Esther Lai has extensive experience in arbitration for insurance disputes, insurance related claims and litigation including personal injuries and fatal cases, negligence claims, contractor all risks claims, careless driving, industrial summonses and death inquests. She has handled various high profile cases in Hong Kong including a tragic traffic cases, claims for catastrophic injuries and SARS EC cases.
Prior to joining Munros, she practised with various law firms in Hong Kong, including a long-established leading insurance practice law firm in Hong Kong, for more than 21 years where she focuses on insurance litigation and insurance policy advisory matters.
She obtained her law degree in Hong Kong in 1987 and was admitted in 1990. She was previously a part-time guest speaker at the Faulty of Law, City Polytechnic (now known as City University), Deputy Presiding Officer at Labour Tribunal and is a qualified mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) of the UK and of Law Society of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited. She is also ranked a Leading Lawyer in Insurance by Asia Pacific Legal 500. She speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
1988: Articled clerk with Messrs Gallant Ho (Now known as Gallant)
1990: Admitted as a Solicitor and continued to work as an assistant solicitor with Messrs Gallant Ho
1992: Assistant solicitor with Messrs Tsang, Chan & Wong
1996: Assistant solicitor with Deacons, Litigation Department; doing principally insurance litigation
2002: Partner with Deacons specialising in insurance and personal injury litigation
2009 - present: CEDR Accredited Mediator
2009 - present: HK Law Society Accredited Mediator
2013-present: HKMAAL Accredited Mediator
2018: Partner with Kwok Yih & Chan specialising in insurance and personal injury litigation and advisory
2020: Partner with Munros specialising in insurance and personal injury litigation
Date Admitted: September, 1990
Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese