Yip Wik Aric v Ko Chun Hay, Kelvin

CourtCourt of Appeal (Hong Kong)
Judgment Date23 Apr 2021
Neutral Citation[2021] HKCA 545
SubjectCivil Appeal
Judgement NumberCACV607/2020
CACV607/2020 YIP WIK ARIC v. KO CHUN HAY, KELVIN

CACV 607/2020

[2021] HKCA 545

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF APPEAL

CIVIL APPEAL NO. 607 OF 2020

(ON APPEAL FROM HCSD NO. 30 OF 2019)

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BETWEEN
YIP WIK ARIC (葉域) Applicant

and

KO CHUN HAY, KELVIN (高浚晞) Respondent

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Before: Hon Cheung and Chu JJA in Court

Date of Judgment: 23 April 2021

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JUDGMENT

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Hon Chu JA giving the judgment of the Court:

Introduction

1. This is the respondent’s application that the applicant provides security for his costs in this appeal in the sum of HK$185,670. The applicant does not oppose to providing security for costs of the appeal, but disagrees with the amount sought by the respondent. Both parties have lodged written submissions.

2. Having considered the papers, we are of the view that it is appropriate to deal with the application based on the written submissions only without an oral hearing, pursuant to Order 59 rule 14A(1) of the Rules of the High Court, Cap. 4A.

HCSD 30/2019

3. In this appeal, the applicant seeks to appeal against the order of Linda Chan J made on 30 October 2020 dismissing his application to set aside a statutory demand served on him by the respondent[1].

4. The statutory demand is in respect of a debt in the sum of HK$2,125,000, being the unpaid balance of a loan owed by the applicant. The applicant’s grounds for setting aside the statutory demand were: (1) the debt was disputed on substantial ground; (2) the respondent holds security in respect of the debt which equals or exceeds the amount of the debt; and (3) the loan was made under agreements that were illegal, being in contravention of the Money Lenders Ordinance, Cap. 163.

5. The Judge found against the applicant on all the grounds and dismissed the application. She further ordered the applicant to pay the costs of the application summarily assessed at HK$92,000.

6. As the applicant’s objection to the present application is solely on the quantum of the security to be ordered, it is not necessary to go into the details of the Judge’s reasons for her decision. It is sufficient to observe that no complex or difficult issues of fact or law is involved.

The application for security for costs

7. On 13 November 2020, the applicant filed the Notice of Appeal to appeal the Judge’s decision. The appeal has yet to be listed for hearing.

8. On 27 November 2020, the respondent’s solicitors wrote to the applicant’s former solicitors requesting for security for the costs of the appeal in the sum of HK$185,670, and...

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