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:
This silk is identified as an “outstanding advocate, and more specifically as a “go-to counsel for the government” in constitutional cases, “combining commercial and public law expertise,” given that “his main forte is judicial review cases with a commercial element.” He is recognised for being the counsel to consult for “what looks like a dead duck case or anything that involves extreme difficulty.”
This new silk is singled out for his “exceptional quality of...research” and “crisp, logical arguments,” underpinning “a calm and measured approach and well thought out advice.” His “versatile practice extends across the full commercial, public law and regulatory spectrum, and he is regularly active on behalf of government officials and agencies.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2020)
This Silk is esteemed for being “an excellent strategist and a most effective advocate who knows how to package a case and what points to push.” A favoured choice in judicial review cases, he is also sought after for technology related and competition disputes.
Clearly “going places” this junior is “very good in administrative, regulatory and planning law” and is noted for “his combination of a measured approach with very quick reactions.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2019)
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)
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