Emily Ho Mei Li


Emily is a commercial litigator. She has been active in fraud and asset recovery matters, international arbitration, and commercial disputes.

In fraud and asset recovery, she has experience assisting in multi-jurisdictional civil fraud matters. In arbitration, she has experience in high-value arbitrations under the HKIAC Rules and LCIA Rules. Domestically, she has assisted in proceedings to set aside arbitration awards.

In commercial litigation, Emily has assisted in a range of actions at various levels of the court system, including actions in breach of fiduciary duty and defamation.

Emily graduated from the University of Cambridge (BA in Law) in 2020 and from Harvard Law School (LLM) in 2022, receiving various prizes for academic performance. Through her studies, she has gained expertise in a wide range of legal disciplines including public law, international trade law, and international arbitration, from a US, English, and comparative perspective. She is a Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn).

Key Practice Areas

Fraud and Asset Recovery
  • Assisting in various multi-jurisdictional asset recovery matters on behalf of a sovereign wealth fund, through means of onshore and offshore civil recovery actions, mutual assistance, and international arbitration.
Commerical Litigation
  • Assisted counsel in a claim of breach of fiduciary duty and duties under the Companies Act by senior management of a company (as a pupil).
  • Assisted counsel in appeals in the Court of Appeal involving defamation and contempt of court (as a pupil).
  • Assisted counsel in an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the setting aside of a Power of Attorney on grounds of fraud (as a pupil).
  • Acted as junior counsel in a housing developer’s appeal in the Federal Court in respect of a judicial review of a decision of the Tribunal for Homebuyers’ Claims, with wide impact on the housing development industry.
  • Acting as junior counsel in statutory derivative actions by a minority shareholder.
International Arbitration
  • Acting as junior counsel in an appeal against the dismissal of an application to set aside one of the largest ever arbitration awards in Malaysia.
  • Acting as junior counsel for a Singapore consultancy firm in a contractual dispute against a listed South Korean company (under the HKIAC Rules).
Qualifications and Professional Affiliations

  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (2023)
  • Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn) (2022)
  • LL.M., Harvard Law School (2022) (Dean’s Scholar)
  • B.A. in Law, University of Cambridge (2020) (Triple 1st class)


  • Dean’s Scholar Prizes, Harvard Law School (in International Trade Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and International Human Rights) (2022).
  • De Hart Prize in Law, Christ’s College Cambridge (awarded in 2018, 2019, and 2020).
  • Rebecca Flower Squire Scholarship, University of Cambridge (awarded in 2018 and 2019).
  • Christ’s College Scholarship, Christ’s College Cambridge (awarded in 2018 and 2019).
  • Dean’s Postgraduate Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Nottingham Law School (2020).


  • Research panellist, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva).
Publications and Talks

Selected articles and talks

  • “Uprooting the Invasive Ivey: Reversing the Effect of Ivey v. Genting Casinos Ltd on the Definition of Dishonest Appropriation in the English Law of Theft”.
  • (2019) Trinity College Law Review Volume XXII.
  • “Marking the Internal and External Limits of Discrimination Law in Lee v. Ashers Baking Company” (2021) Cambridge Law Review Volume VII.
  • “How To Improve Whistleblower Protection in Malaysia” (2022) GAB The Global Anticorruption Blog.

Presented the following talks

  • “Defending Constitutional Supremacy through the Basic Structure Doctrine” (24–25 November 2022) NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies.