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  1. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Solicitors and consultant accused of breaking archaic champerty law

    Posted Jan 08th 2014, 04:14am by JULIE CHU

    ... of champerty- an old piece of common law which prohibits parties with no direct interest in a legal action from encouraging and supporting litigation in return for a share of the proceeds from successful lawsuits or settlements. Prosecutor Neil Mitchell said champerty was no longer an offence in England. But in Hong Kong- where the legal framework is based on English common law- the Court ...

  2. News - Hong Kong

    Fallen lawyer's witness accused of lying in champerty case

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man joyce.hyman@scmp.com Champerty witness accused of lying A witness in a champerty case against a local lawyer has been accused by the prosecution of lying in court under instigation. The defence witness, Chan Chi-cheung, 21, was yesterday testifying at barrister Louie Mui Kwok-keung's trial. Mui, 52, had earlier pleaded not guilty to five counts of champerty ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    History made as barrister Louie Mui is jailed for illegal deals with clients

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com History made as archaic offence of champerty is used to convict man who made illegal deals with clients to gain HK$1.6m from damages Barrister jailed ... million from their damages payments. Louie Mui Kwok-keung, 53, made Hong Kong history by becoming the first barrister convicted of the archaic common-law offence known as champerty - the act ...

  4. Landmark case first to feature champerty charge

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... As the city's first trial relating to maintenance and champerty - common-law offences involving the prohibition of uninterested parties from encouraging others to launch a lawsuit and take a cut of any ... to use a false affidavit. Cheung also denied three other charges including champerty, attempting to commit champerty and theft. The court heard the two defendants helped persuade Wong Siu-ying ...

  5. Pair convicted on rare charges

    Posted Jun 26th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man A lawyer and a claim agent were found guilty in Hong Kong's first-ever criminal convictions for maintenance and champerty, offences long abolished under English law. Yesterday in the District Court, Judge Albert Wong Sung-hau found claim agent Cheung Oi-ping, 39, guilty of one count each of maintenance and champerty, and lawyer Winnie Lo Wai-yan, 40, guilty ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    This city's legal system courts disaster for the poor

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... remember, was piled on the even more heinous offence of champerty- representing litigants for a share of the proceeds of the action rather than for a fee. Yes, indeed, we can but shake our heads in dismay. The prosecution could find only one other case in the whole world of proceedings against champerty: a local solicitor whose conviction was quashed by the Court of Final Appeal last year, ...

  7. Agent, lawyer jailed under archaic law

    Posted Jul 10th 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam, Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man and Anita Lam A judge yesterday jailed a recovery agent and a lawyer in the city's only criminal convictions for the rarely laid charges of maintenance and champerty ... party supporting litigation by others. Champerty occurs when a person funds a case to win a portion of the compensation. District Court Judge Albert Wong Sung-hau noted defence lawyers' ...

  8. In Brief

    Posted Sep 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... involving the rarely laid charges of champerty and maintenance asked for leave to appeal. Winnie Lo Wai-yan, 41, was jailed along with recovery agent Cheung Oi-ping, 40. Both had been convicted of conspiracy to commit maintenance and Cheung additionally of champerty. Maintenance is the practice of a third party supporting litigation by others. Champerty occurs when a person funds a case to win ...

  9. News - Hong Kong

    Barrister in court over illegal gains from clients' lawsuits

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... of the damages they would receive if they won their claims or had their cases settled out of court. Mui, 52, yesterday pleaded not guilty to five counts of champerty and maintenance between 1999 and 2008. Champerty refers to the process in which a person strikes an illegal deal with a party in a lawsuit to obtain a share of its proceeds, while maintenance refers to when a person supports ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - LEGAL SERVICES

    Why 'no win, no fee' is no go for Hong Kong lawyers

    Posted Apr 07th 2013, 12:00am by Patsy Moy, Stuart Lau

    ... foul of a law dating back to medieval England. It's known as champerty, and for lawyer Louie Mui Kwok-keung, it's led to a 3½ year jail sentence. Champerty is an archaic piece ... counsel made in his defence at the District Court last month. But Judge Amanda Woodcock was not convinced, telling the court: "The fact that [champerty] is ... no longer an offence in other ...




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