The Law Society held its first visit to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area (“the Greater Bay Area”) on 10 and 11 May. The delegation visited Zhaoqing, Foshan and Guangzhou and discussed with Guangdong Lawyers Association and lawyers associations of the relevant cities on opportunities for exchanges and cooperation in the development of the Greater Bay Area. The 16-member delegation includes then President Thomas So, then Immediate Past President Stephen Hung, Secretary General Ms. Heidi Chu and members of the Greater China Legal Affairs Committee and the International Legal Affairs Committee, as well as general members of the Law Society.
At the meetings, Guangdong Lawyers Association and the lawyer associations of Zhaoqing, Foshan and Guangzhou introduced the development, advantages and challenges of their respective legal service industries. The associations all supported to enhance mutual exchanges and cooperation and put forward various suggestions, such as establishing a platform to strengthen business cooperations, inviting lawyers to provide training courses on cross-border transactions and practice management, and establishing more in-depth, long-term and regular cooperation. Then President Thomas So stated at the meetings that the uniqueness of the Greater Bay Area lies in “one country, two systems” and their own legal systems. Lawyers in the three jurisdictions can complement each other to achieve the effect of “one plus two equals more than three”. It is hoped that this visit could help increase mutual understanding of the needs of the legal profession, so as to coordinate with each other in the development of the Greater Bay Area, and to give full play to each city’s potential and to complement each other for a win-win situation. In addition to introducing the latest developments in the Hong Kong legal services industry, then President So also promoted Risk Management Education Programme of the Law Society and invited young lawyers from the Mainland to participate in activities such as the The Belt and Road Conference and the Cross Strait Four Regions Young Lawyers Forum which promote interaction and mutual learning among young lawyers from different regions.
Through this visit, we have deepened our understanding of lawyers associations in various cities, such as their demand for legal services in Hong Kong. We have also learned about the opportunities and challenges that Hong Kong lawyers may face in the legal service industry in the Mainland. The gist of the development of the Greater Bay Area is to establish a mechanism for communication, integration and synergy in order to achieve a win-win cooperation. We expect the Law Society to continually organise visits to the other six Greater Bay Area cities in the Guangdong Province.
Reported by: Mabel Kan, Chandy Ye, Anthea Zhang (young lawyers who participated in the visit to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area).
Delegation of the Law Society visited the Guangdong Lawyers Association.