Thomas joined Chambers in 2016 after completing his pupillage with Mr Robert Pang SC, Mr Victor Dawes SC, Mr Bernard Man SC, Mr Edwin Choy SC and Mr Jonathan Winston Ah-Weng. From 2014 to 2015 he was a Judicial Assistant to the Court of Final Appeal and Court of Appeal. He has served as a Judicial Associate to the Court of Appeal since 2020.
Thomas has a broad civil practice. He acts and advises in a wide range of commercial disputes, company matters, defamation claims, winding up and bankruptcy petitions, probate and property cases, and employment disputes. He has experience in urgent matters including obtaining and resisting interlocutory injunctive relief and appointment of provisional liquidators. He is ranked as a rising star in Legal 500.
Thomas has appeared at all levels from the District Court to the Court of Final Appeal. He has been instructed to conduct civil trials (both as an advocate in his own right and as a junior counsel) in English and Chinese. He has advised on and appeared in arbitrations (including an arbitration conducted in Mandarin) under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules.
Commercial T&T Global Trading Ltd v BOE (HK) Group Ltd  HKCFI 3618 – sale of goods dispute; claim against seller based on non-delivery of goods; whether seller not obliged to make delivery by reason of buyer's failure to top-up deposit; whether buyer’s claim compromised by settlement agreement (as sole advocate)Haitong International Securities Company Ltd v Silver Star Enterprises Holdings Inc & Another (HCA 1097/2021) – breach of margin loan agreement against borrower and guarantor for over HK$174 million (as sole advocate)Cable, Bradley Paul v ePaylinks Technology Co., Ltd & Others (HCA 937/2021) – monies paid as a result of fraudulent misrepresentations; acting for first-layer recipient to defend claims in unjust enrichment, constructive trust and unlawful means conspiracy (as sole advocate) Company Chiu Wing Keung Mikey v Interasia Corporation Ltd & Others (HCMP 2114/2021) – acting for minority shareholder in unfair prejudice petition; misappropriation of assets; manipulation of accounts; exclusion from management (as sole advocate)Chen Chiu-Man v King Machinery (Taiwan) Co., Ltd & Others (HCMP 2214/2020) – acting for majority shareholder in unfair prejudice petition; dilution of shares; breach of common understanding and directorial duties (as sole advocate)Fung Chui Lin v Rich Will Holdings Ltd & Another (HCCW 309/2021) – acting for 50% shareholder to oppose just and equitable winding up; siphoning of cash; mismanagement of company; deadlock (as sole advocate) Defamation / Media Baby Fat Pet Shop Ltd & Another v Shek Hei Lo (HCA 217/2022) – libel claim against influencer in respect of defamatory statements posted on Instagram and Facebook (with Eugene Kwan)Tina Michelle Hsu v Kam Wai Fun Torrente  HKDC 299 – libel claim brought by chairlady of management committee of incorporated owners against resident; striking out pleas of justification and fair comment (led by Jonathan Chang SC)Liam Kealy Barney v Nguyen Phuoc Tieu Phung (HCA 1956/2021) – libel claim in respect of Facebook post alleging criminal conduct (as sole advocate) Injunction / Contempt Alltogether Land Company Ltd v China Create Capital Ltd & Another  HKCFI 2726 – variation of post-judgment Mareva injunction (with Cristian Tsang)Daimler AG v Helge Herbert Leiduck & Another (HCA 4089/1994) – application to dismiss an inquiry as to damages; security for costs; expunging hearsay evidence; disclosure application in aid of non-party costs order (led by Bernard Man SC)CW Financing Ltd v Haitong International Products & Solutions Ltd (HCMP 1250/2021) – secured creditor seeking to dispose of charged assets covered by a Mareva injunction (as sole advocate) Insolvency Pan Sutong v Bank of China Ltd  HKCFI 1450 – setting aside statutory demand on grounds of duress, foreign illegality and abuse of process (led by Bernard Man SC)AIG Insurance Hong Kong Ltd v Yip Kim Po  3 HKLRD 356 – bankruptcy petition presented more than 6 years after accrual of debt; whether petition was time-barred (as sole advocate)Stellar Aircraft Holding 1 Ltd v Hong Kong Airlines Ltd (HCCW 71/2022) – winding up petition against airline operator (as sole advocate) Arbitration Acting for PRC companies against former employees in a dispute relating to grant of share options (led by Bernard Man SC)Acting for lender to recover a USD 15-million loan against borrower and guarantor (as sole advocate)Acting for a Japanese electrical manufacturer to defend claims brought by customer (as sole advocate) Property & Conveyancing Chen Kam Nga v Lee Ho Yin  HKCFI 1352;  HKCA 1150 – dispute as