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Pacific Chambers congratulates our Head of Chambers, David Boyton, and members John Reading SC, and James Niehorster, for being recognised in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021.  The Legal 500 Asia Pacific is an annual publication providing commentary and insight into the legal marketplaces of 25 Asia Pacific jurisdictions.

 

David Boyton was recognised as a leading junior in white-collar crime. It was noted that he ‘represented a number of teachers accused of exam cheating, successfully defeating a prosecution appeal concerning charges of accessing a computer with dishonest intent; the Court of Final Appeal found that the offence could not be committed by using one's own device.’

 

John Reading SC was recognised as a leading silk in white-collar crime. It was noted, John Reading SC is a former public prosecutor who continues to prosecute as well as defend, with a track record of politically charged cases including that against former Birmingham City FC owner Carson Yeung.’

 

James Niehorster was recognised as a leading junior in construction. It was noted, ‘He is making a name for himself in the fields of construction and engineering, and is very useful as a junior to lead in such matters as he is also qualified as a quantity surveyor’ and that he ‘has a track record of construction work in Hong Kong, appearing alongside elite names in the English bar as part of a broad practice’.

 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 also commented ‘Pacific Chambers includes members with expertise in serious criminal cases.’ Read more here.

On 28 July 2020, John Wright delivered a fascinating guest lecture on life as a criminal barrister entitled ‘A Criminal Law Barrister’s Reflections’ as part of the University of Law’s Speaker Series.

 

John gave a unique insight from the perspective of a barrister of long standing in Hong Kong, who has seen many changes throughout his career. 


The lecture was featured in the ‘Campus Voices’ section of the September 2020 issue of Hong Kong Lawyer. Read more here.

 

To watch a recording of the lecture, click here (pw: 6US2thR%).

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.