Ms. Wu Qing specializes in environmental law, and has extensive experience in environmental legislation, environmental litigations and environmental project legal services.
Ms. Wu not only serves as a partner at King & Wood Mallesons leading her team to provide legal advice and services to many clients, but also is the legal counsel of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, and is appointed by the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) as an external supervisor, research fellow of its Research Centre of Environment and Resources Adjudication and expert advisor of its Environment and Resources Division. Ms. Wu is also the legal expert of the United Front Office, Member of the Professional Committee on Environment and Resources Law of the All China Lawyers Association (“ACLA”), and national environmental protection trainer. In addition, Ms. Wu Qing also served as the delegate of the 12th National People’s Congress (“NPC”), the legislative expert advisor of the Guangdong People's Congress (“Guangdong PC”) Standing Committee, legislative expert advisor of Foshan PC Standing Committee and legislative expert advisor of Zhaoqing PC Standing Committee.
Ms. Wu contributed to the drafting and enactment of Environmental Protection Law, Law on Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution, Law on Environmental Protection Tax and Law on Prevention and Control of Water Pollution. She also submitted legislative proposals to the NPC for the enactment of Law on Prevention and Control of Soil Contamination and Eco-Compensation Law and the amendment of Law on Environmental Impact Assessment. Ms. Wu also participated in the legislative work of Judicial Interpretation of the Supreme People's Court on Mining Rights.
From 2003 to 2012, Ms. Wu was elected as a delegate in the 10th and 11th Guangdong PC, and served on the Law Committee of the 11th Guangdong PC Standing Committee.
During the term, Ms. Wu proposed a range of new local legislations, including Guangdong Regulation on Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution in the Pearl River Delta, Guangdong Regulation on the Promotion of Circular Economy, Guangdong Regulation on Renewable Energy, Guangdong Regulation on Disposal of Electronic Wastes, as well as amendments to existing local legislations, including Guangdong Regulation on Protection of Drinking Water Sources, Guangdong Regulation on Urban Refuse Disposal and Guangdong Regulation on Administration of Medical Wastes. Ms. Wu also advocated for universalization of building energy management system. Besides, Ms. Wu contributed to the drafting and/or amendment of a range of local legislations, such as Guangdong Rules Implementing PRC Law of Marine Environmental Protection, Guangdong Regulation on Prevention and Control of Motor Vehicles Emissions Pollution, Guangdong Regulation on Environmental Protection Concerning Construction Projects and Guangdong Regulation on Prevention and Control of Solid Waste Pollution.
Ms. Wu was invited to attend the first National Environment and Resources Adjudication Conference organized by the SPC, and rendered expert commentary on the Ten Annual Exemplary Cases of Environment-related Torts 2015. Ms. Wu was also invited to attend the announcement of the White Paper on China’s Environmental Resource Trial organized by the SPC, and was appointed as a judge of the first National Selection for Excellent Judgments on Environmental Resources.
Ms. Wu has acted in a range of leading environmental public interest lawsuits in China. Examples include China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (“CBCGDF”) v two oil corporations concerning marine pollution (acting for one of the oil corporations), CBCGDF v an automobile corporation concerning atmospheric pollutants emission (acting for the automobile corporation) and Friends of Nature (“FON”) v a chemical corporation in Jiangsu concerning land contamination (acting for FON).
Ms. Wu also has been providing legal services regarding administrative hearing and reconsideration on environmental administrative penalties to a range of clients.
Ms. Wu serves as the legal counsel of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and also provided a range of environment-related non-contentious services, such as environmental legal special consultation, comprehensive environmental legal risk review, response to environmental emergencies, environmental impact assessment related to project investment and construction, environmental due diligence in M&A, as well as green supply chain environment legal risk management etc., to many multinationals, state-owned giants and listed companies. Major clients include Chevron, Volkswagen, Coty, Danfoss, SRG Global, Fonterra, Veolia, TTI, Wirtgen, Flextronics, ESCO, Purolite, Lucta, Nissan, China Tobacco Mauduit, SCW, CNOOC, Everbright Water Co., Ltd, CLP Holdings, Shenzhen Energy Environment Engineering Co., Ltd, Dongjiang Environmental Company Limited and Daya Bay Nuclear Power Operations and Management Co., Ltd, etc. In addition, Ms. Wu also provided legal services for government departments on projects such as water rights trading, emissions trading and comprehensive planning for trans-boundary river basin management, etc.
Ms. Wu joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2013, before that, she had been practicing as the founding partner in a reputable law firm in Guangdong.
Ms. Wu has been awarded the title of "National Outstanding Lawyer” for 2005 – 2007 and 2008 - 2010 by ACLA, and led the KWM environmental law team to obtain the Band 1 PRC firm in environmental law in 2017, 2018 Chambers and Partners.
Ms. Wu obtained her LLB degree from China University of Political Science and Law in 1989.