Gilt Chambers is pleased to welcome David Lai as a tenant. David holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of British Columbia, an LLM in International Corporate & Commercial Law from King’s College, London and an MSc in Taxation from St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Before joining the Hong Kong Bar, he was an accountant and university lecturer for many years. He practises in taxation and associated fields. He is also a Member of the Inland Revenue Board of Review and other statutory bodies. We wish him every success in his practice at Gilt Chambers.
An urgent application was heard on 4 July 2020 before the Hon Mr Justice Coleman after which an Interim Injunction was granted prohibiting the Commissioner of Police from accessing mobile phones. Leave to apply for judicial review was also granted.
The Applicants, Martin Lee Chu Ming, Albert Ho Chun Yan, Sin Chung Kai, Au Nok Hin, and Yeung Sum were represented by Albert N B Wong See SCMP report. Leave to apply for judicial review was also granted in relation to the following 4 Grounds:
Commentary by Adrian Lo
In Sham Wing Kan v Commissioner of Police  HKCA 186, the Court of Appeal (CA) delineated the circumstances and procedures under which a warrantless search of digital contents of a mobile phone could lawfully be conducted by law enforcement officer upon arresting a suspect. The principle of requiring judicial warrants where “reasonably practicable” were argued by Dr Gerard McCoy SC and Albert N B Wong.
Nicholas Cooney SC and Julian Cohen have both been named as being amongst the Leading Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Barristers in Hong Kong in the Doyle’s guide, 2020.
Andrew Lynn appeared for the Plaintiff, Roger Ver, in Ver, Roger Keith v OKEX Fintech Company (formerly known as Kind Castle Trading Company) and Xu, Ming Xing (徐明星) (HCA 2439/2016), in which the High Court of Hong Kong on 14 May 2020 dismissed an appeal by the 2nd Defendant, Xu Ming Xing (known as “Star Xu”), seeking to set aside leave to serve him out of the jurisdiction in Mainland China.
Andrew Lynn appeared in the High Court on Monday this week – on the first day of the Hong Kong courts’ reopening at the end of the General Adjourned Period (“GAP”) imposed as a result of the COVID-19 virus – acting for the plaintiff, Roger Ver, in the case of Ver, Roger Keith v OKEX Fintech Company (formerly known as Kind Castle Trading Company) and Xu, Ming Xing (徐明星) (HCA 2439/2016).
Counsel, solicitors, and observers had their temperatures checked, social distancing was observed, and oral submissions were made through disposable masks.
It is with heavy hearts Gilt Chambers announces the death of Dr Gerard “Gerry” McCoy SC on Tuesday 28th April 2020.
To say it is a great loss would be an understatement. Gerry was our guiding force as Head of Chambers, our friend, and our family. It has given us comfort to have read and received so many wonderful tributes about Gerry and the impact he had on the legal profession of Hong Kong. We sincerely thank everyone who has passed on their respects.
The stories we’ve shared about Gerry in the recent days have all had a similar theme, they’ve all talked about his generosity, his righteous fighting spirit, and his larger than life personality. He was one of the good ones, and he is now and will always be missed.