Mei Ling Lew is a partner of Mayer Brown. She is experienced in litigation, arbitration and mediation with an emphasis on disputes arising from building construction projects. She also advises on environmental regulatory and compliance issues, non-contentious construction matters, including preparation and drafting of tender and contract documentation. She also has experience in public/administrative law cases. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a Mediator on the General Panel of HKIAC Mediators, a member of the Business Environment Council's Sustainable Living Environment Advisory Group and Circular Economy Advisory Group, and an associate member of The Institute of Quarrying.
- Acting for a blue chip developer in an arbitration with bifurcated hearings in respect of defective pipes and non-compliant concrete in a luxury development in Hong Kong. This arbitration is distinctive for various reasons, including being one of the first hybrid hearings held in Hong Kong-London in early 2020 when COVID-19 first emerged; the formulation and deployment of novel virtual hearing protocols and procedures to ensure a safe, flexible and effective hearing involving, inter alia, 16 expert witnesses giving evidence from various parts of the world in the second hybrid hearing in 2022 when flight bans, 14 days quarantine and washing out in another country were in place.
- Advising a leading tertiary educational institution on highly complex procurement and tendering issues and other issues for a project which is designed as an iconic, state of the art and innovative development, which will be underpinned by and showcasing various innovative features, and with an estimated multi billion budget, against a backdrop of rising cost and time implications.
- Advised a major transport provider in the Commission of Inquiry into the Construction Works at and near the Hung Hom Station Extension under the Shatin to Central Link Project respect to project management issues and worked closely with project management expert.
- Acted for a major PRC state-owned construction company in the Commission of Inquiry on excess lead found in drinking water in public rental housing developments in Hong Kong, including advising on various contractual issues and expert evidence input from various disciplines including health, water quality etc.
- Acted for a public body on the collapse of a building in an arbitration involving novel technical issues which subsequently led to the issue of BD circulars. Also advised the public body in disciplinary proceedings commenced against the Authorised Person for the relevant works which led to the collapse.
- Advised a leading charitable organisation on the collapse of a heritage building including issues related to task force investigation, exposure, if any, to potential prosecution proceedings, potential claims against culpable parties, settlement with one of the parties, etc.
- Acted for a leading Hong Kong charitable organisation in a dispute against a leading professional consultant firm in relation to defective design, negligent project management and supervision of a major site formation project in mediation and arbitration proceedings.
- Advised as part of a multi-jurisdictional team an executor of an estate in Hong Kong in relation to environmental contamination proceedings brought by foreign authorities against the estate in the foreign jurisdiction.
- Acted for a quarry contractor in an arbitration in relation to its claims including loss and expense claims, disruption costs, a loss of profits claim etc. The claim also involved expert evidence input from various disciplines including delay analysis, quantum, geology/construction material/concrete and quarry management. Also advised the quarry contractor in relation to mediation following an agreed stay of the foregoing arbitration, which stay was lifted following the conclusion of the mediation.
- Acted for a specialist piling contractor in a successful High Court proceeding in relation to variation claims made against a main contractor in a Hong Kong Housing Authority project. The claim involved expert evidence input on piling design and quantum issues.
- Acted for a major developer and land owner in a judicial review with respect to Government’s lease policy governing a cruise terminal at a major shopping area in Tsim Sha Tsui.
- Acted for a major developer and land owner in Causeway Bay and Wanchai in judicial reviews with respect to various restrictions (including building height, development potential etc.) imposed in draft Outline Zoning Plans. These proceedings involved expert evidence input from various disciplines including environmental, planning, design/architecture, and valuation.
- Advising public bodies, owners/developers etc. in relation to procurement arrangements including the preparation and review of tender documents and construction contracts for university, hotel, school, residential and office developments and a world class arts hub project.
The Australian National University, LLB
- Hong Kong
- Associate Member of The Institute of Quarrying
- Ordinary Member of the Business Environment Council (BEC) Sustainable Living Environment Advisory Group
- Ordinary Member of the Business Environment Council (BEC) Circular Economy Advisory Group
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
- Recommended - Leading Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Lawyers, Hong Kong – Doyle's Guide (2022)
- Up and Coming - Construction (International Firms), China – Chambers Greater China Region (2022, 2023)
- Leading Individual - Construction, Hong Kong – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2020-2023)