News
9 May 2018
Ten International Drug Trafficking Acquittals
On 5th April 2014, an 83-year-old American lady, a grandmother, a former university professor, philanthropist and author was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport with 1.87 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride in her luggage.

On 8th April 2014, a 67-year-old American lady, a grandmother and university educated, was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport with 2.49 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride in her luggage.

On 25th April 2014, a 62-year-old British man, university educated, was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport with 1.87 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride in his luggage.

On 13th June 2014, a 53-year-old American man, university educated and a contractor was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport with 1.63 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride in his luggage.

On 7th August 2014, a 74-year-old Dutch man, a retired civil engineer, was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport with 1.48 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride in his luggage.

On 24th June 2014, a 78-year-old Australian man, a retired architectural draftsman and businessman, was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport with 2.18 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride in his luggage.

On 15th October 2014, a 43-year-old Australian lady, a housewife and mother of three children, was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport with 3.83 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride in her luggage.

On 12th November 2014, a 61-year-old Australian man, a grandfather and a storeman, was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport with 3.9 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride in his luggage.

On 29th November 2014, a 47-year-old American, a supermarket worker, was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport with 2.9 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride in his luggage.

On 3rd March 2015, a 49-year-old Australian man, a miner, a grandfather was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport with 2.96 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride in his luggage.
These individuals were each individually charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs contrary to section 4 (10) (a) and (3) of the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance Cap. 134.

None of these people were known to each other and they had each come to Hong Kong from different countries - the United States, the UK, Holland and Australia.

Upon conviction, they faced potential prison terms of up to 30 years.

All ten defendants were acquitted. The ten cases were publicly linked together as Operation Breaking Cocoon by the Assistant Commissioner of Customs & Excise who had called a press conference to announce the series of arrests.

Nine of the ten clients were granted bail pending trial. Not one conviction resulted from Operation Breaking Cocoon.

They were represented by Dr. G.J.X. McCoy, SC. Mr. M.J.B. Arthur and Dr. Nisha Mohamed of Gilt Chambers.
5 August 2015
Mr Stephen K Y Wong has been appointed Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data
Mr Stephen K Y Wong has been appointed Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data. Aside from his private practice, Mr Wong assumed various public posts in the past which also involved a loan spell with the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva. With his wealth of experience in the area of public law and human rights, we wish him well as he continues to serve the public as Privacy Commissioner.
1 December 2013
Head of Chambers
Dr. Gerard McCoy SC is the Head of Chambers.
17 September 2012
Judicial appointment celebrated
Gilt Chambers is pleased to mark the appointment of one of our chamber-mates, Ms Winnie Lau, as a permanent magistrate. Winnie is a wonderful lawyer and a person of style and grace. These qualities will transfer readily to the Magistracy. Everyone in Gilt Chambers wishes Winnie a wonderful and satisfying career in the judiciary