Adrian Leung

Trainee Solicitor


Bachelor of Laws, University College London

My first Deacons Encounter

Joining the firm as a Vacation Student

I Chose Deacons

In the early stage of one’s career, exposing oneself to different areas is cardinal to exploring one’s interest and acquiring work experience. Deacons, as a full-service firm, enables me to do just that, given the diverse areas of practice one can engage in.

Having operated in Hong Kong for over 170 years, the level of specialisation and quality of service delivered are also impeccable. This facilitates the holistic training offered by Deacons, which caters for all aspects of professional development so as to equip one to be a competent commercial lawyer.

Finally, the great sense of social commitment Deacons exhibit by giving back to the community through numerous initiatives, such as the “ABCs of Law”, stood out to me.

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What attracted me to law?

Fascinated by the art of expression and communication through my childhood hobbies – choir, elocution, drawing, I realised a common motif of a Human Element in them – why and how we share ideas with people and interact with the world. Likewise, this Human Element is deeply interwoven into the study and practice of law, where I articulate legalistic principles that respond to and even shape human interactions. The delicate balance that law draws between our personal interests and societal benefits also has broader implications on our daily lives. It is the appreciation of this Human Element, and how it manifests in the balancing acts that shape our lives fuelled me to pursue in a legal education and career.

What does it take to be successful in the vacation student programme?

Although being proactive by asking for tasks creates a good impression, it is important to be aware of your capacity and avoid being overly-aggressive. Having received a task, it may be beneficial to know the background and the rationale to ensure you are steering in a right direction. It is understandable that a vacation student may have difficulties and mishaps in the process, so do not be shy to ask for further clarifications. It is also a good practice to ask for feedback, because that enables yourself to do better in the future. After all, vacation schemes aim at giving students a glimpse into the reality of being a commercial solicitor.

My view on Deacons as a place where I can continue to grow

Deacons’ well-structured training programme focuses predominantly on people engagement, business development, commercial acumen, personal qualities, and risk management. All these are requisites of being a skilful lawyer, which would enable me to grow and enrich my professional development. Apart from this, I can benefit from the breadth of work Deacons engage in to explore and specialise in a particular sector. Integral to a sustainable work-life balance, Deacons also shows care to the well-being of employees by organising different social events or activities. Therefore, I am confident that Deacons can provide one of the best working environments that allows comprehensive growth personally and professionally.

An objective that I am personally committed to

In studying the legal principles that respond to human interactions, I do not lose sight of the more primal and genuine interactions in daily life. For instance, interactions I have in community services are of such a nature, and from which I derive joyfulness. I believe it is important to give back to the community because we, as lawyers, are essentially advocates and advisors for our society. Upon joining the firm, I look forward to fulfil this objective through the initiative of Deacons Cares.

How would I describe the people whom I met at Deacons?

All the people I worked with in Deacons are very understanding and helpful – they would not hesitate to offer a hand when they know I have encountered an obstacle I could not resolve myself. During my vacation scheme, I have also observed that the bonding between colleagues is close. Immersed in such a friendly atmosphere, I can feel a sense of security and a strong team spirit that make work more interesting. Overall, I had a wonderful time working and socialising with the people I met during my vacation scheme at Deacons.


A Day In The Life


Arrive at Deacons and check emails


Reply urgent emails and set to-do list for the day


Quick update with supervisors on work progress


Conduct investigation into newly discovered infringing material in preparation for client call


A Day In The Life


Training over lunch


Present investigation findings to supervisor and attend client call


Draft further submissions in support of too-like name complaint


Work on ongoing data protection law research project


Leave office and head home for dinner


My Story

Joined Deacons as a summer vacation student in the IP Commercial & Litigation practice group

Picked up photography as a hobby


My Story

Undertook a month of legal internship in Beijing


My Story

Commenced my LL.B. at the University College London

Went to Tshwane, South Africa to compete in the World Choir Games


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First legal internship/experience

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