Chief Justice Ma is Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong.
After studying law at Birmingham University, and completing the Bar Finals, he was called to the English Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1978, the Hong Kong Bar in 1980, the Bar of the State of Victoria in Australia in 1983 and the Bar of Singapore in 1990. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993. He is an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn and has been admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the University of Birmingham.
Chief Justice Ma was appointed a Recorder of the Court of First Instance of Hong Kong from 2000 to 2001 before his appointment as a Judge of the Court of First Instance in 2001. He was appointed a Justice of Appeal in 2002, and became Chief Judge of the High Court in 2003 and Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal in 2010. Before joining the Judiciary, he was in private practice in Hong Kong and in Singapore.
Chief Justice Ma is a Patron of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law; he is also a Patron of the International Advocacy Training Council. He was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in June 2012 and the title of Officier de l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur was conferred on him by the French Government in 2015.
Chief Justice Ma is a member of the Advisory Board of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College.