Professional Practice

Thomas commenced practice after completing pupillage and serving a year as a Judicial Assistant at the Court of Final Appeal. He has appeared at the Court of First Instance and the District Court as a sole advocate or led junior. He is developing a broad civil and criminal practice and accepts instructions in all areas of work. In his civil work, he has experience in administrative, banking, commercial and corporate matters, civil fraud, conflict of laws, insolvency, intellectual property, property and equity, professional negligence, and securities law. On the criminal side, Thomas has experience in medical negligence, regulatory matters, and white-collar crime. He is fluent in Cantonese, English and Mandarin, and is comfortable with drafting legal documents in Chinese.

During his Judicial Assistantship at the Court of Final Appeal, Thomas has provided research and drafting assistance to the Judges and the Registrar in substantive appeals, applications for leave to appeal, and practice-related research and publications. He has also contributed to local practitioner texts and published at local and international peer-reviewed legal periodicals in various areas of private and public law.

A detailed CV is available upon request.

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Education

– Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, University of Hong Kong
– Master of Laws, London School of Economics and Political Science (Merit)
– Bachelor of Laws, University of Durham (1st Class Honours)

Professional Appointments & Memberships

– Case Reporter, Hong Kong Law Reports and Digest (2022 – Present)
– Judicial Assistant, Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (2020 – 2021)
– International Editor (Asia), Cambridge Law Review (2019 – 2020)
– Clyde and Co Research Internship in Public Law and Human Rights, Durham Law School (2017)

Publications, Lectures & Seminars

Practitioner Texts
– “Winding-Up by the Court” in Dr Stefan H.C. Lo (ed), Company Law in Hong Kong: Insolvency 2023 (forthcoming)
– “Foreign Torts” in Kemal Bokhary NPJ (ed), Tort Law and Practice in Hong Kong (4th edn) (forthcoming)

Academic Papers
– “Towards a Clearer Expression of the Internal Points of View of Judges in Socio-Economic Rights Adjudication: Lessons from English and Hong Kong Law” (2022) VII(i) Cambridge Law Review 1–32 (with Benny Chung)
– “Pacta Sunt Servanda in Changing Times” by the Hon Geoffrey Ma (Chinese University of Hong Kong, “Pacta Sunt Servanda” academic conference; 25 June 2021) (as Research Assistant)
– “Maintaining Constants amongst Variable Factors: The Challenge of Equitable Accounting in the Property Context” (2021) 27(8) Trusts and Trustees 761–770 (with Benny Chung)
– “Taking ‘Public Function Seriously” (2021) 51(2) Hong Kong Law Journal 547–572 (with Gabriel Wan)
– “Joe Zhixiong Zhou v SAIF Partners II L.P.: The Importance of Mapping Out the Correct Corporate Structure” (2021) 27(5) Trusts and Trustees 394–405 (with Benny Chung and Bennett Au Yeung)
– “Comparative Constitutional and Administrative Law in Hong Kong: In Search for Coherence” [2021] Public Law 261–270 (with Trevor Wan)
– “Xiamen Xinjingdi Group Co Ltd v Eton Properties Ltd: Clarifying the Steps and Issues to Consider when Lodging a Trust Claim in Cross-Border Disputes” (2021) 27(3) Trusts and Trustees 246–263 (with Benny Chung)
– “The Proper Law of an Agreement and the lex situs of Shares in Cross-Border Litigation: Hong Kong and China Perspectives” Oxford Business Law Blog (10 December 2020)

Scholarships & Awards

– 3 Verulam Buildings Prize for Best Overall Submission — LSE Law Review (2020)
– Winner — LSESU Ambassadors’ Moot (2018)
– Top Mark for Jurisprudence — Durham Law School (2018)
– Finalist — Durham University Mooting Society Palatinate Shield (2017)
– Letter of Commendation for Academic Excellence — Durham Law School (2016)

Selected Cases

Civil
Yinggao Resources Ltd v Hang Seng Bank Limited (HCA 329/2015) (breach of banking mandate) (with Tanie Toh; ongoing)
Yee On Engineering Co Ltd v Fred & Willie Bros Construction Engineering Co Ltd (DCCJ 997/2020) (breach of construction contract) (ongoing)
Assisting in a District Court action for the recovery of misappropriated sums arising from cross-border telephone fraud
Advised on an application for leave to appeal to the Court of Final Appeal involving issues of interpretation of M&A agreements, unjust enrichment, and authority of agents purporting to represent a company (during Judicial Assistantship)

Criminal
Assisted the Department of Justice in a 7-day appeal before the Court of Appeal on conspiracy to defraud for alleged misuse of the Small House Policy (during pupillage)
Advised on an application for leave to the Court of Final Appeal concerning the elements of the offence “misconduct in public office” (during Judicial Assistantship)