Alfred Ip

Alfred Ip

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Partner | Head of Private Client

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Alfred is the head of the Private Client Group. Alfred assists high net-worth individuals (HNWIs) in handling their family wealth-related issues, such as contentious and non-contentious trust and probate, mental capacity, family office, amongst other wealth management matters.

On non-contentious side, Alfred acts as an administrator in international estate, and is appointed by Court as an administrator in estate disputes. Alfred also advises and assists professional administrators in estate administration.

On the contentious side, Alfred acts for parties in probate actions, seeking reliefs from propounding the Will to removing an executor/administrator. He also seeks Court directions for clients in estate administration, such as disclosure of account and declaratory relief.

With the full spectrum of experience in probate, Alfred can provide practical advice to a client’s estate planning, from a properly drafted will to a complex trust structure, with the aim of avoiding any potential pitfalls. His unique background and experience in probate sets him apart from other estate planning practitioners.

Alfred is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a CEDR accredited Mediator, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Notary Public.

Alfred is ranked by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution. Alfred’s pro bono initiative, “FreeWill” in 2011-2012, won him the Law Society of Hong Kong Gold Award for services to the community in 2012, and he continues to receive pro bono service awards on a yearly basis.
Alfred qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2000 and was made partner in the Dispute Resolution team in 2007.

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

Alfred speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

 

Notable Cases

Oriental Press Group Limited and Others v. Fevaworks Solutions Limited (2013) 16 HKCFAR 366, [2012] 1 HKLRD 848 and [2009] 5 HKLRD 641 — 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.

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

Wong Shu Pui — successfully resisted the application to pass over the administrator of the estate on the ground of the alleged bad character

Lai Suet Ching – appointed by the Court as professional Administrator in an estate related

 

Awards

2017

  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution: Litigation – Chambers Asia-Pacific 

2016

  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution – Chambers Asia-Pacific 

2015

  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution – Chambers Asia-Pacific
  • Pro Bono and Community Service Awards 2015 - Silver Award – The Law Society of Hong Kong 

2014

  • Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution – Chambers Asia-Pacific

 

Interviewees describe Alfred Ip of Oldham, Li & Nie as a "confident lawyer" who is "not afraid to go up against big opponents" and is "very smart and considerate of clients' interests." He has particular experience of litigation relating to guardianships, inheritances and wills. – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

 

“Alfred Ip of Oldham, Li & Nie is known for his contentious probate work, and also acts for clients on disputes concerning wills, inheritances and guardianships.” – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016

 

“Alfred is a contentious probate specialist. Clients respect his advice, reporting that he "uses his legal experience to tell me my options, and the pros and cons, so that I can have a clear picture about the situation and make the right decision." He has acted on a number of high-value contentious probate matters, including cases with allegations of undue influence.” - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015

 

“Alfred receives high praise from a number of satisfied clients. “He guided us through the complex litigation process with clear explanations and an ingenious sense of strategy,” said one. Ip has considerable experience in probate work, both contentious and non-contentious.” - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014

 

“Alfred is commended for his broad-ranging expertise. One client remarked: “He shows genuine interest in knowing more about our industry, so we don’t have to explain ourselves too much. There are a lot of lawyers who are quite conservative in understanding specialist industries, but he goes the extra mile to learning about us.”” - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013