Writ filed to gag barrister

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 July, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 July, 1993, 12:00am

THE China Light and Power Company has filed a writ in the Supreme Court seeking an injunction to stop a barrister disclosing any information he obtained while acting as its counsel at an inquest.

The company has also asked for damages against Michael Ford for breach of the duty of confidentiality and breach of his duty as its counsel.

The writ concerns an inquest into the deaths of engineers Wong Kwong-yu and Yip Ka-pui, who died in an explosion at the Castle Peak power plant on August 28 last year. A verdict of accidental death was returned.

Mr Ford acted for China Light and Power at the start of the inquest but was replaced by another barrister during the hearing.

In the writ, China Light and Power has asked for an injunction to prevent Mr Ford disclosing any instructions delivered, and documents, reports or plans provided to him in his capacity as the company's counsel.

It also asked that Mr Ford be restrained from disclosing his written or oral opinion and advice provided to him as the company's counsel from the time he was first engaged in relation to the inquest to the present date.