Yeung (inset) and the scene of the accident.
The head of Slaughter and May's competition practice in China has been fined £375 for careless driving which resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
Natalie Yeung was driving on Shek O Road in south-east Hong Kong on 31 October 2021 when her BMW hit a woman crossing the road. Local media reported at the time that the victim was a 51-year-old hiker who was running to catch a bus when she was knocked down.
Yeung managed to stop her car 40 metres after colliding with the woman, who was taken to hospital but died as a result of her injuries.
A police investigation concluded that the Slaughter and May partner had not been drinking and that her view of the road, which has many narrow bends and is a notorious accident blackspot, was impaired by trees. Although she was allegedly found to have been speeding, she was charged with careless driving rather than the more serious offence of dangerous driving or manslaughter.
Yeung pleaded guilty and was sentenced last week in the South Eastern District Magistrates Court to a fine of HK$3500, equivalent to just under £375, and ordered to take a driving safety course within three months.
The lawyer, who is understood to earn around £3 million a year at the Magic Circle firm, is said to have been in the running to take over the Hong Kong office as managing partner. She has overseen giant deals at Slaughters since becoming a partner in 2014, including advising Google on its $1.1 billion acquisition of HTC smartphone assets, and assisting Shell with its £47 billion purchase of BG Group.
Yeung will remain a Slaughter and May partner, RollOnFriday understands.
The firm declined to comment.