16 September 2019

Neville Sarony

Queen's Counsel
  • Will Carrie Lam find the inner courage to do what is right for the people of Hong Kong amid the current crisis, our columnist wonders. Photo: Reuters

    Carrie the kipper

    - Sep 2, 2019 11:10am
    So, as some of us rather guessed, Carrie Lam is a kipper: two-faced and no guts. As Chief Executive, her powers are extensive and certainly include withdrawing a Bill and ordering a Commission of Inquiry. Indeed,...
  • Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam, seen here at a news conference on August 5, has come under scathing criticism in the wake of extradition bill saga and the ensuing social unrest in the city. Photo: Reuters

    Personal ego versus public trauma

    - Aug 12, 2019 10:29am
    Like most rational Hong Kong people, I earnestly wish that the current protests could be brought to a satisfactory and swift resolution. Carrie Lam’s suspension of the Extradition Bill constituted reluctant recognition of the legitimacy of...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam's intractable opposition to an independent commission of inquiry into recent violent incidents suggests she has something to hide. Photo: Reuters

    Svengali Lam

    - Jul 29, 2019 5:42pm
    Is Hong Kong the victim of a dastardly plot? Would it be wrong to observe that all too many recent incidents bear the hallmarks of evil hands at work? Lest we lose sight of the core...
  • The passion with which people are expressing their discontent beyond the shelving of the extradition bill is almost certainly the product of a long-standing and increasingly chronic loss of hope. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong blues

    - Jul 16, 2019 5:38pm
    Hong Kong is in the grip of a depressive disorder. What is depression? Psychiatrists have reduced it to a clinical definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in its 5th Edition, known for...
  • Protesters break into the Legislative Council building during the anniversary of the handover on Monday last week. Photo: Reuters

    Reality check

    - Jul 8, 2019 10:23am
    Which neither listlessness, nor mad endeavour, Nor Man nor Boy, Nor all that is at enmity with joy, Can utterly abolish or destroy! (From Intimations of Immortality by W. Wordsworth)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng...
  • For those seeking to enjoy Dixieland jazz in an unpretentious setting, Ned Kelly’s is the place to go in Hong Kong, our columnist says. Photo: YouTube

    A musical correction to a false note

    - Jul 2, 2019 10:36am
    Recently, a friend brought to my attention an article in The Standard Newspaper. Written by someone who claims to have the interests of people at street level at heart, it was plainly intended to be a...
  • A police officer holds a sign to warn demonstrators in Hong Kong on June 12 amid a protest against a proposed extradition bill. Photo: Reuters

    Up the creek with Carrie the crocodile

    - Jun 14, 2019 10:47am
    I am an ex-soldier. In Singapore my battalion of Gurkhas worked together with the Singapore Police to control rioters, which is where I gained my experience in crowd control by disciplined forces. I am a barrister....
  • Protesters dress as Chinese police during a demonstration in Hong Kong on April 28 against the government’s proposed changes to the extradition law. Photo: Reuters

    Pearls before swine

    - May 31, 2019 11:32am
    “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” (Matthew 7:6) Arguably the most distinguished alumna...
  • Nowhere else in Central is there a restaurant like Grappa's Cellar which hosts live music, visiting musicians, dancing – in a word, "entertainment". Photo: Grappa's/Facebook

    Spare that Hong Kong icon Grappa’s

    - May 15, 2019 5:34pm
    “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.” So said Duke Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. But as it prepares to ring down the curtain on Grappa’s, Hong Kong Land...
  • Pan-dem lawmaker Claudia Mo is ordered evicted from the chamber by Legco president Andrew Leung (inset) on Thursday. Photo: HKEJ

    What’s in a word?

    - May 10, 2019 7:18pm
    Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen moved the goalposts when he had Claudia Mo Man-ching ejected from the chamber for accusing Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor of lying. It is a sad indictment of a decaying legislature...
  • The language of mediation calls for a philosophical approach in which the mediator, despite his or her pivotal role, becomes wholly self-effacing, writes Neville Sarony. Photo: Wikipedia

    Remediated mindset

    - Apr 29, 2019 10:24am
    As a professional advocate, I derive the greatest satisfaction from trials, either with a Jury or a first-class judiciary, so I have a vested interest in the process of litigation. Consistent with this preference, I used...
  • 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...