Desmond Lee


Direct +852 2803 3790
Mobile +852 6822 7635
Fax +852 2803 3618
Email [email protected]

Jurisdictions England & Wales
Hong Kong
Australia (Victoria)
Languages English, Cantonese, Mandarin


Desmond is one of our partners specialising in contentious regulatory and compliance matters as well as complex cross-border commercial and shareholders’ disputes.  Desmond regularly advises and represents financial institutions, multinational corporations, state-owned enterprises, start-ups and private clients. 


In particular, Desmond is experienced in representing clients on complex investigations by law enforcement agencies and market regulators in Hong Kong and abroad, such as the SFC and ICAC.  He also represents clients across a range of commercial litigations in court and arbitration including cross-border commercial / trade disputes, corporate restructuring/insolvency, debt and asset recovery, disputes relating to financial products, investors/shareholders’ disputes, and fraud/white-collar crimes.   


Desmond is well regarded in Hong Kong and is tri-qualified in Hong Kong, England & Wales and Victoria, Australia.  He is proficient in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.


2021 Howse Williams
2016 Dentons Hong Kong
2007 Allen & Overy, Hong Kong


2007 Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL), The University of Hong Kong,
2006 Postgraduate Diplomas in Legal Practice (Merit), Monash University, Melbourne
2005 LLB (2:1 Hons), Monash University, Melbourne
1998 Bachelor of Business Systems, Monash University, Melbourne

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

2019 Civil Celebrant of Marriages, Hong Kong
2011 Solicitor, England & Wales
2009 Solicitor, Hong Kong
2006 Lawyer, Australia (Victoria)

Member, Law Society of Hong Kong
Member, Law Society of England and Wales