The Law Society of Hong Kong

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The Law Society of Hong Kong
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Formation 1907
Legal status Company limited by guarantee
Headquarters Wing On House, Central, Hong Kong
Region served Hong Kong
President Ambrose Lam
Budget HK$80.6 million (2007)
Website hklawsoc.org.hk

Established in 1907, The Law Society of Hong Kong (Chinese: 香港律師會) is the professional association and law society for solicitors in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Bar Association is the equivalent association for barristers in Hong Kong.

The Law Society is currently headed by President Ambrose Lam and is located at Wing On House in Central.

History[edit]

It was formed on July 8, 1907 as a company limited by guarantee, and was then known as The Incorporated Law Society of Hong Kong. The present name was adopted in 1969.[1]

Structure[edit]

The society is divided into two bodies:[1]

  • The Council - the governing body of the society and consists of 20 members with 2 vice presidents and 1 president
  • The Secretariat - the body responsible for the standing committees within the society and has a staff of 76

Profile of the profession[edit]

As of 31 December 2010, the Law Society regulates 6,782 solicitors in Hong Kong with a current practising certificate.[1]

Business model[edit]

  • 5,303 solicitors were in private practice in 764 firms.
  • Of these firms:
  • 2,160 were in partnerships or were sole practitioners.
  • 3,143 solicitors are assistant solicitors or consultants in firms.
  • 1,479 solicitors worked with private businesses (in-house) or in government (Department of Justice, etc.).

Foreign lawyers[edit]

  • 399 foreign lawyers employed by 72 foreign firms.
  • 739 foreign lawyers employed in local law firms.

Sex[edit]

  • Of all practising solicitors, 54% were men and 46% were women.
  • However, of the 683 trainee solicitors, 40% were men and 60% were women.

Ethnicity[edit]

Finance[edit]

In 2006, the Society's income was HK$86.0 million, HK$46.26 million being raised through annual practising certificate fees and membership subscriptions.

In 2007, the Society's income was HK$91.6 million, HK$47.7 million being raised through annual practising certificate fees and membership subscriptions.

The fee for a practising certificate was HK$6,800 and the fee for membership subscription was HK$1,200.

The Society had an annual income budget of HK$80.6 million for 2007.[1]

Past presidents[edit]

  • Anthony Chow
  • Junius Ho

See also[edit]

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