Partner, Hugill & Ip
Carmen has been practicing law in Hong Kong for over 15 years, during which she has worked in both the private and public sectors, including the government and the Law Society.
Qualifying in Hong Kong in 2004 and England and Wales in 2007, she started her legal career working as a commercial litigator where she advised and acted in a wide range of disputes, including those relating to the financial services sector.
Carmen’s skills as a litigator led to a call from the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data and, in 2010, she was appointed Legal Counsel with responsibility for providing legal advice on personal data protection issues arising from complaints or compliance checks. She also advised government organisations on data privacy issues, vetted proposed legislations, and handled appeal cases on the Privacy Commissioner’s behalf.
She expanded her legal expertise further in 2012 when she became Investigation Counsel for the Law Society of Hong Kong, leading probes into alleged professional misconduct cases for the Compliance Department. The role also included leading inspection and intervention exercises and assisting prosecutors in running disciplinary proceedings.
After five years as regulatory counsel, in 2017 Carmen returned to private practice as a Senior Associate – then Partner – in both Dispute Resolution and Data Privacy.
Carmen has recently advised and acted on various litigation and probate matters, including shareholders’ disputes, inheritance and dependants claims – including contentious probate actions, revocation of grants of representations and succession entitlement under interest. She also regularly advises organisations on all aspects of data protection compliance, and provides opinions on legal malpractice and professional ethics issues.
Carmen is a CEDR accredited Mediator and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She has recently been credited as Certified Information Privacy Professional / Asia (CIPP/A) and Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe (CIPP/E). On 5 October 2020 she has been appointed as a Practising Solicitor Member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Panel.
She has received the pro-bono award from The Hong Kong Law Society for her service to the community.
Carmen is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.