Continuing the proud tradition of HKU’s prior achievements in competition law mooting, the HKU team placed First Runner-up in the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot 2019, which was held in King’s College London from 13 to 15 June 2019. The team consisted of four students: Ferrida Chan (PCLL), Matthew Chung (LLB 4), Rafael Pang (BBA(Law) & LLB 3) and Cherry Ng (BSc(G&L) & LLB 3). Rafael and Matthew also earned special commendation for their excellent advocacy skills, being the top 5 speakers in the preliminary rounds.
The team’s journey began in November 2018, where all four speakers were selected after a rigorous selection process. The team ranked third in its written pleadings and advanced to the oral rounds in London together with 11 other teams. Prior to travelling, the team underwent multiple practice moots to further improve their advocacy skills. Special thanks go to various practitioners and past mooters including Sunny Chan, Tinny Chan, Tommy Cheung, Byron Chiu, Peter Dong, Brian Fan, Joshua Kanjanapas, Martin Lau, Grace Lee, Euchine Ng, Michael Ng, Sakinah Sat, Howard Wong and Tiffany Wu for their invaluable assistance and feedback.
Most importantly, thanks must be given to the team coaches, including Thomas Cheng, Kelvin Kwok and Allison Wong for their unending support and guidance throughout the competition.