21 April 2019

Neville Sarony

Queen's Counsel
  • Integral to any inviolable decision is that those making the decision do not have a vested interest in the outcome, writes Neville Sarony. Photo: RTHK

    Why the move to skip outside counsel on CY Leung case was wrong

    - Dec 28, 2018 5:34pm
    “In this field of conflicts and sentiments I find delight”    — Samuel Johnson It has not been a good year to be christened Teresa. Leave aside the tribulations of Mrs. May, let us consider Ms....
  • One of the most basic legal principles is that 'justice must not only be done but be seen to be done'. Photo: Bloomberg

    Conflict ad nauseam

    - Oct 30, 2018 4:51pm
    A “conflict of interest” arrests the flow of blood in the circulatory system of the common law. Most people are aware of the principle that no one should be prosecutor, judge and jury in a case;...
  • The Foreign Correspondents Club has a long history of providing a platform for anyone who believes he or she has something of value to express, provided it can be done intelligibly. Photo: AFP

    To dream the impossible dream

    - Aug 9, 2018 1:51pm
    With thousand such enchanting dreams, that meet To make a sleep not so sound, as sweet. – Robert Herrick A Hong Kong independent from the People’s Republic of China is a pipe dream. But if we...
  • Hong Kong airport authorities have come under fire for tweaking a rule that required passengers to be present at the screening of all cabin baggage. Representational image: Bloomberg

    Alice in Aviation Land

    - Jun 27, 2018 10:05am
    The magnetic personality of C.Y. Leung, previously deployed to reunite a left-behind bag with his daughter right at the boarding gate at Hong Kong International Airport, continues to attract controversy. On March 28, 2016, the mislaid...
  • The government seems incapable of recognizing that the Legal Aid Department is, in effect, a giant firm of solicitors and that its officers are primarily lawyers whose decisions are subject to stringent professional ethics. Photo: Bloomberg

    The road to injustice

    - Jun 6, 2018 4:50pm
    “Why did you stop practicing in England?” is a question I am still frequently asked. As with virtually all life’s decisions, it was a combination of factors, mainly personal but underpinning the motivation was my perception...
  • Leung Kwok-hung had won a legal challenge against prison haircut rules on the grounds of sexual discrimination, but lost it after the court ruling was appealed. Photo:  AFP, HKEJ

    Arbiters of hair fashion

    - May 7, 2018 6:10pm
    Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair Flow it, show it Long as God can grow it My hair (From the musical “Hair”)   Who would have thought that the subject of hair could give rise...
  • Eight years elapsed between the first complaint filed with the Medical Council and the Disciplinary Committee’s eventual ruling. Photo: Internet

    A long journey to justice

    - Apr 24, 2018 1:50pm
  • The appointment of Canada’s longest-serving Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (inset, top) and the UK Supreme Court’s Baroness Hale of Richmond bring a special luster to our Court of Final Appeal. Photo: Bloomberg / Reuters / University of Salford (Flickr)

    Court of Feminine Appeal

    - Mar 28, 2018 10:40am
    If Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal had a glass ceiling, it has just been smashed to smithereens. The appointment of Canada’s longest-serving Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and the UK Supreme Court’s Baroness Hale of Richmond...
  • Former chief executive Donald Tsang has been ordered to pay HK$4.6 million to cover the prosecution's costs over his misconduct conviction. The judge said he was uncooperative during the investigation and prosecution of the case. Photo: HKEJ

    The Donald Tsang costs order (I)

    - Mar 12, 2018 1:11pm
    (First of a two-part series) “And though all my law be fudge I will never never budge…”  – Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury I hold no brief for Donald Tsang but if the judgment holding him...
  • Former chief executive Donald Tsang and his wife Selina outside the courthouse. Photo: HKEJ

    The Donald Tsang costs order (II)

    - Mar 12, 2018 1:09pm
    (Second of a two-part series) The judge held that he had come to the view “that the way the defendant conducted himself towards the investigation and prosecution” in the case against him “warrants the imposition of...
  • Given the shortage of judges at the High Court, the Hong Kong government should have tapped a retired legal professional, rather than a sitting judge, to head an inquiry into Saturday's deadly bus crash, observers say. Photo: HKEJ

    Bus crash inquiry: Who should be heading it?

