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John Cheung    張天風大律師

Call: 2021 (HK)


John joined Chambers after completing his pupillage with Mr Abraham Chan SC, Mr Tony Li SC, Mr Anthony Chan and Mr Keith Lam. He is developing a broad civil practice as well as a practice in public law. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Prior to joining Chambers, John graduated with a First Class degree in Law from the University of Oxford. He went on to obtain his postgraduate BCL degree at Oxford with Distinction.

John was awarded the Bar Scholarship in 2020.

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Selected Cases

  • Kwok Cheuk Kin v Secretary for Health [2022] 5 HKLRD 348; [2022] 6 HKC 831, appeared on behalf of the Secretary for Health in an urgent judicial review on the legality of the Secretary’s decision to invalidate around 20,000 medical exemption certificates under the Government’s vaccine pass regime in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic (led by Abraham Chan SC)

  • The Dairy Farm Company Ltd v Secretary for Justice [2022] HKCA 1902, appeared on behalf the Dairy Farm Company Ltd in an appeal raising issues concerning the construction of a land grant, right of way, derogation of grant and laches (led by Benjamin Yu SC and Abraham Chan SC)

  • Marspan Ltd v Margaret Chiu & Ors [2023] HKCFI 241, appeared in an application for interim injunction in the context of possession proceedings (led by Laurence Li SC)

  • Re T&L Securities Ltd
    [2022] HKCFI 3080, appeared for a minority shareholder in an application for inspection of company documents under s.740 of the Companies Ordinance (Cap 622) (with Keith Lam); [2023] HKCFI 315, resisted application for stay of execution pending appeal (with Keith Lam)

  • Wu Ming Fat Simon v Chen Fanlin & Ors [2022] HKCFI 3250, appeared in a strike-out application concerning the tort of conspiracy, SFC’s Code of Conduct, promissory estoppel and the plaintiff’s locus (with Anthony Chan)

  • SPM Ltd v Building Authority [2023] HKCA 275, appeared for the manager of a building in a dispute concerning the construction of the DMC (led by Abraham Chan SC)

  • MK v Director of Legal Aid [2023] HKCA 43, appeared on behalf of the Director of Legal Aid in an appeal concerning whether and the extent to which the statutory regime governing legal aid abrogates legal professional privilege (led by Abraham Chan SC)

  • Cheung Tak Wing v Communications Authority [2022] 1 HKLRD 457, appeared on behalf of the Communications Authority in an appeal concerning the freedom of expression and the right to equality in the context of the Government’s reform proposals on universal suffrage (led by Abraham Chan SC)

  • Fung Ping Sum Connie v Appeal Panel (Estate Agents Ordinance)
    [2022] 1 HKLRD 850; [2022] 2 HKC 656, appeared on behalf of the Estate Agents Authority in judicial review proceedings concerning statutory interpretation, the right to property under Art.105 of the Basic Law and proportionality (led by Abraham Chan SC); [2022] 1 HKLRD 1435, resisted an application to vary the costs order nisi on “public interest litigation” grounds (led by Abraham Chan SC)

  • Re Leung Yuk Kit (SFAT 4/2021), appeared in review proceedings raising issues concerning the proper scope and legality of the restriction notices regime, and its relationship with s.213 injunctions (led by Charles Manzoni SC)

  • Wharf Reality Limited v Abebi Limited and AGB Legend Limited [2022] HKCFI 2036, appeared in an O.14 application in the context of a landlord and tenant dispute, raising issues of COVID-19 frustration, rent abatement, quiet enjoyment and derogation from grant (led by Bernard Man SC)

  • Daily View Investment Limited & Stead On Investment Limited v Bonjour Cosmetic Wholesale Centre Limited HCA 988/2021, appeared in an O.14 application in the context of a landlord and tenant dispute concerning rent abatement and COVID-19 frustration (sole advocate)

  • Zhongshouyou Brothers Limited v Bear Stearns Companies & Weiser Global Capital Markets Limited HCCT 85/2021, appeared on behalf of the plaintiff to obtain a proprietary injunction in aid of arbitration over assets worth over US$35 million and Bankers Trust order (led by Victor Dawes SC, with Anthony Chan)

  • Cheung Tat Ming Eric v The Council of the Law Society of Hong Kong HCAL 529/2022, appeared on behalf of the Law Society in a judicial review (both leave and substantive hearings) raising issues of apparent bias and procedural fairness in the disciplinary context (led by Abraham Chan SC, judgment pending)

  • Re Cobo Asia Ltd (HCMP 362/2021, HCA 835/2022, HCA 87/2022, HCA 908/2022, HCA 1524/2022), acting for a minority shareholder in multiple ongoing proceedings concerning unfair prejudice, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of shareholders’ agreement, breach of restrictive covenants, and breach of employment contract (with Martin Ho)

  • Chan Suk Ying v Lee Wai Ling Celine & Ors (HCA 568/2021), acting for shareholders in an ongoing dispute regarding the beneficial ownership of shares in a company, including an application to strike out and to set aside an extension of validity of writ (led by Richard Khaw SC, with James Man)

  • Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation v Dragon Electric Motor Co Ltd (HCA 1265/2021), acting for a landlord in an ongoing lease dispute (led by Eva Sit SC)

  • Advised on a winding-up matter raising issues concerning the petitioner’s locus under foreign law (led by Richard Khaw SC, with Martin Ho)

  • Advised on the validity of a will concerning a high-value estate (led by Victor Dawes SC)

  • Advised a company on issues concerning the source of its income and apportionment of profits under s.14 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap 112) (led by Eugene Fung SC)

  • Advised on the scope and construction of a Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy and a Management Liability Insurance Policy (sole counsel)

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    Practice Areas

  • Commercial
  • Competition
  • Civil Fraud / Asset Recovery
  • Company
  • Confidentiality / Privacy
  • Disciplinary
  • Discrimination
  • Equity / Trust
  • Employment
  • Injunction / Contempt
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance
  • Mental Health
  • Planning
  • Probate / Succession
  • Professional Liability
  • Property & Conveyancing
  • Public Law / Judicial Review
  • Restitution / Unjust Enrichment
  • Securities & Regulation
  • Tax / Revenue
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Education


    BA in Jurisprudence, University of Oxford (First Class Honours)


    BCL, University of Oxford (Distinction)


    PCLL, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Distinction)

    Publications And Articles

  • ‘Balancing Fundamental Rights in Private Law through the Double Proportionality Test’ (2020) 28(2) Nott LJ 52

  • ‘Defective Premises: Rethinking Murphy v Brentwood’ (2017) 1 Oxford University Undergraduate Law Journal 13

  • Scholarship And Prizes


    Bar Scholarship


    Dean’s Letter of Distinction for PCLL


    Sir Oswald Cheung Memorial Fund PCLL Scholarship for the best PCLL student who intends to practise at the Bar


    HKSAR Government Scholarship


    Prize for performance in BCL exams awarded by Jesus College, Oxford


    Prize for performance in Finals awarded by Jesus College, Oxford


    BCL Scholarship awarded jointly by the Law Faculty and Jesus College, Oxford


    PCLL Scholarship


    S R Welson Prize (Second Year Law Prize) awarded by Jesus College, Oxford


    Collection Prize for performance in mock exams awarded by Jesus College, Oxford


    Open Scholarship awarded by Jesus College, Oxford


    Old Members’ Exhibition awarded by Jesus College, Oxford


    Edwyn Charles Hart Prize (First Year Law Prize) awarded by Jesus College, Oxford


    Lord Walker Prize for Essays in Law (2nd place) awarded by Trinity College, Cambridge


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