Community

HW is committed to investing in Hong Kong. We seek out ways to use our legal expertise, energy and team spirit to help the community in which we live and work. Our corporate social responsibility activities include the following:

The partners of the firm take on a number of pro bono projects every year either to assist clients who are not financially able to pay legal fees or where the work is for charitable or quasi charitable organisations.  Some examples are as follows: 

  • Advising Colliers International in relation to the formation of an Asia-wide disaster relief charity.
  • Assisting the residents of Cheung Chau in their fight to stop the building of a new incinerator plant on Shek Kwu Chau, which has involved a judicial review.
  • Providing assistance to an organisation that supports seafarers in 250 ports worldwide.
  • Advising various animal welfare groups including: Hong Kong Dog Rescue; the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Lamma Animal Protection League and STOP! Save Hong Kong's Cats and Dogs.  HW was instrumental in persuading AFCD to introduce a trial Trap Neuter and Release (TNR) programme for stray dogs in HK.
  • Acting for less fortunate individuals on a variety of matters.

In 2012, HW entered into an agreement to become the long term financial sponsor of local mini rugby team, the Tsuen Wan Rhinos (TWR's).    Unlike many of the better known mini rugby clubs with multiple sponsors, the TWR's had never previously received any sponsorship since their establishment in 2003.  The Club encourages 6 to 12 year old local children, primarily from the New Territories, to get involved in rugby. 

HW has established links with local schools, universities and colleges, including secretarial colleges, to give support including seminars, advice, guidance and internships.   In addition our partners are involved with AIESEC, the world's largest student-run organisation.

 

 

In 2012 and 2013, HW staff, clients, friends and their families took part in beach clean-ups on Cheung Chau. Mountains of rubbish were collected from three beaches on the island: Tung Wan Tsai, Pak Tso Wan and Tai Kwai Wan. Beaches strewn with rubbish were transformed into idyllic bays. The firm won a gold award for its efforts. HW will continue to work hard to raise awareness of environmental issues in Hong Kong.

 

Since the firm was established in January 2012, HW has taken part in events to raise funds for a number of local charities including a UNICEF charity run at Hong Kong Disneyland and a run up Jardine House in Central to raise funds for MINDSET.  In addition the firm hosts quarterly office breakfasts to raise funds for various charities. Beneficiaries include the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, an organisation that supports children with eye cancer and their families and The Mekong Club, a movement fighting the business of human slavery. The Mekong Club brings together the skills and resources of the business community, channelling them into projects that directly disrupt the slavery trade.  In addition HW has raised funds for HandsOn Hong Kong, an NGO focusing on the needs of the underprivileged in our community; the Hong Kong Cancer Fund's breast cancer awareness initiative; Riding for the Disabled and the Haven of Hope Sunniside School for the disabled.

 

Maureen Liu
Partner
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Dispute Resolution, Medico-Legal
Christopher Yu
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Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
David Kan
Partner, Solicitor Advocate
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Medico-Legal, Pharmaceutical
Oonagh Toner
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Commercial Crime Bureau Investigations, Dispute Resolution, Medico-Legal
Chris Howse
Partner
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Dispute Resolution, Medico-Legal, Shipping (Wet & Dry)
Bernard Murphy
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Medico-Legal, Pharmaceutical
Eviana Leung
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Dispute Resolution, Shipping (Wet & Dry)
Jill Wong
Partner
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Corporate Finance, Finance, Regulatory Enforcement
Antony Yung
Partner
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Banking, Finance
Brian Ho
Partner
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Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
Alison Scott
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Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Medico-Legal
Stacey Devoy TEP
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Family, Matrimonial
Chris Williams
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Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
Janet Lee
Partner
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Building Management, Property
Michael Withington
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Dispute Resolution, Employment, Insurance
Patricia Yeung
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Dispute Resolution, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Employment
Stephen Leung
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Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
Kevin So
Partner
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Dispute Resolution, Litigation
David Coogans
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Dispute Resolution, Shipping (Wet & Dry)
Karen Lam
Partner
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Family, Matrimonial
Gilles Cardonnel
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Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
William Leung
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Arbitration, Cargo, Dispute Resolution
Linda Heathfield
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Family, Matrimonial
Denise Che
Partner
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Corporate/Commercial, Corporate Finance, Corporate Restructuring & Reorganisation
Chia Ching Tan
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Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
Heidi Lee
Partner
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Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
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