Albert N.B. Wong

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Year of call: 2013 (Hong Kong)

Before practising as a barrister, Albert was a journalist covering law and politics in Hong Kong. He has a broad civil practice with a particular focus on judicial review applications. He has also acted for the Prosecution and the Defence in criminal trials.

Albert was educated at Winchester College and read English at the University of Oxford. He appeared in the judicial review proceedings resulting in the requirement of a judicial warrant before the search of a mobile phone (News section). He represented the “Occupy Trio” in the trial arising from the 2014 Occupy movement and will be appearing in the upcoming appeal. He currently acts for the Hong Kong Journalists Association in an application challenging the police handling of the press during public order incidents (HKJA statement).

He has also represented the Commissioner of Police in resisting a challenge to the constitutionality of the “Letter of No Consent” regime under sections 25(1) and 25A of the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 455) and has acted for Kim Dotcom in Hong Kong (SCMP report).

Albert also has experience in matters relating to extradition, restraint orders, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, contempt of court, and general civil proceedings.



Legal Qualifications:

2012, PCLL, The University of Hong Kong
2011, LLB, Manchester Metropolitan University
2010, G.D.E.H.K.L (“C.P.E.” of England and Wales), Manchester Metropolitan University and HKU SPACE

Academic Qualifications:

2004, Bachelor of Arts, 2:1 (English Language and Literature) University of Oxford, (St. Peter’s College)
2005, Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), The University of Hong Kong (Masters in Journalism), Distinction
2001, Tsinghua University, Beijing (Chinese as a Foreign Language Course)


2009 – 2011, Member of the Executive Committee, Hong Kong Journalists Association

Scholarships, prizes & honourable mentions:

2012, Best Mooter; 1st Counsel of Winning Team, 10th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot.
2009, Best English News Writing, The Hong Kong News Awards.
2009, Special Merit (Features), The 14th Annual Human Rights Press Awards.
2007, Honourable Mention, Public Service Journalism, The Society of Publishers in Asia 2007 Awards for Editorial Excellence.

Languages spoken:

English, Cantonese, Mandarin, French

Cases involved in:

Martin Lee & ors v A Permanent Magistrate & Commissioner of Police (HCAL 1396/2020) See News

Sham Wing Kan v Commissioner of Police [2020] HKCA 186   See News


Hong Kong Journalists Association (“HKJA”) v Commissioner of Police and Secretary for Justice HCAL 2915/2019

Challenge against police handling of press during public order incidents


Secretary for Justice & anor v Persons Unlawfully and Wilfully Conducting Themselves…[2019] 5 HKLRD 500

Variation of the Doxxing Injunction to include a Media exemption


HKSAR v Tai Yiu Ting; Chan Kin Man; Chu Yiu Ting & ors CACC 128/2019

Trial and Appeal of the “Occupy Trio”


Lee Wing Ho v A Magistrate, Another Magistrate and Commissioner of Police HCAL 132/2020

Representing the Applicant challenging the obtaining of a ‘bulk warrant’ singularly granting limitless access to all the digital contents stored in over 50 electronic devices which were seized and taken to 22/F of Police Headquarters.  (See SCMP report)


Re: X STMP 987/2019

Albert N.B. Wong represented the Applicant successfully setting aside a warrant before the same Magistrate who had originally granted it ex parte, authorising the search and seizure of the Applicant’s medical records.


Interush Ltd & Anor v The Commissioner of Police & Ors [2019] HKCA 70, [2019] 1 HKLRD 892

Constitutionality of the Police regime of “Letters of No Consent”


Ho Kar Hei v Director of Information Services [2018] HKCFI 2517

S v Torture Claims Appeal Board / Non-refoulement Claims Petition Office [2018] HKCFI 152

MP v Torture Claims Appeal Board / Non-refoulement Claims Petition Office [2018] HKCFI 151

M v Torture Claims Appeal Board / Non-refoulement Claims Petition Office [2018] HKCFI 24, [2018] 3 HKC 497

The IMC of S.K.H. Tsing Yi Estate Ho Chak Wan Primary School and Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Administrative Appeal No. 4/2017

Secretary for Justice v Cheng Kam Mun (No.3) [2017] 2 HKLRD 768

Secretary for Justice v Cheung Kai Yin (No.2) [2016] 5 HKLRD 370

Secretary for Justice v Cheung Kai Yin (No.1) [2016] 4 HKLRD 367

Secretary for Justice v Li Pang Kay & Another [2016] 2 HKLRD 882

HKSAR v Luk Kin Peter Joseph (2016) 19 HKCFAR 619

HKSAR v MD Emran Hossain (2016) 19 HKCFAR 679

HKSAR v Luk Kin Peter Joseph [2016] 1 HKLRD 378 (CA)

Dr U v The Preliminary Investigation Committee of The Medical Council of Hong Kong & Another [2016] 4 HKLRD 21

Secretary for Justice v Chau Wan Ying & Others [2016] 2 HKLRD 434

Secretary for Justice v Cheung Kim Hung & Apple Daily Ltd [2016] 2 HKLRD 882

Secretary for Justice v Cheng Kam Mun & ors [2015] 5 HKLRD 41

A Solicitor v Law Society of Hong Kong (20/2014) [2015] 2 HKLRD 802

A v The Securities and Futures Commission [2015] 1 HKLRD 47

Re Kim Dotcom and Others HCMP 116/2012 (04/12/2014)

T v Commissioner of Police (2014) 17 HKCFAR 593

T v Commissioner of Police (CA) [2013] 4 HKLRD 384

Dr Q v Health Committee of the Medical Council of Hong Kong [2013] 5 HKC 469


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