Winnie Tam SBS, SC, JP

Barrister-at-Law, Head of Des Voeux Chambers

Des Voeux Chambers

Winnie Tam SBS, SC, JP

Winnie was appointed Senior Counsel in 2006. She served as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association between January 2015 to January 2017 and has been serving as Chairman of the Committee on Intellectual Property since 2019. Since 2015, she has been appointed a Recorder of the Court of First Instance, High Court of the Hong Kong SAR. In 2016, she was honoured as an Overseas Bencher of the Middle Temple Society of England. In 2019, she succeeded from Coleman J. as Chairman of the Hong Kong Advocacy Training Council, and founded the International League of Competition Law (LIDC) Hong Kong Chapter as its founding Chairman.  She has also been serving as a member of the Law Reform Commission since 2019.

Winnie has broad experience in corporate commercial, intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment disputes. Apart from her regular involvement as lead Counsel in IP and commercial litigation and arbitration, Winnie has accumulated substantial experience as an international arbitrator.

Winnie is a panel arbitrator of the HKIAC’s Intellectual Property Specialist Panel, a CIETAC panel arbitrator, a member of the Domain Name Disputes Panel of the HKIAC, a member of the Expert Committee of the China (Shenzhen) IP Arbitration Centre, a panel arbitrator of SCIA, SHIAC, and Qingdao Arbitration Commission, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. She is a WIPO panel mediator, JAMS panel mediator, a CEDR-accredited mediator, a panel mediator on Mainland-Hong Kong Investment Disputes under CEPA. In her capacity as a leading intellectual property barrister she has been invited to join a working group of the Department of Justice on the arbitrability of intellectual property rights, and has contributed to the drafting of a bill presented to LegCo in December 2016. Between 2018 and 2020, Winnie served as a member of the Nominations Committee of the HKIAC. Since 2020, she was appointed Co-Chair of Women in Arbitration (WIA) under HKIAC. Since May 2020, she has been appointed to the Appointments Committee of HKIAC.

Winnie has been appointed as a presiding arbitrator and co-arbitrator under ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC and SCIA rules in cases involving cross-jurisdictional commercial and joint-venture disputes, shareholders disputes, intellectual property and licensing disputes, international gaming rights licensing disputes and sino-foreign investment disputes. She has been appointed as arbitrator in international arbitrations to be conducted both in English and in Chinese. She has acted as leading counsel and co-counsel in international arbitrations and court actions in aid of international arbitration.