Ex-justice secretary Wong Yan-lung cleared to resume career as barrister

Committee finds no conflict of interest in Wong Yan-lung working as barrister

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 4:24am

Former secretary for justice Wong Yan-lung has been given the all-clear to resume his career as a barrister in January after a government committee concluded it would not cause any conflict of interest.

But the advisory committee on post-office employment for former chief executives and politically appointed officials laid down conditions. Among others, it advised Wong not to get involved in bidding for government land or contracts, and not to engage in activities that would embarrass the government.

It noted Wong's employment contract already prohibited him from representing anyone in connection with claims and negotiations against or with the government for a year after leaving office. He left his post in July.

The contract also forbids him from divulging sensitive information he received in his post.

Wong, 49, began practising in 1987 as a protégé of former chief justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang, then a barrister. A specialist in constitutional, administrative, property and civil law, he was made a senior counsel in 2002.

The committee also advised there was no conflict-of-interest issue with the new employment of Paul Chan Chi-yuen, former political assistant to the secretary of food and health.

Chan is setting up a travel service company and PR consultancy. Similar conditions apply to Chan, who is advised not to engage in lobbying activities on matters related to the government, and not to bid for any contracts of the Food and Health Bureau and relevant departments.

Chan caused a stir in 2008 when, aged 28, he became the youngest political assistant in chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's administration on a salary of HK$134,150.