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July 2018 - Haldanes achieved acquittal for a defendant involved in a HK$700 million money laundering case.

Our partner Andrew Powner, associate Paul Wang and trainee solicitor Christina Ma were the legal representatives in a 70 day District Court trial. The Defendant was charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Deal with Property Knowing or Believing it to Represent Proceeds of an Indictable Offence (ie, money laundering).


The case involved taking evidence from a number of Chinese witnesses in the People’s Court of Shenzhen under a Letter of Request to the mainland Chinese authorities, including mostly mainland Customs’ officials and a civilian witness. The defence team stayed in China for approximately 2 months, together with the prosecution and the Hong Kong District Court Judge in order to obtain this evidence, which was subsequently used in evidence at trial before the HK Court.


This case involved extensive cross examination of the Prosecution expert regarding different interpretations of mainland Customs Law, as well as highlighting the differences between the criminal procedures in Hong Kong and the mainland. The case also involved US extradition and alleged abuse of process elements, which led to applications to exclude certain evidence and a permanent stay application.


His Honour Judge Gary Lam acquitted both defendants on 10 July 2018.


Links to articles from Apple Daily and Oriental Daily:

https://hk.news.appledaily.com/local/realtime/article/20180710/58424303

http://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/news/20180710/bkn-20180710121950077-0710_00822_001.html

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AWARDS

AWARDS

We are delighted to announce that Haldanes has been recognized by peers and industry as "Criminal Law Firm of the Year" for the 13th year in succession.  Our reputation as the premier criminal law firm in Hong Kong has been built over four decades with a strong pedigree of local and international legal practitioners.  The commitment, credibility and client focus of our teams has been recognized once again and we would like to thank our staff, clients and industry partners for their loyalty and support. We look forward to many more years of faithful service and dedication.

Haldanes has cemented its reputation as the leading firm for criminal defence in Hong Kong. John Kang of Asian Legal Business looks into the local firm’s rise to the top and finds out how it stays it there. Earlier this month at The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2017, Haldanes beat the likes of Deacons – Hong Kong’s largest domestic firm – and international disputes firm Kobre & Kim to win the Criminal Law Firm of the Year award. But its victory was no shock: Haldanes has won the award for 18 straight years. The local firm’s dominance in this category is even less surprising for barristers like Peter Duncan SC and Gary Plowman SC, who work closely with Haldanes. “The firm has a universal and well-deserved reputation for its fearless protection of its clients’ interests whilst always remaining true to the rules of the judicial process and the public interest in the integrity of the profession,” says Duncan. Plowman adds, “I have worked with Haldanes many times over the years, and I have no difficulty at all understanding why they are the consistent winners of this prestigious award. They are a class act.” Haldanes has the biggest criminal law practice in the city: it has eight qualified lawyers who do nothing but criminal defence work. This focus is different from the majority of firms whose criminal defence work is just a small part – if at all – of their practice. Given these factors, it certainly isn’t difficult to understand why Haldanes is the undisputed leader in this area…… To read the full article please visit: http://www.legalbusinessonline.com/news/alb-insights-how-haldanes-became-go-firm-criminal-defence-hong-kong/75135