Randy Shek 石書銘

Randy’s main areas of practice include criminal law, human rights and civil liberties, and public law.  He also undertakes instructions for cases involving injunctions, family law, land law, and probate.

While he regularly receives instructions to prosecute on behalf of the Department of Justice, Randy is mainly a criminal defence counsel.  Randy has a long and established track record for defending cases arising from protests, demonstrations and other high profile public order events, which frequently involve human rights and civil liberties dimensions.

However, he is also experienced in handling conventional crime, white collar crime, SFC investigations, and serious crime, including murder.  He has conducted trials and appeals in all court levels, both led and on his own right. Randy particularly enjoys jury  advocacy and is able to accept both private and legal aid instructions.

On the civil side, his main area of practice is public and administrative law. Randy is experienced in advising and appearing in judicial review applications, election petitions, licensing and regulatory tribunals, and various appeal tribunals.  He is particularly familiar with immigration and refugee matters and and is regularly instructed to advise and represent non-refoulement claimants in judicial review applications and at the initial screening stage.   He was also instructed to act in a number of unlawful detention claims against the Immigration Department as well as taking civil actions against the police.

Other areas of Randy’s civil practice include property disputes whether in the context of administration and distribution of estates, land disputes such as adverse possession, or ancillary relief and asset division in matrimonial law.  Other family law matters that he has acted in include domestic violence, custody rights, and wardship applications.   He is experienced in applying for and defending injunctions including Mareva Injunctions and Anton Piller Orders.

  • Post-graduate Certificate in Laws, University of Hong Kong
  • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, United Kingdom (Called: 1998, Middle Temple)
  • Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law, University College London, United Kingdom (with a Distinction in Art and Cultural Property Law)
  • Bachelor of Law (Hons), University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Arts in History and History of Art (Hons), University of Toronto, Canada

• Member, Legal Aid Services Council (since 2018)
• Bar Council, Hong Kong Bar Association
• Hong Kong Bar Association, Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure
• Hong Kong Bar Association, Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights
• Tutor in Matrimonial Practice and Procedure module, HKU PCLL, 2010-2016
• Part-Time Lecturer in Law, St John’s College, HKU, 2009-2016
• Tutor in Criminal Procedure, City University of Hong Kong PCLL (Part-time), 2013-2014

Notable Cases

HKSAR v. Tai Yiu Ting CACC 128/2019 (Court of Appeal)
Represented the 1st Defendant Benny Tai in appealing against conviction and sentence related to the Occupy Central Movement (led by Mr Johannes Chan SC)

HKSAR v Ip Kwan Shing Kevin S. DCCC 46/2020
Obtained acquittal for client facing a charge of riot in connection with the protests on 31 August 2019; the third acquittal secured by Randy in riot prosecutions arising from protests on that day

HKSAR v Yeung Loi HCCC 15/2020 (Court of First Instance)
Secured acquittal for client facing a primary charge of rape and an alternative charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a mentally incapacitated person; jury returned unanimous Not Guilty verdict

HKSAR v Yeung Ho Nam [2020] 1 HKLRD 2019 (led by the late Dr. Gerard McCoy SC on appeal, on his own right at the Court of First Instance)
Criminal Sentencing – Unlawful homosexual buggery with man under 16 – “compensated dating”
Successful constitutional challenge against the sentencing provision of s.118C of the Crimes Ordinance resulting in the Court holding that the section should be read down to comply with the ‘equality before the law’ provision of Article 25 of the Basic Law

香港特別行政區 訴 龔梓舜 DCCC 12/2020
Secured acquittals for a charge of Riot and a charge of Possession of Offensive Weapons in a Public Place (extendable baton and petrol bomb) in the Riot on 31 August 2019 in Wan Chai

香港特別行政區 訴 金君卿 DCCC 9/2020
Obtained acquittal for a charge of Riot related to the Riot on 31 August 2019 in Causeway Bay

HKSAR v. Chu Tsun Wai (2019) 22 HKCFAR 30 (appearing with Geoffrey Yeung of Denis Chang’s Chambers)
Criminal Damage – Damage by Misuse of Computer – DDoS Attacks
The CFA clarified the application of s.59(1A)(a) Crimes Ordinance on criminal damage of computers where a computer’s operation is not affected by DDoS attacks

