Three women among eight new senior counsel

Yvonne Cheng and Eugene Fung. Photo: Daniel Wan

Three more women have become senior counsel, joining the top rank of barristers. The elevations of Yvonne Cheng Wai-sum, Audrey Campbell-Moffat and Roxanne Ismail reduce the sex ratio within the male-dominated circle to below seven to one.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 8:07am 1 comment

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.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:28am 3 comments

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.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:30am 6 comments

Police investigate suicide riddle of French lawyer Olivier Metzner

Olivier Metzner in his office. Photo: AFP

He was nicknamed the "gangsters' lawyer", one of the giants of the French legal system. Olivier Metzner was a larger-than-life figure known for his spirited defence of high-profile and controversial defendants.

19 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

Paul Shieh: A lawyer raising the bar for Hong Kong justice

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Being a lawyer was never his childhood dream - he would rather have been an engineer. But Paul Shieh Wing-tai became a top barrister and senior counsel and now leads the 1,100-member Bar Association.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am 1 comment

Lawyer blames victim for gang-rape on bus in New Delhi, India

Indian police officers stand at the Delhi district court where five men accused in Delhi gang rape were brought for court hearing in New Delhi. Photo: EPA

The lawyer representing three of the men charged with the gang-rape and murder of a medical student aboard a bus in New Delhi has blamed the woman and her male companion for the assault.

Manohar Lal Sharma said he had never heard of a "respected lady" being raped in India.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:02am

Top human rights barrister joins Libya rendition case

Libyan dissident Sami al-Saadi. Photo: AFP

A prominent British human rights barrister, who has fought high-profile cases in Hong Kong, has joined the legal team preparing to sue the government over its alleged role in secretly sending a Libyan dissident and his family to the torture chambers of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 1 comment

Kevin Zervos, city's top lawyer, weighs his next move

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos SC already foresees himself spending his Christmas holiday in the office trying to get caught up on his cases, while the rest of the department will probably be enjoying the special occasion with their families.

17 Dec 2012 - 4:15am 1 comment

Corrections & clarifications

In the story headlined 'C.Y.'s lawyers: review would not be legal' on page C2 yesterday, the lawyer acting on behalf of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying should have been Johnny Mok SC.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Businessman guilty in nude photo shoot case

A rich businessman who took more than 60,000 photos of male models, some in compromising poses, has been convicted of indecent assault and criminal intimidation.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Torturers now the hunted, ex-lawyer says

Chongqing authorities plan to punish law enforcers linked to the use of torture to extract confessions during a sweeping triad crackdown initiated by former municipal Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai, according to former lawyer Li Zhuang.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Magical night in Central blossoms into bliss

It was Karie Wong's smile and cheerful attitude that melted Elliot Fung's heart. Karie, a designer, and Elliot, a lawyer, married on February 25 at Marquee, at the Aberdeen Marina Club, celebrating with more than 200 guests.

The couple were introduced by mutual friends at a social gathering in 2006. and were already smitten with each other by the time they left the party.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Loyalty oath required

BEIJING - To become a lawyer on the mainland, one must now swear an oath of support to the leadership of the Communist Party.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Judge spares lawyer contempt charge

An angry defendant, who is also a lawyer, was spared a contempt-of-court citation for abruptly marching out of court while a High Court judge was ruling on her case yesterday.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lawyers must swear loyalty to the party

To become a lawyer on the mainland one must now swear an oath of support to the leadership of the Communist Party.

The Ministry of Justice recently set up the oath system for new lawyers, the Legal Daily reported yesterday.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am