The astounding advances in technology in the past few decades have been silently shaping the way we behave. We can now easily access information and instantly connect with others online. The default expectation nowadays is what I call CSI (no, not the television series) – convenience, speed and interaction.
The Law Society App, our bespoke mobile application, provides convenient and speedy access to a wide range of useful information including our weekly Circulars, the Law List, Practice Directions, the Legal Practitioners Ordinance and its subsidiary legislation, the Solicitors’ Guide to Professional Conduct and our official journal, Hong Kong Lawyer. The calendar displays the events we have lined up for our members and connects to an online registration system, where applicable, as well as user’s own calendar for easy diarizing. There is also a survey function within the App, where users can conveniently respond to Law Society surveys. We are working continuously to enrich the content of the App and welcome members’ suggestions.
Since its launch in April 2013, the Law Society App has about 2,000 registered users, representing about 20 percent of our membership. There is certainly plenty of room for members to more fully utilise the App, taking into account that 61 percent of those holding a practising certificate were admitted after 2000 and have been exposed intensively to mobile devices throughout their formative years. Mobile applications are thus expected to be a preferred platform to access information and to interact with other members over the long term.
It only takes a few minutes to install the App, and it is free! For further instructions on how to download the App, please visit the Law Society website. For any further questions or concerns, please contact our Member Services Department.
Hong Kong Lawyer in E-Version
With the digital version of Hong Kong Lawyer available now on both the Law Society App and the Hong Kong Lawyer website, members can read it online via a computer, smart phone, tablet or other mobile device. Not only does it contain the same content as the print journal, it also contains additional insights and articles from legal experts. The online version of the in-print content is also searchable with hyperlinked sources. Individual stories (or the entire journal) can be conveniently shared with others via social media and email. To save paper for the protection of the environment, we strongly encourage members to opt out from receiving the printed version of Hong Kong Lawyer. The opt-out form is posted on the Law Society website.
The Hong Kong Lawyer is issued on a monthly basis. In between each issue, we send out updates with the latest content from each issue, as well as newsletters that highlight breaking legal developments as they happen. You can subscribe to receive the Hong Kong Lawyer E-newsletters for free via the Hong Kong Lawyer website. We strongly encourage you to subscribe, as it will ensure you are up-to-date on breaking developments in Hong Kong and across the region.
- Solicitors to whom s. 5 of the Practising Certificates (Special Conditions) Rules (Cap. 159 Sub. Leg.) (“Special Conditions Rules”) apply must give at least six weeks’ notice to the Law Society before applying for their practising certificates. To ensure that the 2017 practising certificates will be issued in time, the Notice of Intention to apply for a Practising Certificate required under the Special Conditions Rules should be declared and returned to the Law Society by 30 September 2016.
- The professional indemnity cover for Hong Kong law firms for the 2015/2016 indemnity year will expire on 30 September 2016. The contribution for the 2016/2017 indemnity year which commences on 1 October 2016 must be paid on or before 30 September 2016.