- Disgraceful, dishonourable and discreditable conduct
- Section 2(2) of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance, Cap. 159 (the ’LPO’)
3 August 2016 and 5 October 2016
Findings and Order handed down:
12 December 2017
On 5 October 2016, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (the ’Tribunal‘) heard the Complaint of the Law Society (the ‘Applicant’) against the Respondent. The Tribunal found the Complaint proved against the Respondent as follows:
The Respondent, at the material time an employee of a law firm, committed disgraceful, dishonourable and discreditable conduct within the meaning of s. 2(2) of the LPO, in that he was convicted of one count of theft, contrary to s. 9 of the Theft Ordinance(Cap.210) in Tsuen Wan Magistracy and sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment.
The Tribunal’s Orders
(a) The Respondent be prohibited from employment by solicitor firms or foreign law firms in Hong Kong for eight years from the date of the Order; and
(b) The Respondent to pay the Applicant’s costs and the Clerk’s costs on the party-and-party basis, summarily assessed at the respective sums of HK$58,000 (inclusive of disbursements) and HK$42,838.60 (inclusive of disbursements).
Mr. Paulus Lau, In-House Prosecutor of the Applicant, The Law Society of Hong Kong.
The Respondent was absent.
Mr. Iu Ting Kwok, Clerk to the Tribunal.
Mr. Andrew Nicholas Hart (Chairman)
Mrs. Cheung-Ang Siew Mei, JP
Mr. William W. S. Lee