Bogus law firm touts face fines
BOGUS employees and agents of law firms will be liable to a maximum fine of $500,000 under a proposed amendment to the law.
The amending bill will go to the Legislative Council for consideration next week.
The move follows talks between the Government, the Law Society and Bar Association and is an attempt to crack down on touting and commission-taking.
Inspectors appointed by the Law Society will be authorised to conduct spot checks on people purporting to act with law firms, known as ''submarines'' or ''touts''.
Many touts do not belong to any law firm, but roam police stations and courts looking for business.
The bill was up for discussion by Legco's Bills Committee today, but was delayed because of inadequate time for drafting.