HKSAR v. Dhaliwal Jaspreet Kaur [2019] 5 HKLRD 428
Criminal Sentencing – theft of credit card and use of stolen credit card – young offenders
Successful appeal against sentence for a 21-year old defendant resulting in departure from usual sentencing range on the basis of individual circumstances of the case

HKSAR v. Cheung Kit Yung [2019] HKCFI 2993
Criminal Sentencing – Trafficking in 991g of ice and 429g of cocaine – International element – 16 year old offender
Obtained a significant reduction in sentence of 14 years for a young offender convicted with trafficking in a significant amount of dangerous drugs

香港特別行政區 訴 張志偉 DCCC 171/2019
Secured acquittal for a charge of Trafficking in a Dangerous Drug

香港特別行政區 訴 劉偉麟 KCCC 2064/2019
Secured acquittals for a charge of Obstructing police officer and a charge of Possession of Offensive Weapons in a Public Place (a foldable knife and a cutter) in a protest on 4 August 2019 outside Mongkok police station

Secretary for Justice v. Wong Chi Fung (2018) HKCFA 4 (led by Lawrence Lok SC at trial and Philip Dykes SC at the CFA)

HKSAR v. Law Lam Man [2018] 3 HKLRD 263
Summary Offences – Doing an act whereby obstruction might accrue to traffic under 2.4(28) of the Summary Offences Ordinance
Successful appeal against conviction on the basis that the trial magistrate failed to sufficiently consider evidence as to lawful authority or excuse

HKSAR v. Chu Ka Yin [2017] 2 HKLRD 1046
Criminal Sentencing – Assaulting police officer in execution of duty – young offenders
Successful appeal against sentence for a 14-year old defendant, overturning an order to Rehabilitation Centre with a Probation Order

HKSAR v. Lau Tsz On [2017] 3 HKLRD 213
Costs – Defendant acquitted – whether award depriving part of costs justified
Successful appeal against a partial costs order after acquittal in trial for an obstructing a police officer charge during the 2014 Occupy Central Movement

香港特別行政區 訴 吳文遠, ESCC 1036/2017 (on his own right at trial, led by Johannes Chan SC (Hon.) of Denis Chang’s Chambers on appeal)
Disclosure of details of ICAC investigation

香港特別行政區 訴 陳紹鈞 DCCC 860/2016
Secured acquittal for a charge of Riot during the 2016 Mongkok riots

香港特別行政區 訴 泰歷 [2014] 2 HKLRD 594

HKSAR v. Chow Nok Hang (2013) 16 HKCFAR 837 (led by Martin Lee SC)

HKSAR v. Chiu Hin Chung [2013] 1 HKLRD 214


HKSAR v. Chung Kin Ping et al. [2018] 1 HKLRD 964

香港特別行政區 訴 陳耀成 [2018] 1 HKLRD 968

香港特別行政區 訴 李善芝 [2018] 1 HKLRD 1207 (Occupy Central)

HKSAR v. Junaid Ahmed, CACC 79/2017, [2017] HKCA 610

HKSAR v. Chan Yiu Sing et al., HCCC 41/2016 (Conspiracy to manufacture explosives in the ex-ATV Studio ), [2018] 1 HKLRD 421

HKSAR v. Ngai Hon Kwong, HCCC 78/2016 (Murder) (led by Robert Lee SC)

HKSAR v. Chan Siu Kwan et al., DCCC 860/2016, [2017] HKDC 1054 (Mong Kok Riot)

HKSAR v. Ho Ling Yu, (the DAN6 Murder)

HKSAR v. Wong Chi Fung et. al, ESCC 2219/2015 (831 White Paper Protest) (led by Lawrence Lok SC)

香港特別行政區 訴 黃毓民 [2015] 1 HKLRD 76 (led by Hectar Pun)

香港特別行政區 訴 陳德章 HCMA 741/2014, [2015] HKCFI 677

Public Law

Re Rahman MD Motaleb [2018] HKCA 386

Chan Ho Tin v. Lo Ying Ka Alan [2018] 2 HKC 213 (led by Gladys Li SC)

HK v. Wesley Wong [2015] HKCFI 385

K v. Torture Claims Appeal Board, [2018] HKCFI 495

Mok Charles Peter v. Tam Wai Ho [2010] HKCFA 23 (led by Martin Lee SC)

Call : 2008
Set : Main
Practice Areas
Administrative and Public LawChanceryCommercial LawCompany and InsolvencyCriminal LawFamily LawLand and Property LawProbate and AdministrationRegulatory and Disciplinary
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