Law in the United Kingdom

Ella Cheong: The single mother who became a pioneering property lawyer

Ella Cheong says her greatest achievement is her family. Photo: Nora Tam

Ella Cheong is recognised as one of the best intellectual property (IP) lawyers in Asia, a pioneer who has set up offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Malaysia. However, success for Cheong is measured not in offices, but in terms of personal happiness.

Thursday, 22 May, 2014, 4:08pm

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

Focusing on agents with can-do spirit

The past couple of years has seen Dah Sing Life invest heavily to project a more youthful image and attract more fresh graduates.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

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

Solicitors in high courts by end of year

Solicitors with the right experience or qualifications may represent clients in the high courts - long the exclusive domain of barristers - by the end of this year.

A government assessment board set up to screen solicitors said yesterday that qualification standards would be gazetted in May, by which time it would start accepting such applications.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

No interference in justice, declare HK legal figures

A string of senior figures in Hong Kong's legal system have defended the impartiality and independence of the judiciary against public and political interference, after a year of controversial cases.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Time to judge for themselves

In any competition, it always helps to know what the judges think. And the judges were happy to let the contestants know, at a special workshop attended by 140students and teachers.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Developer wins right to hire top British barrister

A subsidiary of property giant Cheung Kong (Holdings) will hire a top barrister from Britain in a legal battle with seven purchasers who accused the developer of failing to complete a luxury residential project on time.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

The silk purse

Viewed cursorily, the casual observer might conclude that despite the absence of democracy in Hong Kong, we do have that prerequisite of a civilised society, namely equality before the law. Sadly, in certain important respects, any such conclusion would be a serious misapprehension.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Agents' qualification scheme tops agenda

The Estate Agents Authority this year will focus on a scheme that allows agents from both sides of the border to have their professional qualifications mutually recognised, according to chairman Vivien Chan. The authority has received dozens of inquiries about the scheme, which kicked off this month. Chan said it would also seek to expand its workforce this year.

10 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Barristers set to get first ethnic Indian as association chairman

The Bar Association will announce a new chairman this week when Russell Coleman SC steps down after two consecutive terms.

Vice-chairman Kumar Ramanathan SC is expected to be named as his successor at the Bar annual general meeting on Thursday. He is the only nominee for the post.

17 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Solicitor faces probe over conduct judge called 'outrageous'

The Law Society will investigate a complaint against a solicitor who represented a woman in her divorce despite having received confidential information from her husband when he was considering engaging the solicitor as his lawyer.

3 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Lawyer sues for HK$18m over Hunghom Peninsula contract

A lawyer is suing a consortium of Sun Hung Kai Properties and New World Development for HK$18 million for reneging on a contract.

The law firm says it was hired to handle conveyancing transactions at the once controversial Hunghom Peninsula estate.

6 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Does justice depend on your lawyer?

The controversy provoked by the decision not to jail Amina Mariam Bokhary, a judge's niece, for assaulting a police officer focused on what the public perceived as preferential treatment due to her high-level connections and social status.

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Property agent ranks grow 27pc

The ranks of the city's property agents rose 27 per cent last year, lifted by a vibrant property market, and the industry watchdog expects the sector to remain active.

The Estate Agents Authority said yesterday that the number of individual licensees, including estate agents and salesmen increased to a record 29,335 people as of June 30, up from 23,074 a year earlier.

21 Jul 2010 - 12:00am