The Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) is a free trade agreement signed between the Mainland and Hong Kong in 2003 and has come into operation since 1 January 2004. Through the effort of all stakeholders over the years. Adopting a building block approach, the free trade agreement has gradually expanded its scope by subsequent supplemental agreements, achieving liberalisation in market access for different service sectors in both jurisdictions.
CEPA covers a wide range of legal services matters, including mode of operation of law firms (such as non-partnership association, association in the form of partnership and representative offices in the Mainland), the geographical restriction, scope of practice, and capital requirement. In terms of law-practicing individuals, requirements and restrictions regarding practicing in the Mainland (and Greater Bay Area), internship, being employed by Mainland law firms, and the scope of practice are covered.
For details, please refer to the below websites:
Trade and Industry Department - Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement - Legal Services
Trade and Industry Department - Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement - CEPA Legal Text
Department of Justice - Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement