John Leung    梁晉豪大律師

Call: 2019 (HK)

Profile

John joined Chambers in 2019 following completion of pupillage with Mr Abraham Chan SC, Mr Jin Pao SC, Mr Laurence Li SC, and Mr Tony Li.

Before being called to the Hong Kong Bar, John was a Judicial Assistant at the Court of Final Appeal where he provided assistance to the judges in substantive appeals, leave applications, and various publications.

John also worked as an intern at the Office of the President in the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, where he assisted in the cases of both the Mechanism and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

John completed his Bachelor of Laws degree at University College London as the top graduate of his class. He then obtained his postgraduate Bachelor of Civil Law degree at the University of Oxford with distinction.

John is developing a broad civil practice and has been instructed in cases relating to judicial review/human rights, civil fraud, arbitrations, injunctions, securities and regulation, and disciplinary proceedings. He has appeared before the Court of First Instance, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

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Selected Cases

Public Law / Judicial Review

  • ZN v Secretary for Justice FACV 4/2019 (led by Lord Pannick QC, Stewart Wong SC, and Jin Pao SC) – whether BOR 4 includes a prohibition against human trafficking and imposes a duty of specific criminalisation

  • Leung Kwok Hung v Commissioner of Correctional Services FACV 8/2019 (ongoing; led by Stewart Wong SC and Jin Pao SC) – whether gender-based appearance codes in prison are discriminatory

  • Chan Ka Lam v The Country and Marine Parks Authority FACV 5/2020 (ongoing; led by Abraham Chan SC, with Keith Lam) – statutory interpretation and the duty to consult under s.5(1)(b) of the Country Parks Ordinance

  • Royal Billion Investment Limited v Town Planning Board HCAL 1916/2018 (led by Yvonne Cheng SC) – concerning the Board’s determination of a s.12A application

  • Airwallex (Hong Kong) Limited v Commissioner of Police HCAL 3600/2019 (ongoing; led by Abraham Chan SC, with Timothy Parker) – concerning the use of letters of no consent under s.25A of the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance

  • Junior Police Officers’ Association of the Hong Kong Police Force and Anor v Electoral Affairs Commission, Chief Electoral Officer and Electoral Registration Officer HCAL 3042/2019, CACV 73/2020 (led by Abraham Chan SC, with Mr Tony Ko) – whether the public disclosure of electors’ linked names and addresses is a breach of privacy

  • Nick Infinger v Hong Kong Housing Authority, HCAL 2647/2018 (led by Abraham Chan SC) – whether excluding same-sex couples from public rental housing is discriminatory

  • Kwok Cheuk Kin and Leung Kwok Hung v President of the Legislative Council for and on behalf of the Legislative Council HCAL 1094 and 1120/2017 (led by Benjamin Yu SC, Abraham Chan SC, with Danny Tang) – whether the quorum requirement in BL 75(1) is applicable to a meeting of a committee of the whole Council

  • Arbitration

  • Singfor Life Insurance Co Ltd v EFG Bank AG HCCT 62/2018 (led by Mr Bernard Man SC, with Mr Justin Ho) – resisting enforcement of a Taiwan award on jurisdictional and procedural fairness grounds

  • Junior counsel in a HKIAC arbitration on a complex PRC tenancy dispute (led by Eva Sit SC)

  • Junior counsel advising on an ongoing review application of a jurisdictional award involving the interpretation of a bilateral investment treaty (public international law)

  • Junior counsel advising on a jurisdictional challenge in a construction arbitration dispute

  • Advising on several refusal of enforcement and setting aside proceedings

  • Advising on issues of Hong Kong contract law for Singaporean arbitral proceedings

  • Insolvency

  • Hsin Chong Construction Company Ltd (In Provisional Liquidation) v Build King Construction Limited CACV 321/2019 (led by Linda Chan SC, later Charles Manzoni SC) – on the anti-deprivation principle, the pari passu principle, and the scope of s.182 C(WUMP)O

  • Disciplinary

  • Acted for an insurer in disciplinary proceedings before the Insurance Agents Registration Board, Cases No. C17/806/JC & C17/1184/JC (led by Mr Jin Pao SC) – on issues of apparent authority and natural justice

  • Commercial

  • Advising on email fraud claims involving asset-tracing and third-party liabilities, including applying for injunctions and disclosure orders

  • DP Properties Ltd v E Cube Club (Tsuen Wan) Ltd HCA 2003/2017 (led by Eva Sit SC)

  • General commercial and contractual disputes

  • Securities & Regulation

  • Advising on a judicial review application against the HKEx’s decision to suspend trading of a listed issuer’s shares and commence delisting procedure (led by Mr Laurence Li SC)

  • Andrew Edward Left v Securities and Futures Commission FAMV 195/2019 (led by Mr Laurence Li SC)

  • Practice Areas

  • Commercial
  • Public Law / Judicial Review
  • Discrimination
  • Arbitration
  • Restitution / Unjust Enrichment
  • Civil Fraud / Asset Recovery
  • Injunction / Contempt
  • Company
  • Securities & Regulation
  • Insolvency
  • Disciplinary
  • Equity / Trust
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Defamation / Media
  • Insurance
  • Probate / Succession
  • Admiralty
  • Appointments And Public Office

  • Judicial Assistant at the Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong (2018)

  • Reporter for the Oxford Reports on International Law (2015 - present)

  • Associate Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal (2015)

  • Education

    2017

    PCLL, Chinese University of Hong Kong

    2016

    BCL, University of Oxford (Distinction) (Magdalen College)

    2015

    LLB (Hons), University College London (First Class Honours, Top of Class)

    Publications And Articles

  • J. Leung and S.Y. Wong, ‘Subrogation and Unjust Enrichment in the Supreme Court’ (2016) 3 LMCLQ 337

  • Scholarship And Prizes

    2019

    Middle Temple Scholarship for Advocacy Training, London

    2018

    The Bar Scholarship

    2016

    Champion of the Shearman & Sterling University of Oxford Moot Competition

    2016

    The Law Faculty Prize in International Commercial Arbitration

    2016

    The Planethood Foundation Prize in International Criminal Law

    2016

    The Oxford Meron Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) Internship Fund

    2016

    Magdalen College Award for BCL Distinction

    2015

    The Andrews Medal & Prize for Top of LLB Class

    2015

    The Dean’s List, Faculty of Laws

    2015

    The International Corporate Rescue Prize for Company Law

    2015

    The Cheng Tien-Hsi Prize for Public International Law

    2014

    The Hurst Prize for Best Performance in LLB Second Year

    2014

    UCL Faculty Undergraduate Scholarship for Excellence

    2014

    Best Performance in Tort Law

    2014

    Honourable Mention for the Pieter Sanders Award in the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

    2013

    Finalist and Runner-up of the Cambridge University International Criminal Court Moot Competition

    2012

    Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship for Overseas Studies

    2012

    Hong Kong University Graduates Association Education Foundation Outstanding Student Award

    languages

    English, Cantonese, Mandarin

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