Heidi Chu

Secretary-General, Law Society of Hong Kong

In March and November 2019 and November 2020, under the title of “Intricacies of a Borderless World”, I have shared how the world has become more interconnected as a result of globalisation, using…
November 2021
The Law Society receives reports on scams from time to time. To raise public awareness in the importance of conducting proper due diligence, the Law Society has created, since 2018, a public webpage…
October 2021
A recent Court of Appeal judgment on a case (2021 HKCA 1188, “Case”) raised some critical questions, among others, about staff recruitment in a law firm and legal visits by law firm staff to clients…
September 2021
The first COVID-19 case in Hong Kong was confirmed on 29 January 2020. Since then, it has been a long roller coaster ride posing unprecedented challenges throughout for every walk of life. For the…
August 2021
Due to the adverse impact of COVID-19 on the economy, according to the published government data, Hong Kong’s economy contracted by 6.1% for 2020 as a whole, the sharpest annual decline on record.…
July 2021
I attended the virtual Bar Leaders’ Forum of the International Bar Association on 19 May 2021. We had a very interesting discussion on the future of the mode of international conferences - after the…
June 2021
The International Bar Association (IBA) issued a Directory of Regulators of the Legal Profession in 2016. The Directory contains a mapping of responsibilities for key stages of legal services…
May 2021
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area or GBA) consists of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Macao Special Administrative Region (Macao SAR) as well…
April 2021
With a robust legal system and a diverse pool of international legal talent, Hong Kong enjoys a world-renowned reputation as a legal and dispute resolution service hub. To attract more institutions…
March 2021
In 2012, the Law Society hosted the annual conference of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (“IILACE”) in Hong Kong. We had the honour of having former Chief Justice (“…
February 2021
The Law Society conducted a membership survey in 2019. The aim of the survey is to gather information on different aspects of the profession including career development, work patterns, demographics…
January 2021
When the mandatory Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) Scheme and the Risk Management Education (“RME”) Programme were first introduced in 1998 and 2004 respectively, they were met with much…
December 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about social and economic disruptions of a devastating scale not seen before. Just take the shocking disruption to travel for illustration. For the month of…
November 2020
It must have been an extraordinary year for the 2019/20 PCLL students. They have had to do classes online for most of the academic year because of the public order events in the latter half of 2019,…
October 2020
In June, we compiled some comparative statistics for the period from January to April in 2019 and 2020 to assess the extent of the immediate impact of COVID-19. At that time, most of us must have…
September 2020
The development of the Greater Bay Area (“GBA”) is accorded the status of key strategic planning in China’s national development blueprint. The aim is to drive innovation and reform by fully…
August 2020
With over 12,000 qualified solicitors as our members, the Law Society has the advantage of a diverse membership with a rich mix of legal skills and experiences. Such diversity offers a wide range of…
July 2020
Starting primarily as a public health problem, COVID-19 has since turned into a nightmare for nearly every sector and caused serious disruptions to most businesses. It has also resulted in serious…
June 2020
  Some common law jurisdictions like England, Australia and Singapore have introduced remote hearings to cope with the impact of COVID-19 on the operation of their legal and judicial systems. Since…
May 2020
The pandemic has brought bricks-and-mortar businesses to a near halt around the world. During the outbreak of COVID-19, most law firms have split their teams into working in office and at home on a…
April 2020