President's Message

I wish to acknowledge the immense contribution of those who have previously served in this office of President of the Law Society, particularly Mr Thomas So who has immediately preceded me. They...
July 2018
An increasing number of Law Society members work as in-house lawyers. This phenomenon seems to be a world trend. In Hong Kong, one in four practising solicitors now works in-house. With the...
June 2018
The Council of the Law Society pays a courtesy visit to the relevant authorities and institutions in Beijing every year. The visit offers a valuable opportunity for Council members to have a face-to-...
May 2018
Most people in Hong Kong have their ancestral roots in the Guangdong Province with strong links at the village and kinship levels. We also share a common dialect, the unique Cantonese dialect, which...
April 2018
The 2018 Index of Economic Freedom, an annual guide published by The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s No. 1 think tank, was released on 2 February 2018. Hong Kong tops the Index again as the world’s...
March 2018
In December 2017, the Hong Kong SAR Government signed an Arrangement (the ‘Arrangement’) with the National Development and Reform Commission for Advancing Hong Kong’s Full Participation in and...
February 2018
Exactly one year ago in my Message titled “20th Anniversary of SHRs” in the January 2017 issue of Hong Kong Lawyer, I wrote about the obsolete solicitors’ hourly rates for party and party...
January 2018
On 12 November 2017, Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement. The FTA and the Investment Agreement (“...
December 2017
Online Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) is a mechanism for resolving disputes through the use of electronic communications and other information and communications technology. It usually involves expedited...
November 2017
Our Council comprising 20 members meets once every two weeks. The scope of work of the Law Society is wide ranging and our meeting agenda is usually very full. Apart from its biweekly meetings, the...
October 2017
Everyone, including the legal profession, has a responsibility to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. It is important to stay vigilant and protect ourselves from being used by criminals...
September 2017
Being the executive authority responsible for formulating and implementing policies and drawing up budgets for the allocation of resources, the government is in a unique position to influence and...
August 2017
These are exciting times for legal practitioners, especially for members having practices in arbitration, mediation and intellectual property in Hong Kong. On 14 June 2017, the Legislative Council...
July 2017
My first message as President of the Law Society was published in the July 2016 issue of Hong Kong Lawyer. One year has elapsed since my election as President last June. It has been an honour...
June 2017
Hong Kong is a blessed place. It is centrally located with good connectivity, well equipped with convenient international and regional links and served by an efficient transport system. Situated...
May 2017
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“Hong Kong”) and the implementation of One Country, Two Systems. The principles of this...
April 2017
At the 2017 Ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year on 9 January, I took the opportunity to reiterate the importance of generosity to a true legal professional to engage in pro bono and community...
March 2017
Kung Hey Fat Choy! May I extend my warmest wishes to you for a prosperous and fulfilling Year of the Rooster! Recent events seem to suggest that a shared theme of “uncertainty” will prevail across...
February 2017
The review of the obsolete solicitors’ hourly rates for party and party taxation in civil proceedings (“SHRs”) has been the topic of the “President’s Message” in previous issues. Since 2013, my...
January 2017
The Professional Indemnity Scheme (“PIS”) has been the professional indemnity provider of law firms in Hong Kong for nearly 30 years. It is governed by the Solicitors (Professional Indemnity) Rules (...
December 2016