Hong Kong Bar Association

Judge takes aim at comments by Vice Premier
In continuing the injunction against doxxing with an exception for legitimate news activity, Justice Russell Coleman makes interesting comments on the role of the judiciary and the need for a political solution to the social unrest, which is beyond the scope of the courts. (11-Nov-2019)
Re Mark Taylor Simpson QC
HK Court of First Instance, 31-Oct-2019
The liquidators of China Forestry Holdings Co Ltd apply to admit a UK silk to help them sue KPMG, the auditor, for over HK$1.3bn. Acting Chief Judge Jeremy Poon rejects the proposition that Solicitor-Advocates, who now have rights of audience, are an acceptable alternative to junior barristers to assist the QC. The Bar Council sent 2 Senior Counsel and 2 juniors to oppose the application, while the Secretary for Justice supported it. The quasi-trade union wins. Mr Simpson must be assisted by local barristers.
Re David Perry QC
HK Court of First Instance, 18-Mar-2016
The senior British barrister is refused admission to represent Clarea Au Suet Ming and her firm in an appeal in the Court of First Instance.
Bar Council v Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal
HK Court of First Instance, 16-Oct-2015
The Bar Council withdraws its judicial review of the BDT's dismissal of a complaint by a client against a barrister who, as leading counsel, did not call a witness in a trial. His client's conviction was quashed on appeal because of this. In relation to the same case, barrister Catherine Wong Kam Kuen was cleared by the Court of Appeal after a BDT found against her for not calling the witness. Her client Lau Sau Yu's conviction had been quashed because of this. The other person whose conviction was quashed is Mr Poon Chi Ming, whose leading counsel at trial was Eric Kwok Tung Ming, SC.
Catherine Wong Kam Kuen v The Bar Council
HK Court of Appeal, 30-Jun-2015
Ms Wong succeeds in overturning the finding of the Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal Panel against her.
Re David Gerard Goldberg QC
HK Court of First Instance, 9-Dec-2014
The Bar Association succeeds in preventing Mr Koo Ming Kown and Mr Tadao Murakami from using an overseas senior barrister at the Inland Revenue Board of Review.
Bar Council v Valerie Lim Tin Tin: reasons for sentence
Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal, 7-Nov-2014
Ms Lim is struck off the roll of barristers.
Bar Council v Valerie Lim Tin Tin: statement of findings
Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal, 29-Apr-2014
Re Lucy Stone QC
HK Court of First Instance, 28-May-2013
In the case of the Ming and Qing antique furniture, Mimi Wong Kar Gee fails to get a London silk admitted, and the HK Bar Association protects its closed shop. We can't have HK Senior Counsel going hungry, can we?
Re John Beresford William McDonnell QC
HK Court of First Instance, 28-Mar-2013
The bar association succeeds in blocking competition from overseas, as this one lacks the relevant expertise and experience in criminal trials. Peter/Tony Chan Chun Chuen will have to find someone else. He was unable to secure the services of Alan Hoo SC and Wong Man Kit SC.
Re David Perry QC
HK Court of First Instance, 17-Apr-2012
The Bar Association fails to block competition from overseas - the Government succeeds in admitting David Perry QC to prosecute Tony Chan Chun Chuen.
Cheung Kong sub hires overseas QC to continue case involving Beacon Hill buyers
HK Court of First Instance, 18-May-2011
Gilead Cooper QC v HK Bar Association
HK Court of First Instance, 15-Mar-2011
Class actions for HK
In a potentially huge step forward for access to justice, the Law Reform Commission proposes a class action system for HK. The key issue is litigation funding. Rather than a government-sponsored gatekeeper fund, we need a free-market approach, with contingent legal fees and the abolition of archaic laws against champerty and maintenance, to allow self-funded lawyers and third party funders to bear the risks of loser-pays-costs. Take our opinion poll and tell them what you think! (17-Mar-2010)
Convicted lawyer faces Bar inquiry
South China Morning Post, 25-Jun-1999
Re: John Howard Neville Bleach
HK Court of First Instance, 15-Nov-1975
The Bar Association and the Attorney General oppose admitting Mr Bleach as a barrister 10 days after arriving in HK. He says he intends to be ordinarily resident in HK. The opponents say he must intend to reside here whether or not he is admitted to the Bar. The Court says that is unnecessary, and a proviso of ability to practise at the HK Bar would be good enough. He is admitted.

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