From the Secretariat

In June, we compiled some comparative statistics for the period from January to April in 2019 and 2020 to assess the extent of the immediate impact of COVID-19. At that time, most of us must have...
September 2020
The development of the Greater Bay Area (“GBA”) is accorded the status of key strategic planning in China’s national development blueprint. The aim is to drive innovation and reform by fully...
August 2020
With over 12,000 qualified solicitors as our members, the Law Society has the advantage of a diverse membership with a rich mix of legal skills and experiences. Such diversity offers a wide range of...
July 2020
Starting primarily as a public health problem, COVID-19 has since turned into a nightmare for nearly every sector and caused serious disruptions to most businesses. It has also resulted in serious...
June 2020
  Some common law jurisdictions like England, Australia and Singapore have introduced remote hearings to cope with the impact of COVID-19 on the operation of their legal and judicial systems...
May 2020
The pandemic has brought bricks-and-mortar businesses to a near halt around the world. During the outbreak of COVID-19, most law firms have split their teams into working in office and at home on a...
April 2020
On 26 February 2003, a man (index case) was admitted to hospital in Hanoi with a high fever, dry cough, myalgia and mild sore throat. That was the day when SARS was first recognised. The man was then...
March 2020
Kung Hei Fat Choy and Happy Year of the Rat! The beginning of a new year is not only a hopeful time for celebration that brighter days are ahead of us, it is also a reflective time on what we can...
February 2020
It has been 16 years since the coming into operation of The Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) on 1 January 2004. Through the effort of all stakeholders over the...
January 2020
Professional indemnity cover is a compulsory and an essential element to the practice of every solicitors’ firm in Hong Kong. Such indemnity is provided by the Professional Indemnity Scheme (“PIS”),...
December 2019
In a previous article titled “Intricacies of a Borderless World” (http://www.hk-lawyer.org/content/intricacies-“borderless”-world), I have given a brief overview of the evolution of business...
November 2019
The Law Society's Memorandum and Articles of Association are important constitutional documents. They set out the objects of the Law Society, its membership composition, members' rights and...
October 2019
In the coming months, many major international events have been lined up in Hong Kong for the legal profession. In particular, the week commencing 4 November has been designated as the Legal Week -...
September 2019
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the estimated amount of money laundered globally in one year is two to five percent of the global GDP, or US$800 billion - US$2 trillion....
August 2019
Recently, quite a number of enquiries on the regulation of the offer of pro bono legal services to the public have been raised. Let us start with the basic requirement. Where a person is held out...
July 2019
Traditionally, law firms in Hong Kong operate in the form of a sole proprietorship or a general partnership. Under the Partnership Ordinance (Cap. 38), every partner in a general partnership is...
June 2019
“Location, Location, Location” goes the classic advice, stressing the importance of the location of a business to its success. In deciding the location, consideration is normally given to factors...
May 2019
Two sets of amendments to the Solicitors (Professional Indemnity) Rules (“PIS Rules”) have been gazetted and are scheduled to take effect within 2019, subject to negative vetting by LegCo. They...
April 2019
(updated as of 31 January 2018): Members (with or without practising certificate) 11,246 Members with practising certificate 9,757 (out of whom, 7,413 (76%) are...
March 2019