University of Law wins Higher Rights training deal in Hong Kong
14 Mar, 2013
The University of Law has won a contract to provide Higher Rights training in Hong Kong following a successful tender to the Hong Kong Law Society and its education arm, the Academy of Law.
A team of lawyers from the University will travel to the region to deliver training courses designed to equip solicitors with the skills to conduct advocacy in the civil and criminal higher courts.
The appointment follows the introduction in June 2012 of new legislation in Hong Kong paving the way for solicitors to have the right to represent clients at hearings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal. To date, only barristers have had this right.
University of Law trainers will coach the solicitors on a range of advocacy skills, including submissions, witness examination and appellate advocacy.
Following training, the solicitors will need to be assessed by the Higher Rights Assessment Board, made up of a panel of judges, barristers and senior solicitors, before qualifying as solicitor-advocates. The Hong Kong Law Society expects the first set of assessments to be conducted in the spring.
The University of Law is a leading provider of Higher Rights Advocacy Assessments and training in the UK, with courses designed and delivered by experienced practitioners and focussing on providing practical learning directly applicable to the workplace.
Previously known as The College of Law, the institution was awarded university title in November and formally rebranded as The University of Law last week.
Colin Davey (pictured), Business Development Director at the University, said: “The University of Law delivers legal training all over the world and we are very pleased that the Hong Kong Law Society has shown such faith in our expertise and experience by appointing us as its Higher Rights trainers. We look forward to working closely with the Law Society at a time when Hong Kong’s legal system is going through this exciting period of development.”