Director entitled to see minutes, court told

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 November, 2010, 12:00am

One of the brothers in a dispute over the running of the celebrated Fook Lam Moon restaurants is entitled to inspect minutes of the companies' board meetings, a court heard yesterday.

Shareholder and director Chui Pui-kun, the fifth son of restaurant founder Chui Fuk-chuen, is suing his younger brother, seventh son Chui Wai-kwan and others, demanding that they surrender the company minutes.

The assertion was made yesterday in the Court of First Instance by Chui Pui-kun's barrister, Audrey Eu Yuet-mee.

Eu said a requirement had been placed on her client that he be accompanied and supervised when inspecting the documents.

He could not, however, operate with such an arrangement where his right to inspect the minutes was subject to the mercy of the other directors in the company, she said.

What was absurd about the case, Eu added, was that her client had been responsible for drawing up the minutes until 2007.

Furthermore, she said several main arguments put forward by lawyers for the other directors of the restaurants were contradictory.

'We are still on the board, so we must be entitled to inspect the minutes. What is the big fuss? Why are we here?' she said.

'We are are here because the other side is making all sorts of excuses to make life difficult.'

Since the restaurants were established, the Fook Lam Moon name has earned a reputation for serving fine Chinese cuisine that attracts celebrities and wealthy businesspeople.

Besides Chui Wai-kwan, the two summonses involved in the case yesterday include directors of the restaurants as respondents.

In the case of the Wan Chai restaurant, the respondents are Fook Lam Moon Restaurant Limited, Daniel Chui Tak-yiu, Tsui Yau-hing and Janet Hui Jia-yin.

In the case of the Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant in Kimberly Road, they are Fook Lam Moon (Kowloon) Restaurant Limited, Chui Wai-kwan, Daniel Chui Tak-Yiu, Chui Wai Kwan Investments Company Limited and Fullbond Properties Limited.

The hearing continues before Recorder Anderson Chow SC.