Legal Ethics

Row over funding of court battles

Tens of millions of dollars in legal aid is being pumped into a mounting number of judicial review cases - many of them challenges to government policies. And that's sparked a row about whether the fund is being abused for the benefit of lawyers.

Thursday, 20 October, 2011, 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

Legal aid aside, judges play key role in ensuring fairness of trial

Neville Sarony offers laypeople a glimpse through the looking glass into a London silk's view of the administration of justice in Hong Kong ('The silk purse', April 29).

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing lawyers bear brunt of state curbs

Regulation after regulation has been introduced this year targeting lawyers, especially those in the capital, whom the authorities consider the most unruly.

Beijing had 21,529 lawyers by April, according to official data - 13 per cent of the national total - and that number has been growing by 2,000 a year.

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Give us affordable fees for legal services, not pro bono gimmicks

Consider outgoing Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang's opinion that pro bono services are much needed ('Chief justice steps up bid for more free legal help', April 19). How do we assess the need for pro bono - or voluntary - services?

26 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Improved pro bono services on agenda after chief justice's call

The government is 'critically examining possible options' following remarks by the chief justice urging it to consider improving support for pro bono services by lawyers.

26 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Chief justice steps up bid for more free legal help

The outgoing chief justice wants an organisation set up to strengthen and co-ordinate pro bono efforts by lawyers. He is urging the government to consider providing more support.

19 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Justice's role in selection of law dean a conflict of interest

Kenneth Kwok's reference to Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi's membership in the council of the University of Hong Kong and to the Basic Law in his response ('Common law integral part of legal system', June 13) to Anna Tse ('Worried about selection process for dean', June 9) shows that he has missed the salient issues about HKU's appointment of its law faculty dean.

22 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Time to reconsider class action lawsuits

Hong Kong lacks a legal tool that is available to people in the US and Australia, as well as certain European jurisdictions - that of the class action lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is one where a large number of people collectively bring a claim to court. One advantage is that a single class action lawsuit aggregates a large number of individual claims into one representational lawsuit.

11 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Better legal system in HK could get rid of need for recovery agents

The ongoing debate on recovery agents has revealed some fundamental problems in Hong Kong's legal system.

19 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Recovery agents are ripping off helpless accident victims

Cynthia Sze said that the Department of Justice's recent declaration of its commitment to combating the crime of champerty and maintenance was upholding an archaic law and the related policy was due for a public review ('Archaic law has no place in HK', August 2). Champerty is encouraging and aiding others to launch a lawsuit in return for a portion of the damages awarded.

16 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Time to end the sweet deals for our mollycoddled lawyers

The entry level pay of lawyers in Hong Kong (about HK$180,000) is about 40 per cent lower than that in England, while both places have comparable per capita gross domestic product, on a purchasing power parity basis. But Hong Kong offers more generous and more comprehensive legal aid than England.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Legal eagle

A former legal aid director says the Free Legal Advice Scheme would be more effective if users had more than one consultation with a lawyer. Do you agree that a shake-up of the scheme is long overdue? Write to us.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Law reform

The Law Reform Commission wants a separate legal aid fund to cover civil lawsuits. Do you agree with the proposal that would mean lawyers taking on cases on a 'no win, no fee' basis? Write to us.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

New plan on legal aid for middle class

'No win, no fee' court fund floated

The Law Reform Commission has proposed a new way to broaden public access to justice, by setting up a separate legal aid fund covering a wide range of civil lawsuits.

The fund it proposes would be independent of the Legal Aid Department and lawyers would take on the cases on a 'no win, no fee' basis.

10 Jul 2007 - 12:00am