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Four barristers join ranks of senior counsels

A deputy director of public prosecutions at the Department of Justice, Vinci Lam Wing-sai, is among four barristers given the title of senior counsel this year.
The others - Phil Chau Ka-chun, Law Man-chung and Norman Nip Sum-ping - are private barristers.

Lam, who handles commercial cases at the DoJ's prosecutions division, won a number of sentence review cases related to the 2019 anti-fugitive bill protests.

She worked as the personal assistant of then director of public prosecutions Grenville Cross from 2004 to 2008.

"Lam is an excellent choice and she will be widely welcomed in the legal community and other [sectors]," Cross told Headline Daily, The Standard's sister publication, yesterday.

Cross also noted Lam has extensive experience as a prosecutor, handling major cases, including in the Court of Final Appeal.

"She is a role model for the younger generation of prosecutors and her success will be an inspiration to everyone," Cross added.

Lam was called to the Hong Kong Bar last year and has been given the title of senior counsel due to her outstanding performance and recommendations from leading lights. It is understood that Court of Appeal justice Kevin Zervos, also a former director of public prosecutions, holds Lam in high regard.

Another newly appointed senior counsel, Law, is from the Temple Chambers. He was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 1997 and focuses on civil and commercial cases. He specializes in cases involving cross-border and company disputes.

His younger brother, Julian Law Wing-chung, is a former political assistant to former financial chief John Tsang Chun-wah.

Chau, from Central Chambers, was called to the Bar in 1995 and specializes in criminal law. His practice involves cases of complex commercial fraud, corruption and money laundering plus other serious crimes such as murder, rape and robbery.

Nip, who was called to the Bar in 2006 and practices at Oswald Cheung's Chambers, has a broad civil practice with an emphasis on securities and regulatory and banking matters along with company and shareholder disputes.

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