Hin Han Shum is a senior associate and solicitor advocate, able to be heard in the High Court and Court of Final Appeal. She has conducted various litigation cases and has represented clients in interlocutory applications in the District Court and High Court. She is heavily involved in the commercial practice and has experience in mergers and acquisitions and contract drafting. With a special interest in legal compliance on the use of technological tools, Hin Han often advises clients on data privacy laws, drafts privacy policies and website terms, and provides practical solutions to clients in relation to cybersecurity incidents.
Having previously served as solicitor in various civil litigation proceedings and qualified as an accredited general mediator, Hin Han is familiar with the common fundamental issues leading to disputes and aims to prevent those risks at the contract preparation stage. She sits on the Steering Committee on Mediation under the Department of Justice and is also admitted as an associate member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators.
She has been seconded to an international securities firm and international telecommunications companies, to assist their in-house legal teams with day-to-day operations and major legal transactions. These experiences have allowed her to develop a pragmatic approach to solve business operation issues.
Hin Han has experience with handling a range of criminal cases, including white-collar investigations. She is also qualified as a prosecutor on fiat for the Department of Justice.
She has been appointed as a Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal Panel (the Buildings Ordinance) since 1 December 2021 and sits on Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Boards and the Council on Human Reproductive Technology.
Hin Han is currently an Officer of the International Bar Association (IBA) Online Services Committee, IBA Professional Ethics Committee, the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee and the IBA Young Lawyer’s Committee. She also sits on the Council of the Law Society of Hong Kong and serves as a member of various committees, including the Standing Committee on External Affairs, Anti-Money Laundering Committee, Arbitration Committee and Mediation Committee.
Hin Han publishes widely on topics including data privacy, cybercrime, blockchain, artificial intelligence, technology, anti-money laundering rules, and labour and discrimination matters. She has also authored data privacy practical guidance content for LexisNexis, and has contributed to the Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong: Business Registration Ordinance (Cap 310) (third and fourth editions, published by LexisNexis Hong Kong), and to the Butterworths Hong Kong Partnership Law Handbook (second and third editions, published by LexisNexis Hong Kong).
She is often invited to speak at international conferences and discussions on such topics as data privacy and blockchain, artificial intelligence in businesses, and family law. She is currently a part-time risk management tutor for Hong Kong lawyers
Apart from work engagements, she enjoys contributing to the community and has been awarded the 4th Leadership Bauhinia Award, the Gold Award of the Hong Kong Law Society Pro Bono Community Work Recognition and the Professional Volunteers Accreditation Recognition Programme Leadership Award and the Gold Award.