The Association of Corporate Counsel Hong Kong (ACCHK) launched a Guide for In-house Counsel on Pro bono Legal Work in Hong Kong at the Asia Pro Bono Conference held in Hong Kong from 25-27 October.
The guide was produced by ACCHK’s Pro Bono Legal Services Committee in conjunction with DLA Piper Hong Kong.
The guide is a crowning achievement for ACCHK, being the first publication of its kind for the in-house community. It covers a range of topics, from the scope of pro bono services and the current regulatory Hong Kong landscape, to practical commentary on how in-house teams can establish pro bono programmes, information on key organizations in Hong Kong that are in need of pro bono legal services, and support and advocacy for pro bono engagement by the Hong Kong legal community.
The committee is co-chaired by ACCHK directors Sharyn Ch’ang and Davyd Wong, who commented: “We are passionate about encouraging the Hong Kong in-house legal profession to find ways to serve the local community on a pro bono basis, leveraging where possible, their legal expertise to improve access to justice. It will take time to build a culture of pro bono service, but it is hoped our guide will become an essential reference for in-house counsel to help them on their way.”
Other collaboration acknowledgements include DLA Piper’s Annette Bain and Annette Beashel, and ACCHK pro bono committee members Katherine Henzell, Mary Ho and Jessica Lai.
The guide includes a Foreword from ACCHK patron and Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, Justice Joseph Fok. It is available to ACCHK members and all those interested in delivering legal services on a pro bono basis from an in-house counsel perspective, on ACC Hong Kong’s website at: https://www.hkcca.net/page-1410247.