Angela Yim is considered a "very good name" in the insurance space. She is especially skilled in handling high-profile personal injury and employees' compensation claims and she frequently acts for major insurers. 
Chambers Asia Pacific (2020)

Overview

Angela Yim is a partner of Mayer Brown. She has experience in all aspects of insurance litigation, including policy interpretation and defence of claims involving contractors' all risks, public liability, employees' compensation, professional indemnity and other specialist insurance policies.

She was named a “Recommended Lawyer” for Insurance (Hong Kong) by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015-2020), Leading Insurance Lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific (2009-2021), "Women in Business Law (Insurance & Reinsurance)" by Expert Guides (2013-2020) , “Leading Lawyer” for Insurance: Contentious (Hong Kong) by PLC Which Lawyer (2011 & 2012), and "most highly recommended in Insurance & Reinsurance" by 2010's Asialaw Leading Lawyers.

Angela is considered a "highly respected litigator who is described as "active, experienced" and a "strong personal injury lawyer" by market sources in the insurance space by Chambers Asia Pacific (2019) and is praised for her "wealth of knowledge“ by Chambers Asia Pacific (2017). A client enthuses that "she is a reliable partner to work with" and highlighted her pragmatic attitude as a major strength as described by Chambers Asia Pacific (2017). Angela is also ranked as Band 1 - Insurance: Contentious (China) by Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 to 2015.She speaks English and Cantonese.

She is admitted in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and Australia, Victoria.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Cantonese

Experience

  • Acting for Financial Institutions Professional Indemnity Insurers arising from claims relating to the sale of Lehman Brothers mini-bonds
  • Acted for a UK insurer in the successful defence of a professional indemnity claim upon its Errors & Omissions Policy, against a major insurance broker
  • Represented Essar Insurance Services Ltd., the claims managers to the solicitors' professional indemnity insurers, in numerous claims, including acting for two firms of solicitors who acted for vendors in relation to the Laguna Verde project. The plaintiffs' claims were ultimately stayed due to instigation of our security for costs interlocutory application
  • Represented Hong Kong Towngas and its global insurer in the April 2006 Kowloon gas explosion which injured seven persons and killed two
  • Represented Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1933) Ltd. in a much-publicised bus accident in 2003, known as the Tuen Mun Highway disaster, resulting in numerous fatalities and personal injuries
  • Helped conduct a defence of claim against an owner of the property in the notorious Tokwawan case where a large canopy of the property collapsed resulting in multiple injuries to victims. Successfully negotiated a settlement with one of the lowest apportionment of liability amongst 15 defendants and 11 third parties
  • Negotiated with an insurer in achieving a favourable settlement on a multimillion-dollar claim by an employee who contracted a unique skin condition allegedly from exposure to welding light and fumes in his capacity as a welder
  • Represented a Lloyd's Syndicate (UK) with respect to defending a personal injury claim arising out of a small gas explosion incident, resulting in a very favourable outcome for Lloyd's
  • Defended a number of personal injury claims successfully, including Cheang Kam Ian v. Hong Kong Prime Printing Co. Ltd. (HCPI 143 or 1998) (decision of Suffiad J. on 13 January 2000) on the defence of (novus actus interveniens)
  • Represented a global insurer in respect of defending a claim on its Group Accident Policy and successfully preventing a challenge to the policy wording
  • Acting for a number of Life Insurance companies in respect of policy coverage issues, with respect to statutory trusts related issues
  • Advised life insurer on intended civil action against a former insurance agent suspected of misappropriating life policy premiums. Conducted detailed analysis on the possible courses of action (civil and criminal), including the prospects of success of application for injunction and disclosure orders, resulting in settlements for life insurer and its affected customers
  • Advised life insurer on liability arising from potential breaches of the Code of Practice for the Administration of Insurance Agents committed by its agents and defending disciplinary proceedings instituted by the Insurance Agents Registration Board ("IARB")
  • Defended life insurer against allegations by competitor of poaching of agents incentivised by "above industry benchmark signing-on fees ", and successfully refuted such claims and averted intended legal proceedings
  • Advised various insurers and strategised on policy indemnity and claims management issues with respect to claims under a number of business interruption policies following the 2003 SARS outbreak
  • Advised a number of insurers on the Aberdeen Albert House cases and the implications on their home insurance policies

Education

The University of Melbourne, LLB

Admissions

  • Hong Kong
  • England and Wales
  • Australia, Victoria

Activities

  • Law Society of Hong Kong, Insurance Law, Committee Member
  • Law Society of England & Wales, Member
  • Victorian Law Institute, Australia, Member
  • Chinese Underwriters Club, Member
  • Hong Kong Insurers Club, Member
  • HKFI General Insurance Council Legal Working Group, Legal Adviser
  • The Employees' Compensation Insurance Residual Scheme, Honorary Legal Adviser
  • Lecturer in LLM in Hong Kong University on Insurance Law "The Principle of Indemnity" and "Rights of Subrogation" in the years 2000 and 2001
  • Angela Yim is considered a "very good name" in the insurance space. She is especially skilled in handling high-profile personal injury and employees' compensation claims and she frequently acts for major insurers. – Chambers Asia Pacific (2020)
  • "has expertise in handling warranty and indemnity insurance disputes." – Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2020)
  • Head of Department Angela Yim is described by market sources as "very knowledgeable and assertive" and is well known in the market for her broad activity in the insurance litigation practice. Her scope of work includes advising on employees' compensation claims and public liability, and she is also well placed to handle policy interpretation. – Chambers Asia Pacific (2018)
  • A client enthuses that "she is a reliable partner to work with" and highlighted her pragmatic attitude as a major strengthChambers Asia Pacific (2017)
  • Expert – Best of the Best, Hong Kong – Expert Guides (2019,2020)
  • Angela Yim and Sara Or lead the “prompt, pro-active and commercial” team at Mayer Brown, according to The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019)
  • Leading Lawyer - Insurance: Contentious (International Firms), China – Chambers Asia Pacific (2011-2021)
  • Expert – Expert Guides: Women in Business Law (2015-2020)
  • Women in Business Law (Insurance & Reinsurance) – Expert Guides (2014-2020)
  • "highly respected litigator who is described as "active, experienced" and a "strong personal injury lawyer" by market sources. She has an impressive track record handling employees' compensation, public liability and professional indemnity claims." – Chambers Asia Pacific (2019)
  • "good at handling complicated cases" – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2013)
  • "very tough and capable litigator. She is a veteran when it comes to handling these cases - she knows which are key issues to target, what to do and when to push." – Chambers Asia Pacific (2013)
  • "earns praise for providing advice that is 'sensitive to the demands of the market'" – Chambers Asia Pacific (2012)
  • "very professional", "good at handling complicated cases" – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2012)
  • "highly praised for protecting clients interests as well as reputations" – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2010, 2011)