President's Message

Kung Hey Fat Choy! May I extend my warmest wishes to you for a prosperous and fulfilling Year of the Rooster! Recent events seem to suggest that a shared theme of “uncertainty” will prevail across...
February 2017
The review of the obsolete solicitors’ hourly rates for party and party taxation in civil proceedings (“SHRs”) has been the topic of the “President’s Message” in previous issues. Since 2013, my...
January 2017
The Professional Indemnity Scheme (“PIS”) has been the professional indemnity provider of law firms in Hong Kong for nearly 30 years. It is governed by the Solicitors (Professional Indemnity) Rules (...
December 2016
In his 2016 Policy Address, the Chief Executive reported that professional services accounted for 4.8 percent of GDP in 2013 and provided around 200,000 jobs.  Of these services, he...
November 2016
The changing demands of clients and society require us to continuously update our knowledge and skills. Our mandatory Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) Scheme was introduced in 1998...
October 2016
Since the introduction of the pilot measure allowing Hong Kong law firms to set up representative offices in the Mainland, the Central Government has launched 26 further liberalisation measures...
September 2016
Hong Kong has been ranked the world’s freest economy for the 22nd consecutive year in 2016 by the Heritage Foundation. As pointed out by the Foundation, the implementation of prudent economic policy...
August 2016
I am greatly honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to serve the profession as President of the Law Society. The dedication and hard work of my predecessors is a hard act to follow, but I...
July 2016
In 2012, the Council set up a working party to address the concerns raised by practitioners about a number of cases in which the Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) quashed the convictions of the...
June 2016
The development of free trade zones (“FTZ”) in recent years has brought China to a new stage of economic reforms. As far as the degree of openness is concerned, it goes beyond the mere notion of “...
May 2016
The legal industry is changing rapidly, in particular in the way legal services are provided to the public. Since the introduction of Alternative Business Structures (“ABS”) in England & Wales...
April 2016
Improving the practice environment for solicitors has always been a priority task for the Law Society. We are very pleased that the legislation introducing limited liability partnerships (“LLPs”) for...
March 2016
In the Ceremonial Opening of the Legal Year held on 11 January, I reported the decision by the Council to implement a Common Entrance Examination (“CEE”). I am the third President to talk about it in...
February 2016
The Law Society has been advocating for a review of the obsolete solicitors’ hourly rates for party and party taxation in civil proceedings (“SHRs”) which were last revised in 1997, more than 18...
January 2016
The Legal Practitioners Ordinance (“LPO”), the principal legislation governing the legal profession, used to provide a statutory framework for the admission, regulation and discipline of Hong Kong...
December 2015
The Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong’s Report on Child Custody and Access was published in March 2005. The main thrust of the report’s 72 recommendations is to introduce the concept of “parental...
November 2015
Hong Kong is a major commercial and financial centre in the world. Hong Kong’s stock exchange is the sixth largest in the world and third largest in Asia in terms of market capitalisation. There are...
October 2015
A much discussed topic at the Law Society’s recent Council visit to Beijing was China’s One Belt, One Road (“OBOR”) initiative. “One Belt” refers to the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt starting...
September 2015
It has been six years since CJR was introduced in 2009. The Law Society supports CJR and continues to welcome its progress, as it aims to succeed in bringing about an improvement in litigation...
August 2015
The common law rules making maintenance and champerty criminal offences, torts and a ground of public policy to render unenforceability to contracts were part of Hong Kong law prior to 1997. The view...
July 2015