The People’s CJ

In 2012, the Law Society hosted the annual conference of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (“IILACE”) in Hong Kong. We had the honour of having former Chief Justice (“former CJ”) Geoffrey Ma, the then Chief Justice, to be our Guest of Honour at a cocktail function attended by international guests from around the world. After the event, all my IILACE friends nicknamed him as “the People’s CJ”. His warmth, his friendliness, his eloquence, his articulated speech and his power to connect and engage those around him has captured the heart of everyone.

Throughout his tenure, former CJ Ma has been very supportive of the Law Society events. We were graced by his presence in different events ranging from networking events like the Annual Cocktail and the Spring Reception, to sports and recreational activities like golfing in the Law and Order Cup and singing in Christmas parties, as well as to special events like the Law Society 110th Anniversary Dinner.

Former CJ Ma has also constantly shown his immense care for our future generations. The time he spent in interacting attentively with student participants in the Law Society’s Teen Talk and Law Week and with young solicitors in events like our Distinguished Speakers’ Luncheon said it all.

Former CJ Ma has also tirelessly educated the legal profession on its wider duty to act in the public interest and to serve the community in the true spirit of public service. He has been a strong supporter of the Law Society’s Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Programme and attended nearly all our Pro Bono and Community Service Award Presentation Ceremonies as our Guest of Honour.

As noted in the Law Society statement on the retirement of former CJ Ma on 8 January, we sincerely wish him every success in the next chapter of his life!

Law Society Christmas Party 2011

Cocktail reception at IILACE Annual Conference in 2012 hosted by the Law Society in Hong Kong

Law Society Law and Order Cup 2015

Law Society 110th Jubilee Celebration Dinner 2017

Law Week 2010

Law Society Spring Reception 2016

Annual Cocktail Reception 2018

Law Week 2011

Teen Talk 2017

Law Society Distinguished Speakers Luncheon 2017

Law Society Pro Bono Award Presentation Ceremony 2010


Members (with or without Practising Certificate)12,296

Members with Practising Certificate10,790(out of whom 7,854 (73%) are in private practice)

Trainee Solicitors1,091

Registered Foreign Lawyers1,546

(from 34 jurisdictions)

Hong Kong Law Firms942 (47% are sole proprietorships and

42% are firms with 2 to 5 partners, 49 are limited liability

partnerships formed pursuant to the Legal Practitioners Ordinance)

Registered Foreign Law Firms86 (14 are limited liability partnerships

formed pursuant to the Legal Practitioners Ordinance)

Civil Celebrants of Marriages2,266

Reverse Mortgage Counsellors448

Solicitor Advocates76

(70 in civil proceedings, 6 in criminal proceedings)


Student Members290

Registered Associations between Hong Kong law firms and38

registered foreign law firms (including Mainland law firms)

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Secretary-General, Law Society of Hong Kong