At the invitation of the Law Society and Bar Council of England & Wales, President Thomas So attended the Opening of the Legal Year 2017 from 1 to 3 October. At the event, the President was also invited to speak at one of the roundtable sessions entitled “Technological innovation to increase access to justice”, where he provided an overview of the current development of online dispute resolution in Hong Kong, the use of technology in Court and in legal practice.
In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) was signed with the Law Society of England & Wales (“LSEW”) at the occasion. Together with this MOU, the Law Society has signed 27 MOUs with 19 overseas jurisdictions. The Law Societies have been working closely together to advance the legal profession in both jurisdictions in the past and will carry on the efforts in the future. The MOU provides an opportunity to formalise our commitments to collaborate and support each other.
Apart from fostering a closer working relationship with overseas lawyers' associations in order to generate more international opportunities for professional exchanges, the Law Society has also been continuously working on encouraging our members to embrace legal technology and to ensure professional ethical rules are compatible with technological advancements so members can safely take advantage of technology, while also complying with the ethical requirements and professional regulations.
A MOU was signed with the LSEW.