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Kenneth Lam 林嘉仁

Professional Qualifications

LL.B., University of Manchester, United Kingdom
P.C.LL, City University of Hong Kong
LL.M., University of Hong Kong
Year of Call: 2004 (Hong Kong)
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb)
Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

 

Practice Profile

Kenneth was born and brought up in Hong Kong. He read law in both England and Hong Kong, and served his pupillage with Mr Jason Pow SC, Mr Paul Lam SC, Mr Lawrence Lok SC, and Mr Alexander King SC. He is capable of conducting civil and criminal proceedings in English, and in Chinese.

Kenneth has been in continuous and active private practice since 2004, in the course of which he accumulated extensive hands-on experience dealing with a wide range of pre-action court applications, interlocutory applications, trials and appeals, in both civil and criminal matters. He has also acted as an advocate in various kinds of statutory tribunals, arbitration proceedings, and mediation meetings. When he is not acting as an advocate he accepts appointments in other roles, such as sitting as a mediator or an arbitrator (whether ad hoc or institutional) in private disputes, or as an adjudicator for the Registration of Persons Tribunal. In his capacity as an adjudicator for the Registration of Persons Tribunal he has co-written and delivered a large number of reasoned judgments (in both English and Chinese) on right of abode issues, all of which have never been successfully challenged.

Some of Kenneth’s cases are international in nature and he travels extensively. In addition to working very closely with local lawyers, Kenneth also works very closely with international lawyers practising in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Mainland China, Israel, Japan, Korea, Macau SAR, the UK and the US. For one matter he flew to the BVI and worked there for 2 weeks.

Kenneth’s cases are predominately privately funded but he is also on the Legal Aid Panel. He is on the List of Arbitrators and the List of Mediators maintained by the Hong Kong Bar Association.

Kenneth sat as a Deputy District Judge in March 2018 and April 2019. He also sat as a High Court Master in December 2018. He has been appointed Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal (Buildings Ordinance) for a period of 3 years starting on 1 December 2018.

 

Selected Cases
  • Deng Minghui v Chau Shuk Ling [2007] 1 HKLRD 905 (Court of Appeal) (Service of Process)
  • Re Ku Chu Keung (a Debtor) [2007] 2 HKLRD 292 (Determination of Domicile)
  • Wealthy Realty Ltd v Cheng Yung [2008] 2 HKLRD 425 (Restraint of Trade Clauses)
  • Leung Shu Biu v Cheung Kwan [2008] 3 HKLRD 488 (Burden of Proof)
  • Re Lee Siu Fung, Siegfried (a Bankrupt) [2009] 1 HKC 181 (Striking Out for Want of Prosecution and/or Abuse of Process)
  • Wu Shuk Chun v Kwong Oi Lin [2010] 4 HKLRD 604 (Order 85 Probate and Administration Directions, Construction of Wills)
  • Au Leung Shuet Hung & Others v Au Wing Lun & Another [2012] 1 HKC 392 (Whether Solicitor Should Be Allowed to Act for His Own Daughter)
  • Re Estate of Au Kong Tim [2013] 1 HKLRD 925 (Court of Appeal) (Interpretation of Section 40 of the Probate and Administration Ordinance, Cap. 10)
  • Re Estate of Au Kong Tim [2014] 4 HKLRD 730 (Order 76 rule 5 Affidavit of Testamentary Script)
  • Re Estate of Au Kong Tim (No 2) [2015] 4 HKLRD 471 (Striking Out Interrogatories in Contentious Probate Litigation)
  • Chen Mei Lan v Registrar of Companies [2017] 1 HKLRD 924 (Admissibility of Admissions Recorded in PRC Judgment in Hong Kong Civil Actions)
  • Chang Wa Shan v Esther Chan Pui Kwan [2015] 5 HKLRD 389 (Trial) & [2017] 5 HKLRD 57 (Court of Appeal) & [2018] 21 HKCFAR 370 (Court of Final Appeal) (Defamatory Meanings; Pleading Rules; Scope of the Defence of Absolute Privilege in Defamation and Malicious Falsehood Actions)

 

Appointments & Public Offices

Adjudicator of the Obscene Articles Tribunal
2010 – present
Adjudicator of the Registration of Persons Tribunal
2013 – present
Deputy District Judge
March 2018 and April 2019
High Court Master (Temporary Deputy Registrar of the High Court)
December 2018
Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal (Buildings Ordinance)
2018 – present

Contact

T: +852 2522 4847
M: +852 9832 8706
F: +852 2845 0720
E: kennethlam@jpsc-chambers.com
E: kennethkylam@gmail.com

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