Push for Nina Wang fortune hearing start

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 January, 2008, 12:00am


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Lawyers for Tony Chan Chun-chuen, who claims to be the sole beneficiary of the estimated HK$100 billion estate of Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum, are keen to get any hearing under way as soon as possible, a court has heard.

Jonathan Midgeley, representing Mr Chan, said yesterday that he stood ready to defend Mr Chan's claim to the fortune.

'There is an imperative that if this case cannot settle then it should go to trial as soon as possible,' Mr Midgeley told a High Court hearing into whether the Chinachem Charitable Foundation, which also claims to have a will leaving it everything, could have extra time to file a reply to Mr Chan's claim.

It is understood that lawyers for the foundation filed its original statement of claim concerning the fortune on December 11 or 12.

Mr Chan's legal team, according to Mr Midgeley, filed his counterclaim on December 14.

It was also revealed that Wang Din-shin, the 97-year-old father-in-law whom Nina Wang spent the last decade of her life battling over the will of her late husband, has also lodged a counterclaim. It is unknown upon what basis his claim has been made.

Mandy Choi Man-lei, representing the foundation, asked Master Jack Wong Kin-tong to allow her client to file its claim by January 25, arguing Mr Chan would not be prejudiced by the extension.

Mr Wong allowed the extension, saying it was essentially a case management issue.