to beneficial ownership of property acquired during romantic relationship; constructive trust (as sole advocate)Soshila Keswani v Motiram Keswani  HKDC 135;  2 HKLRD 822 – setting aside deed of family arrangement and vesting assignment; non est factum (as sole advocate; led by Jonathan Chang SC)Arch Land Holdings Ltd v Jim Yiu Ming & Others (HCA 1060/2020) – acting for mortgagee to strike out claims for breaching no reflective loss rule (with Eugene Kwan) Probate / Succession Chan Sze Mann Samantha v Chan Ka Pui (HCA 523/2020) – derivative action by beneficiary against personal representative (as sole advocate)Ng, Rose Kai Ching & Others v Liang Yum Shing Howard & Another (HCMP 2013/2018) – removal of executor; claim for inventory and account (led by Bernard Man SC)Tsang Wing Kwai v Tsang Wing Fai  1 HKLRD 1300;  5 HKLRD 350 – removal of executor; stay of execution (led by Bernard Man SC) Sinotruk (Hong Kong) Ltd & Another v Lin Dongming (HCA 117/2022) – salary dispute between listed company and former managing director (as sole advocate) Tsang Wing Wai Michael v Sunlink Commercial Ltd (HCA 2407/2019) – claim by ex-employee against former employer for breach of incentive agreement and bonus payment; rescission for misrepresentation (led by Paul Shieh SC)Prestige Medical Imaging Centre Limited & Another v To Man Chi (HCA 2023/2018) - interlocutory injunction against ex-employee; springboard relief; breach of non-compete covenant and confidentiality clause (as sole advocate) Sound Agents Ltd & Others v Hang Seng Bank Ltd (HCA 1183/2021) – representing bank to defend claims brought by customer in a dispute arising from restructuring negotiations (led by Bernard Man SC)Taishin International Bank Co Ltd v QFI Ltd  HKCFI 2116 – dispute between bank and customer over foreign exchange transactions; conclusive evidence clause (led by Bernard Man SC)Liming Capital Ltd v CLSA Ltd (HCA 2055/2008, 27.12.2017) – dispute between investment bank and consultant over service fees (led by Charles Manzoni SC) Securities and Futures Commission v Li Wing Sang & Others (HCMP 2068/2020) – disqualification order under s.214 of Securities and Futures Ordinance (led by Victor Dawes SC)Zhi Charles v The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited & Others  2 HKLRD 35 – acted for Hong Kong Stock Exchange to resist interlocutory injunction (led by Bernard Man SC)Re Freeman Fintech Corporation Ltd; Securities and Futures Commission v Andrew Liu & Others (HCMP 2653/2016) – disqualification order under s.214 of Securities and Futures Ordinance (led by Jat Sew Tong SC, Victor Dawes SC and with Jonathan Chang, now Jonathan Chang SC)
Confidentiality / Privacy
Sound Agents Ltd & Others v Hang Seng Bank Ltd (HCA 1183/2021) – acting for bank to defend claim in breach of confidence brought by customer (led by Bernard Man SC)Prestige Medical Imaging Centre Limited & Another v To Man Chi (HCA 2023/2018) – interlocutory injunction against ex-employee to enforce non-compete covenant and confidentiality clause (as sole advocate)Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd v Fu Sheng (HCA 1637/2011) – breach of confidence against ex-employee (led by Bernard Man SC) United Reliance Corporation Ltd v Chun Yip Construction Company Ltd (HCCT 74/2021) – construction dispute between building contractors at residential development site (as sole advocate)The Getz Corporation (Hong Kong) Ltd v Sau Gwan Engineering Co. (HCA 1790/2020) – construction dispute between building contractors at government complex (as sole advocate)Chun Yip Construction Company Ltd v Sun Kong Hing Mason Engineering Ltd (HCA 1304/2019) – construction dispute between building contractors at residential development site (as sole advocate) Matsushima Electric (HK) Co Ltd v Benny Kong & Tsai (DCCJ 4152/2019) – negligence claim against law firm by former client (as sole advocate)
Public Law / Judicial Review
Siu Yat Fung Anthony v The Council of the Law Society of Hong Kong & Others  HKCFI 2199;  3 HKLRD 443 – judicial review in respect of Joint Tribunal of the Bar Council and the Law Society’s decision regarding dispute over counsel’s fees; breach of Tameside duty; failure to consider relevant considerations; inadequate reasons (led by Bernard Man SC) Cheung Tak Wing v Communications Authority & Director of Information Services Department  5 HKLRD 515 – judicial review regarding broadcast materials concerning Government’s constitutional reform proposals on method for selecting Chief Executive (with Abraham Chan, now Abraham Chan SC)Re Feng Hongyan (HCAL 165/2017) – leave to apply for judicial review; refund of stamp duty under s.29DF of Stamp Duty Ordinance (with Elizabeth Cheung)