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Individual Sponsors:

Mr. Norman Hui Mrs. Daisy Tong Mr. Stephane Hui Bon Hoa
Ms Julienne Jen The Hon Madam Justice Judianna Barnes
The Hon Madam Justice Susan Kwan Mr. Kelvin Lee
Mr. Mohan Bharwaney Mr. Wilson Chow
Mr. John Gale Mr. Martin Hui
Mr. Simon Leung Ms Amanda Liu
Mr. Gilbert Mo Prof. Christopher Sherrin
Mr. Jonathan Wong Mr. Tony Yen
Mr. Issac Tam Dr. Felix Chan
Mrs. Winnie Ho

Corporate Sponsors:

Law Alliance
Or, Ng & Chan
Woo, Kwan, Lee & Lo

Special thanks to:

The Hon Mr. Justice Bokhary

The Hon Wong Yan Lung, S.C., J.P.
The Hon Martin C.M. Lee, S.C., J.P..
Professor Johannes M.M. Chan, S.C. (Hon)
Mr. Alexander S. King, S.C.
Ms Anna Wu, J.P.

Faculty of Law, HKU

Joseph’s Catering Service Limited
Ms Ryanne Lai Hiu Yeung, our designer
And all our helpers

Committee Members

Wilson Leung Jessica Chan Minh Do

Emily Fan Sara Wong Vivian Chan
It is my immense privilege to welcome you to the inaugural HKU PCLL The origin of ‘High Table’ can be traced back to the physical layout of the
High Table Dinner. dining halls of the more traditional colleges at, for example, Ox-bridge
Universities. It has a long history at the University of Hong Kong (and
The High Table Dinner is a longstanding tradition of the University of Hong Kong, perhaps also at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series) and has been made almost
an invaluable occasion for students and faculty to connect with one another and to invariably compulsory in all residential halls for students. To the best of my
hear words of wisdom from distinguished guests. This year, we are proud to host knowledge, however, not too many, if any, faculties or teaching programmes within
the first ever High Table Dinner that celebrates the PCLL at the University of Hong a university hold their own ‘High Table’. In its 35 years of history in Hong Kong, the
Kong and recognises the efforts of all those who have contributed to its success. HKU PCLL is holding its first ever ‘High Table’ this year. This dream can only come
true with the bold initiative of a group of students who have organised the event,
As a matter both of professional qualification and intellectual development, the the participation and support from other students and the generosity of the
Postgraduate Certificate in Laws is an indispensable element of the Hong Kong sponsors, in no particular order – Deacons; Or, Ng & Chan; Woo, Kwan, Lee & Lo;
lawyer’s legal education. In some ways, it is even more important than the and Law Alliance.
preceding stage of LLB or CPE, because it is during the PCLL that one moves
beyond being merely a law student, and towards being a lawyer. The PCLL It is indeed our enormous honour and pleasure to have the following heavyweight
functions, as it were, as the bridge between the academy and the field. (not in terms of their weight but in terms of their prominence within the legal and
social community in Hong Kong) speakers to be our guests of honour in this
At the University of Hong Kong, we are fortunate to have a talented and dedicated memorable event and they are: The Honourable Wong Yan-lung, S.C., Secretary
team of teachers responsible for the education of PCLL students. Many of these for Justice; The Honourable Mr Justice Bokhary, Permanent Judge of the Hong
teachers have had -- or continue to have -- distinguished careers in the legal Kong Court of Final Appeal; The Honourable Martin Lee, S.C., J.P., Legislative
profession, and are able to combine the seasoned practitioner’s experience with Councillor; Professor Johannes Chan, S.C. (Hon), Dean of this Faculty; and
the pedagogue’s ability to pass that knowledge onto students. We also benefit Alexander King, S.C. For sure, their words of wisdom and advice will mean and
enormously from our numerous part-time tutors, practising lawyers who generously prove to be valuable assets to us all.
give up their time in order to educate the next generation of solicitors and
While you are being served the first High Table dinner in the history of the HKU
PCLL, I will be in Sydney attending the Hong Kong Law Fair hosted by the
The HKU PCLL also possesses another precious asset: its students. As Hong
University of New South Wales. I will be wondering what witty conversation may be
Kong’s original law school, the University of Hong Kong continues to attract the
going on here, what profound insights are being discussed, or most probably what
best intending lawyers in the jurisdiction. Aside from just their legal abilities,
are the current topics of gossip among and about colleagues and students. I wish
however, they bring with them an astounding array of talents, experiences, and
that I could be physically here with you. Miles away in Australia, I wish you a most
interests. I never cease to be amazed by how much I can learn from them, and am
enjoyable and memorable evening!
truly fortunate that I can count many of them among my friends.

Finally, my deepest gratitude goes to the members of my organising committee –

Jessica S.K. Chan, Minh Do, Emily Fan, Sara Wong, and Vivian Chan – without Wilson Chow
whose energy, creativity, resourcefulness, and intelligence the HKU PCLL High Head
Table Dinner would never have been possible. Department of Professional Legal Education
Faculty of Law
The University of Hong Kong
Wilson Leung
HKU PCLL High Table Committee
Professor Johannes M.M. Chan, S.C. (Hon) Ms Anna Wu, J.P.
Professor Johannes Chan has been the Dean of the Faculty of Law since 2002. Ms. Anna Wu Hung-yuk, J.P., is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong (LLB
He has published widely in the field of human rights, constitutional and 1974, PCLL 1975) and formerly the Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities
administrative law, and has served on many governmental, professional and Commission (1999-2003). Prior to that, she was a solicitor in private practice, as
voluntary bodies. He was elected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons well as a Legislative Councillor (1992-1995); in the latter role, she was pivotal in
in Hong Kong in 1995, received the Human Rights Press Award in 1999, and was the enactment of several key pieces of anti-discrimination legislation. She currently
appointed the first Honourary Senior Counsel in Hong Kong in 2002. serves as the Adviser to the Law School of Shantou University, as the Chairperson
of the HKU PCLL Academic Board, and on numerous advisory and statutory
The Hon Wong Yan Lung, S.C., J.P.

