The Young Solicitors Group (“YSG”) together with the Macau Lawyers Association (“MLA”) and Young Barristers’ Committee (“YBC”) of the Hong Kong Bar Association successfully co-organised a Macau Study Trip entitled “After Brexit: Capitalising on Market Opportunities of Hong Kong and Macau Lawyers in Portuguese-Speaking Countries / Territories” on 14 January which was attended by 30 Law Society, 16 YBC and 15 MLA members.
The one-day study trip began with a seminar on Post-Brexit market developments and Brexit's impact on legal practice given by Dr. Vicente Manuel, Deputy Secretary General of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macau); Dr. José Luis de Sales Marques, President of the Institute of European Studies of Macau; and Dra. Maria João Bonifácio, Trade & Investment Commissioner of the Portuguese Trade and Investment Agency, Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs for the Consulate General of Portugal in Macao and Hong Kong.
Following the seminar was a panel discussion at which Dra. Joana Alves Cardoso, registered lawyer with MLA; Mr. Fred Kan, Former Council Member and Macau Sub-Group Chairman, Member of the Greater China Legal Affairs Committee; Ms. Serina Chan, Council Member and Chairlady of YSG; and Mr.Hugh Kam, Vice-Chairman of YBC shared their views and insights on Post-Brexit market opportunities and cooperation between Macau and Hong Kong lawyers.
The intellectually stimulating seminar was followed by a networking luncheon for our fellow young members to mingle with their professional overseas counterparts, as well as exchange insights on the practice of common law and civil law systems. In the afternoon, members were taken to a number of remarkable sites, where they visited hidden gems along the narrow winding streets of Macau, including the Museum of the Macau Holy House of Mercy, Dom Pedro V Theatre, and The Taipa Houses Museum.
This event was a great start to the New Year. We look forward to hosting more events in the near future for our young members to enhance their global awareness, as well as establishing a networking platform to foster closer relationships with our overseas counterparts.
Louise K. F. Wong
Committee Member, YSG
Exploring the cultural and historical sites of Macau.
Distinguished speakers sharing their insights on Post-Brexit market development and its impact on legal practice.
Speakers, representatives and young members of the MLA, YBC and YSG at the networking luncheon.