SINGH SUKHDEV v. GREAT EXPECT DEVELOPMENT LTD

HCPI 753/2005

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

PERSONAL INJURIES ACTION NO. 753 OF 2005

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BETWEEN

  SINGH SUKHDEV Plaintiff
  and  
  GREAT EXPECT DEVELOPMENT LIMITED Defendant

HCPI 836/2006

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE

PERSONAL INJURIES ACTION NO. 836 OF 2006

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BETWEEN

  SINGH SUKHDEV Plaintiff
  and  
  GREAT EXPECT DEVELOPMENT LIMITED Defendant

Before : Hon Sakhrani J in Chambers

Date of Hearing : 13 March 2007

Date of Judgment : 13 March 2007

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J U D G M E N T

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1. This is an appeal from an order made by Master B. Kwan at a Check List hearing on 5 February 2007. She ordered, inter alia, that :

“ (1) The Plaintiff’s solicitors to obtain a letter from Dr. Danny Tsoi for his explanation for the alleged typographical errorsin items 2 and 3 of his report dated 10 October 2005 within 28 days, i.e. 5 March 2007;

(2) Dr. Tsoi shall inform the Court whether he had ever seen the documents referred to in items 2 and 3 of his report;

(3) A copy of the explanation of Dr. Tsoi shall be sent to the Defendant’s solicitors and to the Court within 14 days thereafter,i.e. on or before 19 March 2007.”

2. She also ordered that the costs of that hearing be to the defendant in any event.

3. Mr. Wright, for the plaintiff submits that the Master should not have made the above order but should have accepted the explanations proffered by the plaintiff’s solicitors. The explanations were that there were typographical errors when referring to two reportsmentioned in Dr. Tsoi’s medical report dated 10 October 2005 and that the errors had been corrected by a revised page 2 of Dr.Tsoi’s report. Those explanations were proffered by the plaintiff’s solicitors to the defendant’s solicitors in January priorto the Check List hearing. He submits that the Check List hearing on 5 February 2007 was unnecessary.

4. After the order that was made by the Master on 5 February 2007, it transpires that Dr. Tsoi has by a letter dated 9 February 2007proffered the explanation that his earlier report dated 10 October 2005 contained typographical errors in respect of two reportsmentioned therein. The errors were due to his secretary copying directly the list of documents from an instruction letter from formersolicitors for the plaintiff which contained errors.

5. I am informed that on 5 February 2007 at the Check List hearing the Master sought to clarify the matter and asked the handling solicitorsfor the plaintiff whether or not she could produce all the medical reports referred to by Part B, page 2 of Dr. Tsoi’s medicalreport dated 10 October 2005. The solicitors for the plaintiff, I am told, informed the Master that the plaintiff intended to replacepage 2 of the medical report of Dr. Tsoi and the Master made the comment that the replacement of page 2 by way of the plaintiff’ssolicitors’ own arrangement without giving an explanation from Dr. Tsoi himself was not acceptable.

6. In my view, as a matter of case management, the Master was trying to ascertain whether all the medical reports had been disclosedin compliance with directions given. At the Check List hearing on 5 February 2007 she sought clarification of the same. She was,in my view, entitled to require Dr. Tsoi to provide the explanation that he has now given. The Master apparently took the view thatthe explanation given by the solicitors should be provided by Dr. Tsoi himself and that is what he has now done. I see nothing wrongin the course adopted by the Master as a matter of case management.

7. I dismiss the appeal.

  (Arjan H. Sakhrani)
Judge of the Court of First Instance,
High Court

Mr John Wright, instructed by Messrs John M. Pickavant & Co., for the Plaintiff

Ms E. Chan of Messrs Day & Chan, for the Defendant