The professional group representing barristers told its more than 1,500 members about the appointment, according to the Standard's sister publication.

McGowan is a member of Admiralty Chambers and specializes in criminal litigation.

He is a former Royal Navy officer who qualified as a barrister in the UK in 1979.

He then participated in over 150 marine inquiries involving hearings of collision and navigation of vessels.

He started practicing in Hong Kong in the late 80s, specializing in marine inquiry and criminal litigation.