Practice overview

Ernest joined Chambers in October 2023 on successful completion of his pupillage.

His pupil supervisors were Thomas Robinson, Tom Roscoe, Jonathan Chew, Simon Atkinson and Harriet Holmes. During pupillage, he gained experience across the range of Chambers’ work and he is now building a broad commercial chancery practice. He is happy to be instructed as a sole counsel or as part of a team.

Before joining Wilberforce, Ernest received a first-class degree in Jurisprudence, with various academic awards, and proceeded to complete the BCL with Distinction. Ernest is a seasoned mooter and has represented the university in various national and international moots.

Ernest also tutored the Property II module (trusts and land) at LSE. His academic writing has been published in peer-reviewed law journals and, during pupillage, he was invited to give a seminar on cross-border legal issues at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Ernest is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. In his free time, Ernest is learning Modern Standard Arabic.

Ernest's expertise

Ernest’s Experience

During his pupillage, Ernest was involved in and/or assisted in the following notable cases:

  • Mad Atelier International BV v Axel Manes & Anor (DIFC), resisting the enforcement of an English judgment in the DIFC (with Jonathan Chew)
  • Al-Rawi v Sidawi & Ors [2023] EWHC 1415 (Ch), a dispute over the share of profit in the acquisition, redevelopment and disposal of four prime real estate properties (with Simon Atkinson)
  • Say Chong Lim & Ors v Chee Kong Ong & Ors [2023] EWHC 321 (Ch), acting for the claimants in a wide-ranging commercial fraud proceedings, including obtaining ex parte freezing and quia timet injunctions (with James Bailey KC and James Goodwin)
  • Re Lehman Brothers (Waterfall III) [2021] EWCA Civ 1523, involving the proper construction of a subordination agreement (with Lexa Hilliard KC and Tom Roscoe)
  • A two-day hearing in the Court of Appeal of the Isle of Man on the ranking of liquidation expenses, liquidator’s power to create security, and the legality of a subordination agreement (with Thomas Robinson)
  • Acting for a HNW client in opposing a beneficiary’s challenge to the trustee’s exercise of powers of appointment for inadequate deliberation in a Guernsey trust (with Brian Green KC and Tom Roscoe)
  • Adjoin Ltd v Fortytwo House SarL [2022] EWHC 2710 (Ch), a right to light dispute relating to a new development in the City (with John McGhee KC and Harriet Holmes)
  • Acting for the landlord and owner of the Centre Point site in relation to a multimillion-pound scheme of works to replace the façade of the residential flats on that site (with Martin Hutchings KC and Harriet Holmes)
  • Advising on the potential use of the court’s inherent power to remove a bilateral restriction on the register on an interim basis so as to ensure timely completion of a sales contract (with Jonathan Chew)

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    A Tale of Two Forums – the decision in Grosskopf v Grosskopf [2024] EWHC 291 (Ch)

    Article by Ernest Leung, 19th March 2024 To read or download this article as a PDF, please click here. 1. The decision by Master Clark on 16 February 2024 in Grosskopf v Grosskopf (two members of Wilberforce Chambers: Fenner Moeran KC... Read more

    By Ernest Leung
    Friday 26 April 2024

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    A Nigerian tragedy: how to set aside a US$11 billion arbitral award

    John Grocott-Barrett and Ernest Leung have written an article for TL4’s FIRE Starters magazine on ‘A Nigerian tragedy: how to set aside a US$11 billion arbitral award’, where they analyse Federal Republic of Nigeria v Process and Industrial Developments Limited.... Read more

    By John Grocott-Barrett | Ernest Leung
    Monday 4 March 2024

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    Events / Webinars

    Wilberforce Insolvency Conference & Dinner 2024

    Thursday 1st February 2024 | 12.30pm - 5.55pm, followed by drinks and dinner
    The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, London

    £130 - £185 + VAT | 4 CPD

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    Wilberforce Trusts Litigation Day 2024

    Monday 29th January 2024 | 9am - 5.35pm, followed by drinks and dinner
    InterContinental Park Lane, London

    £299 - £360 + VAT | 5.5 CPD

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Ernest's Details

Registered name: Mr Lok Hang Leung
VAT number: 452 5088 92

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Qualifications and Appointments

    • BCL, St Catherine’s College Oxford (Dist.)
    • BA Jurisprudence, Hertford College Oxford (First)
    • BPC, ULaw Bloomsbury (Very Competent)
    • Guest Teacher for Property II, London School of Economics
    • Oxford Language Centre Arabic (Stage 3-4: Intermediate)

     

    Awards

    • White & Case Company Law Prize
    • Award from Hertford College for outstanding academic performance
    • Book Prize, St Catherine’s College
    • Winner of the Blackstone Human Rights Moot 2020
    • Winner of the ELSA Commoot 2019
    • Winner of the Oxford Hong Kong Mooting Competition 2019
    • Centaline Scholarship for the Peking University Faculty of Law Credit-bearing Summer Programme

     

Publications

  • Ernest Leung and Iona Branford, ‘The Sound (or lack thereof) of Silence: Barton v Gwyn-Jones’ [2023] JBL 488
  • Ernest Leung and Alvin Cheung, ‘To Stay or Not to Stay – Asking the Right Questions: Re Guy Kwok Hung Lam’ [2022] JBL 653
  • Jeremy Lam and Ernest Leung, ‘Damages for Wrongful Allotment of Shares: Lessons from Hong Kong – Ge Qingfu v L&A International Holdings Ltd’ [2021] JBL 414
  • ‘The Approach to Dismissing Insolvency Proceedings in Favour of the Parties’ Agreed Forum’ (17 February 2023), Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Cross-Border Legal Issues Dialogue
  • Ernest is currently contributing to Wilberforce Chambers’ ‘Rules of the DIFC Courts’
  • Associate Editor, Oxford University Undergraduate Law Journal

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