John Litton QC

  • LLB, Southampton University [1988]

Year of call

  • England & Wales [1989]
  • Queen’s Counsel [2010]
  • Hong Kong [1990]

Practice areas

Arbitration
Chancery
Commercial
Company & Insolvency
Planning & Environmental Law
Rating

Profile

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John is admitted to the Bars of Hong Kong (1990), England & Wales (1989), Northern Ireland (2013) and the Supreme Court of the Eastern Carribbean (BVI) (2013). He is a registered lawyer in the Dubai International Financial Centre Court, a member of CIArb and associate member of HKIArb. He is a member of Landmark Chambers in London and practises ini Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and internationally (particularly Cayman Islands and the BVI). He took silk in England in 2010. He has an extensive civil practice in Hong Kong including town planning, complex rating cases, commercial litigation and arbitration.

As former member of the "A" Panel of Treasury Counsel for the UK Government he has huge experience of judicial review in a broad range of administrative and public law cases (including town and environmental law matters) in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom for both private and public sector clients. He appears before the Lands Tribunal, Town Planning Appeal Board, Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal. Recent Hong Kong Cases include Nam Sang Wai Development Co. Ltd v Town Planning Board, CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd. v Commissioner Rating and Valuation, Mayer Corporation Development International Ltd. v Alliance Financial Intelligence Ltd., Jonnex International Ltd. v Town Planning Board and Song Liang Zhong v Chan Sze Wan & Others.

  • Northern Ireland Bar [2013]
  • Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean (BVI) [2013]
  • Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC) [2017]
  • Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) [2016]
  • Associate Member Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb) [2016]
  • CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd v Commissioner of Rating and Valuation [2013] HKEC 602, [2014] HKEC 12, (2017) 20 HKCFAR 168 – appeals against assessment of rates in the Lands Tribunal, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal.
  • Nam Sang Wai Development Co. Ltd v Town Planning Board v Town Planning Appeal Board [2014] 5 HKC 1056, [2015] HKLRD 490, (20170 20 HKCFAR 196 – for judicial review relating to the interpretation of the Town Planning Ordinance and the jurisdiction of the Town Planning Appeal Board in the Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal.
  • Mayer Corporation Development Limited v Alliance Financial Intelligence Limited [2017] HKEC 190 – strike out of a claim to set aside judgments alleged to have been obtained by fraud in Aspial Investment Ltd v Mayer Holdings Ltd (see below).
  • Jonnex International Ltd. v Town Planning Board (judgment pending) – judicial review of decision by Town Planning Board under s.12A Town Planning ordinance not to amend an OZP. 
  • Song Lian Zhong v Chan Sze Wai [2017] HKEC 1047 – claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and ownership of shares.
  • Aspial Investment Ltd v Mayer Holdings Ltd [2012] HKEC 988, [2013] 3 HLRD 276, (2014) 17 HKCFAR 401 – claim for disputed ownership of shares  in Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal. Subsequent proceedings in the Grand Court and Court of Appeal (Cayman Islands) resisting a creditor’s petition to wind up the company.
  • Lindenford Ltd v Town Planning Board [2012] HKEC 1236 – judicial review proceedings challenging the imposition of height and other restrictions in the Draft Mongkok Outline Zoning Plan.
  • Best Origin Ltd v Commissioner of Rating and Valuation [2008] HKEC 323, [2010] HKEC 1915, (2012) 15 HKCFAR 816 – appeals against the assessment of Government rent relating to development sites in the Lands Tribunal, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal. Parallel proceedings for judicial review of the Commissioner’s decision to revoke orders allowing the holding over of payment of the Government rent – see Super Lion Enterprises Ltd v Commissioner of Rating and Valuation [2006] HKEC 1936.
  • Anderson Asphalt Ltd v Secretary for Justice [2009] 3 HKLRD 215, [2010] 5 HKLRD 490 – judicial review of a decision of the Director of Lands to grant a short-term waiver of lease conditions to an asphalt producer.
  • Nation Group Development Ltd v Bank of East Asia Ltd [2004] HKEC 1249 – claim for a declaration that a mortgagee’s security over property ranked lower in priority than the claimant’s lien over the property.

Middle Temple Advocacy Scholarship [2012]

Assistant Editor, Encyclopedia of Planning Law & Practice (UK) [2012]