Law firm specializing in judicial reviews, refugee and immigration law, human rights law and international public law

Daly & Associates was founded on 1 April 2013. The firm is a continuation of its predecessor, Barnes & Daly. We are a specialised firm dedicated to work in the areas of administrative law, immigration law, refugee law, human rights law, international public law and family law. We are committed to upholding the cause of justice, human rights and the rule of law in Hong Kong. In order to remain true to the principles we hold onto, we will take on worthy cases on a pro bono basis.

Mark Daly | Principal

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Daly & Associates (formerly Barnes & Daly) has litigated the major test cases in the area of human rights/refugee rights in Hong Kong, resulting in the Hong Kong Government setting up a Unified Screening Mechanism (“USM”) for non-refoulement claims in 2014 and trying human rights cases in Hong Kong’s highest court, the Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”), which included:Sakthevel Prabakar v Secretary for Security (FACV 16 of 2003, Judgment 8th June 2004)—refugees, the UNHCR and the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). C & Ors v The Director of Immigration & Anor, UNHCR Intervener (FACV 18-20 of 2011, Judgment 25th March 2013)-the principleRead more

Karen McClellan | Associate

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Karen graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario in 2006. During law school, Karen engaged in pro bono work with Amnesty International and FCJ Hamilton House Refugee Project (a Toronto non-profit organization). Karen was called to the Bar in June 2007. After completing her articles at the Community Legal Clinic - Simcoe, Haliburton & Kawartha Lakes, Karen continued at the Clinic where she provided legal services to low income members of the community on employment law, housing law, wills and estates and in human rights matters in both court and tribunal proceedings.From 2007 until early 2010, Karen directed theRead more

Aaron Chan | Associate

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Aaron Chan is one of the few members in our firm’s history who was born, educated and legally trained in Hong Kong. Having completed his two-year traineeship with us, he will be admitted as a solicitor of Hong Kong in March 2018, and would stay in our Firm as an Associate. Aaron’s local upbringing is the reason for his vast interests in local events. He shares the same ambition as the Firm, which is to do more in safeguarding and promoting the rights of Hongkongers in the midst of doubts about Hong Kong’s judicial independence and human rights protection. Aaron has beenRead more

Eriko Lau | Trainee Solicitor

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Eriko did the Bachelor of Laws and PCLL at the University of Hong Kong and joined the firm in 2017. She is currently doing part-time Master of Laws in Human Rights at HKU. During her undergraduate years, she took part in the Clinical Legal Education programme held by HKU. There she realized lawyers hold a special position to help the vulnerable and underprivileged in the society.  Since then, she was determined to become a human rights lawyer to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.Prior to joining the firm, she had the opportunity to conduct a research projectRead more

Carol Tong Thi Xuan | Senior Paralegal

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Xuan is the longest serving employee of Daly & Associates.  She was born in Vietnam but came to Hong Kong on a refugee boat in 1988.  Once upon Hong Kong shores, Xuan was detained for over 8 years.  During her time in detention, she learnt to speak fluent Cantonese and English.  It was also whilst she was detained that she translated documents for her fellow Vietnamese detainees and worked for NGOs such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and International Social Services.Upon release from detention, Xuan was hand picked by Pam Baker to join her firm. Whilst working in the law firm,Read more

Sumera Farooq | Legal Clerk

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Sumera is a legal clerk and joined the firm in March 2010.  She was born in Pakistan and moved to Hong Kong when she was four years old.  Sumera speaks fluent English, Urdu, Cantonese and Hindi.  Her interest in law is with the rights of women and the family unit.  She firmly believes that who lack financial support or lack literacy skills should be given the opportunity to obtain legal support.  Sumera has two children and spends her free time reading and enjoying her family.

Henry Ambelang | Paralegal

Manisha Wijesinghe | Paralegal

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Formative education in Sri Lankaand then did Bachelor of Laws Degree at the Open University of Colombo (2012).Came to Hong Kong to do Master of Laws (Human Rights) – passed with distinction in 2014. Previous experience working on children’s rights and migrant worker rights; and is interested in further working in those areas of law. She is very interested in anti-discrimination rights with a focus on disability discrimination.She believes in the importance of equal access to justice and in providing at least basic knowledge of laws and rights to all persons and has participated in street law and youth mentor trainingRead more

Queenie Chu | Office Administrator

Roshan Melwani | Paralegal

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Roshan Melwani was born and raised in Hong Kong. While growing up here, he has been regularly involved in local volunteering projects and has received a Community Service Award from the Hong Kong Government. At 16, he obtained a scholarship to study at the United World College in Maastricht, Netherlands. During these formative years, Roshan discovered his passion for human rights work and has since actively campaigned for Amnesty International. He proceeded to read law at the London School of Economics, where he obtained his LLB. At law school, Roshan had the opportunity to lead various pro bono initiatives, including streetRead more

Crystal Yeung | Trainee Solicitor