Why 'no win, no fee' is no go for Hong Kong lawyers

Illustration: Henry Wong

In Britain, the United States and Australia, they call it "no win, no fee" litigation. A lawyer takes on a case for no upfront fee in return for a slice of whatever the client wins. It's considered a vital way to give those without the means to mount an expensive legal action a shot at justice.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 5:28am 3 comments

This city's legal system courts disaster for the poor

Louie Mui Kwok-keung, 53, made Hong Kong history by becoming the first barrister convicted of the archaic common-law offence known as champerty - the act of one striking an illegal deal with a party in a lawsuit to obtain a share of its proceeds. Photo: Edward Wong

Oh, how disgusting. And what made it particularly obnoxious, said the judge, is that this barrister had dealt directly with the five clients involved instead of telling them to approach him through a solicitor.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:35am 11 comments

History made as barrister Louie Mui is jailed for illegal deals with clients

Louie Mui lent money to some of his clients. Photo: Edward Wong

A barrister was sentenced to 3½ years' jail yesterday for what a judge said were "obnoxious" deals to buy into his clients' lawsuits and gain more than HK$1.6 million from their damages payments.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:45am 2 comments