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Associate Professor of Practice in Law 法學專業應用副教授





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Room 535
Faculty of Law
5/F, Lee Shau Kee Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

Professor Queenie Lai currently serves as Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning of CUHK Faculty of Law and is a member of the University Senate Committee of Teaching and Learning and the Faculty Executive Committee. She chairs the Faculty’s Teaching and Learning Committee and the Teaching Excellence Award selection panel. She also leads the Sir TL Yang Society Distinguished Professional Mentorship program and the Female Legal Leader Seminar series. She formerly served as the Deputy Programme Director of the Postgraduate Certificate of Laws (PCLL) Programme.

Prof. Lai was selected by the Pro Vice-Chancellor and awarded the CUHK Faculty of Law’s inaugural Excellent Teacher Award in recognition of her commitment to excellence in teaching in 2015. She received the CUHK Faculty of Law Teaching Excellence Award again in 2018.

Prof. Lai is also the Principal Investigator of the “Simulated Clients in Professional Legal Education” project, awarded a teaching grant of HK$459,250 for the 2016-2019 triennium by the University Grants Committee. She was invited by Society of Legal Scholars and Centre of Legal Education, United Kingdom to speak about her Simulated Client project in London and Nottingham.

Professor Lai specialises in teaching corporate practice and is the course leader for a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Corporate Finance, and Writing and Drafting Commercial Documents (Mergers & Acquisitions). Over the years, she has taught many subjects in the Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws and Postgraduate Certificate of Laws Program including Commercial Practice, Public Listed Companies and the Law, Business and the Law in Hong Kong and Professional Practice.

Prior to joining CUHK in 2010, Prof. Lai practiced as a corporate finance lawyer at leading international law firm Clifford Chance’s various offices including Hong Kong, Shanghai and London. She assisted Chinese and multinational corporate clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and participated in a variety of initial public offerings in Hong Kong. She also has experience with Clifford Chance’s London leading private equity group and advised major international private equity houses on its various acquisitions and disposals in Europe.

Due to her innate interest in teaching and training, Prof. Lai joined Slaughter & May, London as Legal Corporate Training Manager, where she had overall responsibility for firmwide corporate training. Prof. Lai also has experience with an investment bank in Hong Kong where she provided tailor-made fundraising solutions to various corporate clients from a range of industries in the region.

Prof. Lai received her Bachelors and Masters of Arts in Law degree from the University of Cambridge and was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship award recipient. She also received her Masters of Law degree with Distinction from the Georgetown University as a Rotary International Scholar. She studied at United World College of South East Asia, Singapore with full scholarship and is also an alumna of Diocesan Girls’ School, Hong Kong.

Prof. Lai has studied and practiced in Cambridge, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Washington D.C., and Shanghai. She was admitted as a Solicitor in the High Court of Hong Kong and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Law, Master of Arts in Law (University of Cambridge)
  • Master of Laws in Securities Regulation (Georgetown University) (Distinction)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Laws (University of Hong Kong)
  • Higher Education Management Development Program (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong (non-practising)
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising)


  • Award of the title Associate Professor of Practice in Law 2020
  • Inaugural Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Excellent Teacher Award (2014-2015)
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Teaching Excellence Award (2017-2018)
  • Rotary International Scholarship
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship
  • Magdalene College Bursary
  • United World College Scholarship
  • Clifford Chance PCLL sponsorship
  • Harvard Book Prize



Academic Appointments

Faculty Appointments

  • Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning
  • Deputy Programme Director for Postgraduate Certificate of Laws PCLL Program, 2017-2019
  • Secretary of Sir TL Yang Society
  • Secretary of Sir TL Yang Society Distinguished Professional Mentor Programme
  • Chair of Faculty of Law Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Chair of the Faculty of Law Teaching Excellence Award Panel
  • Member of the Faculty Executive Committee
  • Member of the Board of Faculty of Law
  • Member of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Committee
  • Member of Undergraduate Assessment Panel
  • Member of Postgraduate Assessment Panel
  • Member of the PCLL Programme Panel
  • Member of the PCLL Assessment Panel
  • Member of the PCLL Admissions Panel
  • Member of the Staff-Student Consultative Committee
  • Member of Faculty Student Discipline Committee
  • Member of Faculty Academic Staff Recruitment Interview Panel
  • Member of LLM Programmes Review Panel

University Appointments

  • Member of the University Senate Committee of Teaching and Learning
  • Member of the University Executive Committee of the Graduate Council
  • Member of the University Senate Commitee on Language Enhancement
  • Member of the University Committee on Student Exchange
  • Member of the University Task Force on Upholding Academic Honesty
  • Member of the University Education Award and UGC Teaching Award Selection Panel
  • Member of the CUHK Co-Operative Education Programme Management Committee
  • Member of the University Panel Against Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

College Appointments

  • Chung Chi College Department Coordinator, since 2011
  • Chung Chi College Final Year Scholarships Sub-Committee, since 2011

External Appointments

  • External Assessor for Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountant Practising Certificate Examinations PC-Law paper, since 2011
  • Leading Examiner for PCLL Conversion Examination (Business Associations), since 2016
  • Member of Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association
  • Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Society
  • Fellow of Cambridge Overseas Society


Book Chapters

  • Queenie Lai, ‘IPOs in Hong Kong, in D. Cumming and S. Johan (eds), Oxford Handbook of IPOs, Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • ‘Provisional Liquidation, in J. Scott and Brian Gilchrist (eds), Company Law: Insolvency 2017, Sweet and Maxwell (2017).

Annotated Ordinances

  • Volume 1 in The Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) Commentary & Annotations, Sweet and Maxwell (2016).
  • Volume 1 in ELG Tyler and S. Lo (eds), The New Companies Ordinance (Cap 622): A Butterworths Hong Kong Handbook, LexisNexis Butterworths (2014).


For further details on Simulated Client Initiative see:


  • Legal Education: Professional Legal Education, Simulation-based Learning, Simulated Clients, Interdisciplinary Learning, Experiential Learning, Diversity and Inclusion in Education
  • Corporate Finance: Initial Public Offerings, Backdoor Listings, Hong Kong Listing Rules compliance matters
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Private Acquisitions, Private Equity
  • Securities Regulation: Insider Dealing, Market Misconduct and Enforcement