Law of Hong Kong

Parenthood suits family lawyer

Parenthood suits family lawyer

Rita Ku's exuberance is infectious. It's the morning after a celebratory party at the China Club and she breezes into the room talking about the night before.

Sunday, 19 August, 2012, 11:21am

Lawyers falling short as mediators

Seven out of 10 lawyers seeking to become mediators fail to get accredited due to an approach to court cases that is 'too adversarial'.

Mediators, whose task is to help resolve legal disputes in civil cases before the parties have to resort to litigation, come from all walks of life. But, ironically, it is lawyers who fare worst when trying to get accredited.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Ranks of foreign lawyers double

The number of foreign lawyers practising in Hong Kong has doubled over the past seven years. Their arrival has been driven by strong demand for legal services, both from the mainland and from the financial sector for initial public offerings.

The number of foreign lawyers was 777 in 2005, 1,041 in 2007, 1,203 in 2009 and 1,431 at present.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Competition law can apply to statutory bodies

It is not necessary to leave statutory bodies completely out of a planned competition law, a legal adviser to the Consumer Council says, as partial exemptions may be workable.

The government had more options than simply adding organisations to a list of blanket exemptions, said Thomas Cheng Kin-hon, head of the consumer watchdog's competition policy committee.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Rock from caverns won't be wasted

I refer to the letter from Wouter van Marle ('Stay alert over plan for caverns', May 31), expressing concerns over the future disposal of the rock excavated from the proposed rock cavern schemes.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Listings boom spurs demand for lawyers

Hong Kong is in the middle of a recruitment drive for more lawyers, as new stock market listings and tougher compliance and regulatory requirements boost demand for legal professionals.

The number of overseas lawyers admitted this year has risen more than 40 per cent.

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

On race, the government should lead by example

As the city's largest employer, the government should be a leader in the fight against racial discrimination. Given its avowed aim to make Hong Kong Asia's world city, this should be considered an important mission. But the way in which it has approached the legislative process for the race discrimination bill sets a poor example.

24 May 2008 - 12:00am

Lawyers from Leeds visit, offer 'expertise at competitive rates'

A delegation of lawyers from Leeds, England, is in town as part of a marketing campaign to explore business opportunities with Hong Kong and mainland counterparts.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Expect some surprises in second survey of Hong Kong academics

Some are beginning to say that the days will soon be over when universities can attract the best and brightest. As salaries drop and workloads increase, as autonomy takes a back seat to assessment, and as academic values joust with managerial efficiency, the best and brightest young minds may veer away from a career in academia.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

A sensible step in righting legal wrongs

Criminal lawyers have won a long-fought battle over payment of fees for pre-trial work in legal aid cases. The government's decision may seem one merely of pay, but the ramifications extend to the heart of our judicial system: the right for all who face a judge to have the fairest possible trial.

29 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Lawyers welcome small steps

Few benefit, and work may be for no fee

Hong Kong lawyers and barristers welcomed the latest steps to open mainland legal services to the city's lawyers as small but positive steps.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

IP protection still poor, say firms

More must be done to safeguard intellectual property

While most Hong Kong firms believe intellectual property protection is an important part of having a successful business, the majority still consider there is not enough protection.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Justice secretary makes inaugural visit to Beijing

Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung leaves for Beijing tomorrow for his first trip to the capital since he took office in October last year.

Mr Wong will meet officials from a number of government departments and ministries during his five-day trip, including the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Legal secrets

Hong Kong's loudest and most prominent activist, 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung, suspects they have done it to him, criminal lawyers have been complaining about it for years, and the issue finally blew up in a big way when four defendants in a corruption trial walked free because of it two months ago.

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Half of city law firms believe Cepa will help them: survey

Nearly half the law firms in Hong Kong are anticipating a pickup in business in the coming three to five years as a result of the Cepa free-trade deal, according to a survey, but current restrictions still hamper their mainland expansion.

The survey by the Trade Development Council and Law Society found 83 per cent of respondents had handled cross-border transactions.

28 Jul 2005 - 12:00am