Law Society

Hong Kong lawyers to gain permission to advise mainland Chinese clients

Ambrose Lam hailed the more open policy. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

People living on the mainland will soon be able to seek advice from Hong Kong lawyers without crossing the border, the Law Society's new president has announced.

Ambrose Lam San-keung described the new arrangement as a "breakthrough".

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 8:12am

Legal bill may go up by 68pc for losers

President of Law Society Dieter Yih Lai-tak. Photo: May Tse

Losing parties in lawsuits may soon have to pay more, after the Law Society proposed raising solicitors' hourly rates by 40 to 68 per cent, for the purposes of calculating repayment of legal costs.

12 Apr 2013 - 4:41am 1 comment

Renewing qualifications is a must for most professions

Jonathan Ng, Deputy Executive Director of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Photo: Nora Tam

From accountants to doctors, most professions in Hong Kong have had mandatory continuing education for at least 10 years.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:30am

Top lawyers clash over fairness of city's anti-money laundering laws

Kevin Zervos, Director of Public Prosecutions. Photo: Nora Tam

The Director of Public Prosecutions and one of the city's leading criminal lawyers have offered conflicting views on tough anti-money laundering laws, after two cases involving billions of dollars ended with the accused sentenced to at least 10 years in jail each.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:45am 9 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

Right of abode? What about the right to wear wigs, ask lawyers

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma delivers a speech at the ceremonial opening of the legal year yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Litigation over the right of abode may be a prime concern in legal circles, but Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li has another headache to work on: should solicitors be allowed to wear wigs in court like barristers?

The Law Society, with more than 8,000 solicitors as members, deems the wearing of wigs essential in helping to ensure justice is done.

15 Jan 2013 - 9:21am 10 comments

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

Elsie Leung defends her right to 'free speech'

Former secretary for justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie. Photo: Sam Tsang

Former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie defended her criticism of Hong Kong’s judiciary as “free speech”, as an argument with two legal bodies continued on Friday.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:03pm 2 comments

Law Society mulls common exam

An overhaul of the examination system that allows law graduates to become qualified lawyers is being considered by the head of the Law Society.

Students currently have to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) before they qualify as apprentice solicitors or barristers.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Solicitors launch site to offer free legal advice

Hong Kong's solicitors yesterday launched an a website offering free legal advice to people in need.

More than 90 law firms have signed up to offer services on the Law Society's new web page,

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Law Society wants mainland exam scrapped due to poor pass rate

After seven years of 'appalling' pass rates, the Law Society has called on Beijing to do away with the exam Hong Kong lawyers must take to practice law on the mainland.

The move follows the release of a study on the development of law practices in the Pearl River Delta commissioned by the society and carried out by Sun Yat-sen University.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Piecemeal changes to legal aid system won't do

Hong Kong has good reason to pride itself on its rule of law and administration of justice. Judgments from our top courts are written with impressive clarity and are considered and respected by lawyers and judges throughout the common law world.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Cash woes threaten judicial system

A boycott of legal-aid cases by criminal lawyers would normally be worrying. Thankfully, in this case, it is only a symbolic protest next month by a few lawyers. It will not deprive people who cannot afford legal representation of the fundamental right of equal access to justice. But it should still be taken seriously.

30 Sep 2009 - 12:00am