Editor's Note November 2019

Hong Kong has officially entered a recession while the protests continue despite the withdrawal of the extradition bill. Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah GBS SC JP, who was appointed as Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice last year, has been in her role during one of the most unsettling periods in the city’s history. In a wide-ranging interview with the Hong Kong Lawyer that forms the basis of this month’s cover story, Teresa Cheng, with regard to the protests, describes inter alia how the situation might play out; the recently passed anti-mask law; the investigation of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC); and the impact it might have on Hong Kong’s reputation as an international dispute services hub. Teresa Cheng also discusses the legal developments in Hong Kong including but not limited to: the application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) in Hong Kong; outcome related fee structures for arbitration; Hong Kong and Mainland arrangements in relation to cross-border insolvency; and the Greater Bay Area Development.

Next, Hong Kong is well-known for having some of the longest working hours in the world. Legal professionals who opt for work-life balance or need to look after themselves and/or their family but are passionate about their work need not be restricted to such working hours, pulling all-nighters, and confined to working from the office (and perhaps then resume working from home). The Legal Market discusses the idea that there is another career path as a flexible lawyer, and what kind of people are best suited to this. Regarding work-life balance, the Lawyers at Leisure section features a legal consultant who not only performs but also teaches swing dancing.

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Eu Ling Yan, Trainee Solicitor, FitzGerald Lawyers


Lead Legal Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer