Can a spiteful husband be allowed to keep secrets, in particular information about the size and location of his wealth, from his wife? Can his wife resort to self-help remedies when dealing with him so as to protect her anticipated share of his property upon divorce? Must a journalist of a tabloid newspaper take steps to locate the subject of a potentially incriminating article so that they can offer their side of the story?
All of these issues were vigorously argued in the Oxford Hong Kong Mooting Competition, which was held on 15th September 2012. With the generous support of Clifford Chance Hong Kong, the Competition is in its second year now and attracted Oxford students and alumni from all across town. In the Oxford tradition of ‘lightning moots’, it took place on a single day, and teams were expected to prepare for both appellants and respondents, with an on-the-spot draw to determine which team would represent which party.
After two preliminary rounds, judged by experienced barristers Mr Abraham Chan (St. Catherine’s) and Mr William Wong (Wadham), the Competition culminated in the Grand Final, over which the Hon Mr Justice Lam, a Justice of Appeal of the High Court of Hong Kong, presided. Peter Chiu (LMH, 2012) and Sheena Wong (Queen’s, 2013) for the appellant beat Michael Lam (St Catherine’s, 2012) and Justin Ismail (Corpus Christi, 2013) for the respondents by a narrow margin. The Competition was followed by a 10 course Chinese style dinner.
To strengthen ties among students and alumni, the organising committee introduced a new element to the Competition this year - the mentorship scheme. Alumni currently practicing as barristers in leading sets of chambers in Hong Kong were invited to become mentors to the participating teams, so that mooters could learn from experienced practitioners. The organising committee would like to thank the following four practitioners who agreed to act as mentors: Christopher Chain, Keith Lam, Ann Lui, and Jeffrey Tam.
All in all, everyone had a great time, and the organising committee would like to take this chance to once again express our heartfelt gratitude to Clifford Chance. Last but not least, we thank the Law Faculty for their wholehearted support.