Geoffrey was called to the Bar in 2018. He served pupillage with Mr. Philip Dykes SC, Mr. Chan Chi Hung SC, Mr. Randy Shek, Mr. Keith Lam and Mr. Jeffrey Tam. He is a Bar Scholar and a Rhodes Scholar.
Geoffrey has a broad practice in general civil and commercial litigation, as well as in constitutional and administrative law (including licensing matters), land law (including adverse possession), insolvency, companies, probate, discrimination law, and criminal law. He also has experience in matters involving conflict of laws. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice.
He has experience in both advisory and advocacy work (including trials), and has appeared in different levels of courts and tribunals from the Magistrates’ Courts to the Court of Final Appeal. He appears regularly in the Lands Tribunal for various matters. He also has experience in advisory work in relation to regulatory investigations and licensing matters.
As a Rhodes Scholar, Geoffrey graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) and a Master of Philosophy in Law (Distinction). His Master’s thesis was on the subject of discrimination laws. Prior to that, he studied at the University of Hong Kong, where he completed his Postgraduate Certificate of Laws, and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Law) (First Class Honours) as well as a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours). He was a recipient of various awards for his academic performance, including the Maxwell Law Prize and the Hong Kong Trustees Association Prize in Equity and Trusts.
Geoffrey speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin, and can read and draft in English and Chinese.
- MPhil in Law (Distinction), University of Oxford
- BCL (Distinction), University of Oxford
- LLB (First Class Honours), University of Hong Kong
- BBA (Law) (First Class Honours), University of Hong Kong
- Bar Scholarship (2017)
- Rhodes Scholarship (2015)
- Maxwell Law Prize (2015)
- Hong Kong Trustees Association Prize in Equity and Trusts (2013)
- M.W. Lo Memorial Scholarships (2012, 2013)
- HKU Foundation Scholarships for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2009, 2010, 2011)
• Part-time Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Hong Kong (2019-present)
• Member, Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association (HKBA) (2021-present)
• Chairman, Standing Committee on Young Barristers, HKBA (2021 to present)
• Member, Standing Committee on Continuing Education, HKBA (2021-present)
• Member, Standing Committee on Mental Health and Well-being, HKBA (2021-present)
• Member, Standing Committee on Equality and Diversity, HKBA (2019-present)
• Member, Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights Committee, HKBA (2021-present)
- Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong: Public Order Ordinance (Cap. 245) (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2019) (co-authored with Jeffrey Tam)
Civil and commercial practice:
Chan Shu Chun & Anor v Dr Kung Yan Sum  1 HKLRD 1162 – as sole advocate – acted for the 1st defendant in opposing the Plaintiffs’ appeal to Judge in Chambers over a specific discovery application concerning the relevance of the Personal Data Privacy Ordinance to the scope of discoverable documents; Plaintiffs’ appeal dismissed
Cheung Wing Wah v On Yip Property Development Co Ltd  HKCFI 156 – with Mr. Randy Shek – acted for the squatter in a trial on adverse possession; squatter partially successful
Various other matters involving winding-up petitions, shareholders’ disputes, property and building management matters, probate, conflict of laws, etc.
Hong Kong Journalists Association v Commissioner of Police & Anor  5 HKLRD 653;  1 HKLRD 427 – led by Mr. Philip Dykes SC and Mr. Robert Pang SC and with Mr. Timothy Parker and Mr. Albert NB Wong – acted for the applicant in judicial review proceedings concerning the Police’s duty to facilitate and not to hinder lawful journalistic activities, the Police’s duty to show unique identification at public order events, and the Government’s duty to have in place an independent and effective police complaints mechanism under Article 3 of the Bill of Rights; application partly allowed by the CFI.
