In a great start to the new year, the South China Morning Post has published a piece on pro bono legal work in Hong Kong, following on from the Asia Pro Bono Conference 2018. The Centre for Pro Bono Service’s leadership and work in this field was highlighted in the article and Director, Davyd Wong, was interviewed for the piece. The Centre will continue to raise public awareness of the importance of these issues and need for access to justice in our community. As the article highlighted, the problem is not unique to Hong Kong and we should also pay attention to developments and solutions to common problems in our peer jurisdictions, such as Australia and Singapore. They can provide valuable lessons and insights in how we might tackle the problems locally.
The piece was published in the South China Morning Post on 6 January 2019, and written by Alvin Lum.
Hong Kong urged to catch up with regional neighbours and remove obstacles to lawyers providing free legal advice
- Law firms in the city are reluctant to allow employees to give free legal advice over fears insurance will not cover a lawsuit
- Australia and Singapore have both reformed laws to make it easier for lawyers to give free legal advice to organisations and members of the public
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