Legal Services

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.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 5:28am 3 comments

Hard labour for lawyers who speak only English

The use of Chinese in Hong Kong's courts has taken off. Photo: SCMP

With more court cases being heard in Chinese, lawyers who know only English say the amount of work available for them has dropped, causing some to earn less, go into early retirement or move abroad.

1 Apr 2013 - 9:57am 8 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

Joining the judiciary on the mainland

Professor Gu Minkang

Becoming a judge in Hong Kong and on the mainland are two very different things.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am

Two-year pilot scheme offering free legal advice to help needy

Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing (right). Photo: Sam Tsang

A trial scheme offering free legal advice, starting early next year, aims to help the growing number of people who are unable to afford hiring a lawyer but are too rich to qualify for legal aid.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am

The Hague's law office in Hong Kong a 'gift' from China

Huang Huikang. Photo: Shi Jiangtao

The opening of a prestigious international legal body's overseas branch in Hong Kong today can be considered "a gift" from Beijing to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the end of colonial rule, a Foreign Ministry official said.

13 Dec 2012 - 4:42am 2 comments

Possible changes to Vietnamese law on legal services criticised

International lawyers and business leaders are warning Vietnam's government that proposed changes to its law on legal services would restrict foreign firms and spook investors at a time of faltering economic growth.

The proposed changes are under consideration this month in the lawmaking National Assembly.

17 Nov 2012 - 1:24am

Lawyer sues 1,148 prison officers

More than 1,100 Correctional Services officers are being sued by a lawyer for more than HK$7 million in legal fees he says they have failed to pay for three years since their lawsuits against the government for overnight on-call payments failed.

23 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

29 ordinances passed into law but never enforced, report shows

Twenty-nine ordinances enacted in or before 2004 contained provisions that have yet to be enforced, a submission by the government to the Legislative Council has shown.

The paper, to be discussed at today's meeting of the administration of justice and legal services panel, showed that the oldest ordinance dated to the 1960s.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Go the whole hog?

So the Liberal Party thinks that higher housing prices will help the economy.

24 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Fearing monopoly

THE consultation paper on legal services, issued by the Attorney-General omitted to address the problem as to how the Government could avoid a monopoly situation when due to reduction of fees, the smaller law firms would have to close down, resulting in only a few big law firms being left in Hong Kong.

27 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Legal aid probe

THE Legislative Council's administration of justice and legal services panel and the security panel will meet on June 1 to discuss the handling of applications for legal aid by 300 Vietnamese after the Correctional Services Department swoop on Whitehead detention centre last year. Only one case has been granted.

9 May 1995 - 12:00am

Bid to lower legal costs

THE Government is to propose scrapping the existing guidelines on legal fees adopted by the profession to help lower charges, amid complaints about overcharging, it was learned yesterday.

The proposal is contained in a comprehensive consultative paper on legal services compiled by the Legal Department and scheduled to be published for consultation tomorrow.

28 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Legal firm faces lawsuit

LAW firm Alsop Wilkinson is being sued for $20 million for alleged negligence in providing legal services to Ruriko Nagata and Bjoen Williamson, according to a writ filed in the High Court.

The plaintiffs, of Hong Kong, alternatively allege the firm breached its legal duty to exercise reasonable care and skill in the provision of legal services.

23 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Welsh firms flock to HK

TOP officials of 12 Welsh companies are in the territory this week looking for local trade partners.

Twelve small and medium-sized companies of the Wales Chamber of Commerce and Industry begin a four-day visit today, meeting a wide range of business people.

6 Sep 1993 - 12:00am