Mr. Wong Yan Lung was appointed as Secretary for Justice in October 2005. The Hon Martin C.M. Lee, S.C., J.P.
Before that, he was a lawyer in private practice. He sat as Deputy High Court
judge of the Court of First Instance in July and August in 2003, and was a Council
member of the Council of Hong Kong Bar Association between 1989 and 2005. Mr. Martin C.M. Lee is the founding Chairman (1994 - 2002) of the Democratic
He also served as Chairman of the Special Committee on Legal Education of Hong Party. Before that, Mr. Lee was the Chairman of the United Democrats of Hong
Kong Bar Association from 2003 to 2005. Kong.

Mr. Wong graduated from Magdalene College, University of Cambridge in 1986 Mr. Lee is a barrister, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1979, Honorary
and was conferred Bachelor of Arts (Law) and Master of Arts (Law) Degrees. In Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2000, and was Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar
1987, he was called to the Bar in England & Wales and in the same year he was Association from 1980-1983. He was first elected to the Legislative Council in
also called to the Bar in Hong Kong. He was appointed as Senior Counsel in Hong 1985. He was a member of the Basic Law Drafting Committee in 1985-1989.
Kong in 2002 and Justice of the Peace in October 2005.
Mr. Lee was honoured in November 2004 by Rutgers College with the Brennan
Human Rights Award. The European People's Party and European Democrats in
Mr. Alexander S. King, S.C. the European Parliament named Mr. Lee the first non-European recipient of the
Schuman Medal in January 2000. In 1995, the American Bar Association awarded
Alexander King has appeared as defence counsel in many high-profile criminal Mr. Lee its 1995 International Human Rights Award "in recognition of extraordinary
cases in Hong Kong. A dedicated trial advocate, Alexander was admitted to the contributions to human rights, the rule of law and the promotion of justice."
Middle Temple, London as a Barrister in 1978 and commenced private practice in
Hong Kong in 1986.
The Hon Mr. Justice Bokhary
Appointed Senior Counsel in 2005, Alexander is currently chairing a Law Reform
Mr. Justice Bokhary is a Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.
Commission sub-committee. He is a dedicated proponent of advocacy training for
He was called to the English Bar in 1970 by the Middle Temple (of which he was
young barristers and is an occasional guest speaker at Hong Kong University.
made an Honorary Bencher in 2001). In 1971 he was admitted to the Hong Kong
Bar, and in 1983 he was appointed Queen's Counsel. From 1971 to 1989 he
Alexander received his Master of Laws degree from Victoria University, practiced in Hong Kong, principally in commercial law and public law. He was
Wellington, New Zealand and has made Hong Kong his home since 1986. appointed to the High Court in 1989, elevated to the Court of Appeal in 1993 and
further elevated to the Court of Final Appeal in 1997.
He spends his spare time reading, roaming the hills and telling stories. He has
recently formulated a 30 year plan to improve his Cantonese language skills.

Welcoming Speech by Professor Johannes Chan, S.C. (Hon) Soup

Dean of the Faculty of Law, HKU
Fresh Assorted Forest Mushroom Soup with fresh cream


Smoked Salmon on a bed of Garden Green

Speech by The Hon Wong Yan Lung, S.C., J.P.
Secretary for Justice
Main Course

Main Course Grilled Sole Fillet with Italian herbs & Tomato Concasse Sauce
Speech by Mr Alexander King, S.C. Pan Fried Chicken Fillet with Spinach & Dill Sauce

Herbs Roast Potatoes Seasonal Vegetable

Speech by Ms. Anna Wu, J. P.

Speech by The Hon Martin C. M. Lee, S.C., J.P.
Tropical Fruit on French Pastry
with Fresh Cream & Raspberry Sauce

Speech by The Hon. Mr Justice Bokhary Bread and Butter

Coffee or tea
Distilled water
Presentation of Souvenirs
To be a lawyer…
The story of Sherman
20 years ago he was the proprietor of a small but
successful tutorial enterprise. His business was
flourishing but there was just one minor problem –
he wanted to be something else….

After honest soul searching and intellectual exploration, he

discovered his passion for the law. He bid farewell to his business,
bought himself a ticket and embarked on a solitary journey to London.
Lying ahead of him was nothing but deep, dark uncharted waters and
his only beacon was his own faith.

He returned to Hong Kong after his studies and started his

training with OR, NG & CHAN, then a humble firm of just 4 lawyers.
After 14 years of hard work and upon further obtaining an LL.M. in
Southampton and a few years in an Australasian law firm, he is today
an equity partner of the very same firm, which has grown into a 22-
lawyer-strong practice, heading the firm’s litigation department.
“Life without passion is aimless
and futile and I am glad to be member
of a partnership that shares my

Do you have a passion?

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