Alfred Ip

Alfred assists high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) in handling their wealth-related issues, such as contentious and non-contentious trust and probate, mental capacity, family office, amongst other wealth management matters. He is also a leading Dispute Resolution lawyer with over 20 years of experience in Hong Kong. Moreover, Alfred helps clients with issues regarding Family Law.

A qualified solicitor in Hong Kong since 2000, Alfred’s speciality is dispute resolution, an area in which he is ranked by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific as a ‘Leading Individual’. Until recently he was partner in the Dispute Resolutions team and head of Private Client at a leading Hong Kong law firm.

Alfred is skilled in helping individuals and their families manage personal and wealth-related matters, including trust and probate (both contentious and non-contentious), family office, and mental capacity issues. 

He is vastly experienced in all areas of probate and can help clients with estate planning, ranging from the proper drafting of a will to constructing complicated trusts, airtight from any potential perils.

Alfred is appointed by court as an administrator in estate disputes, and advises professional administrators on legal aspects of estate administration, both in Hong Kong and internationally.

In contentious cases, he acts for clients in probate actions, ranging from propounding the Will to having an executor removed. For clients requiring help in estate administration problems such as declaratory relief or disclosure of account, Alfred will apply to Court for the necessary directions and orders.

Alfred’s professional skills are enhanced by his membership of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“TEP”), and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a CEDR accredited Mediator and a Notary Public.

In 2012, he won the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Gold Award for services to the community for his pro bono initiative, “FreeWill”, and he has received several pro bono service awards since.

In addition to his Private Client practice, Alfred has 20 years of experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Moreover, he helps clients with issues regarding family law.

In March 2017, Alfred was appointed to sit as a Deputy District Judge.

Alfred is Director of Pink Alliance.

Alfred speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

Probate and Estate Management
  • Estates of Wong Shing Kwong and Poon Pau Chee – acting on behalf of beneficiaries in applications for accounts, removal of administrator, and interlocutory injunctions.
  • Estate of Chan Chung Han – acting for the Court Appointed Administrator in taking various actions against former executor for account, return of assets belonging to the estate and assets freezing injunctions.
  • Estate of Lam Kwok Leung – acting for one camp of beneficiaries against the administrator for their shares in the estate on the issue of the deceased’s domicile which affects the application of intestacy rules in different jurisdiction.
  • Loo Che Chin [2013] 2 HKLRD 739 – applied to pass over the executor appointed by the testator for a group of beneficiaries on the ground of swift and effective administration of the estate.
  • Estate of Wong Shu Pui – successfully resisted the application to pass over the administrator of the estate on the ground of the alleged bad character.
  • Estate of Ngan Chow Wah – successfully passed over the widow of the Deceased as administrator.
  • Estate of Yeung Wai Him – the Court determined the issue of the Deceased’s marriage and the validity of its purported dissolution.
  • Appointed by the Court as professional Administrator in the Estates of Lai Suet Ching; Chow Kwok Leung; and Leung Kam Wah.
Commercial Litigation
  • Chan Shu Chun and ors v. Dr Kung Yan Sum and Ors – acting for the 1st Defendant against the claim for, inter alia, deceit and conspiracy to defraud the Plaintiffs.
  • Oriental Press Group Limited and Others v. Fevaworks Solutions Limited 16 HKCFAR 366, [2012] – Court of Final Appeal – represented hkgolden.com, one of Hong Kong’s most popular internet forums, in defending claims by Oriental Daily Group in Hong Kong for defamatory comments made on their forums and their founders by internet users on the forum based on innocent dissemination.
  • High Fashion New Media Corporation Ltd v. Leong Ma Li – successfully held the Defendant in contempt of Court.
  • Perrine Chamonix Limited – Star League Limited and Ors – successfully sought costs against the opposite party after stopping its premises being used as vice establishment.
2020
  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution: Litigation – Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global
  • Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution and Private Client – Asialaw Profiles
  • Highly Recommended firm in Private Client litigation – Benchmark Litigation
  • First Tier | Estates, Probate & Succession Litigation Lawyer – Doyle’s Guide
  • Recommended Lawyer for Private Client – Who’s Who Legal
2019
  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution: Litigation – Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global
  • Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution and Private Client – Asialaw Profiles
  • Recognised for his Private Client practice – Global Elite
  • Pro Bono and Community Service Awards – Gold Award – The Law Society of Hong Kong
2018
  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution: Litigation – Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global
  • Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution and Private Client – Asialaw Profiles
2017
  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution: Litigation – Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global
2016
  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution: Litigation – Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global
  • Pro Bono and Community Service Awards – Bronze Award – The Law Society of Hong Kong
2015
  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution: Litigation – Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global
  • Pro Bono and Community Service Awards – Silver Award – The Law Society of Hong Kong
2014
  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution: Litigation – Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global
  • Pro Bono and Community Service Awards – Gold Award – The Law Society of Hong Kong

Alfred has written an extensive number of publications on a wide variety of topics ranging from Probate and Estate Administration to Mediation and Civil Litigation.

Alfred edited Atkin’s Court Forms Hong Kong, Probate Edition 2012 and Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents Will Edition 2013.

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