Bachelor of Laws, The University of Hong Kong
My first Deacons Encounter
Joining the firm as a Vacation Student
I Chose Deacons
As one of the largest law firms with the longest history in Hong Kong, Deacons offers a dynamic and stimulating working environment with a wide spectrum of services and clientele. It is an excellent nurturing ground for me to develop my legal career. The camaraderie with my team members creates a conducive and collaborative workplace which I ardently cherish.
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As an associate specialising in the area of real estate, I am privileged to be given opportunities to advise clients (including banks, developers and layman property purchasers) on a variety of matters ranging from sale and purchase of properties and property-holding companies, secured financing and refinancing, tenancy and first-hand sales.
Whilst my day-to-day work involves drafting and reviewing sale and purchase agreements, security documents and tenancy agreements that one would expect for a real estate lawyer, as the team often advises clients on unique and unconventional issues, it is truly an eye opening experience. In addition, I also work with my clients in guiding them through the process of tender sale and corporate restructuring involving the transfer of properties. As regards property financing transactions, I attend meetings with individual mortgagors and guarantors to explain the legal implications of security documents.
Exposure to the diverse practice areas and well-rounded training opportunities as a vacation student and trainee solicitor at Deacons have been very helpful in guiding me to pursue my interested field and laying a solid foundation of the legal knowledge and experience expected of a junior lawyer.
I enjoy hiking, watching films, reading and listening to music to be transported somewhat out of reality and to wind down. I also love travelling to explore the wonders of the world and experience the diverse cultures.
Be passionate about what you do and have a desire to learn. Do not overlook any apparently insignificant task as it may help you appreciate how each jigsaw puzzle fits into the bigger picture. Take ownership of your work and be proactive and diligent.
Arrive at office and reply to client’s urgent emails
Attend client meeting for execution of security documents
Attend meeting with individual guarantor to avoid the risk of undue influence
Attend internal seminar to discuss updates in the industry of real estate
Attend conference call with client to respond to its queries on tenancy issues
Discuss with partner on draft sale and purchase agreement and response to the requisitions raised by the purchaser’s solicitors
Prepare to-do list for the next day and head to dinner with friends
Acted for a Hong Kong listed company in selling a luxurious residential property with a site area of over 30,000 square feet and a transaction value of over HK$1.4 billion
Admitted as a solicitor and started practising in the Property Department of Deacons
Joined Deacons Dragons at the dragon boat races
Joined Deacons as a trainee solicitor
Graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a First Class Honours in LL.B.
Attended exchange programme at the University of Nottingham and saw the northern lights
Joined Deacons as a vacation student