Hong Kong Legal History Quiz #20

December 2015 marks the last of the Hong Kong legal history quizzes. From 2016, we will continue with a general legal history quiz.

As with last year, in the spirit of Christmas, for December, all readers need to do is match the correct name to the face of member of the Hong Kong legal community from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Contest Rules: To be eligible to win a bottle of Ch. La Croizille 2007 from Global Vintage Wines Centre, 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.

Congratulations: We would like to congratulate Winson Yan, Associate Director, CBRE, the winner of our Legal History Quiz #19.

Answers to Hong Kong Legal History Quiz # 19

1. B. Sir Henry Blake laid the foundation stone of the Supreme Court building that is now the Court of Final Appeal in 1903.
2. C. Chan A. Tong was the construction contractor for the old Supreme Court building.
3. A. The official address of the High Court of Hong Kong is 38 Queensway.
4. A. Paul Cressall died in internment at Stanley Internment Camp in 1943.
5. A. Sir Brian Keith who sat in the Court of Appeal until 2001 was knighted when he became a High Court judge in England. Sir Noel Power was knighted in 1999.
6. D. Sir Michael Hogan was briefly Administrator for Malaysia in 1951 following the assassination of Sir Henry Gurney.
7. A. True. Norton-Kyshe published in 1901 the book The Law and Customs Relating to Gloves, being an Exposition Historically Viewed of Ancient Laws, Customs, and Uses in respect of Gloves, and of the Symbolism of the Hand and Glove in Judicial Proceedings.
8. B. Paul Cressall played four first class cricket matches for Guyana.
9. C. Victoria Prison was closed in 2005 and official decommissioned in 2006.
10. A. B. C. & D. Male Sikh barristers may wear a snow white turban instead of a wig. Female Moslem barristers who are wearing a Hijab may choose not to wear a wig. Solicitors are not allowed to wear wigs. Judges of the Court of Final Appeal do not wear wigs.



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