Denise Souza
denise.souza@giltchambers.com
Office Contact No.: 2866 8233
Fax: 2866 7858
Admission: HK (2013)
Education
2012      Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL), University of Hong Kong
2011      Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Hong Kong
 
Practice
Denise was called to the bar in 2013, and joined chambers in the same year. She has experience in both civil and criminal matters and accepts instructions in a wide range of practice areas.
 
Denise has a broad civil practice with a particular emphasis on public law cases and judicial review involving immigration, asylum and refugees. She also advises on and appears in cases involving contract, personal injuries, land and property, employment, intellectual property, and discrimination.
 
Denise also appears in criminal matters in all levels of courts, and has experience in both trial and appellate work.  In criminal trials, she has appeared as junior counsel for both the prosecution and defence in jury trials.  

Selected Cases

HKSAR v Liang Yaoqiang
(2017) 20 HKCFAR 1
Appeared for the Appellant in an appeal to the Court of Final Appeal against a conviction for murder, in a case involving the defence of provocation.

Chan Tsui Yan v Social Workers Registration Board
(HCAL 63/2016)
Appeared for the Respondent, the Social Workers Registration Board, in a judicial review concerning its conduct of disciplinary proceedings.
 
ER v Li Kwok Chang Lawrence
[2018] 1 HKLRD 1104
Appeared for the Claimant in a costs application by the Respondent, following a discontinued equal opportunity action under the disability discrimination ordinance (Cap. 487)
 
Lam San Keung v Beauti-rich International Enterprise Ltd.
(HCA 2390/2012)
Appeared for the Defendant in an action involving an agreement for sale and purchase, where vendor alleged to be suffering from mental incapacity when executing the agreement.
 
Law Chi Yuen v Secretary for Education
[2016] 5 HKLRD 302
Appeared on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Commission, intervening as amicus curiae, in a judicial review concerning a decision alleged to amount to to disability discrimination under the disability discrimination ordinance (Cap. 487)
 
Francis v Hospital Authority
[2016] 1 HKLRD 885
Appeared for the Respondent, the Hospital Authority, in an application for habeas corpus.

Secretary for Justice v Li Pang Kay
[2016] 2 HKLRD 882
Appeared for defendant publications in a case involving contempt of court.
 
Drs. F, G and H v Education and Accreditation Committee of the Medical Council of Hong Kong & Anor.
(CACV 274/ 2015, HCAL 26 & 55/2014)
Appeared for the Applicant in a judicial review against decisions of Education and Accreditation Committee of the Medical Council and the Medical Council, concerning their removal of medical practitioners from the Specialist Register as a result of disciplinary inquiries conducted pursuant to the Medical Registration Ordinance (Cap. 161).
 
Singh Arjun v Secretary for Justice (on behalf of the Commissioner of Police)
(DCEO 9/2011)
Appeared on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Commission, intervening as amicus curiae, in a race discrimination claim against the police for a failure to provide non-discriminatory policing services. The case involves an interpretation of the Race Discrimination Ordinance (Cap. 602).  
 
HKSAR v Chow Chi Wai & Anor
(HCCC 458/2013)
Appeared for the Prosecution in the criminal prosecution of the coxswains of two vessels involved in a collision near Lamma Island, for multiple counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and endangering safety at sea contrary to s.72 of the Shipping and Port Control Ordinance (Cap. 313).