Chapter Number and Title of Enactment

Chapter:

159Title:LEGAL PRACTITIONERS ORDINANCE

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Table of contents of enactment:
Cap 159 Long title
Cap 159 Part ISHORT TITLE AND INTERPRETATION
Cap 159 s 1Short title
Cap 159 s 2Interpretation
Cap 159 Part IISolicitors
Cap 159 s 3Power of Court to admit solicitors
Cap 159 s 4Qualifications for admission
Cap 159 s 5Roll of solicitors
Cap 159 s 6Practising certificates-solicitors
Cap 159 s 7Qualifications for practising as solicitor
Cap 159 s 7ASolicitors may exercise functions of commissioner for oaths
Cap 159 Part IIAAALimited Liability Partnerships
Cap 159 s 7AADefinitions (Part IIAAA)
Cap 159 s 7ABLimited liability partnership
Cap 159 s 7ACProtection from liability of partners in limited liability partnership
Cap 159 s 7ADTop-up insurance requirement for limited liability partnership
Cap 159 s 7AERequirements relating to overall supervising partners
Cap 159 s 7AFLimitations on section 7AC(1) protection
Cap 159 s 7AGIndemnification under partnership agreement not affected
Cap 159 s 7AHEffect of section 7AC(1) on proceedings
Cap 159 s 7AIAdvance notice to Society in respect of limited liability partnership
Cap 159 s 7AJName of limited liability partnership
Cap 159 s 7AKNotification of name by limited liability partnership
Cap 159 s 7ALNotice by limited liability partnership to existing clients
Cap 159 s 7AMOther requirements relating to practice of law firm not affected
Cap 159 s 7ANProvisions regulating distribution of partnership property
Cap 159 s 7AOList of limited liability partnerships
Cap 159 s 7APNo dissolution of partnership, etc.
Cap 159 s 7AQThis Part to prevail over inconsistent agreement
Cap 159 s 7ARLaw not inconsistent with this Part applies
Cap 159 s 8Accountant's reports
Cap 159 s 8ACouncil may examine documents if solicitor or foreign lawyer is unfit
Cap 159 s 8AAAppointment and powers of inspector
Cap 159 s 8AAAAdditional powers of an inspector
Cap 159 s 8BDocument production and privilege
Cap 159 s 9Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Panel
Cap 159 s 9AComplaint about conduct of solicitor, foreign lawyer, etc.
Cap 159 s 9ABPower of Tribunal Convenor to dispose of certain complaints
Cap 159 s 9BSolicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 10Powers of a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 11Ancillary powers of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 12Findings of a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 13Appeal and saving
Cap 159 s 13APublication of findings of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 14(Repealed 61 of 1992 s. 10)
Cap 159 s 15(Repealed 61 of 1992 s. 10)
Cap 159 s 16Restrictions on powers to strike names off roll
Cap 159 s 17Council may inspect proceedings in bankruptcy
Cap 159 s 18Winding-up, etc. of business of solicitors struck off or suspended
Cap 159 s 19Removal from roll
Cap 159 s 20Restrictions on employing trainee solicitors
Cap 159 s 21Power to prohibit employing trainee solicitors
Cap 159 s 22Power to terminate trainee solicitor contracts in certain cases
Cap 159 s 23Termination of trainee solicitor contracts in cases of bankruptcy, etc.
Cap 159 s 24Society's general right of audience
Cap 159 s 25Expenses of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and of Society
Cap 159 s 26Statutory provisions to prevail over Society's articles
Cap 159 s 26AA(Repealed 70 of 1991 s. 13)
Cap 159 Part IIACIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH LAW SOCIETY MAY INTERVENE
Cap 159 s 26ACircumstances in which powers conferred by Schedule 2 exercisable
Cap 159 s 26BDeath of sole solicitor or foreign lawyer
Cap 159 s 26CUndue delay by solicitors or foreign lawyers in connection with clients' instructions
Cap 159 s 26DPowers conferred by Schedule 2 exercisable after death of solicitor
Cap 159 Part IIIBarristers
Cap 159 s 27Power of Court to admit barristers
Cap 159 s 27A(Repealed 42 of 2000 s. 8)
Cap 159 s 28Formalities for admission as a barrister
Cap 159 s 29Roll of barristers
Cap 159 s 30Practising certificates-barristers
Cap 159 s 31Qualifications for practising as a barrister
Cap 159 s 31AAppointment of Senior Counsel
Cap 159 s 31BStatus of visiting Queen's Counsel
Cap 159 s 31CEmployed barristers
Cap 159 s 32(Repealed 61 of 1992 s. 17)
Cap 159 s 33Bar Council - general right of audience
Cap 159 s 34Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal Panel
Cap 159 s 35Complaint about barrister's conduct
Cap 159 s 35ABarristers Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 35BSittings of Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 36Powers of Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 37Disciplinary powers of Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 37AFindings of a Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 37BAppeal to Court of Appeal
Cap 159 s 38Variation of order of the Barrister Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 39Expenses of Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal and of Bar Council
Cap 159 Part IIIAForeign Lawyers and Foreign Firms
Cap 159 s 39AForeign lawyers
Cap 159 s 39BForeign firms
Cap 159 s 39CAssociations
Cap 159 s 39DHong Kong firms may employ foreign lawyers
Cap 159 Part IIIBSolicitor Advocates
Cap 159 s 39EHigher Rights Assessment Board
