Members of the legal profession paid tribute to the most senior member of Hong Kong's Bar, barrister Sir Oswald Cheung, who died yesterday. They said Sir Oswald upheld the finest traditions of the Bar and helped many young barristers find their feet. Sir Oswald's chambers include Bar Association chairman Edward Chan King-sang and legislators Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee and Audrey Eu Yuet-mee. He was also known to have helped the late Court of Final Appeal judge Charles Ching and prominent barrister Patrick Yu at the start of their careers. Sir Oswald, 81, died at Queen Mary Hospital where he had been treated since an accident at his home in September, when he struck a match to light a cigar, but accidentally ignited a newspaper. His pyjamas also caught fire and Sir Oswald was badly burned. Sir Oswald was a lawyer, legislator and executive councillor. He attended the Diocesan Boys' School before entering the University of Hong Kong in 1938, where he studied mathematics and chemistry. He joined the war effort by helping monitor Japanese activity in southern China and along the coast through the British Liaison Offices in China and India. After the war, Sir Oswald was awarded a scholarship to Oxford, where he read law and was called to the Bar by the prestigious Lincoln's Inn in 1951, and then to the Hong Kong Bar a year later. In 1965, he became a Queen's Counsel. Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang called him the 'doyen of the Bar and one of the most distinguished Hong Kong citizens in the second half of the 20th century'. Sir Oswald is survived by his wife and a son.