Three women among eight new senior counsel

Yvonne Cheng and Eugene Fung. Photo: Daniel Wan

Three more women have become senior counsel, joining the top rank of barristers. The elevations of Yvonne Cheng Wai-sum, Audrey Campbell-Moffat and Roxanne Ismail reduce the sex ratio within the male-dominated circle to below seven to one.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 8:07am 1 comment

Barrister should head police watchdog, current chairman says

Senior counsel Jat Sew-tong, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council, says his position needs someone seen as politically neutral. Photo: May Tse

The next head of the Independent Police Complaints Council should ideally be a senior barrister because the position requires someone the public perceives as politically neutral, the watchdog's current chairman has said.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:59am 1 comment

First lawyers to go head to head with barristers

Dieter Yih Lai-tak. Photo: May Tse

Only one in six solicitors have been granted direct permission to represent their clients in the higher courts instead of a barrister. The remaining 75 out of 90 applicants will need to undergo an assessment to qualify for the right of audience in the Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal.

23 Feb 2013 - 5:18am

Barrister in court over illegal gains from clients' lawsuits

A barrister has landed himself in court for allegedly buying into his clients' lawsuits and gaining more than HK$1.6 million from the damages the litigants received. Louie Mui Kwok-keung is alleged to have persuaded five clients into agreeing to pay him between 25 and 30 per cent of the damages they would receive if they won their claims or had their cases settled out of court.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:14am

Ex-justice secretary Wong Yan-lung cleared to resume career as barrister

Wong Yan-lung

Former secretary for justice Wong Yan-lung has been given the all-clear to resume his career as a barrister in January after a government committee concluded it would not cause any conflict of interest.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:24am

Hong Kong barrister accused of using bogus will to claim late actor's estate

A barrister allegedly used a forged will to claim the estate of a late Cantonese film actor and stole funds from his bank account, Eastern Court heard yesterday.

Raymond Wong Kwai-sang, 45, was charged with using a false instrument, using a copy of a false instrument and theft. He did not enter any pleas.

22 Sep 2012 - 3:04am 1 comment

Judge blasts developers for wasting time with planning appeals

A judge yesterday accused developers of increasingly using judicial reviews to challenge decisions by city planners, causing serious delays to development.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:45am

Bar Association fights bid to hire top UK lawyer

The Bar Association is fighting a bid by the government to hire a top British lawyer to represent it in a legal battle over the estate of late tycoon Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

No interference in justice, declare HK legal figures

A string of senior figures in Hong Kong's legal system have defended the impartiality and independence of the judiciary against public and political interference, after a year of controversial cases.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Developer wins right to hire top British barrister

A subsidiary of property giant Cheung Kong (Holdings) will hire a top barrister from Britain in a legal battle with seven purchasers who accused the developer of failing to complete a luxury residential project on time.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Justice burns bright for top barristers

With the Olympic torch arriving in Hong Kong this week, five new 'torch-bearers of the barristers' profession' were appointed yesterday.

In a courtroom packed with family, friends and the region's top judges and lawyers, five new senior counsel were welcomed into what was dubbed 'the most exclusive club in Hong Kong'.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Advertising a threat to barristers' monopoly

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Legal eagles

Barristers are looking into whether the ban on them advertising is against the law. Given that a similar ban on doctors has been lifted, do you think it is time for the Bar Council to relax the rules? Write to us.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Change by UK revives debate on court dress

A debate over whether the tradition of wearing wigs and gowns in court should be continued in Hong Kong has been renewed after England and Wales decided to abolish the legal headgear in its civil and family jurisdictions.

3 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Ex-teacher loses conviction fight

The conviction of a teacher who attempted to become a barrister and lied about his employment while applying for legal training seven years ago was upheld by the Court of Appeal yesterday.

Larry Yeung Hon-keung, 42, who was jailed for 18 months last year for obtaining services by deception and defrauding the Education Department, had his bail revoked yesterday.

22 Aug 2007 - 12:00am