Hong Kong’s broken court system is in urgent need of repair as Covid-19 exposes cracks
- Hong Kong is rightly proud of its legal system, but like a lovely old Rolls-Royce, it is very expensive, slow and in desperate need of an overhaul, especially when it comes to dealing with civil cases
Gordon Oldham is Senior Partner, OLN Oldham, Li & Nie – Solicitors. He is a veteran Hong Kong lawyer, who arrived in the city in 1978 and formed OLN Oldham, Li & Nie - Solicitors in 1987, which currently has over 45 lawyers and legal professionals. In addition, Gordon is a businessman. He has been involved as a principal in a number of start-up ventures including creating MTV Asia, being the Publisher of Forbes (Chinese edition), Capital Magazine and a host of other titles. He has also built the hotel group, The Pavilions, with properties in Europe and Asia, a dedicated software venture and various related real estate developments. He has worked extensively in Thailand, Indonesia and Japan and is therefore in a position to compare experiences of legal systems in different jurisdictions.