Hong Kong Legal History Quiz #16

Test your Hong Kong legal history knowledge!  The questions have been prepared by Douglas Clark, Barrister.  Suggestions for quiz questions to appear in next month's journal are most welcome.


1. Which of the following courts was the first British Court to be established in China?

A. The British Consular Court in Canton
B. The British Court for China
C. The Supreme Court of Hong Kong
D. The British Supreme Court for China and Japan

2. The firm Wilkinson & Grist is named after which of the following Wilkinsons?

A. Hiram Shaw Wilkinson, Crown Advocate and Chief Justice of the British Supreme Court for China and Corea
B. Hiram Parkes Wilkinson, Crown Advocate for China
C. Charles David Wilikinson

3. The professions of barrister and solicitor were effectively fused in the British extraterritorial courts in China and Japan.

A. True
B. False

4. Which Chinese majority that controlled Hong Kong registered bank was involved in litigation in 1926 in the British Supreme Court for China over whether it was sufficiently British to lease land in the British Concession on Shameen in Canton?

A. Bank of East Asia
B. Wing Lung Bank
C. Hang Seng Bank

5. Which former Attorney General for Hong Kong wrote the following about the separation of powers in the Far East: “In Hong Kong and Singapore the slightest appearance of interference with the Chief Justice in the way of pressure in discharge of his functions is the signal for violent attacks by the public press, indignation meetings, petitions and demonstrations of every kind.”?

A. Michael Thomas
B. Julian Pauncefote
C. Arthur Ridehalgh
D. Grenville Alabaster

6. Rennie’s Mill in Hong Kong was named after which of the following gentlemen?

A. Sir Richard Rennie, Chief Justice of the British Supreme Court for China and Japan
B. William Hepburn Rennie, Auditor-General of Hong Kong, Richard Rennie’s brother
C. Alfred Herbert Rennie who established a flour mill on the site

7. Fessenden Road in Kowloon is named after Stirling Fessenden, an American lawyer, who served as Chairman and Secretary General of the Shanghai Municipal Council from 1923 to 1939.

A. True
B. False

8. What was the telegraphic code of Johnson Stokes and Masters’ Shanghai office?

A. None, they did not have a Shanghai office
B. Retsam Shanghai
C. Retsam
D. JSM Shanghai

9. Following the end of British extraterritoriality in China in 1943, pending cases were transferred to which courts:

A. None, there were no pending cases
B. The Supreme Court of Hong Kong
C. Chinese courts of appropriate jurisdiction

10. The United States Court for China had jurisdiction over American nationals in which of the following countries or territories?

A. China
B. Korea
C. Japan
D. Hong Kong

Contest Rules

To be eligible to win a bottle of Ch. La Croizille 2007 from Global Vintage Wines Centre or a copy of Doug Clark’s ewly published book, Gunboat Justice, please send your quiz question answers to cynthia.claytor@thomsonreuters.com. The first reader to respond with the most correct answers, with no more than 3 incorrect responses, will be deemed the winner. The decision of Thomson Reuters regarding the winner is final and conclusive.


We would like to congratulate Julia Lam, Assistant Solicitor at Adrian Yeung & Cheng Solicitors, the winner of our Legal History Quiz #15.

Answers to Hong Kong Legal History Quiz #15

1. B. It is now the Savannah College of Art and Design.
2. C. The North Kowloon Magistracy was closed on 3 January 2005.
3. C. Chief Justice MacGregor’s last official act was to swear in Franklin Grimson as acting Governor following the surrender of Hong Kong.
4. B. Fielding Clarke was appointed Chief Justice of Jamaica after leaving Hong Kong.
5. C. Two Chief Justices commenced their judicial careers as magistrates in Hong Kong. They were James Russell and Ti-liang Yang.
6. A. The Victoria District Court was located in the French Mission Building from 1965 to 1980.
7. A. Battery Path is named after a military battery which was located there. (This is apparent from its Chinese name).
8. C. The Rules of Court were first enacted in 1988.
9. A. The first case FACV 1/1997, Wong Tak Yue v Kung Kwok Wai David, involved the possession of land in the New Territories.
10. C. Lord Cooke of Thorndon sat as an overseas NPJ on the first substantive appeal before the Court of Final Appeal.


Mr. Clark is a barrister (and former solicitor) practising in Hong Kong. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and related areas.  From September 2016, he has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong to teach the IP LLM course. Mr. Clark is General Editor and a co-author ofIntellectual Property Rights: Hong Kong SAR and the People’s Republic of China and author of Patent Litigation in China. He has also published a history of British and American extraterritoriality in China, Gunboat Justice