Selwyn Yu, SC


1989 (England & Wales)
1990 (Hong Kong)
2010 Inner Bar (Hong Kong)

Professional Qualifications

LL.B. (Hons) (1988)
Member of the Honourable Middle Temple (1989)
Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (2002)


Secretary: Ms. Michelle Cheng
[email protected]

Selwyn has been in private practice since call in 1990. All along he practises primarily in the criminal law with heavy focus in fraud, commercial crime and regulatory offences. Recently, his practice has expanded to matrimonial disputes.

He is predominantly instructed to conduct the private-funded defence in cases of a wide spectrum of different magnitude from the lengthy and complex to the short and intricate. He is well regarded for being able to deliver sound, strategic and tactical advice at all stages of an investigation as well as before and during the trial process.

He is known for being very pleasant to work with as a team with those instructing him. He is very popular and frequently entrusted with high profile cases that have attracted significant media attention.

  • LL.B. (Hons), School of Law, Cardiff University (1988)
  • Bar Finals, London (1989)

Public Office

  • Chairman, Management Committee of Consumer Legal Action Fund of the Consumer Council (2017 – Present)
  • Member, Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal (2015 – Present)
  • Member, Higher Rights of Audience Assessment Board (2015 – Present)
  • Vice-Chairman, Management Committee of Consumer Legal Action Fund of the Consumer Council (2014 – 2016)
  • Member, Management Committee of Consumer Legal Action Fund of the Consumer Council (2013 – 2014)
  • Member, Insurance Agents Appeal Tribunal (2010 – 2019)
  • Member, Higher Rights Assessment Board (2010 – 2015)
  • Member, Criminal Procedure Rules Committee (2009 – 2015)
  • Legal Advisor, Licensing Appeals Board (2006 – 2009)
  • Legal Advisor, Disciplinary Committee of Chinese Medicine Council (2005 – 2010)
  • Member, Insurance Agents Registration Board (2004 – 2010)
  • Member, Advocacy Institute of Hong Kong (1998 – 1999)
  • Member, Management Committee of Duty Lawyer Service (1996 – 2010)
  • Member, Standing Committee on Legal Aid (1994 – 1995)

Hong Kong Bar Association

  • Vice Chairman, the Hong Kong Bar Association (2013 – 2015)
  • Former member of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association
  • HKSAR v Chan Ung Iok (DCCC 761 of 2018)

(Acted in defence of a successful business-lady in allegation of bribery of a public official, the ex-deputy secretary of the Economic Development and Labour Bureau under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance)

  • SFC v Cheng Chak Ngok [2019] HKCFA 17; [2018] 4 HKLRD 612; CACC 95/2017

(Acted for the Securities and Futures in appeal before the Court of Appeal and Appeal Committee of the CFA on the issue of the proper standard of proof in Market Misconduct Proceedings)

  • HKSAR v. Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd [2018] 2 HKLRD 1049

(Acted on appeal in respect of the constituent elements of the offence of “Direct Marketing” under s.35A of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance)

(Acted on appeal on the requisite elements of the offence of direct marketing under the Protection of Personal Data Ordiannce)

  • HKSAR v Lau Cheuk Ngai (劉卓毅) & Ors., [2018] HKCA 59; CACC 38 of 2017

(Appeal against conviction and sentence of a senior police inspector convicted of the offence of Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm in the widely-publicized “7 Police Officers Assailants” (“七警案”) in the Occupying Central sega);

  • HKSAR v Tsang Yam Kuen, Donald (曾蔭權), HCCC 484 of 2015; [2018] 2 HKLRD 186

(Acting in defence in the re-trial of the ex-Chief Executive on a section 4 offence of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, Cap 201)

  • HKSAR v Chan Kui Yuen, Thomas (陳鉅源), (2017) 20 HKCFAR 264

(Acting in the appeal for the executive director of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (新鴻基地產發展有限公司) against conviction over elements of offences of Misconduct in Public Office and section 4 & 9 offences of the Prevention and Bribery Ordinance, Cap.201)

  • SFC v CL Management Services Ltd. & Another, [2016] 19 HKCFAR 611; HCMA 382 of 2014

(Elements and ingredients of the offence under s.114 of Securities and Futures Ordinance)

  • Martin Joseph Matthews v Secretary for Justice [2015] HKEC 2299

(Appeal against refusal of discharge of Restraint Order on suspected proceeds of indicatable offence)

  • HKSAR v Lau Yau Wai Jimmy & Ors. (劉有為), DCCC 19 of 2015

(Successful defending a senior bank officer of multiple section 9 offences of “Soliciting and Accepting a bribe” of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, Cap.201)

  • HKSAR v Kwok Ping Kwong, Thomas & Ors. (郭炳江), HCCC 98 of 2013

(Acting in the defence team of the Co-Chairman of the listed company Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (新鴻基地產發展有限公司) against the offences of Misconduct in Public Office and section 9 offence of “Offering of a bribe” in the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, Cap.201)

  • HKSAR v Au Yeung Ching Cheong Stephen [2014] 3 HKLRD 346

(An appeal on the scope of protection of informant under s.30A of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance where the prosecution was based on complaint made by the defendant who reported as an informant to ICAC against recipient of bribe)

  • HKSAR v Ma Chi Sin & Ors, HCCC 323 of 2012

(Acting for the family members of an investor in defence of offences of Bribery and Money laundering in return for secret insights into the warrant markets from a former Deutsche Bank managing director)

  • Re Sanfield (Management) Limited (新輝 (建築管理)有限公司 ), CDDI 931-936/2009

(Death Inquest in the industrial accident as a result of scaffolding collapse in the lift shaft in construction site at the International Commerce Centre (“ICC”))