President's Message

On 12 April 2021, the Law Society, jointly with the Department of Justice, organised a webinar titled “Policies, Strategies and Opportunities” in relation to the “Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan...
May 2021
Section 4 of our Basic Law sets out the constitutional framework of the judiciary of Hong Kong. The judicial system remains the same as it was before 1 July 1997 except with the changes consequent...
April 2021
Arising from the recent withdrawal of a UK Queen’s Counsel from acting in the prosecutorial role in a trial in Hong Kong are some fundamental principles that are worth reiterating (although one may...
March 2021
In my last President’s Message, I reflected on how our Judiciary has evolved since the resumption of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997. With the formal retirement of former Chief Justice Ma on 11...
February 2021
As we bid farewell to our second Chief Justice since the resumption of sovereignty in 1997 and extend our welcome to our third Chief Justice in January 2021, it may be an opportune time to reflect on...
January 2021
On 25 November, the Chief Executive announced the 2020 Policy Address. We welcome the initiatives by the Department of Justice to create employment for the legal profession by creating more sector...
December 2020
Since as early as 2003 after the signing of the main text of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement ("CEPA") on 29 June 2003, the Law Society has been lobbying for...
November 2020
As of 22 September 2020, according to the statistics of the World Health Organisation (“WHO”), there have been 31,174,627 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 962,613 deaths, and 222,256 new daily...
October 2020
It has been two months since the coming into effect of the National Security Legislation (“NSL”) on 30 June 2020. Since then, a series of measures have been announced by some overseas jurisdictions...
September 2020
The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“National Security Law”) is an important legislation for Hong Kong. No...
August 2020
  It is my greatest honour to be given the opportunity to serve as President of the Law Society for the third term from 9 June 2020. I am deeply grateful for the trust and confidence that...
July 2020
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