    - Feb 13, 2018 8:16am
    A Public Inquiry establishes the facts, identifies those responsible for wrongdoing and makes recommendations with the aim of preventing or limiting a recurrence. To ensure that the public is assured about the integrity of the Inquiry’s...
  • Despite being a rich city, Hong Kong has a substantial portion of its population living in dismal, cramped conditions. Authorities are accused of not doing enough to resolve the common man’s woes. Photo: Bloomberg

    Take me to your leader

    - Jan 29, 2018 10:07am
    When I was an officer cadet, we were given a tactical situation and directed to come up with a solution. After we had all given our answers I asked my company commander Major Langley “What was...
  • Supporters of retired Police Superintendent Frankly Chu (inset) rally outside the court on Wednesday. Chu was sentenced to three months in jail for hitting a pedestrian with a baton during the 2014 Occupy protests. Photos: RTHK/HKEJ

    Hong Kong Calibans

    - Jan 5, 2018 10:08am
    I shall not embark on an analysis of the sentence imposed on the retired Police Superintendent Frankly Chu. If he is aggrieved he is at liberty to appeal and, in the remote possibility that the Department...
  • There is an unbridgeable gap between our liberal, democratic common law system and the Chinese Communist Party’s iteration of the judicial function. Photo: Bloomberg

    The quality of justice

    - Dec 27, 2017 2:08pm
    Hong Kong’s legal system is sleepwalking to disaster. Currently, Hong Kong is Asia’s only corruption-free, common law system of justice in which people can have confidence. We still have a body of judges untainted by corruption...
  • Senior Chinese official Li Fei says advocacy of separatism on campus has much to do with the city not enacting Article 23 of the Basic Law. Photo: AFP/Reuters

    Pathetic propaganda

    - Nov 20, 2017 5:52pm
    If I want to start each day in a good humor I really should not read China Daily. Five minutes into it and my teeth are grinding. So, you ask, reasonably, “Why do you do it?”...
  • There was a time when Cathay Pacific was Hong Kong’s airline and we supported the home side. Photo: HKEJ

    Catharsis Pacific

    - Nov 2, 2017 5:34pm
    It is probably as unsportsmanlike as shooting animals in a game reserve but Cathay Pacific, like HSBC, Hong Kong’s other Aunt Sally icon, has an uncanny knack of inviting destructive criticism, an invitation I find irresistible....
  • Junius Ho's subsequent comments since calling for the killing without mercy of pro-independence advocates prove his homicidal intent. Photo: HKEJ


    - Sep 22, 2017 4:20pm
    “First let’s kill all the lawyers.” Shakespeare puts these words into the mouth of Dick, a thoroughly disreputable character in Henry VI, as part of his recipe for Utopia. As a lawyer reading the garbage uttered...
  • A protester dressed as a judge and holding a mask of Chinese President Xi Jinping stands outside the Court of Final Appeal during a protest against the jailing of pro-democracy activists on Sunday.  Photo: AFP

    Crime and punishment

    - Aug 23, 2017 4:21pm
    When I was a Recorder of the Crown Court of England and Wales, I regarded sentencing as a minefield and the most complex of my duties, in much the same way, I believe, as many judges...
  • Realpolitik means that the Communist Party of China can do whatever it likes with and in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP


    - Jul 28, 2017 11:01am
    MPA does not, as the Hong Kong government asserts, stand for “mainland port area” but “mainland power acquisition”. Realpolitik means that the Communist Party of China can do whatever it likes with and in Hong Kong...
  • File picture of President Xi Jinping (center) attending a variety show in Hong Kong, part of the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the city's handover to Chinese rule. Photo: Reuters

    Mr President, nothing to fear from Hong Kong but fear itself

    - Jul 12, 2017 9:49am
    I am hard pressed to think of anything quite as superfluous as President Xi’s flying visit to Hong Kong. His every move was choreographed with the precision of a Diaghilev ballet and the security of a...

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