Top legal scholar Eric Cheung has resigned from the Law Society of Hong Kong council with quick effect, prior to the close of his time period of office. Law Modern society President Melissa Pang mentioned the professional entire body respects his decision.
It “would like to convey its gratitude to him for his contribution and company to the Regulation Modern society,” she claimed in a statement presented to the press.
The University of Hong Kong principal lecturer announced his departure from the council in a Facebook publish on Monday, following serving as a member for a lot more than three several years. His present time period would have concluded in mid-2022.
“Given my different priorities and commitments, I have been struggling tough to proceed to discharge responsibly my responsibilities as a council member of the Law Modern society,” he wrote.
The scholar said he will instead focus on other priorities, which contain pro bono lawful providers and “maintaining a more well balanced life with excellent time” with spouse and children and friends.
With his resignation Cheung will also depart from two of the Society’s 6 Standing Committees of which he was a member.
The Council has the ability to co-opt a member to fill his vacancy right until the upcoming yearly general meeting, Pang stated.
The specialist entire body – which has regulatory powers more than the city’s solicitors and law companies – saw 5 new council associates elected to swap some of its longest-standing users in an election very last week. The intently-viewed race pitted the Society’s “liberal camp” towards its “professionalism camp”. Users of the latter have ties with the city’s professional-institution groups.
Cheung reported he had resolved to resign from the Council “irrespective of the consequence of the election.”
Cheung’s departure indicates that the “professionalism” camp now holds a greater part of 13 seats on the council. 5 seats continue being in the palms of the “liberals,” and a person seat is occupied by a member who belongs to neither group. The Legislation Society membership incorporates a lot more than 12,000 solicitors.
In the days primary up to the council election, Hong Kong Main Executive Carrie Lam, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, and People’s Day by day, Beijing’s media mouthpiece, all warned the Legislation Culture to steer very clear of politics and not comply with in the footsteps of the a lot more outspoken Hong Kong Bar Association. Lam claimed the Regulation Modern society was at possibility of acquiring its regulatory powers taken away by the authorities.