Paul Shieh Wing-tai

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.

Monday, 18 February, 2013, 4:34am 1 comment

Top lawyer fears guilt by association

Paul Shieh Wing-tai, Chairman of Hong Kong Bar Association, makes it clear he has no wish to become a CPPCC member. Photo: Edward Wong

The old cliché has it that justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done. A corollary is that judges and the secretary for justice must not only be impartial, but must be seen as such. So it makes sense for these officers of the law to avoid association with political parties and bodies like the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

30 Jan 2013 - 2:12am 5 comments

Barristers brace for competition in High Court

Paul Shieh Wing-tai.  Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hong Kong's barristers are bracing for a more competitive legal sector in which many solicitors will have the right to take cases to the High Court, the new leader of the Bar Association says.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:32am 1 comment

Bar Association chairman vows not to accept CPPCC dual role

Paul Shieh states his priorities at the Bar Association's office at the High Court. Photo: Edward Wong

The new chief of the Bar Association says he will not accept any appointment to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference during his chairmanship - unlike his predecessor and current Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung and Law Society president Dieter Yih Lai-tak.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:32am

Paul Shieh chosen to lead Hong Kong Bar Association

Kumar Ramanathan (left), the former bar chairman, congratulates his successor, Paul Shieh, yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

Bar Association vice-chairman Paul Shieh Wing-tai SC will take the helm of the 1,000-member professional body from today after being elected as the new leader yesterday.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment