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 had a wide range of exposure in general civil and commercial litigation, as well as in constitutional and administrative law (including licensing matters), land law (including adverse possession), probate, land law, discrimination law, family law and criminal law. He also has experience in matters involving conflict of laws, including service of process out of jurisdiction and stay of proceedings on the ground of forum non conveniens. He is developing a broad civil and criminal practice and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice.
He has experience in both advisory and advocacy work (including trial work), 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 advising on compliance issues on a listing application in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
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)
- Secretary (2019 – present) and Member (2018 – present), Standing Committee on Young Barristers, Hong Kong Bar Association
- Member (2018 – present), Standing Committee on Equality and Diversity, Hong Kong Bar Association
- Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong: Public Order Ordinance (Cap. 245) (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2019) (co-authored with Jeffrey Tam)
Civil and commercial practice:
- Cheung Wing Wah v On Yip Property Development Co Ltd (HCA 3010/2015) (with Mr. Randy Shek) – appeared for the squatter in a 4-day adverse possession trial, judgment pending
- Chan Shu Chun & Anor v Dr Kung Yan Sum & Ors (HCA 832/2014) (with Mr. Simon Wong) – ongoing involvement in defending against claims for conversion and unlawful conspiracy
- Various other ongoing matters (both as led junior and as sole advocate) involving application for service of process out of jurisdiction, application for stay of proceedings on the ground of forum non conveniens, application for summary judgment, building management matters, etc.
- 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) – judicial review proceedings against the Co-location Arrangement in the West Kowloon Express Railway Station, leave granted but application dismissed
- Wong Sheun Ling v Administrative Appeals Board & Anor (HCAL 2817/2018) (led by Mr. Philip Dykes SC) – judicial review proceedings against a refusal of mahjong/tinkau license under the Gambling Ordinance; to be heard in a rolled-up hearing
- Re G  HKCFI 1252 (as sole advocate) – successful application for leave to apply for judicial review against a decision of the Torture Claims Appeal Board
- Leung Wing Yan (Proposed Intervener) v MK v Government of the HKSAR  HKCFI 1089 (with Mr. Timothy Parker) – application on behalf of a transgender lesbian woman to intervene in judicial review proceedings concerning same-sex partnership rights in Hong Kong
- Re Rahman MD Motaleb  HKCA 386 (with Mr. Randy Shek) – successful appeal to the Court of Appeal against the refusal of leave to apply for judicial review against a decision of the Torture Claims Appeal Board
- HKSAR v Lau Hong  HKCFI 1613 (led by Mr. Martin Lee SC) – successful appeal against conviction for possession of imitation firearm on the ground, amongst others, of the magistrate “entering into the arena”
- HKSAR v Yip Po Lam  HKCFI 2243;  HKCFA 13 (led by Mr. Martin Lee SC and with Ms. Linda Wong) – appeal against conviction and sentence involving issues of freedom of expression and assembly within the Legislative Council Chambers under s.11 of Cap. 382A
- HKSAR v Chu Tsun Wai  HKCFA 3 (with Mr. Randy Shek) – appeal against conviction for misuse of computer; concerned the interpretation of section 60(1) 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 LawChanceryCommercial LawCompany and InsolvencyCriminal LawLand and Property LawProbate and AdministrationRegulatory and DisciplinaryTort and Personal Injuries