Jonathan Midgley is a partner with the law firm Haldanes in Central. He was born in England, but came to Hong Kong 19 years ago. He met his wife here, and they live in a flat on Old Peak Road. When he is not working, Mr Midgley enjoys walking his dog in the hill trails near his home. His spare moments are spent working at his 'hobby business', selling 'the world's most exotic, expensive, and best audio equipment'. He is 45, and has no plans to leave after the handover. What does the handover mean to you? I'm contemplating how to fill five days off without work - a unique experience. I'm also thinking about whether English will remain as one of the two languages accepted by the courts. I'm hopeful it will stay, as countries who have had English as part of their systems historically have welcomed its continuing usage - for example, India and Singapore. From the firm's point of view, now that it's growing into areas outside litigation, like corporate entertainment, we are more optimistic than ever. Hong Kong's affluence is attracting more concerts and recording artists. How do you think the handover will affect crime and the court system? Crime figures have recently dropped 14 per cent. Maybe there is a fear the new authorities may be stricter on crime and people don't want to be in prison at this time. The types of crimes committed probably won't change much. Criminality is universal. It doesn't seem to matter who the government is. In terms of the administration of justice, I think the composition of the Court of Final Appeal is highly encouraging to the idea that there will be a high quality of judgment at the final court available to people to address their grievances. Are you looking forward to the celebrations? I'm neither fond of Christmas nor birthdays, so big occasions never thrill me much. Come midnight, I will be attending a 'Fat Lady Sings' party on a roof top. There will be a good view over the harbour. What changes would you like the new regime to bring? I hope the new government will have more long-term views in addressing issues such as the environment and block some of the deterioration that's creeping in. I would like to see Hong Kong become a greener, more environmentally friendly place.