TCWF v. LKKS

FAMV Nos 9, 10, 11 & 12 of 2014

& FAMV No. 15 of 2014

FAMV Nos 9-12 of 2014

IN THE COURT OF FINAL APPEAL OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

MISCELLANEOUS PROCEEDINGS NOS 9-12 OF 2014 (CIVIL)

(ON APPLICATIONS FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL FROM CACV NOS 101 & 107 OF 2013)

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Between:

SECRETARY FOR JUSTICE Plaintiff
and
FTCW 1st Defendant
SLKK 2nd Defendant
STL 3rd Defendant
OIL 4th Defendant

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FAMV No. 15 of 2014

IN THE COURT OF FINAL APPEAL OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

MISCELLANEOUS PROCEEDINGS NO. 15 OF 2014 (CIVIL)

(ON APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL FROM CACV NO. 167 OF 2013)

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Between:

TCWF Petitioner
and
LKKS Respondent
and
STL 2nd Intervener
and
OIL 3rd Intervener

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Appeal Committee: Mr Justice Ribeiro PJ, Mr Justice Tang PJ and Mr Justice Fok PJ

Date of Hearing and Determination: 23 April 2014

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DETERMINATION

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Mr Justice Ribeiro PJ:

1. We are not persuaded that an appeal against the Court of Appeal’s rejection of the claims to refuse disclosure pursuant to a privilegeagainst self-incrimination is reasonably arguable and refuse leave on that ground.

2. We grant leave to appeal on the question whether the documents in relation to which the Secretary for Justice was granted accessand in respect of which the wife was released from her implied undertaking by Order of Ng J dated 14 May 2013, to the extent of thedocuments for which legal professional privilege is claimed as identified by the husband and STL in affidavits to be filed within21 days of today pursuant to the direction in paragraph 121(b) of the Court of Appeal’s Disclosure Judgment dated 10 January 2014,may be disclosed to the Secretary for Justice in accordance with the Order of Ng J without first determining the question whetherthey are protected by legal professional privilege.

3. We Direct:

(a) That the stay of the aforesaid paragraph 121 directions be continued pending determination of the appeal herein save in respectof the filing of affidavits by the husband and STL as aforesaid.

(b) That paragraph 2 of Ng J’s aforesaid Order dated 14 May 2013 releasing the wife from her implied undertaking be stayed pendingdetermination of the appeal herein.

(c) That the Court of Appeal’s Order referred to in paragraph 18 of their Enforcement Judgment dated 10 January 2014 permittingthe wife to make use of and disclose the Main Judgment as corrected on 6 July 2012 and the Barrell Judgment in their un-redactedform for the purpose of enforcement proceedings be stayed pending determination of the appeal herein.

(d) That the parties have liberty to apply to a single Permanent Judge in relation to this Order.

(e) That the costs of the applications based on a privilege against self-incrimination application be paid by the husband and STLto the wife and the Secretary for Justice. The costs of the other applications be in the appeal.

(f) That the appeal be fixed for hearing on 13 October 2014.

(R.A.V. Ribeiro) (Robert Tang) (Joseph Fok)
Permanent Judge Permanent Judge Permanent Judge

Mr Martin Pointer QC, Mr Russell Coleman SC & Mr Jeremy SK Chan instructed by Stevenson Wong & Co., for the 2nd Defendant/Applicantin FAMV 9 & 10/2014

Mr Russell Coleman SC and Mr Jeremy SK Chan, instructed by Stevenson Wong & Co., for the Respondent/2nd Respondent in FAMV 15/2014

Mr Peter Duncan SC, Mr Derek Chan & Mr Norman Nip, instructed by Stephenson Harwood, for the 3rd & 4th Defendants/Applicantsin FAMV 11 & 12/2014

Mr Richard Todd QC & Mr Norman Nip, instructed by Stephenson Harwood, for the 2nd & 3rd Interveners/Applicants in FAMV 15/2014

Mr Keith Yeung SC, DPP & Mr Derek Wong SPP, of the Department of Justice, for the Plaintiff/Respondent in FAMV 9-12/2014

Mr Charles Howard QC & Ms Lorinda Lau, instructed by Florence Tsang & Co., for the 1st Defendant/Respondent in FAMV 9-12/2014and the Petitioner/1st Respondent in FAMV 15/2014