Law

There are about 9000 legal practising certificate holders in Hong Kong. They are usually employed by government legal departments, public institutions or private companies. The legal profession in Hong Kong is divided into solicitors and barristers. There are different restrictions on the right of audience. Their professional standards are regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Bar Association. The legal Executive is also an important member of the legal profession and provides a wide range of support services to organisations such as lawyers and law firms.

Job Title
Duties

Solicitors in Hong Kong are divided into solicitors (solicitors) and barristers (barristers). The biggest difference between solicitors and barristers is whether they have the right to represent or defend their clients in court. “Barrister” means a person entrusted by a client or appointed by a court to assist a party in litigation and appear in court in accordance with the law. A solicitor is responsible for providing legal advisory services to individuals, companies and enterprises. The main duties of a solicitor are as follows:

Solicitors

  • Responsible for civil or criminal prosecution and defence in court
  • Responsible for the preparation of related litigation, such as arranging evidence, interviewing witnesses, drafting pleadings, etc
  • Provision of oral or written legal advice to parties
  • Provision of legal advice and general services, such as registered company trademarks, trusteeship and succession, wills drafting, etc
  • Real estate sales and mortgage, preparation and verification of contracts, witness signature and seal

Barrister

  • Provision of guidance and legal advice to lawyers on civil or criminal matters
  • Assist clients in researching and analysing cases, preparing briefs or pleadings with lawyers
  • Make a final submission of the parties and hearing
Working hours

About 45-60 hours a week

Working environment

Handling legal work in a law firm or court

Personality
Be logical
Good time management
Responsible
Attention to details
Promotion and reference salary
Trainee lawyer
Approximately $25,000-40,000
Experience 0-2 years
Solicitor
Approximately from $40,000
Experience 5-7 years
Senior Solicitor
Approximately from $80,000
Experience 7-10 years
Entry requirements

Solicitors

  • Bachelor of laws degree from University of Hong Kong / City University of Hong Kong / Chinese University of Hong Kong or from other recognized common law jurisdictions
  • Holds a professional certificate in law and has completed a two-year internship.

Barrister

  • Bachelor of laws degree from University of Hong Kong / City University of Hong Kong / Chinese University of Hong Kong or from other recognized common law jurisdictions
  • Holds a professional certificate in law and completes a one-year internship
Duties

Legal administrative personnel mainly assists lawyers in general legal matters, and the main duties of which are as follows:

  • Assist in drafting legal documents, liaising and meeting with clients
  • Prepare and assist solicitors to appear at legal hearings
  • Deal with the formalities of a lawsuit
  • Handle daily administrative works
Working hours

About 45 hours a week

Working environment

Handle legal work in a law firm or cour

Personality
Good time management
Responsible
Attention to details
Good communication skills
Promotion and reference salary
Junior legal administrative officer
Approximately $16,000-20,000
Experience 0-3 years
Legal administrative personnel
Approximately from $25,000
Experience 5-7 years
Entry requirements
  • Holder of Hong Kong Diploma in Law (DLS) or higher Diploma in Law (HDLS) recognized by the Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Good command of written and spoken Chinese and English
Duties
  • Conduct a detailed study of the case to be heard before the court session
  • Hold a hearing of a case
  • Write a judgments
  • Adjudicate some of the parties’ claims
  • The judge needs to order and stamp the internal administrative documents of the court, or send out notices and subpoenas to the parties, witnesses, etc
Working hours

About 35 hours a week

Working environment

Usually work in a court or law firm, sometimes required outdoor inspect

Personality
Attention to details
Good time management
Promotion and reference salary
Special Magistrate
Approximately 72,155-85,250
Magistrate
Approximately 111,010-133,050
Chief Judge
Approximately 140,000-183,400
Entry requirements
  • Bachelor of laws degree and Professional Certificate in Law
  • Be a barrister or solicitor and to practise in Hong Kong (or other common law) for not less than 5 years
  • Have worked in the Court Prosecutor, interpreter or Judicial Clerk grades for 5 years and are also eligible for appointment
  • Ability to speak, read and write Chinese
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