President's Message

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
I am deeply grateful for the trust of my fellow Council members in me by electing me as President for the 2015/16 term. I am conscious of the responsibility and commitment that this title carries but...
June 2015
The legal profession in Hong Kong is well positioned to tap into the vast business potential arising from the growing Cross-Strait economic cooperation among Taiwan, the Mainland and Hong Kong. In...
May 2015
Access to justice as a fundamental human right is protected under the Basic Law. Article 35 specifically provides Hong Kong residents, among other things, with the right to access the courts and to...
April 2015
The Law Society has been promoting the use of mediation for over a decade and an increasing number of solicitors now include mediation work as part of their practice. Build Up Public Confidence...
March 2015
As an externally oriented economy, Hong Kong is supported by a substantial amount of cross boundary investments and trade activities creating a heavy demand of legal services that require...
February 2015
2015 is a special year as it commemorates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, the very charter that liberated ideas of freedom, justice and the Rule of Law. The implications and...
January 2015
Section 7(d) of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance (Cap. 159) (the “Ordinance”) provides that no person shall be qualified to act as a solicitor unless he/she complies with any indemnity rules made by...
December 2014
Continuing professional development (“CPD”) is the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of relevant knowledge and skills to enable professionals to successfully carry out their...
November 2014
Soaring Overheads A major cost factor of a law firm is office space rental costs. According to a study commissioned by the Law Society in 2013, from 2004 to 2012, the weighted average of the...
October 2014
A Long Battle The Law Society of Hong Kong has been engaged in discussions with the Administration on the review of the criminal legal aid fee system since March 2006. However, no satisfactory...
September 2014
I still recall my first President’s Message in Hong Kong Lawyer when I was elected President in May 2013 – I said, “I believe that unity is the key to a strong legal profession”. I have never felt so...
August 2014
I have heard views and comments from members about taxation of party and party costs at the District Court and the High Court. I was told that taxing masters were observed taxing down and taxing off...
July 2014
I am immensely honoured to be re-elected President for a second term on 19 May. Twelve months flashed past. It seemed not too long ago when I thanked my fellow Council members for their vote of...
June 2014