Puffing on a pipe in an office which displays his obsession with tidiness, Mr Justice Findlay looked back on 18 years in Hong Kong and forward to retirement in South Africa, his 'spiritual home'. After five years on the bench during which he attacked the Obscene Articles Tribunal for branding Michelangelo's statue of David 'indecent' and gave non-indigenous New Territories residents the right to vote in village elections, the judge is hoping for a quieter life. 'I want to work less, but not stop altogether. I would like to do some arbitration work, a couple of months a year. The rest of the time, I would like to relax and to see more of Africa,' he said. Mr Justice Findlay, who has three daughters and two grandchildren, plans to live in his South African wife's house in Cape Town, a traditional home built in 1842 'with a tin roof and a verandah'. He spent 25 years in the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), first as a policeman and then, after injuring his leg in a motorcycle accident, as a lawyer. After a spell in Britain, he came to Hong Kong in 1981. After 13 years as a government lawyer, Mr Justice Findlay became a judge handling mainly commercial cases. But it was his rulings on clashes with the Government which hit the headlines. 'You never do keep your personal feelings out of it. It is impossible. 'What I do is simply to try to do what is right. That, of course, involves a moral kind of judgment. But you cannot do things which are contrary to the law.' He said the right of abode controversy will probably be a 'one-off'.