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Procedural Fairness and Procedural Impropriety as Grounds of Judicial Review
Dr. Stephen Thomson, Associate Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
Date: 15 January 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:30pm - 5:45pm
Level: I (Intermediate)
For delegates who have prior knowledge of the subject area
Language: English
Fee: HK$ 1,700
Accreditation: (Law CPD Points being applied for)
Ref: L20CP01
Venue: Learning Commons Ltd
Room 1602, 16/F,
1 Duddell Street,
Central, Hong Kong
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Presenter's Biography:

Dr. Stephen Thomson is an Associate Professor in the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong. He is a Legal Adviser to the Ombudsman of Hong Kong, a member of the Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong, and an examiner on the Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination. He was recently a Herbert Smith Freehills Visitor at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.
Dr. Thomson is author of 'Administrative Law in Hong Kong' (Cambridge University Press, 2018), the leading text on the subject, carrying a foreword by Hon. Andrew Li, first Chief Justice of the Hong Kong SAR. Dr. Thomson is also the author of the first and only text to systematically examine the nobile officium, the "extraordinary equitable jurisdiction" of the Supreme Courts of Scotland. His book carries a foreword by Rt. Hon. The Lord Hope of Craighead, first Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court, and has been positively cited by the Inner House of the Court of Session (the supreme civil court in Scotland) in Cumbria County Council, Petitioners [2016] CSIH 92, and by the Scottish Land Court in Grains v Gifford's Executors, 2016 GWD 31-552. He has published in several leading journals including Public Law, Melbourne University Law Review, Civil Justice Quarterly and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law.

Dr. Thomson was awarded his Ph.D. by the University of Edinburgh for his thesis 'The Constitutional Basis of Judicial Review in Scotland', under the supervision of Prof. Chris Himsworth and Prof. Neil Walker. He also holds the degrees of LL.B. (Hons.) (First Class), LL.M. (Res.) (by Thesis) and Dip.L.P. from the University of Edinburgh, and studied at the University of Leuven (Belgium) under an Erasmus Exchange Scholarship. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Thomson worked at a UK law firm and has acted in a consultancy and advisory capacity to public bodies and law firms in both Hong Kong and the UK.

Procedural fairness and procedural impropriety are increasingly important grounds of judicial review. From licence application procedures to regulatory decisions, immigration refusals to disciplinary decisions, there are many opportunities for public decision-makers to go wrong procedurally. The law applies strict standards of procedural fairness and procedural impropriety which must be observed by public decision-makers. A sound understanding of this important ground of judicial review is necessary, both for government and public decision-makers to keep themselves right, and applicants who may seek to enforce this ground in judicial review.

This seminar will take delegates through the main aspects of the law on procedural fairness and procedural impropriety, including the right to an oral hearing, the right to be represented, the duty to give reasons for a decision, and bias/partiality. Real cases will be used to explain and illustrate the main points and your seminar leader will be delighted to answer your questions on the day. The session will be useful for solicitors in both the public and private sectors; and to those who both seek to launch a judicial review application or who may find themselves on the receiving end of one. Come along and learn from this interactive seminar. All welcome!

  • Up-to-date coverage of procedural fairness and procedural impropriety as grounds for judicial review
  • Explanation of the key aspects of procedural fairness and procedural impropriety: the right to an oral hearing, the right to be represented, the duty to give reasons for a decision, and bias/partiality
  • Aimed at applicants and respondents; those working in private practice, and those working in government and the public sector
  • Use of real cases to explain and illustrate the main points

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