Denise Souza
Office Contact No.: 2866 8233
Fax: 2866 7858
Admission: HK (2013)


2012      Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL), University of Hong Kong
2011      Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Hong Kong


Denise was called to the bar in 2013, and joined chambers in the same year. She accepts instructions in a wide range of practice areas.

During pupillage and in practice, Denise gained exposure to public law, criminal law, company law and personal injuries law. She has a particular interest in judicial review and immigration law.

Denise has appeared, either in her own right or as a led junior, in the District Court, the Court of First Instance and the Court of Final Appeal. She has also appeared before the Registration of Persons Tribunal. In criminal matters, she has appeared as junior counsel for both the prosecution and defence in jury trials. 

Denise has been instructed to advise and appear in cases involving public law and judicial review, including cases concerning immigration, asylum and refugees. Denise has also acted in a judicial review against decisions of the Medical Council of Hong Kong, which involved a challenge to aspects of the registration and accreditation processes under the Medical Registration Ordinance (Cap. 161). 

Denise also has experience in discrimination law. She has appeared as amicus curiae, on behalf of the Equal Opportunities Commission, in a case involving race discrimination in the District Court of Hong Kong. 

Selected Cases

Ho Man Kong v Superintendent of Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre & Anor (2014) 17 HKCFAR 179
Appeared as junior counsel in an appeal to the Court of Final Appeal determining the interpretation of Art. 30 Hong Kong Basic Law on the admissibility of foreign intercepted evidence in Hong Kong extradition proceedings. 

HKSAR v Wan Kim Chung (FAMC 35/2013, November 2013)
Appeared as junior counsel in an application for leave to appeal to the Court of Final Appeal against a conviction for murder, where the primary question of law was the extent of the exceptions to the rule of temporal coincidence of actus reus and mens rea

A v Director of Immigration & Anor (HCAL 69/2012, July 2014)
Appeared as junior counsel in a judicial review against the Director of Immigration’s refusal of the Applicant’s claim for non-refoulement protection under Article 3 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and other Inhuman, Cruel or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. 

HKSAR v Wong Kam Keung (HCMA 71/2014, June 2014)
Appeared as junior counsel in a magistracy appeal against a conviction for triad offences contrary to the Societies Ordinance (Cap. 151).