IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE
HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
CIVIL ACTION NO 2422 OF 2013
D E C I S I O N
1. As far as the plaintiff’s reasons for an extension of time, their first reason is that they have to seek counsel’s advice andmay have to amend the pleadings further.
2. Now, the plaintiff has had lots of time. As far as the plaintiff is concerned, they have had lots of time to do that. In any event,this is a summons for extension of time to file affirmation in opposition to the defendant’s application to strike out the statementof claim. It is not the plaintiff’s application for an extension of time to amend the statement of claim. There is no relevancyto the time required to file the affirmation in opposition.
3. As far as the second reason of board meetings is concerned, Mr Chan, you are your own client. You are a director and a shareholderof the plaintiff company and, of course, you are also acting as the solicitor. So, that is not an acceptable reason.
4. As far as the third one is concerned, no prejudice.
(Discussion with Mr Chan)
5. As far as the prejudice is concerned, it has nothing to do with the time the actual hearing scheduled. It has to do with the requirementof filing your evidence in time.
6. Asking for 20 days’ extension, that would bring it up to the 28th day of April.
7. Considering the submissions from both parties, my orders are as follows:
(Discussion re costs)
Mr Phil Chan, of Phillips Solicitors, for the plaintiff
Mr Sharon Li, of Clifford Chance, for the 1st to 3rd defendants