Introduction

A large number of solicitors and law firms have dedicated their valuable time and efforts in providing legal advice or representation at free or reduced fee for charities, non-profit associations or the general public through various channels.

The Law Society supports and encourages pro bono legal services provided by lawyers to the general public. A range of pro bono work have been organised by the Law Society or jointly with other organisations through its various committees, including the Pro Bono Committee, which was set up in January 2010 to review the pro bono work undertaken by the legal profession, promote public awareness of the pro bono services under by the profession and encourage participation by the profession in pro bono work. The Pro Bono Committee overlooks various pro bono schemes and projects in which members of the Law Society participated in.

Some of the pro bono services provided by the members of the Law Society are described below:

 

Free Legal Helpline 8200 8002
Name Free Legal Helpline
Nature of service To offer free legal advice to the general public in the areas of Personal Injuries, Matrimonial Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Wills & Probate and Mediation
Date commenced 20 May 2013
Details of service
  • To offer up to 45 minutes of free legal advice on three areas of laws, namely Personal Injuries, Matrimonial Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Wills & Probate and Mediation.
  • All of the volunteers have a minimum of 3 years experience in these areas of practice.
  • Panel of Personal Injuries – The panel of solicitors will provide up to 45 minutes of free consultation to accident victims who want to seek legal advice in their claims for compensation.
  • Panel of Matrimonial Law – The panel of solicitors will provide up to 45 minutes of free consultation on legal issues relating to matrimonial matters.
  • Panel of Criminal Law – The panel of solicitors will provide up to 45 minutes of free consultation on legal issues relating to criminal law matters.
  • Panel of Employment Law – The panel of solicitors will provide up to 45 minutes of free consultation on legal issues relating to employment law matters.
  • Panel of Wills & Probate – The panel of solicitors will provide up to 45 minutes of free consultation on legal issues relating to wills and probate matters. The Helpline will only handle enquires which the total value of estate not exceeding HK$10 million for each individual case.
  • Panel of Mediation – Our Mediation Coordinator or the panel of Solicitor- Mediator will provide up to 45 minutes of free telephone session on mediation.
Dates / times for legal clinic
Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Normal waiting period Within 3 working days
Who provide the advice  Solicitor volunteers
Contact details   
Telephone  8200 8002
Address  3/F, Wing On House, 71 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong 
Web site  Click here

 

Free Legal Consultation Service
Name Free Legal Consultation Service by the Law Society of Hong Kong
Nature of service To provide legal advice and assistance
Date commenced 2006
Details of service

Law firms which are listed in the Free Legal Consultation section have volunteered to provide an initial free consultation to the public (up to 45 minutes) in one or more of the following 24 areas of practice. This service is by appointment only.

  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration / Mediation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Banking & Finance
  • Building Management
  • China Appointed Attesting Officer
  • Civil Celebrants of Marriage
  • Civil Claims
  • Company / Commercial Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • Conveyancing
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Foreign Related Legal Services
  • Committeeship / Guardianship
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Mainland Legal Services
  • Notary Public
  • Personal Injuries
  • Shipping & Maritime
  • Wills & Probate
Dates / times for legal clinic
By arrangement with law firm
Normal waiting period Within one week
Who provide the advice  Solicitors 
Contact details  Please contact individual law firms for appointment
Web site  http://www.choosehklawyer.org 

 

