Twenty solicitors are running a joint campaign to try to scoop all the seats in the Election Committee legal subsector poll. In an election pamphlet prepared by the 20 hopefuls, they called for a 'grand unity' of the legal profession. Thirty-five candidates are competing for the 20 seats. The winners will sit on the 800-member Election Committee, which will choose six legislators on September 10. On the 20-solicitor ticket are Law Society president Herbert Tsoi Hak-kong, former president of the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers Sylvia Siu Wing-yee and her fellow Law Society council member Vincent Liang Wan-sang. In their campaign material, the 20 candidates say they have a proven track record of service to the legal profession and to the community. They say '20 lawyers speaking with one voice can achieve more than 20 individuals acting separately. It is time we demonstrate our solidarity as a profession'. Separately, seven barristers have sent out a campaign booklet spelling out their personal background and listing supporters from both branches of the profession. They include Audrey Eu Yuet-mee SC, Alan Leong Kah-kit SC and Edward Chan King-sang SC. But the seven made no plea for a block vote. They said they believed the Election Committee would be responsible for electing not only six legislators but also the chief executive in 2002. 'We believe we must make use of every opportunity to promote the importance of the rule of law, the freedom of expression and the independence of the judiciary,' they said. Other candidates who have sent out material separately include Cheng Huan SC, Alan Hoo SC and solicitor Philip Wong Kin-hang. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, representing the legal profession in the first SAR legislature, said some legal eagles who had criticised the poll as a 'small-circle election' had joined the fray to ensure the committee was not too lop-sided.