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Pinky Nari, Belinda K.Y. Ma, and Holden N. Slutsky, instructed by the Bar Free Legal Service Scheme, a scheme established to provide free legal advice and representation in cases where Legal Aid is not available or where a party is unable to afford legal assistance but where the case is thought to be one where assistance should be given, successfully appealed the criminal conviction of the appellant in HCMA 49/2018.

The appellant was originally found guilty in the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts of having committed an act of a lewd, obscene or disgusting nature or outraging public decency by taking an up-skirt video clip of a female on the escalators inside Mega Box.

Appealing his conviction, counsel for the appellant successfully argued that (i) his conviction was unsafe and/or unsatisfactory as the magistrate had erred in finding the appellant’s behaviour was deliberate and that the possibility of accident could not be excluded, and (ii) the magistrate had misunderstood the evidence before him and drew conclusions when there was no evidence to support the same resulting in an error in the findings of facts.

Ultimately, the appellant’s conviction was quashed and the sentence set aside.

A link to the judgment dated 10 September 2020 may be found here.

Jeevan Hingorani and Kevin Li achieved a landmark success for the Plaintiff in a hard-fought probate battle involving challenges to a will based on due execution, testamentary capacity and knowledge & approval grounds. Having lost at first instance, they succeeded on appeal to the Court of Appeal whose Judgment is of considerable importance to probate practitioners. The Defendant’s applications for leave to appeal to the CA and the Leave Committee of the CFA were soundly rejected. See Choy Po Chun & Ano v Au Wing Lun.

The Members of Pacific Chambers are delighted to announce the appointment of David Boyton as their new Head of Chambers from 1st December 2017. After completing almost 8 years as Head of Chambers John Reading, BBS, SC is stepping down. He will continue in full time practice in what is his 40th year of practice.

 

David Boyton was called to the Bar in 1997 and is an experienced criminal trial advocate. David has in recent years also acted in a number of notable appeals, including HKSAR v CHU Chi-ho [2017] 4 HKLRD 688; HKSAR v Castaneda [2017] 1 HKLRD 705; HKSAR v LAU Chung-piu [2016] 4 HKLRD 474; and HKSAR v CHAN Tam-fu [2016] 1 HKLRD 608.