Building Management
Free Legal Advice Service on Building Management
Name Free Legal Advice Service on Building Management provided by the Home Affairs Department (HAD) in collaboration with the Law Society of Hong Kong.
Details of service The service commenced since 2015. One-stop referral service to owners and concerned bodies seeking free professional advice on the issues in relation to building management. Free legal advice provided by solicitor volunteers.
Venue and time slots for free professional advice
Meeting venues provided by HAD are as follows:
District Venue Time
Wan Chai Meeting Room, HAD
31/F., Southorn Centre
130 Hennessy Road
Wan Chai
Mondays & Thursdays
(except public holidays)
(1st session : 6:30pm – 7:15pm)
(2nd session : 7:30pm – 8:15pm)
Yau Tsim Mong Meeting Room
Urban Renewal Resource Centre
6 Fuk Tsun Street, Tai Kok Tsui Kowloon
Tuesdays & Fridays
(except public holidays)
(1st session : 6:30pm – 7:15pm)
(2nd session : 7:30pm – 8:15pm)
Web site  http://www.buildingmgt.gov.hk/en/Support_Services/2_13.html

 

Building Management
Three-Year Pilot Free Outreach Legal Advice Service on Building Management 
Name
Three-Year Pilot Free Outreach Legal Advice Service on Building Management provided by the Home Affairs Department (HAD) in collaboration with the Law Society of Hong Kong.
Details of service
In collaboration with The Law Society, HAD launched “Three-Year Pilot Free Outreach Legal Advice Service on Building Management” (“FOLAS”) in September 2019 with a view to enhance legal support to Owners’ Corporations (OCs) in conducting general meetings.

Under the FOLAS, upon successful application, a lawyer experienced in handling building management matters will be assigned to the OC to provide free legal service, i.e. (i) attending the pre-meeting of the general meeting of the OC; (ii) reading relevant information about the meeting provided by the OC; and (iii) attending and giving legal advice at the meeting, for up to six hours.
 
Website https://www.buildingmgt.gov.hk/en/Support_Services/2_25.html

 

Community projects by the Law Society

Law Week It has evinced the aspiration of the Law Society to enhance the community’s legal knowledge and to promote available legal services in the community since 1991. New features are introduced from time-to-time to gauge the needs of different social segments.
Teen Talk To address the aspirations of different sections of the community particularly that of young people.
School Talks
lawyers have shared their legal knowledge on various topics with secondary schools students, such as the Hong Kong Basic Law and criminal law, with a view to fostering a sense of abiding by the law among them. There were more than 10,000 students participating in these events.
“Legal Pioneer” Mentorship Programme
Since 2009, the Law Society’s Community Relations Committee has organised the “Legal Pioneer” Mentorship Programme's Closing and Opening Ceremony, which has been a popular annual event amongst students.
Legal Mail Box Lawyers have been answering questions in connection with legal matters every Monday in the Sing Tao Daily in the form of Q&As since 2006.
Free legal seminars
On various topics such as family law, conveyancing, employment law, landlord and tenant, personal injury, wills and successions, etc.

In collaboration with other organisations

Business-School Partnership Programme (BSPP) In collaboration with the Education Bureau in its “Business-School Partnership Programme” (“BSPP”) with the aim of promoting better co-operation and closer alliances between the legal sector and the schools, to lead students out of the classroom to gain a wider perspective of the world and to get them better prepared for life in the society.
Social Enterprise Legal Seminar Series The Law Society has been running the “Social Enterprise Legal Seminar Series” in collaboration with HKCSS since 2011. The aim is to help social enterprises better understand the legal aspects of their operations.
NGOs Governance Platform Project Partnered with HKCSS to promote best practice and experience sharing on NGO governance among board members of their NGO members since 2015.
Governance Connect Program With a view to further assisting NGOs to strengthen their governance capacity, The Law Society also partnered with HKCSS on their “Governance Connect Program”. The Program has successfully matched volunteer lawyers as honorary legal advisors to eight small to medium- sized NGOs which provide assistance to target groups including chronic patients, people with mental health problem / intellectual disabilities and women / children from grass-root families.

Other pro bono and community programmes

The Law Society has been organising elderly visits, community talks, children's programme, etc. to provided pro bono services to the underprivileged.
At the district level, a number of lawyers have also been providing free legal advice to the public through the Legislative Council and offices of district councillors in the 18 districts to help the underprivileged resolve legal problems.

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