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Ming-Yee Shiu



Ming-Yee Shiu is an experienced junior barrister specialising in company and insolvency, commercial litigation and employment law. She has extensive experience of High Court injunctions, including applications for search orders, freezing injunctions and other forms of interim relief. She is often instructed in cases involving breach of directors’ duties, shareholder disputes, including unfair prejudice petitions and derivative actions, commercial fraud and breaches of restrictive covenants.

Ming-Yee has in-depth knowledge and experience of cases involving the interaction of employment and commercial issues. She is accustomed to acting as sole counsel or with leading counsel in complex and sensitive litigation requiring specialist expertise. She combines technical expertise with a commercial and solutions based approach to disputes. 

Ming-Yee is recommended as a leading junior in Chambers UK 2015 and the Legal 500 in employment. Recent comments include: 

  • "praised for her knowledge of the law and for her efficacy as an advocate” 
  • "recommended for her work on restrictive covenants and injunctions” 
  • "an impressive junior barrister who has expertise in handling cases that straddle both employment and commercial law” 
  • "very client-focused and very reliable” 
  • "frequently instructed in discrimination matters and cases with a commercial law element” 
  • "impresses with her careful analysis and persuasive advocacy” 
  • "an assured and knowledgeable performer with a quiet, confident delivery
  • "wins market approval


    Company & Insolvency

Notable cases include:
  • Pyrrho Investment Limited v MWB Property Limited and four others (2014), High Court, Chancery Division (led by Clive Freedman QC in high value claim of breach of fiduciary duties against former directors of a property company, involving accounting and competition issues.)
  • H v L Limited (2014) (acting on behalf of the founder and minority shareholder of a multi-million pound insurance claims company being threatened with the compulsory transfer of his shares)
  • Cant v Brady (2012-2014) (acting for director and shareholder in long-running dispute involving a quasi-partnership, injunctive relief, unfair prejudice proceedings and contempt proceedings. Led in part by Ed Pepperall QC)
  • Midlands Regen Ltd v Collyer and others (2012), High Court, Chancery Division (acting for two Part 20 defendant directors in a claim arising out of an £8 million development in Birmingham.)
  • Rayment v Remnart Agencies Ltd (In Liquidation) (2011), High Court, Companies Court (handling of claims against insurer of financial adviser in liquidation)
  • Re P & O plc [2007] Bus LR 554, High Court, Chancery Division (part of 2tg team opposing £4bn scheme of arrangement under Companies Act 1985)
  • Raffles Town Club v Lim (2006) (led by Michael Black QC in relation to appeal in Singapore regarding piercing the corpo- rate veil, ratification and breach of directors’ duties)

    Commercial Litigation & Fraud

Notable cases include:
  • (1) KLH UK (2) KLH Massivholz v Weiss and others (2014), High Court, Commercial Court (acting for the claimants in a claim of breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract and conspiracy to injure by unlawful means against the former managing director and other senior managers of an international manufacturer in the timber industry.)
  • Fundicion Nodular SA v Orchard Development Holdings plc (2012), High Court, Chancery Division (appeal against registration of foreign judgment for €4 million against parent company in United Kingdom arising out of property development in Spain.)
  • Kar Oil v Frion Ltd & Others (2011), High Court, Chancery Division (defending $10 million claim for breach of contract and conspiracy)
  • Industrial Speciality Lubricants Ltd v Rosenzweig (2011), High Court, Chancery Division (claim of conspiracy and breach of contract against sales agent; applications for search order and to use documents in Texas proceedings)
  • Exception Var Ltd v Goff and others (2010), High Court, Chancery Division (led by Paul Downes QC in relation to management team move to competitor. Acting without leader, successfully opposed application by Defendant to set aside search order on day of search)
  • Re New York Hedge Fund (2010) (advising on the availability of a freezing injunction as ancillary relief in support of proceedings in New York)
  • H v M & C (2010), High Court (defending application to commit for contempt of court relating to alleged breach of freezing injunction)
  • Halcyon International Group Ltd t/a PPLS International v Hughes (2009), High Court, Chancery Division (successful application for search order and interim injunction; proceedings for breach of confidence, infringement of database rights, breach of contract and breach of copyright)
  • Titan Europe plc v Passini and others (2008), High Court, QBD, Commercial Court (led by Paul Downes QC in multi-million pound claim for breach of restrictive covenants in a director’s service agreement and share sale agreement in an Italian company)


 Notable cases include:
  • Lu v Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (2014), High Court, Queen’s Bench Division (led by Damian Brown QC in sensitive and high profile dispute between consultant cardiac surgeon and his employer)
  • BFCA v Butt & Ors (2013), High Court and Court of Appeal (acted on behalf of claimant accountancy firm in application for urgent injunctive relief against departing employees) 
  • Mitra v Montpelier Professional Limited (2013), Employment Appeal Tribunal (acted for respondent employer in appeal relating to the test for age discrimination)
  • A S Ltd v (1) A and (2) E Ltd [2012], High Court, Chancery Division (ongoing - advising software company and preparing application for delivery up and disclosure orders and interim injunctions against former employee and new employer in relation to misappropriation and misuse of customer database)
  • Palmer v East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust [2010-2012], Employment Tribunal (acting for employer in £1.5 million claim for age discrimination brought by consultant surgeon)
  • Bowers v University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust [2011-2012], Employment Tribunal (acting for employer in 3 week hearing of claim by nurse alleging 5 year campaign of race discrimination, victimisation and whistleblowing)
  • W (a firm) v J [2011] (advising law firm in respect of restrictive covenants in limited liability partnership agreement following departure of a senior partner)
  • Lipscombe v The Forestry Commission [2011], High Court, QBD (defending claim of breach of contract by former employee in relation to early retirement scheme)
  • Stone Computers Ltd v Ward &Ors [2010], High Court, Chancery Division (led by Paul Downes QC in applications for injunctive relief including delivery up and disclosure orders, interim injunctions and a springboard injunction in proceedings for breach of confidence, conspiracy, breach of contract and breach of copyright against former employees)
  • Quadrant Catering Ltd v Smith [2010], EAT/0362/10, Employment Appeal Tribunal (defending appeal by employer relating to test for unfair dismissal)

    Insurance & Reinsurance

Ming-Yee advises and acts in relation to all aspects of insurance and reinsurance disputes including misrepresentation, non-disclosure, fraud and subrogation arising out of property, professional indemnity, directors and officers and public liability policies. She has particular experience of issues of jurisdiction and choice of law.

    Professional Negligence

In the field of professional negligence, Ming-Yee is equally accustomed to dealing with multi-million pound cases involving multiple losses and claims by individuals against their professional advisers, including surveyors, accountants, brokers, financial advisers and solicitors.

Ming-Yee has significant experience of cases involving related complaints to the Financial Ombudsman. She has been instructed in relation to professional negligence, insurance and insolvency issues arising out of the failure of Lehman Brothers as the counterparty to a range of structured investments giving rise to multiple claims (Re Arc Capital and Income PLC (in administration)).

    Professional Background

  • First Class degree, Law, St John's College, University of Cambridge
  • Called to the New York Bar
  • Memberships include: COMBAR, ChBA, ELBA, ELA, LCLCBA and PNBA
  • Regularly delivers in-house seminars