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Geoffrey Booth

( Partner, Criminal Litigation & Family Law )

PERSONAL DETAILS

Languages

English

Admissions

Hong Kong (Solicitor Advocate)
England & Wales
Victoria, Australia

Other Qualifications

Notary Public
Accredited Mediator
Collaborative Practitioner
Civil Celebrant of Marriages

Practice Areas

Criminal Defence
Securities, Regulatory & Disciplinary Matters
Matrimonial & Family Law

CONTACT

TEL (852) 2868 1234 ( during office hours )
FAX (852) 2845 1637

 

EXPERIENCE

Geoffrey has been practising law in Hong Kong since 1979 and has acted for clients in many significant cases in the territory over that time.  He believes that it is important to understand the stress which Court proceedings place on clients, and to assist them as practically and effectively as possible.

 

His representation of clients has involved all levels of Courts for Criminal, Family and Civil Litigation matters.  These have included all Magistrates Courts, the District Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong, and the Privy Council inEngland.  He has appeared for clients in military Court-Martial, the Market Misconduct Tribunal, Immigration Tribunal, Lands Tribunal, Licensing Tribunal and Obscene Articles Tribunal, and in professional and statutory disciplinary hearings.  Cases have encompassed a great deal of international work including extradition proceedings, international Restraint Orders and Letters of Request, and attending at proceedings overseas for taking of evidence.  He has helped clients with investigations by the SFC, ICAC, CCB, Police, Customs & Excise, Immigration Department and other statutory bodies.

 

He was awarded Higher Rights of Audience for Criminal proceedings in 2013 and is listed in International Guides as one ofHong Kong's leading white collar crime lawyers and commercial mediators. 

 

Geoffrey has been mediating for over 20 years in Commercial and in Family matters, and has joined Hong Kong's Collaborative Law Practice Group, which assists clients to settle disputes by a collaborative process in which the parties instruct their lawyers to work with them in a co-operative approach to reach a settlement.

 

 

PROFILE

Present and Former Professional Positions:

  • Member of Law Society of Hong Kong; member of the Mediation Committee of HKIAC; member of the Criminal Law Procedure Committee; former Chairman of the Criminal Law & Procedure Committee and of the Law Society ADR Committee; former member of Human Rights Committee and of the Practitioner's Affairs Committee.
  • Former Chairman of the Commercial Mediation Committee of HKIAC.
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Member of International Bar Association.
  • Honorary Lecturer of Hong Kong University.
  • Member of Solicitors Disciplinary Panel.
  • Member of the Joint Tribunal (Hong Kong Bar Association and Hong Kong law Society).
  • Member of Higher Rights of Audience Assessment Panel.
  • Member of many professional working parties on legislative and practice issues.

 

Examples of Cases as Solicitor Advocate or Instructing Solicitor featured in News Articles

Shanghai Land – fraud charges against lawyers and bankers.

Allied Group – publication of misleading material by company directors.

Nina Wang – alleged Will forgery.

Dragages Rambler Channel – construction accident with death of 9 employees.

Ka Wah Bank – multi million bank fraud

Warwick Reid – bribery of government servant

Dean of Medical Faculty – ICAC prosecution

Miller – murder/manslaughter

Broomfield – attempted murder

Morse Park – chopping – triad gang fight

Kevin Jewellery – first Complex Commercial Crimes Ordinance trial in HK

Lau Wing Yip – criminal jurisdiction of Hong Kong Courts

Yiu Mei Yee – blackmail of celebrity

Fetish Fashion – fetish parties prosecution

David Li – SFC stock market manipulation, definition of key words in offences

IHD Holdings – false accounting public company

John Chan – false accounting/theft

General Ferdinand Ver. Philippines Government – Letters of Request/money laundering

Indonesian government – mutual legal assistance

Megaupload/Kim Doctom – International Restraint Orders

Rafael Hui and others – bribery of Chief Secretary