Editor's Note February 2021

It gives me great pleasure to introduce this special issue of the Hong Kong Lawyer that pays tribute to Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, who recently retired after more than a decade as the Chief Justice of Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Since his retirement, Ma has received accolades and praise from fellow members of the bench, the legal profession, and the broader community; for example, the South China Morning Post said he would be “remembered as a fair-minded, down-to-earth judge.”

Our own coverage of former Chief Justice Ma strives to do justice to his accomplishments and legacy. We begin with an interview with Ma himself, where he looks back on an extremely eventful decade for the city of Hong Kong. We then feature excerpts from his speech at his Farewell Sitting, in which he shares his thoughts on the independence of the judiciary, and also reveals his immense pride in his fellow judges. Then, we spotlight his achievements from his storied career, and end with tributes from individuals who had a chance to work closely with him. On behalf of the editorial team here at the Hong Kong Lawyer, I wish him all the best going forward.

As for the rest of the February issue, I would urge you not to miss our other important features, including one on why a “new era” has dawned for the cross-border recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards between the mainland and Hong Kong. Staying on the subject of arbitration, we feature an overview of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission Sub-committee’s consultation paper on outcome-related fee structures for arbitration. Then, we moved to family law, with an article on resolution of financial disputes in matrimonial and family proceedings.

I would also like to request our readers to kindly take our Readers’ Survey. In order to serve your needs better, and know what to enhance and improve, we’d like to invite you to share your candid thoughts. We will use your responses to shape our print and online content and delivery going forward. You can take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKLSurvey21.

Finally, best wishes to you and your family for the Lunar New Year. Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Ranajit Dam
Acting Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer