Bachelor of Laws, London School of Economics & Political Science
My first Deacons Encounter
Joining the firm as a Vacation Student
As the largest independent law firm in Hong Kong, Deacons has successfully established its prestigious reputation with businesses not only in the city, but also in the Greater China Market.
I believe that Hong Kong serves as an important hinge coordinating commercial developments in the APAC region – Deacons’ second-to-none reputation in Hong Kong, combined with the city’s strategic importance as Asia’s regional hub, offer the opportunity for lawyers to work on cutting-edge work and provide an ideal start to my legal career.
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At Deacons, everyone is treated as part of a team. Its inclusivity and people-oriented culture I have personally experienced during my one month internship empowered my personal and professional growth. Not only was there abundant feedback and constant guidance from my supervising partner and buddies, I had also received countless support from other partners and associates in the team. The encouragement I received had allowed me to flourish and perform to my very best.
I was a vacation student in Deacons’ Finance and Insolvency practice group in June 2020. The internship helped me gain in-depth insight and hands-on experience; not only was I involved in drafting and reviewing documents, I also had the opportunity to join calls and draft legal advice on various issues. The responsibilities and real work were challenging, yet the constructive and supportive feedback from my supervising partner and buddies rewarded me with a true sense of achievement. The fact that I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my internship proved that Deacons was the right firm for me.
There is no “type” that you should try to become – you will be “the one” if you be yourself and give your 100% from the application process to the internship. If you show true dedication and devotion to your work, that will show and work towards your favour. Deacons is all about embracing one’s uniqueness while working as a team. If you wish to flourish and reach your maximum potential, definitely grasp the chance to experience Deacons first-hand by joining the vacation student programme!
Arrive at office, check emails and deadlines
Continue drafting grounds of opposition to a trade mark registration
Discussion with senior associate regarding ongoing research
Draft reporting email to client on Trade Mark Registry’s decision
Legal Putonghua training session over lunch
Research on NFTs and Web3 domain names
Prepare letter to HKIAC for an arbitration matter
Teleconference with client and PRC lawyers to discuss Mainland and HK proceedings
Discuss with associate regarding draft grounds of opposition
Draft bundle index and prepare bundle for Court of Appeal case
Dinner at home
Enjoyed my vacation scheme at Deacons
Elected as President of the University of London Intercollegiate Law Society
Undertook a month of legal internship in Beijing
Commenced my LL.B. studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Began my GCSE and A Level studies in the UK
Started practising archery and participated in the Hong Kong Interschool Archery Competition