Thomas So

President, The Law Society of Hong Kong

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...
5 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...
8 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...
4 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...
19 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...
16 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...
7 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...
19 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 (...
6 December 2016
In his 2016 Policy Address, the Chief Executive reported that professional services accounted for 4.8 percent of GDP in 2013 and provided around 200,000 jobs.  Of these services, he...
6 November 2016
The changing demands of clients and society require us to continuously update our knowledge and skills. Our mandatory Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) Scheme was introduced in 1998...
14 October 2016
Since the introduction of the pilot measure allowing Hong Kong law firms to set up representative offices in the Mainland, the Central Government has launched 26 further liberalisation measures...
6 September 2016
Hong Kong has been ranked the world’s freest economy for the 22nd consecutive year in 2016 by the Heritage Foundation. As pointed out by the Foundation, the implementation of prudent economic policy...
5 August 2016
I am greatly honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to serve the profession as President of the Law Society. The dedication and hard work of my predecessors is a hard act to follow, but I...
12 July 2016
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