find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Lights, camera ... hold-up!

Lights, camera ... hold-up!

A King & Wood Mallesons partner in Hong Kong inadvertently landed the lead role in an armed bandit’s bizarre film fantasy.

Simon Yung, a corporate partner at KWM’s Hong Kong office, was getting out of his Porsche when he was confronted by a robber waving an air gun, reported the South China Morning Post.

The hold-up artist, 23-year-old Huang Shuai, was sentenced to eight years’ jail last week (15 August) for relieving the lawyer of around $280 (HK$2000) and using a gun with the intent to harm.

But that’s not what piqued Folklaw’s interest in the case.

It seems Shuai was taking a leaf out of a scene in the crime film Life Without Principle.

The would-be vigilante testified that he had been inspired by a character who saves the victim of a robbery, then collects a reward for being a hero. So, for two days, Shuai waited patiently in the car park in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district for his moment of glory.

But nothing happened...

His patience wearing thin – and growing hungry – Shuai decided to commit a robbery himself.

The judge, however, felt Shuai’s performance as a Good Samaritan in this suspenseful drama was unconvincing and rejected his story.

Maybe he’s more of a rom-com kinda guy?

Justice Andrew Chan Hing-wai said: “The defendant came prepared to commit the offence … it is clear that the money was not for filling his stomach,” according to the South China Morning Post.

The sentence applied a previously established guideline of 10 years for robbery, adding two for the use of a gun and intent to harm, and then reduced the total by a third to take account of Shuai’s guilty plea, the South China Morning Post reported.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Lights, camera ... hold-up!
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...