AH v Director of Immigration (2020) 23 HKCFAR 248 – led by Mr. Philip Dykes SC – acted for the appellant in an appeal concerning whether out-of-time judicial review applicants need leave to appeal from the CFI under the High Court Ordinance; appeal allowed by the CFA
Case commentary on CFA judgment: https://dcc.law/case_commentary/court-of-final-appeal-overturns-appeal-restrictions-in-delayed-judicial-review-applications/
Infinger, Nick v Hong Kong Housing Authority  1 HKLRD 1188 – with Mr. Timothy Parker – acted for the applicant in judicial review proceedings concerning discrimination against same-sex couples in public rental housing policies; application allowed by the CFI
Case commentary on CFI judgment: https://dcc.law/case_commentary/high-court-rules-on-same-sex-couples-right-to-apply-for-public-rental-housing/
Kwok Wing Hang & Ors v Chief Executive in Council & Anor  5 HKLRD 173;  1 HKLRD 1;  1 HKLRD 80;  2 HKLRD 771; (2020) 23 HKCFAR 518 – led by Ms Gladys Li SC and Mr. Johannes Chan SC and with Mr. Earl Deng, Mr. Jeffrey Tam and Ms. Allison Wong – acted for the applicants in judicial review proceedings concerning the constitutionality of the Emergency Regulations Ordinance and the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation
Case commentary on CFI judgment: https://dcc.law/case_commentary/high-court-gives-landmark-judgment-in-emergency-regulations-and-anti-mask-law-case/
Wong Sheun Ling v Administrative Appeals Board  3 HKC 235 – led by Mr. Philip Dykes SC – acted for the applicant in judicial review proceedings concerning a mahjong/tinkau licence under the Gambling Ordinance
MK v Government of the HKSAR (Leave to Intervene)  2 HKLRD 978 – with Mr. Timothy Parker – acted for the intended intervener in an application to intervene in judicial review proceedings concerning same-sex marriage
G v Torture Claims Appeal Board  HKCFI 1252 – as sole advocate – acted for the applicant in judicial review proceedings against a decision by the Torture Claims Appeal Board; leave to apply for a judicial review granted
Kwok Cheuk Kin v Chief Executive of the HKSAR & Ors  1 HKLRD 292 – led by Mr. Philip Dykes SC and with Mr. Ernest Ng and Mr. Anson Wong Yu Yat – acted for the applicant in judicial review proceedings concerning the Co-location Arrangement in the West Kowloon Express Railway Station; leave granted but application dismissed
“AH” v Director of Immigration  HKCA 952 – as sole advocate – acted for the applicant in judicial review proceedings concerning a decision to refuse a dependent visa
Re Rahman MD Motaleb  HKCA 386 – with Mr. Randy Shek – acted for the applicant in an appeal against the refusal of leave to apply for judicial review against a decision of the Torture Claims Appeal Board; appeal allowed
HKSAR v Choy Yuk Ling  HKMagC 5 – led by Mr. Derek Chan SC and with Mr. Tien Kei Rui – acted for the defendant on a charge relating to a journalist’s search of the vehicle register under the Road Traffic Ordinance
HKSAR v Lau Hong  HKCFI 1613;  HKCFI 2117 – led by Mr. Martin Lee SC – acted for the appellant in an appeal against conviction on grounds inter alia of the magistrate “entering into the arena”; appeal allowed and application for re-trial dismissed
HKSAR v Yip Po Lam  HKCFI 2243;  HKCFA 13 – led by Mr. Martin Lee SC and with Ms. Linda Wong – acted for the applicants for leave to appeal against conviction and sentence under s.11 of Cap. 382A involving issues of freedom of expression
HKSAR v Chu Tsun Wai (2019) 22 HKCFAR 30 – with Mr. Randy Shek – acted for the appellant in an appeal against conviction concerning whether a DDoS attack constitutes a “misuse of computer” under section 60 of the Crimes Ordinance
Re Clare Montgomery QC  HKCFI 727 – led by Mr. Edwin Choy SC – appeared on behalf of the Hong Kong Bar Association in an application for the ad-hoc admission of overseas counsel for a criminal appeal
Administrative and Public LawArbitrationChanceryCommercial LawCompany and InsolvencyCompetition LawCriminal LawLand and Property LawProbate and AdministrationRegulatory and DisciplinaryTort and Personal Injuries