11 January 2020

Neville Sarony

Queen's Counsel
  • 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
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  • 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...
  • Bias of any description is anathema to a sound judicial system. Photo: HKEJ

    Politics and the Law

    - Jun 14, 2017 1:55pm
    “You’re only a cypher.” This, addressed to me as a young barrister, unsettled me. My instant reaction was to take offense at the remarks. Yet the person who said it to me was an eminent barrister...
  • Well-wishers pay their respects to all those affected by the bomb attack, following a vigil in central Manchester. Photo: Reuters

    What’s in a name?

    - May 25, 2017 8:58am
    The aftermath of the Manchester bombing is a devastating tragedy for the dead, injured and their families and friends. Only those bereft of any human compassion will not react emotionally to the stricken grief of the...
  • Both Leung Chun-ying (left) and Donald Trump are obsessed with their rights and oblivious to their obligations. Photos: Bloomberg, Xinhua

    Here Be Monsters

    - May 17, 2017 2:28pm
    I am gravely troubled that people are prepared to countenance the fact that both Donald Trump and Leung Chun-ying have nothing but contempt for the people they govern. Consider first Trump and what for want of...
  • C.Y. Leung’s appointment as chief executive sounded the first death knell for Hong Kong as people knew it. Photo: CNSA

    Patriot or nationalist?

    - May 2, 2017 4:18pm
    Charles de Gaulle defined patriotism as “when love of your own people comes first” and nationalism as “when hate for people other than your own comes first”. George Orwell described patriotism as a positive emotion celebrating...
  • Erdogan’s successful campaign is a powerful reminder of what happens when a government controls the most powerful tool in electoral machinery - the media. Photo: Reuters

    Media in jeopardy

    - Apr 18, 2017 12:11pm
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s successful campaign to acquire dictatorial powers is a powerful reminder that the over-simplistic algorithm of ‘one man one vote’ does not equate to the concept of objective democracy. Perhaps the word...