This area of the law principally involves legal challenges to decisions of public bodies and continues to develop at a rapid pace given that the Hong Kong SAR has its own written constitution, the Basic Law.
DVC houses an ex-Attorney General, an ex-Solicitor General and prominent members of the former Attorney General’s Chambers, and many members have been involved in leading administrative and public law cases, such as the Link REIT litigation and a recent appeal to the Court of Final Appeal involving important questions of state immunity.
Members are also regularly involved in commercial judicial reviews, including acting for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and in various public inquiries.
What the directories say:
One of our members is credited for "being obviously very sought after" and for "coming up with extremely persuasive arguments that no one else could think of." Another is singled out for being a "very forceful advocate" who "will fight to the utmost for clients," and is admired for an ability to "take on difficult cases and turn them into winners."
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2018)
Des Voeux Chambers has "extensive administrative and public law experience" with some members singled out for being "very quick and dynamic," with the "ability to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions."
Another senior junior us noted for an "ability to understand a very complex structure and complicated documentation, and to provide incisive opinions within a tight timeframe."
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2017)
Click here to view DVC's Public Law Brochure for more on members' expertise in this area