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Tackling Costs and Settlement in Employees Compensation Proceedings – 5 November 2020, 1pm

The Court of Final Appeal’s breakthrough decision in Wo Chun Wah v Employees Compensation Assistance Fund Board [2019] HKCFA 48; (2019) 22 HKCFAR 495 heralded a new chapter for employees compensation proceedings. Join this seminar/webinar for a practical discussion on the relevant principles and strategic considerations for parties involved in this area of litigation. 

Date: 5 November 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Speakers:  Patrick Szeto, Richard Yip & Flora Lam

An application for 1 CPD point has been made to the Law Society of Hong Kong.


Patrick Szeto (junior counsel in the Wo Chun Wah case), Richard Yip and Flora Lam will provide insights on:

• The practical significance of the CFA’s judgment in Wo Chun Wah
• Scenarios and relevant factors in the recovery of costs
Drafting settlement orders under section 29 of the Employees Compensation Assistance Ordinance (Cap 365) and more.

The event has been successfully completed. 

For enquiries about this or future events at Denis Chang’s Chambers, please reach out to our Practice Development Managers Sonia Chan ([email protected]) or Taylor Goodwin ([email protected]).

Patrick Szeto

studied law at the University of Hong Kong and was admitted to the Hong Kong Bar in 1995. He served pupillage in Denis Chang’s Chambers and joined as a tenant in 1996. Patrick has developed a general mixed practice in both civil and criminal matters. In the civil sphere, his work has an emphasis on commercial law, land and property law, as well as tort and personal injuries. Patrick appeared as junior counsel in Chun Wah v Employees Compensation Assistance Fund Board [2019] HKCFA 48; (2019) 22 HKCFAR 495, where the Court of Final Appeal made a significant breakthrough by holding that – among others – the Employees Compensation Assistance Fund (ECAF) Board have power to settle potential claims for relief payments before claimants have secured a judgment against the employer.

Richard Yip

has a broad civil practice with a focus on shareholders disputes, commercial litigation, financial regulation, competition law and personal injuries. He joined Denis Chang’s Chambers in 2011. Prior to joining the Bar, Richard was a corporate finance solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Richard represented four respondents in the second case before the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal, where the economic efficiency defence was raised for the very first time in Hong Kong. He was also involved in a number of substantial shareholder disputes, including Acropolis Ltd v W&Q Investment Ltd, 2018 HKCA 379 (appeal against an interlocutory injunction concerning the EGM voting results of a listed company) and Waddington Ltd v Chan Chun Hoo Thomas, HCA 3291/2003 (trial of a double derivative action).

Richard is also actively involved in the community and academia. He has been an elected member of the Election Committee of the Chief Executive of HKSAR since 2011 and a part-time lecturer at the University of Hong Kong.




Flora Lam

joined Denis Chang’s Chambers in 2018 upon completion of her pupillage with Mr. Derek Chan SC, Mr. Frederick Chan, Mr. Robin D’Souza and Mr. Jeffrey Tam. She is developing a broad civil and criminal practice, and has experience in areas such as company law, commercial disputes, defamation, probate, trusts, adverse possession, personal injuries, and public law. She is also experienced in handling legal aid appeals. 
Highlights of Flora’s experience include Kan Che Shing v Hop On Management Company Limited & Anor., DCPI 393/2016, in which she successfully defended the defendant against the plaintiff’s claim for personal injuries arising out of the work place and successfully claimed for contribution against the third-party (with Mr. Gary Chung).

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