No trustee or protector wants to get sued, let alone get sued twice for essentially the same thing. What can they do if this happens?

You may remember that in May 2019, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance in the high profile Madam Lo v HSBC Trustee case dismissed claims brought by a beneficiary against the Trustee of the Lo Family Trust.

Whilst those proceedings were still ongoing, a different beneficiary sued both the Trustee and Dr KS Lo, a witness in the first set of proceedings (who was also a beneficiary and a protector of the Trust), and raised “highly similar claims“.

Could these claims be struck out? Also, was it an abuse of process to sue a witness from the first proceedings?

In another lengthy judgment, the Court surveyed the law on res judicata and abuse of process. On the application of the Trustee and Dr KS Lo, the Court struck out a number of claims – the Trustee and Dr KS Lo obtained the full relief they sought. We have summarised the judgment in our recent blog post.

You are cordially invited to join our webinar, where the Herbert Smith Freehills team acting for Dr KS Lo will discuss the key legal principles, outcomes of the case and implications it may have for trustees, protectors and beneficiaries.

The case is of particular interest to trustees and other trust office holders who are faced with repeat allegations and court proceedings arising from the same factual matrix.


Monday, 6 September 2021


4pm-5pm Hong Kong time

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Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas
Partner, Head of Commercial Litigation, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4025
Richard Norridge
Richard Norridge
Partner, Head of Private Wealth and Charities, London
+44 20 7466 2686
Peter Ng
Peter Ng
Senior Associate, Disputes, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4238
Cheryl Mok
Cheryl Mok
Associate, Disputes, Hong Kong
+852 2101 4242