Cap 159 s 39FFurther provisions relating to members of Assessment Board or of panel appointed under section 39E(5)
Cap 159 s 39GFurther provisions relating to proceedings of Assessment Board
Cap 159 s 39HApplication to Assessment Board for higher rights of audience
Cap 159 s 39IEligibility requirements
Cap 159 s 39JFurther requirements concerning application
Cap 159 s 39KDetermination of application by Assessment Board
Cap 159 s 39LConditions for granting application
Cap 159 s 39MFurther provisions applicable to determination of application
Cap 159 s 39NApplicant having higher rights of audience on grant of application
Cap 159 s 39OLoss of higher rights of audience
Cap 159 s 39PHigher rights of audience certificate
Cap 159 s 39QList of persons with higher rights of audience
Cap 159 s 39RCode of conduct for solicitor advocates
Cap 159 Part IVNotaries Public*
Cap 159 s 40AQualifications for appointment
Cap 159 s 40BPowers of notaries public
Cap 159 s 40CRegister of notaries public
Cap 159 s 40DQualifications for practising as notary public
Cap 159 s 40EPractising certificate-notaries public
Cap 159 s 40FDiscipline of notaries public
Cap 159 s 40GNotaries Public Disciplinary Tribunal Panel
Cap 159 s 40HComplaint about conduct of notaries public
Cap 159 s 40INotaries Public Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 40JPowers of a Notaries Public Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 40KAncillary powers of a Notaries Public Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 40LFindings of a Notaries Public Disciplinary Tribunal
Cap 159 s 40MAppeal and saving
Cap 159 s 40NWinding-up, etc. of business of notaries public struck off or suspended
Cap 159 s 40ORemoval from register at request of notary public
Cap 159 s 40PAutomatic striking-off or suspension of notary public
Cap 159 s 40QSociety of Notaries’ general right of audience
Cap 159 s 40RExpenses of Notaries Public Disciplinary Tribunal and of Society of Notaries
Cap 159 s 40SStatutory provisions to prevail over Society of Notaries’ articles
Cap 159 s 40TTransitional arrangements
Cap 159 s 40(Repealed 27 of 1998 s. 3)
Cap 159 s 41(Repealed 27 of 1998 s. 3)
Cap 159 s 42(Repealed 27 of 1998 s. 3)
Cap 159 s 43(Repealed 27 of 1998 s. 3)
Cap 159 Part VPrivileges, Restrictions and Offences in connection with Practice
Cap 159 s 44Penalty for unlawfully practising as a barrister or notary public
Cap 159 s 45Unqualified person not to act as solicitor
Cap 159 s 45APerson not having higher rights of audience in respect of certain class of proceedings not to exercise those rights as solicitor
Cap 159 s 46Penalty for pretending to be a solicitor, etc.
Cap 159 s 47Unqualified person not to prepare certain instruments, etc.
Cap 159 s 48Unqualified person not to act in preparation of papers for probate, etc.
Cap 159 s 49Solicitor not to act as agent for unqualified person
Cap 159 s 50No costs for unqualified person
Cap 159 s 50ARecovery of moneys in certain cases
Cap 159 s 50BOffences in relation to foreign lawyers, foreign firms and Associations
Cap 159 s 51Application of penal provisions to body corporate
Cap 159 s 52Solicitors not to commence or defend actions while in prison
Cap 159 s 53Employment by solicitor or foreign lawyer of persons struck off or suspended
Cap 159 s 54Penalty on failure to disclose fact of having been struck off, etc.
Cap 159 s 55Time limit for commencement of certain proceedings
Cap 159 Part VIREMUNERATION OF SOLICITORS
Cap 159 s 56Agreement for remuneration for noncontentious business
Cap 159 s 57Remuneration of a solicitor who is a mortgagee
Cap 159 s 58Power to make agreements
Cap 159 s 59Miscellaneous provisions
Cap 159 s 60Enforcement of agreements in respect of contentious business
Cap 159 s 61Death, incapability, or change of solicitor, etc.
Cap 159 s 62Agreement excludes taxation
Cap 159 s 63Form of bill of costs for contentious business
Cap 159 s 64General provisions as to remuneration
Cap 159 s 65Power of Court to order delivery of bill, etc.
Cap 159 s 66Action to recover costs
Cap 159 s 67Taxation of bills on application of party chargeable on solicitor or foreign lawyer
Cap 159 s 68Taxation application of third parties
Cap 159 s 69General provisions as to taxations
Cap 159 s 70Charging orders
Cap 159 s 71Revival of order for payment of costs
Cap 159 Part VIIRULES
Cap 159 s 72Power of Chief Justice to make rules
Cap 159 s 72ARules for barristers in Hong Kong
Cap 159 s 72AAPower of Bar Council to make rules
Cap 159 s 72ABConflict between rules made by Chief Justice and Bar Council
Cap 159 s 72B(Repealed 42 of 2000 s. 18)
Cap 159 s 73Power of the Council to make rules
Cap 159 s 73AIndemnity rules
Cap 159 s 73BFees for continuing legal education courses
Cap 159 s 73CCouncil may delegate
Cap 159 s 73CAPower of Assessment Board to make rules
Cap 159 s 73CBAssessment Board may delegate
Cap 159 s 73DPower of Council of Society of Notaries to make rules
Cap 159 s 73EIndemnity rules for notaries public
Cap 159 s 73FCouncil of Society of Notaries may delegate
Cap 159 s 74Costs Committee
Cap 159 Part VIIIGENERAL
Cap 159 s 74AStanding Committee on Legal Education and Training
Cap 159 s 74CStudents already enrolled in legal studies in the United Kingdom
Cap 159 s 74DLawyers employed in Department of Justice
Cap 159 s 75Saving
Cap 159 Sched 1(Repealed 42 of 2000 s. 20)
Cap 159 Sched 2




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