (Jun 2017)
  • Hong Kong Bar Association Official Delegation to World Bar Conference 2016, in Edinburgh, Scotland (Apr 2016)
  • 30th Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2015, in London, United Kingdom (Oct 2015)