Bar Association

Hong Kong barristers face growing call for compulsory continuing education

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos. Photo: Nora Tam

Bar Association chairman Paul Shieh Wing-tai SC says the association will study the need for compulsory continuing professional development (CPD) but it has yet to reach a conclusion.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 5:30am 6 comments

Legal experts call for unified screening of foreigners seeking sanctuary in HK

Bar Association representative Philip Dykes SC. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The Law Society and the Bar Association have lambasted Hong Kong's system of using three different tests to screen foreigners seeking sanctuary, saying a unified approach would work better. In statements on Monday, the Law Society said it was "in the best interests of Hong Kong to have in place a … legally comprehensive system", while the association said "there is a good deal to be said in favour of a single domestic screening exercise".

19 Feb 2013 - 5:07am

Volunteer lawyer scheme shunned by legal bodies

The legal profession has given the cold shoulder to a government scheme under which volunteer lawyers would help litigants pursue civil cases on their own.

14 Feb 2013 - 4:09am 1 comment

Top lawyer fears guilt by association

Paul Shieh Wing-tai, Chairman of Hong Kong Bar Association, makes it clear he has no wish to become a CPPCC member. Photo: Edward Wong

The old cliché has it that justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done. A corollary is that judges and the secretary for justice must not only be impartial, but must be seen as such. So it makes sense for these officers of the law to avoid association with political parties and bodies like the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

30 Jan 2013 - 2:12am 5 comments

Barristers brace for competition in High Court

Paul Shieh Wing-tai.  Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hong Kong's barristers are bracing for a more competitive legal sector in which many solicitors will have the right to take cases to the High Court, the new leader of the Bar Association says.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:32am 1 comment

Bar Association chairman vows not to accept CPPCC dual role

Paul Shieh states his priorities at the Bar Association's office at the High Court. Photo: Edward Wong

The new chief of the Bar Association says he will not accept any appointment to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference during his chairmanship - unlike his predecessor and current Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung and Law Society president Dieter Yih Lai-tak.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:32am

Hong Kong chief justice says criticism by ex-justice minister won't affect judges

Former justice minister Elsie Leung Oi-sie. Photo: May Tse

Criticism by former justice minister Elsie Leung Oi-sie of Hong Kong judges will not influence the decisions of courts, according to the city's top judge.

"[Leung] enjoys her freedom of expression. However, her remarks will not affect judges," Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li said yesterday in response to questions after a ceremony to mark the opening of the legal year.

15 Jan 2013 - 5:40am

Bar Association backs non-Chinese judges in top court

Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung

The Bar Association said yesterday the suggestion that only Chinese nationals should become judges in the top court goes against the provisions of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:03am

Move to change Legco legal panel's meeting times criticised

A suggestion to shift meetings of the Legislative Council's justice and legal services panel to Friday mornings has drawn strong criticism from the Bar Association and Law Society, with the former saying the change would "effectively shut out" lawyers since they would be in court.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

Elsie Leung attacks double standards of Law Society and Bar Association

Former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie

A row over former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie's recent criticism of the legal profession intensified yesterday when she hit back at her critics, saying she was simply exercising her right to free speech.

13 Oct 2012 - 12:16pm 3 comments

Bar Association fights bid to hire top UK lawyer

The Bar Association is fighting a bid by the government to hire a top British lawyer to represent it in a legal battle over the estate of late tycoon Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Government still not in clear over by-elections axe

Challenges could still be in the pipeline despite the government's changes to the way vacant Legislative Council seats are filled, according to legal scholars.

The original plan to fill midterm Legco vacancies with the next-best-placed candidate instead of a by-election sparked fierce criticism from the Bar Association.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Law body opposes election proposal

The government's proposal to scrap by-elections breaches the Basic Law, the Bar Association said yesterday.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Doctors urge council chairwoman to step down in row over expulsion

A group of doctors has urged Medical Council chairwoman Felice Lieh Mak to step down after the Medical Association president was expelled from the council over a false declaration he made when running for the post of council member.

8 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In yesterday's report, 'Arbitration specialist to head Bar Association' on page A3, Bar Association secretary Keith Yeung was quoted as saying Russell Coleman SC was 'duly elected' as the only nominee. We wish to clarify Mr Yeung said Mr Coleman 'shall be deemed to be elected'. He must still be formally elected at the association's AGM on January 15.

2 Jan 2009 - 12:00am