Practice overview

James has developed a broad civil practice and accepts instructions across a wide range of business law and private client cases.

He is ranked as a leading junior in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, where he is described as “outstanding”, “commercially minded”, and an “effective and versatile advocate”. A past edition of Chambers & Partners cited him as “one of the most user-friendly junior counsel”.

James has appeared as an advocate (either in his own right and as a led junior), including in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal and the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.

Commercial disputes

  • Re Yip Kim Po (Debtor) [2022] 3 HKLRD 356 (res judicata in bankruptcy proceedings; whether service of statutory demand constituted “action” for the purpose of the Limitation Ordinance)
  • Sun Tian Gang v Changchun High & New Technology Industries Development Parent Co [2022] HKCFI 3348; [2018] 5 HKLRD 485 (postponement of limitation period in case of deliberate concealment)
  • Lu Yongliang v Bank of China Ltd, Dongguan Branch [2021] HKCA 1048 (construction of section 5 of Foreign Judgements (Restriction on Recognition and Enforcement) Ordinance and section 22 of Mainland Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance); [2020] HKCA 1089 (application of *Ladd v Marshall *principles in case of fraud)
  • Cheng Siu Fai v Swenson Global Opportunities Fund SPC [2021] HKCFI 1609 (disputes arising from the suspension of the IPO of Ant Group Co., Ltd)
  • Convoy Global Holdings Ltd v Kwok Hiu Kwan [2020] 4 HKLRD 222; [2021] HKCA 1594 (application to strike out private action for declaration that defendants had contravened s.131 of the SFO and injunctive relief)
  • Malayan Banking Berhad, Singapore Branch v Legend Six Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCFI 990 (privilege against self-incrimination in pre-action discovery)
  • Giorgio Armani SPA v Elan Clothes Co Ltd [2019] 2 HKLRD 313 (anti-suit injunction)
  • SFC v Chin Jong Hwa [2019] HKCFI 2375 (relief under Carecraft procedure)
  • Dymocks Franchise Systems (China) Ltd v Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong [2019] 3 HKLRD 742 (duty of solicitors to advise client on the Transfer of Businesses (Protection of Creditors) Ordinance (Cap.49))
  • Achieve Goal Holdings Ltd v Zhong Xin Ore-Material Holding Co Ltd [2018] HKCFI 2718; [2020] HKCA 51 (joint venture agreement; contractual interpretation and consequence of termination)
  • Ho Ming Pui Andy v Midland Realty (Strategic) Limited [2017] 5 HKC 469 (validity of conclusive evidence clause)
  • Cheng Hung Kit v Tsoi Chik Sang Lawrence [2017] 4 HKLRD 579 (striking-out; defence of estoppel and laches)
  • SFC v Sun Min [2017] 4 HKLRD 211 (relief under SFO s.213(2)(b))
  • Beijing Tong Gang Da Sheng Trade Co Ltd & Anor v Allen & Overy (a firm) & Anor (2016) 19 HKCFAR 705 (limitation period and its interplay with RHC O.20 r.5)
  • Beijing Hantong Yuzhi Convention Centre Ltd v Lao Yuan Yi [2016] 2 HKC 1 (treatment of foreign judgments in civil proceedings)
  • Ming Hsieh v Xu Zhe & Or, CACV 189/2015 (injunction under HCO s.21M)
  • Lam Yee Hung v Chinachem Charitable Foundation Limited, HCA 764/2015 (further & better particulars)
  • Anite Telecoms Limited v World Best Cargo-Link Company Limited, HCA 2560/2013 (release of implied undertaking; privilege against self-incrimination)
  • Ubiquiti Networks International Limited v Cham Kim Chuen & Ors, HCA 1606/2016 (Henderson v Henderson estoppel)
  • Market Misconduct Tribunal re CITIC Limited (disclosure of false or misleading information inducing transaction under SFO s. 277)

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  • Quote symbolJames is very astute and a deep thinker. He has a real skill in drawing together many different layers of factual and legal information to present the best arguments for clients.

    Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2024

  • Quote symbolJames is a brilliant, hard-working, experienced, and friendly barrister. He is very solid on the law and always provides commercially minded legal advice.

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024

  • Quote symbolJames Man is outstanding as his analysis is in depth and he always lays good foundations for development by senior counsel or making submissions on his own feet.

    Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2024

  • Quote symbolA thoughtful, effective, and versatile advocate, and he can always think of the points that others have not thought of and present them in a way that will be well-received by the bench.

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024

  • Quote symbolHe has shown dedication and attention to detail in his work, as well as good client management skills.

    Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2024

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James's expertise

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Company law

  • Re Overseas Associates Ltd [2022] 2 HKLRD 790 (CA) (striking out part of the petition for winding-up relief)
  • Bank of Taiwan, Hong Kong Branch v Zhaoheng Hydropower (Hong Kong) Ltd [2021] HKCFI 1434 (winding up order sought by one of the banks of a consortium)
  • Re Orient Venture Investment Ltd [2020] HKCFI 576 (validation order)
  • Re Hang Heung Cake Shop Company Limited, HCMP 812/2017 (appointment of receivers and managers)
  • Re Kingstone International Wealth Management Ltd, CACV 56/2017 (leave for statutory derivative action; application of fiduciary no-conflict rule)
  • Revelry Gains Limited v Joy Rich Development Limited [2017] 1 HKLRD 769 (proper procedure for creditor to intervene to defend proceedings for company in liquidation)
  • Hao Xiaoying v Wong Yiu Lam William [2017] 6 HKC 151 (committal of directors; construction of s.152FA of the former Companies Ordinance)
  • Re Yung Kee Holdings Ltd (2015) 18 HKCFAR 501 (jurisdiction to wind up foreign company)
  • Crown Master International Trading Co., Ltd v China Solar Energy Holdings Limited [2015] 4 HKC 505 (injunction restraining shareholder from voting at the meeting of a listed company)
  • Caspian Resources Development Pte Limited v Fortune Oil Plc & Ors [2015] 5 HKLRD 836 (effect of deregistration of a defendant foreign company in ongoing HK proceedings)
  • Re Dejin Resources Group Company Limited, HCCW 76/2014 (winding up petition of a listed company)
  • Myers Management Consulting Limited v Topmix (International) Company Limited, DCCJ 3051-3054/2014; CACV 194-197/2015 (common law right for minority shareholder to intervene to defend proceedings for the company)

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Civil fraud and asset recovery

  • Tsai Lee Ting v Best Leader Precious Metas Ltd [2023] HKCFI 2124 (alleged fraudulent Ponzi scheme)
  • Xie Li Xin v Law Ka Yan Thompson [2022] HKCFI 1591 (fraudulent scheme deceiving the claimant to invest in money lender business)
  • Dingway Investment Ltd v China City Construction & Development Co (Hong Kong) Ltd [2022] HKCFI 3422 (fraudulent scheme stripping away the company’s assets in the US)

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Property

  • Donora Co Ltd v Incorporated Owners of Tsuen Kam Centre [2021] HKLdT 49 (construction of DMC with respect to common parts)
  • Dairy Farm Co Ltd v Secretary for Justice [2020] HKCFI 306 (right of way; whether government obliged to give owner of lot vehicular right of way)
  • HSBC v Tai Yue For [2020] 1 HKLRD 718 (application of limitation statue on enforcement of charging order)
  • Hammer Capital Private Investments Ltd v Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Ltd [2018] HKCFI 2603 (injunction restraining intended public auction of mortgaged properties)
  • Re Garden Lot No.68, Shek O, Hong Kong [2017] 2 HKLRD 374 (squatter control policy; adverse possession of land in Shek O)
  • Tierra Trading Ltd v Land Base Ltd, HCMP 374/2014 (adverse possession of land in Causeway Bay)
  • Kwai Tak Ming v KS Capital One Limited & Ors, HCA 679/2012 (setting aside of sale & purchase agreement of property)

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Trusts, probate and estates: contentious

  • Ng Yuk Tin v Fan On La [2023] HKCFI 658 (trial on validity of a handwritten will)
  • Liu Tieh Ching Brandon v Liu Ju Ching [2021] HKCFI 821 (repugnant condition in inter vivos gift)
  • Tao Soh Ngun v HSBC International Trustee Limited [2019] HKCFI 1268 (discretionary trust set up by the founders of the Great Eagle Group; proper exercise of the trustee’s powers)
  • Yip Wing Ching v Yip Shung Kin [2019] HKCFI 2018 (exercise of court’s discretion for interim maintenance under s.7 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Ordinance (Cap.481))
  • Yang Foo-Oi by Leung Ping Chiu Roy, her next friend v Wai Wai Chen, HCA 1739/2010 (distribution of assets by the founder of the Nan Fung Group; sham, fiduciary duties, family arrangement and undue influence)
  • Herman Budihardjo & Ors v Hadi Gunawan & Ors [2018] HKCFI 1450 (alleged misappropriation of funds under family trust)
  • Re Estate of Chow Kwok Leung, HCMP 797/2016 (application to remove administrator)

Mental health cases:

  • Wong Chi Ho Jimmy v Wong Oi Lun [2020] HKCFI 1073 (application for account by EPOA attorney; meaning of “interested party” under the EPOAO)
  • C v B [2019] 2 HKLRD 613 (best interests test, interplay between HMO Part II regime and EPOA regime)

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International arbitration

  • A v B [2022] HKCFI 607 (whether enforcement proceedings should be adjourned pending final determination of application to Netherlands court to set aside award)
  • Xiamen Xinjingdi Group Co Ltd v Eton Properties Ltd (2020) 23 HKCFAR 348 (jurisdiction of enforcement court in common law action on the award)
  • Arbitrations re Directors and Officers insurance, corporate liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance
  • Arbitration re international sales of goods
  • Arbitration re licence and distribution arrangement by international retail brands
  • Arbitration re hotel development dispute

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  • Quote symbol“James is very astute and a deep thinker. He has a real skill in drawing together many different layers of factual and legal information to present the best arguments for clients.”

    Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2024

  • Quote symbolJames is a brilliant, hard-working, experienced, and friendly barrister. He is very solid on the law and always provides commercially minded legal advice.

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024

  • Quote symbolJames Man is outstanding as his analysis is in depth and he always lays good foundations for development by senior counsel or making submissions on his own feet.

    Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2024

  • Quote symbolA thoughtful, effective, and versatile advocate, and he can always think of the points that others have not thought of and present them in a way that will be well-received by the bench.

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024

  • Quote symbolHe has shown dedication and attention to detail in his work, as well as good client management skills.

    Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2024

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James's Details

Registered name: Kwok Ho James Man
VAT number: 450 1265 31

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Qualifications and Appointments

  • University of Hong Kong graduate
  • HKU Foundation Entrance Scholarship
  • Simon K Y Lee Medal in Law (for being the top finalist in the LLB programme in his year)

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