White-collar crime in Hong Kong Bar
Chambers of Ronny Wong SC
Pacific Chambers includes members with expertise in serious criminal cases. John Reading SC is a former public prosecutor who continues to prosecute as well as defend, with a track record of politically charged cases including that against former Birmingham City FC owner Carson Yeung. Head of chambers David Boyton represented a number of teachers accused of exam cheating, successfully defeating a prosecution appeal concerning charges of accessing a computer with dishonest intent; the Court of Final Appeal found that the offence could not be committed by using one's own device.
Parkside Chambers is a set 'full of very able barristers who are very professional, friendly and accessible'. Wayne Walsh SC represented the US government in an appeal by Kim Dotcom (the New Zealand-resident founder of defunct Hong Kong-based file transfer website MegaUpload) against a restraint order over assets restrained in Hong Kong pursuant to a US civil forfeiture order. Benson Tsoi is one of the most in-demand juniors - he represented a former Reed Smith Richards Butler and Howse Williams partner who was acquitted of perverting the course of justice. Bernard Mak has specific expertise in market manipulation cases. Joseph Lee represented a former China CITIC Bank branch manager accused of a bribery offence after allegedly signposting, for commission, clients to a money exchange service to circumnavigate the Mainland's capital controls, which only permit Mainlanders to transfer US$50,000 a year to Hong Kong.