Jo C.W. Siu 蕭志韻

Professional Qualifications

Quals: MHKIS, ACI Arb

Call: HK (2009)

Practice profile

Jo Siu practises general civil and criminal laws. A significant portion of her civil work relates to land law matters and arbitrations. She has on different occasions acting on her own in a number of civil litigation proceedings and has also assisted as a junior in both civil litigation and arbitration proceedings. She served as a Deputy Adjudicator in the Small Claims Tribunal between 2017 and 2018 and has been appointed as Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal (Building) and as Adjudicator of the Registration of Persons Tribunal since about 2015.

Jo has also served for a short period as a government counsel in the civil litigation team of the Department of Justice of the HKSAR Government, appearing on behalf of the government in tribunal proceedings and advising on a number of land-related and recovery matters. She is also a qualified surveyor in the general practice division and has worked with a renowned developer over valuations, development and management of land and buildings.

Jo has been instructed and/or assisted as a junior both in court and arbitrations, including:

  • Cases concerning different land-related issues including adverse possession, land compensation, IO and tenancy disputes.
  • Company litigations involving misfeasance proceedings and constructive trust.
  • Building appeals concerning unauthorized structures of varying degrees and scopes.
  • Town planning appeals concerning the interpretation of the OZPs and the notes.
  • General civil litigation cases on contract and tort.
  • International arbitrations involving construction projects in South Asia and financial contracts raising key issues such as misrepresentations etc..
  • Local arbitrations appearing on behalf of the HKSAR Government, developers and contractors concerning different types of construction projects, ranging from works for local education institutions to government infrastructure.

Main Areas of Practice

Land Law

  • Adverse Possession
  • Land compensation claims
  • Building Management
  • Building appeals
  • Conveyancing
  • Rating and government rent appeals

Arbitration and Mediation

  • International and local arbitrations
  • Mediation in civil litigation matters

General Civil Work

  • Contract, Tort and Company law matters

Town Planning Law

  • s. 16 appeal, s. 17 review and s.17B appeal

Constitutional Law

  • Judicial review; Non-refoulment Claims

Criminal Law

  • Magistracy and high court proceedings (Prosecution on Fiat – B list)
Teaching Experience

Jo also has a keen interest in teaching and she occasionally organizes some CPD courses. She primarily teaches land law, property law as well as probate in universities:

  • Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong: Property and Probate Practice (2009-Present)
  • Part-time Lecturer, Department of Real Estate & Construction, University of Hong Kong: Property tax law, town planning law, building control, estate agency law and coaching studios on land development and management issues (2008-2010, 2012-2017)
  • Part-time Lecturer, Department of Law & Business, the Hong Kong Shue Yan University: Property
    Law (2010, 2012 & 2014)
Education and Career
  • PCLL, University of Hong Kong
  • LLB, University of London
  • BSc (Surveying), University of Hong Kong (First class honours)
  • Property Surveyor, Swire Properties (2003 – 2007)
Public Duty, Awards and Publications
  • Chairman, Appeal Tribunal (Building) (2015 – Present)
  • Adjudicator, Registration of Persons Tribunal (2015 – Present)
  • University of London Awards for Academic Achievement (LLB External Degree – Overseas Students) (2005 and 2007), the University of British Columbia Alumni Exchange Scholarship & Cathay Pacific Education Scholarship (2001)
  • ‘Planning by Regulations and Private Property Rights: Recent Court Cases on Town Planning Board’s Decisions’, Surveying and Built Environment; Volume 20 Issue No. 1 (2009); 79-101

Jo can speak fluent Cantonese, English and fairly good Putonghua.