Just in case you are curious about this short little street, which ends at its southern end with a “declared monument” (a flight of granite steps with the 4 gaslights supposedly built sometime between 1875 and 1889), we shall give you a brief introduction.

Duddell Street is named after George Duddell (1821-1887), who came to Hong Kong in 1844 via British Burma. By 1850, he became a major landowner in the newly established colony and some of his land was located in the vicinity of this street. Duddell returned to England in 1858 and only visited Hong Kong just once more, in 1881-1882, before his death.

Unsurprisingly, none of the buildings along the street was of much historical interests. However, it is worthy to note that both Dina House and Ruttonjee House have been properties of the very important Parsee family, the Ruttonjees, for many years, and the present buildings are erected on the sites of the original Dina House and Ruttonjee House. During the war, Jehangir Ruttonjee opened these two buildings to house other members of the Hong Kong Parsee community, offering them shelter and food. His valiance earned him and his son imprisonment by the Japanese.

Across the street and closest to the flight of steps stood the Hong Kong Diamond Exchange Building. We are not entirely sure about the activities of this Exchange, but for sure, the building no longer houses any Diamond Exchange. However, what we know is that about a quarter of century ago, the late Gary Alderdice QC shared chambers there with Clive Grossman SC and former Vice President of the Court of Appeal Michael Lunn GBS.

Neighbouring the Diamond Exchange at 6 Duddell Street stands Printing House. When Lawrence and Louis started our chambers here, the building was only 12-storey tall. Later, the landlord added another 8 storeys. That was possible because the original building was in fact built to house very heavy printing machines and hence the name. After having the building converted into an office building, the landlord made use of the strong superstructure of the lower floors to put another 8 floors on top!

In or around 2000, Duddell Street was home to many barrister chambers.

Immediately next to Printing House is the architecturally elegant Club Lusitano. The Club occupies the top few floors of the building and offers excellent Portuguese cuisine as well as breath-taking views of Central and the greenery up the slopes to the Peak. It is a hub for numerous prominent members of the local Portuguese community, and in fact, many of their names have been inextricably linked with Hong Kong’s legal fraternity.

In or around 2000, Duddell Street was home to many barrister chambers. For example, in Printing House, Plowman Chambers then occupied the 14th and 15th Floors, John McNamara, Ian Lloyd and Peter Callaghan shared chambers on 3rd Floor, A.M. Nimatullah SC had his chambers on 9th Floor, and Lawrence had already occupied the 10th since 1988. There were also numerous other sets along the street, in Dina House were found Cheng Huan SC’s chambers, Neville Sarony SC’s set as well as Michael Ozorio SC’s chambers. Both Leo Remedios’ chambers and Anthony Ismail’s chambers were in Ruttonjee House, Roderick Wu’s set was located in Chekiang 1st Bank, and Anthony Neoh SC’s set was then in CNAC Building.

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