6 June, 2016
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Some brief updates from LegCo.
Criminal Legal Aid Fees
On 1 June, a resolution has been tabled in LegCo regarding the rate rise in criminal legal aid cases. The adjustments are as follows:
- 50% increase for counsel
- 25% increase for instructing solicitors
- 40% increase for Solicitor Advocates in the District Court
- a new category of criminal legal aid fees for High Court cases will be introduced for Solicitor Advocates
The fees for fiat prosecution should also be correspondingly increased.
Competition Law – UK Work Scheme
A few months ago, I reached out to the Competition Commission with the hope to set up a work scheme for junior barristers to work in the UK in the field of Competition law. Through the HK Bar Association, a work scheme has now been set up for interested members of the Bar to work in Monckton Chambers and Brick Court Chambers with some of the top UK practitioners in this field. I strongly encourage all those who are interested to apply.
Further, I am working with the British Consulate to try to expand the scheme to the rest of the legal profession. I shall keep you posted.