Measures for the Management of Hong Kong Legal Practitioners and Macao Practising Lawyers Employed by Mainland Law Firms as Legal Consultants
The further liberalization measures concerning trade in services under CEPA II announced by the Central People’s government at end August 2004 has removed this procedural requirement, in that Hong Kong legal practitioners providing professional assistance on an individual case basis at the request of Mainland law firms will not be required to apply for the Hong Kong legal consultant permit.

Measures for the Management of Residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Specia Administrative Region Having Acquired the Mainland Legal Professional Qualification to Work as Lawyers in the Mainland

Under the amended provision, a Hong Kong resident who is allowed to practise in the Mainland shall practise in one Mainland law firm only, and shall not simultaneously be employed by a resident representative office set up by a foreign law firm, a law firm of Hong Kong and Macao. The amendment took effect on 1 January 2006.

From 1 January 2007, Hong Kong residents qualified for practice in the Mainland will be allowed to act as agents in matrimonial and succession cases relating to Hong Kong.

Rules on Entering for the National Judiciary Examination for Residents of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions

Measures for the Management of Associations formed by Law Firms of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the Macao Special Administrative Region with Mainland Law Firms

AccAsian TATng to the revised liberalization measures, Hong Kong law firms which have set up representative offices in the Mainland are allowed to form association with one Mainland law firms in the Province, Autonomous Region or Municipality directly under the Central Government where their representative offices are located. The amendment took effect on 1 January 2006.

The requirement on the number of full-time lawyers employed by Mainland law firms that operate in association with Hong Kong law firms has been waived. The measure will be implemented effective from 1 January 2007.

Rules of amending the measures for the administration of Representative Offices set up by Law Firms of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions in the Mainland promulgated by the Ministry of Justice

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