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Hilary was formerly a Hong Kong based partner of a US law firm, she has over 30 years’ experience in Hong Kong and Asia acting on the acquisition, funding, development and disposal of infrastructure, commercial and investment properties. These include theme parks and resorts, container terminals, chemical tank and water treatment facilities, power plants, wind farms, receiving terminals, industrial plants, retail parks and malls, high tech industrial estates, data centres and commercial and residential developments.

Hilary regularly advises with regard to land grants, projects, concession arrangements, environmental and planning issues and other regulatory issues. She also has substantial experience in occupational leasing, rent and rating valuation.

Hilary’s experience encompasses many jurisdictions in Asia including, in particular, the PRC, Singapore and India. She has been involved in analysing real estate systems, title and regulatory risk in the PRC, India, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Korea. She also has broad experience in the United Kingdom.

Hilary is particularly respected in the development and planning field and is also recognised as one of the leading Asian landlord and tenant lawyers. She regularly writes and lectures on a broad range of Asian real estate subjects.

Hilary qualified in England & Wales in 1985 and was admitted in Hong Kong in 1987. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Hong Kong Housing Society and the British Chamber of Commerce Policy Committee.  She is a Ranked Lawyer (Band 3) in Chambers Asia Pacific for Real Estate: Hong Kong-based (International Firms) – China.

Contact details
T 2810 7227
M 9432 8259
hilary.cordell@cordells.com.hk

Carole has substantial experience acting across a wide spectrum of commercial real estate transactions and has particular expertise in occupational leasing, rent review and data centre transactions. She acts on property finance transactions for both lenders and borrowers and also advises on the real estate aspects of complex corporate deals.

Carole also specialises in large development projects including theme parks and resorts, container terminals, data centres and commercial and residential developments.  She has particular experience dealing with land grant limitations and modifications, planning requirements, change of use and other construction matters.

Carole’s experience covers many jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Macau and England.

Carole was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2010 and in Hong Kong in 2016.

Contact details
T 2810 7227
carole.hutchison@cordells.com.hk

Alice has in-depth experience in respect of the property-related aspects of regional acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures.  She acts for various financial institutions in relation to the creation of security over properties, including commercial buildings, industrial premises and hotels.  She is also experienced in representing major investment banks and corporations in preparing and negotiating commercial leases and other landlord and tenant related documentation.  She has particular experience in rent review valuation disputes.

Alice has handled a wide range of sale and purchase, mortgage and re-finance transactions and has particular experience in the review of title to properties in Hong Kong and providing advice on defective title issues.

Alice speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Alice was admitted to practice in Hong Kong in 2007 and in England & Wales in 2008.

Contact details
T 2810 7227
alice.yau@cordells.com.hk

Yvonne has been in private practice for over 15 years, specialising in building and construction law, primarily acting for contractors and subcontractors.  Her experience covers all facets of building, construction, engineering and infrastructure in Hong Kong as well as the PRC and UK in respect of a range of issues including claims for variations, loss and expense, delay, prolongation, acceleration, disruption, defects and workmanship, both in litigation and arbitration. Yvonne has been involved in cases involving pay-when-paid clauses, monetary entitlements due to unforeseen site conditions, an arbitrator’s powers to open up, review and revise interim/final payment certificates, the appointment of replacement architects, wrongful termination of contracts and validity of performance bonds.

Yvonne also has experience in general commercial disputes, insolvency law, employment law, safety and environmental summonses.

Yvonne holds a Masters degree in Construction Law from the University of Reading, Master of Science in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from King’s College London, and is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Yvonne was admitted in Hong Kong in 1997 and qualified in England & Wales in 1998.

Contact details
T 2810 7227
M 9120 0978
yvonne.lau@cordells.com.hk