Ruy Barretto SC 白理桃資深大律師

T: (+852) 2523 2003
F: (+852) 2810 0302
Secretary: Francisco das Caldas T: (+852) 2248 1871

Professional qualifications

Call: 1974 (England & Wales); 1975 (HK)
Inner Bar: 2001

Accredited as a Mediator by CEDR in 2009

Appointments and public office


Appeal Tribunal Panel (Buildings)


Air Pollution Control Appeal Board, Chairman
Dumping at Sea Appeal Board, Chairman
EIA Appeal Board, Chairman
Noise Control Appeal Board, Chairman
Waste Disposal Appeal Board and Water Pollution Control Appeal Board, Chairman
Barrister’s Disciplinary Tribunal, Member
Legal Aid Service Council, Member


King George V School, Kowloon
King’s College, London University, LLB, AKC

Practice profile

Ruy Barretto SC has a common law practice with emphasis on accident litigation. This covers industrial accidents, chemicals, waste
disposal, electrical installations, complex machinery, ships, industrial processes, construction sites, vehicles, psychiatric injury, medical
accidents and medical negligence and their related insurance issues.

Selected cases

Ruy Barretto SC takes on cases which require attention to technical or medical matters, trials involving much witness evidence and expert
evidence, cross-examination and detailed case preparation.

Appeal work

Ruy Barretto SC has been involved in important cases on principle and practice such as:

Leung Tsang Hung v Lee Wai Yue and the Incorporated Owners of Kwok Wing House [2007] 4 HKLRD 654; (2007) 10 HKCFAR 480
- a leading case on public nuisance, occupiers liability and the Building Management Ordinance

Poon Hau Kei v Hsin Chong Construction Co Ltd [2004] 2 HKLRD 442; (2004) 7 HKCFAR 148
- a case on pleading and principle for Personal Injury Litigation

Trial work

Tsang Tik Man v Kan Ki Leung, Stephen [2002] 1 HKLRD 29 - a landmark case on traumatic stress and mental cruelty leading to personal injury

Kristan Philips v Initial Environmental Services Ltd and 4 others [HKCU] 594 - a leading judgment on pesticide injury, 31st July 1997, Seagroatt J