Barristers

Year of call: 2015 (New Zealand), 2020 (Hong Kong), 2016 (Cook Islands)

Zoe is developing a broad practice in criminal and civil law. She has previously appeared in various levels of Courts around the world including the Privy Council.

Prior to her admission to the Hong Kong Bar, Zoe was in practise as a New Zealand barrister since 2015.

Zoe appeared as counsel for the appellants in the New Zealand Court of Appeal in Osborne v Worksafe New Zealand [2017] NZCA 11; 2 NZLR 513. Her involvement in the case exposed her to the salient issue of justiciability of prosecutorial decisions, and the apparent inadequacies of the law at the time. She went on to complete a Master of Laws by Thesis LLM (Hons) (1st Class), which analysed the power of New Zealand courts to judicially review prosecution decisions not to prosecute with reference to a New Zealand Supreme decision: Osborne v Worksafe New Zealand [2017] NZSC 175. Zoe used comparative jurisprudence including that of Hong Kong’s to highlight the deficiencies of New Zealand law’s position in relation to judicial review of prosecutorial discretions.

Zoe joined Chambers in 2020 after serving pupillage with Dr. Gerard McCoy SBS, QC, SC, Mr. Robin D’Souza and Mr. Michael Arthur.

Zoe is developing a broad practice in criminal and civil law. She has previously appeared in various levels of Courts around the world including the Privy Council.

Legal Qualifications:

2014, Bachelor of Laws, University of Otago.
2014, Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology, University of Otago.
2015, Certificate in Professional Legal Studies, College of Law.
2018, Master of Laws with First Class Honours by Thesis, University of Canterbury.
2019, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, City University of Hong Kong.

Scholarships, prizes & honourable mentions:

2019, Dean's Honour List Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, City University of Hong Kong.
2018, Master of Laws with First Class Honours by Thesis, University of Canterbury.
2018, Outstanding Performance Scholarship, PCLL Conversion Examination Board.
2014, Top Performing Student Award (Bill of Rights Theory and Practice), University of Otago.

Languages spoken:

English, Cantonese

Cases involved in:

Browne v Munokoa and another [2018] UKPC 18.

Represented the Appellants in the appeal which considered whether the respondent, who is the adopted son of the deceased and who is not related to him by blood, may succeed to the freehold title to the customary land of the deceased, and the proper interpretation and effect, if any, of the Constitution of the Cook Islands in this case.

Osborne v Worksafe NZ [2017] NZCA 11, [2017] 2 NZLR 513 (Pike River disaster case).

Represented the Appellants in the appeal. The case involved the prosecution decision to drop criminal charges, upon the defendant’s insurance company making compensation payment to the Crown Solicitor for the benefit of the victims’ living relations (in circumstances where the victims were never consulted and have repudiated the insurance payout as in effect buying off the prosecutions).

Arorangi Timberland Ltd. v Minister of Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund [2016] UKPC 32.

Represented the Appellants in the appeal. The appeal considered the question of whether the Cook Islands National Superannuation Act 2000 is unconstitutional.

Hong Kong Cases (HKC)

Dr. Gerard “Gerry” McCoy SBS QC SC (General Editor (1993 - 2006)) and Dr. Nisha Mohamed (Case Reporter) and Alfred Y F SIT 薛有輝 (Case Reporter) and Kim J McCoy (Case Reporter (2015 - present)) and Jacqueline Chan (Case Reporter) and Adrian Lo (Case Reporter) and Zoe M. McCoy (Case Reporter (2020 - present))

2020

Hong Kong Law Reports and Digest (HKLRD)

Dr. Gerard “Gerry” McCoy SBS QC SC (General Editor (2007 - 2015)) and Andrew Bruce SC (Head of Chambers) (Consultant Editor) and Daniel Hui (Consultant Editor (2012 - present)) and Adrian Lo (Case Reporter (2019 - present)) and Zoe M. McCoy (Case Reporter (2020 - present))

2020

New Zealand Administrative Reports (NZAR)

Dr. Gerard “Gerry” McCoy SBS QC SC (General Editor (1997 - present)) and Kim J McCoy (Case Reporter) and Zoe M. McCoy (Case Reporter)

2012

2016, Invited presenter at the Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference. Topic: The Power of Courts in New Zealand to Reinstate Prosecutions: A comparison of the Case of Osborne v WorkSafe NZ [2015] NZHC 2991, [2016] 2 NZLR 485, and the Hong Kong Case D v Director of Public Prosecutions [2015] 4 HKLRD 62.

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