in the high court of the
hong kong special administrative region
court of appeal
civil appeal no. 67 of 2007
(on appeal from hca 1127/2004)
Before: Hon Rogers VP in Chambers
Date of Hearing: 26 March 2007
Date of Decision: 26 March 2007
D E C I S I O N
1. This is an application for security for costs. The Defendant does not object to giving security but it is the amount that is involved.
2. On these applications the court really has to take an overall view of the matter, judging the sort of case it is and the sort oflikely expenses that are going to be incurred. On this occasion the Defendant is saying that the costs should be $200,000 whereasthe Plaintiff is saying that the security for costs should be $322,500.
3. The Plaintiff estimates that on the basis of a two-day appeal and the Defendant on the basis of a one-day appeal. I am pretty surethat if the matter comes in front of this court, it will only take one day. If it comes in front of another court, it might welltake two days, I do not know. I have to cater for the fact that this case might be set down for two days in which case, lookingat counsel’s fee and the solicitor’s fee, I think that the right amount in this case, taking all matters into consideration andbalancing it all, I consider that the appropriate amount would be about $250,000, which is what I am going to order as security.
4. So the order will be in the standard form, which was handed to the parties. The costs of the application be costs on the appeal.
Ms Susan Liang, of Messrs Susan Liang & Co., for the Plaintiff/Respondent
Mr C.K. Wong, of Messrs Charles Yeung, Clement Lam Liu & Yip, for the Defendant/Appellant