Human rights lawyer Robert Brook may quit Hong Kong after his battle with the Law Society over whether he should be admitted as a solicitor ended in defeat yesterday. Mr Brook, 29, who has helped Vietnamese boat people win two major court victories against the Government, said: 'Part of me, at least, feels like calling this the end of the road. 'I have worked here for five years. If the Law Society is not prepared to license me to practise my profession . . . it is a factor I will certainly take into consideration when deciding whether or not Hong Kong is a place where I want to remain.' The Court of Final Appeal ruled the Law Society was entitled to insist that Mr Brook, a qualified US attorney, gain a further 20 months' experience in specified areas of law. Five judges unanimously overturned a Court of Appeal ruling in Mr Brook's favour in April. Mr Brook, who has been working as a paralegal in Hong Kong, claimed the Law Society had no power to refuse to admit him, having earlier given him a certificate saying he appeared to be qualified. He passed exams which the society had requested and expected this to secure his admission. 'There is no benefit to me in having taken these exams, which required a great deal of hard work. It has really been a huge waste of time, money and effort for me,' Mr Brook said. He feared Law Society guidelines in force since the end of last year might prevent him gaining the experience required in Hong Kong. But the society's secretary-general, Patrick Moss, said the guidelines applied mainly to English solicitors and 'certainly not Robert Brook'. He said that Mr Brook would be able to gain the experience he needed in Hong Kong, either as a paralegal or a registered foreign lawyer. He welcomed the court's decision and said the society would give it careful consideration before deciding how to proceed in future. Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang, Mr Justice Henry Litton, Mr Justice Charles Ching, Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary and Lord Cooke of Thorndon gave the ruling.