John Hui has a broad civil practice encompassing major areas including public, corporate and insolvency law. He had advised on a wide range of commercial matters concerning injunctions, banking, finance and securities, insurance, civil fraud, conflict of laws and jurisdiction.
John has acted in a number of high-profile cases such as the Bawang defamation trial, a number of judicial reviews concerning the television broadcasting industry, and a high value Mareva injunction application freezing over €335 million worth of assets. He appeared in the Hsin Chong winding up proceedings, acting for the provisional liquidators.
John also has a growing competition practice, having appeared as a junior in the landmark decision of v  2 HKLRD 41, and in his own right in v  2 HKLRD 1284, another leading authority dealing with setting up breach of competition law as a defence in civil proceedings.
Apart from court litigation, John regularly handles international arbitration matters under the HKIAC/UNCITRAL rules.
In December 2018, John was appointed to sit as a Deputy District Judge.
John Hui of Des Voeux Chambers is applauded by interviewees for the well-balanced variety of his broad practice which incorporates noted skills in such diverse areas as competition, defamation and insolvency, and further noted as a “very accessible and friendly” counsel who is clearly “on the way up” and is already developing a clientele in his own right.
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2020)
Within his varied range, John Hui of Des Voeux Chambers practises extensively on insolvency, directors’ duties and competition issues and is also particularly adept in the handling of matters arising in the financial services, securities, broadcasting and telecommunications spheres. Solicitors are impressed by his consistent readiness to “come up with new ways of tackling an issue,” one observing that he is not only able to do this even within a context of “very messy evidence,” but also that he can “effectively put across to the client his very clever ideas and solutions.” Peers admire his “very careful but very practical” approach and “quick answers” in court.
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2019)
- v HCAL 176/2013 (CFI) (Junior Counsel for Communications Authority) – Judicial review concerning (i) whether a finding of breach of the competition provisions in the Broadcasting Ordinance engages Articles 10 and 11 of the Hong Kong Bill of Rights, and (ii) the Communications Authority’s substantive findings on competition law issues.
- v FAMV 23/2013 (CFA),  3 HKLRD 618 (CA), HCAL 77/2012 (CFI) (Junior Counsel for Communications Authority) – successfully defended a judicial review against the Communications Authority in relation to a report publishing its investigation against the Applicant. The Court of Appeal’s judgment in  2 HKLRD 354 is the leading authority on hearing in camera.
- v  3 HKLRD 1 (CFI) (Junior Counsel for the Interested Party) – Leave application concerning the recommendation for granting new television licenses.
- v FAMV 52/2009 (CFA),  5 HKC 124 (CA),  4 HKC 367 (CFI) (Junior Counsel for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange) – successfully defended a judicial review against the Stock Exchange’s decision to delist a company listed on the main board.
- v HCAL 96/2008 (CFI) (Junior Counsel for the Applicant) – judicial review against the Director-General for allowing a dispensation of the three-pilot requirement for a long haul flight
- HCCW 199/2018, HCCW 93/2017, HCCW 317/2015, HCCW 282/2011, HCCW 325/2010 HCCW 353/2009, HCCW 560/2008 – Applications for appointment of provisional liquidators
-  2 HKLRD 338 – leading authority on whether provisional liquidators can be appointed for the purpose of pursuing a corporate debt restructuring
- – acted as expert in Hong Kong law in provisional liquidators proceedings in the Cayman Islands
- HCCW 325/2014, Re First Natural Foods Holdings Limited HCMP 350/2012 – Schemes of arrangement for insolvent listed companies
- HCCW 60/2015, HCMP 440/2015, HCCW 359/2011, HCMP 189/2011, HCMP 712/2009 – Unfair prejudice / just and equitable winding-up petitions
- HCMP 1403/2015, Re Hub Global Freight Solutions (HK) Limited HCMP 670/2012 – applications for disclosure of corporate books and records pursuant to section 740 of the Companies Ordinance
- v  5 HKLRD 845 (CA), HCCL 18/2011 (CFI) (Junior Counsel for the Defendant) – claim by former directors pursuant to the company’s share option scheme
-  5 HKLRD 105 (Junior Counsel for the Defendants) – leading authority on the proper purpose doctrine in directors’ exercise of power
- HCCW 133/2008 (Junior Counsel for HK Aircraft Engineering Co Ltd) – claim in common law possessory lien over aircrafts
- HCA 2273/2016, Re Creative China Limited  1 HKLRD 1108 (CFI) – leave requirements for commencing derivative actions concerning BVI companies
- v  5 HKLRD 277 (Junior Counsel for the bank) – successfully defended a claim against the bank for breach of duty of care as paying agent. This case also explores the rules of attribution of directors’ knowledge to their company in the context of section 26 of the Limitation Ordinance
- v HCMP 1860/2015 – Mareva injunction under section 21M of the High Court Ordinance, freezing over €335 million worth of assets in Hong Kong
- v  2 HKLRD 458 (CA), HCMP 1449/2014 (CFI) – Mareva injunction under section 21M of the High Court Ordinance in aid of an English legal action for breach of jurisdictional agreement, Mareva injunction against non-parties, appointment of interim receivers
- v HCMP 1859/2013 – successfully discharged a Mareva injunction obtained pursuant to section 21M of the High Court Ordinance which sought to freeze over €62 million worth of assets
- v HCA 529/2016, v HCA 941/2014, v HCA 1886/2012, v HCA 1384/2012, v HCA 1978/2011, v HCA 2477/2009 – Mareva injunction applications
- v HCA 1412/2013 – represented one of the defendants in a claim over HK$1.2 billion commenced as a result of the SFC’s investigation of a listed company
- v HCA 6/2014 – represented the receivers appointed under a debenture in a claim for selling the security at an undervalue
- HCMP 745/2013, Re First China Financial Network Holdings Limited HCMP 2502/2012 – directors’ disqualification proceedings under section 214 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance
- v  4 HKLRD 283 – represented victims of international investment fraud, applied for a Mareva injunction over money held in a bank
- v HCA 1800/2009 (Junior Counsel for the Plaintiff) – claim for negligent financial advice
- v  2 HKLRD 1284 – leading authority dealing with setting up breach of competition law as a defence in civil proceedings
- v HCA 1109/2010 (Junior Counsel for the Plaintiffs) – Defamation claim of over RMB500 million in loss of business profits
- v  1 HKLRD 281 (CA) HCMP1320/2012 (CFI) – leading Hong Kong authority on (i) the applicable law of legal professional privilege and (ii) whether legal professional privilege should be extended to accountants advising on tax law
- v  5 HKLRD 853 (CA), HCMP346/2014 (CFI) – Purchaser’s lien in conveyancing transactions
- v HCA 2197/2009 (Junior Counsel for the Plaintiff) – represented an international brokerage group in a claim totalling over HK$10 million for wrongful termination of employment agreement and poaching of employees by competitors
- v  4 HKLRD 662 (Junior Counsel for the Defendant) – represented the bank in a claim involving a novel issue of whether an anti-avoidance provision can be implied into an employment contract
- Appointed as Deputy District Judge (December 2018)
- Panel of External Counsel – Competition Commission (2016)
- Member of the Publications Sub-Committee of the Hong Kong Bar Association (2012)
- John regularly lectures at CPD Courses for solicitors in Hong Kong
- The Middle Temple Scholarship (2008)
- Peter Vine Postgraduate Law Scholarship (2006)
- Baker & McKenzie Prize in Company Law (2005)
- Johnson, Stokes and Master Scholarship (2004)