Leading Matrix public law silk Phillippa Kaufmann QC spoke to members of the Hong Kong Bar Association today, Tuesday 17th April 2018. Her talk was focused on the recent successful Worboys litigation, both against London’s Metropolitan Police, and the Parole Board of England and Wales. The former resulted in the establishment of an actionable duty on the police to conduct an effective investigation into serious allegations of ill-treatment by private persons; the latter in the quashing of the Parole Board’s decision on the ground it had failed to take account of Worboys’ wider alleged offending beyond the offences for which he had been convicted. This was the first time a victim had brought a challenge against a decision of the Parole Board. Phillippa was instructed on behalf of Worboys’ victims by Harriet Wistrich of Birnberg Peirce and Partners, London.
This Thursday 19th April, Phillippa will appear before the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal in Designing Hong Kong Limited v The Town Planning Board and Secretary for Justice. The case concerns the nature and extent of Hong Kong Courts’ powers to grant Protective Cost Orders. Phillippa is instructed by Colin Cohen, Senior Partner of Boase Cohen Collins, with Nigel Kat SC [Parkside Chambers], Azan Marwah [Gilt Chambers] and Kate Olley [Parkside Chambers].