The Law Society of Hong Kong
|The Law Society of Hong Kong|
|Legal status||Company limited by guarantee|
|Headquarters||Wing On House, Central, Hong Kong|
|Region served||Hong Kong|
|Budget||HK$80.6 million (2007)|
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 society is divided into two bodies:
- 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
- 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.).
- 399 foreign lawyers employed by 72 foreign firms.
- 739 foreign lawyers employed in local law firms.
- Of all practising solicitors, 54% were men and 46% were women.
- However, of the 683 trainee solicitors, 40% were men and 60% were women.
- 83% of practising solicitors were ethnic Chinese.
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.
- Anthony Chow
- Junius Ho
- Hong Kong Bar Association
- The Law Society
- The Incorporated Law Society of Northern Ireland
- The Law Society of Scotland
- Law Society of Singapore
- The Law Society of Upper Canada
- Postgraduate Certificate in Laws
- The Law Society of Hong Kong Official website