President's Message

I first took office as President of the Law Society in June 2018. I have assumed this role for nearly two years at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting in the early hours of 29 May 2020....
June 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has shaken the world. Legal professional bodies and associations are all looking at ways to assist their members. In early March, we have written to over 130 legal bodies to...
May 2020
On 11 March, the World Health Organisation characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic. The disease is spreading rapidly around the world. It is important that everyone continues taking all necessary...
April 2020
The passing of the Government’s HK$30 billion virus-aid package through the legislature, the reduction of rents by up to 60 percent by some landlords and commercial property owners to help mitigate...
March 2020
The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animals’ cycle of the Chinese Astrology. As such, 2020 is not only the start of a new decade, it also coincides with the Chinese zodiac symbol of a new beginning...
February 2020
On 18 December 2019, the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre published the key findings of a survey that it had commissioned to examine the trend of public opinion on the rule of law in Hong Kong....
January 2020
In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt said of Christmas, “it is well for all humanity to remind itself that while this is in its name a Christian celebration, it is participated in reverently and...
December 2019
In my speech at the Opening of the Legal Year in January this year, I quoted from an article in the Economist, “Do social media threaten democracy?” which stated: “... Everyone who has scrolled...
November 2019
Order and security is one of the defining aspects of a rule of law society. It is a pre-condition for the realisation of the rights and freedoms that the rule of law seeks to advance. Hong Kong has...
October 2019
It has been said that if Hong Kong people have a defining ideology, it is the rule of law. It has also been said that the rule of law is one of Hong Kong's greatest strengths. It is the...
September 2019
In his judgment in Kong Hoi Lam v Cheung Yuk Kwan [2015] HKEC 2563, Judge Bharwaney made a “plea to the Secretary for Welfare and Labour and to the Commissioner of Labour, and to all those...
August 2019
In late 2015, concerns were expressed to the Law Society regarding some registered foreign lawyers (“RFLs”) practising Hong Kong law and holding themselves out to do so in their official websites. As...
July 2019
In the latest population projections 2017 - 2066 by the Census and Statistics Department of the Government, the proportion of population aged 65 or above is projected to increase from 17 percent in...
June 2019
By setting a clear regional development strategy, the State Council’s Outline Development Plan (“Plan”) for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (“Greater Bay Area”) aims at coordinating...
May 2019
Article 35 of the Basic Law guarantees Hong Kong residents the right to confidential legal advice, access to the courts, choice of lawyers for timely protection of their lawful rights and interests...
April 2019
The right to confidential legal advice and choice of lawyers for timely protection of one’s lawful rights is a constitutional entitlement that every Hong Kong resident enjoys under Article 35 of the...
March 2019
“An important event in the legal calendar this year will be the Eleventh Lawasia Conference to be staged here in September. The Law Society and the Bar will play host to delegates from 21 countries....
February 2019
Hong Kong’s current legislation in respect of non-lawyer involvement in legal practices leaves little to interpretation. The laws, rules and regulations currently in place in Hong Kong make it...
January 2019
Qualification as a legal practitioner has been stereotyped traditionally as leading to a career in law firm practice. Nevertheless, lawyers with their unique skill set are also suited to play active...
December 2018
As a legal service hub in Asia, Hong Kong is blessed with legal talent from around the world. As of the end of September, there were 85 foreign law firms and 1,533 registered foreign lawyers (“RFL”)...
November 2018