CACV 156/2007, CACV 163/2007, CACV 165/2007, CACV 180/2007
and CACV 181/2007
IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
COURT OF APPEAL
CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 156, 163, 165, 180 AND 181 OF 2007
(ON APPEAL FROM HCA NO. 1963 OF 2003)
Before: Hon Rogers VP and Le Pichon JA in Court
Date of Hearing: 5 February 2009
Date of Judgment: 5 February 2009
Hon Rogers VP:
1. This is a hearing to settle an order in respect of a judgment which this court handed down on 8 May last year.
2. It seems to me that all the orders and all the drafts and suggestions which have been put forward are wrong. The order that wepropose to make is in the following terms:
3. As a rider to that, I would say that one of the matters which I would specifically draw to the parties’ attention is that attemptswere made to give a blanket leave to amend pleadings. This court does not do that. If parties wish this court to approve an amendment,that amendment must be prepared well in advance so all parties can comment on it. It is bad practice for any court to allow a blanketleave to amend, because that causes considerable difficulties in case an invalid amendment is slipped in. In this case, it is allthe more important in view of what was said in paragraph 23 of this court’s judgment.
4. I would also add that the costs of this hearing will be costs in the appeal, because that is the normal course.
Mr Nigel Bedford, instructed by Messrs Weir & Associates, for the 1st and 2nd Plaintiffs/Appellants in CACV165/2007
G Jacqueline Fangonil Walsh and Cosimo Borrelli, the Joint and Several Liquidators of the 1st Defendant, in person (Absent)
Mr Clifford Smith SC, instructed by Messrs Tanner De Witt, for the 2nd Defendant/Appellant in CACV 180/2007
Christopher Mark Barber, the 3rd Defendant/Appellant in CACV 181/2007, in person
Mr Nicholas Pirie, instructed by Messrs Munros, for the 4th Defendant/ Appellant in CACV 163/2007
Philip Clark, the 5th Defendant/Respondent, in person
Mr C W Ling, instructed by Messrs Deacons, for the 7th Defendant/Appellant in CACV 156/2007