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Paper Abstract – By John BURKE and Hao DONG

Competition Policy and Updating Vehicles for the Delivery of Legal Services: The New South Wales Experience and Lessons for Hong Kong

John BURKE* & Hao DONG**

Accepted by SSCI Journal: Asian and Pacific Law Review

Abstract: Competition policy has been applied to the legal profession in NSW for over a decade. The introduction of a broad reaching competition law to Hong Kong is currently being considered there. This article will review two key aspects of competition policy in NSW, the introduction of incorporated legal practices (‘ILPs’) and multi-disciplinary legal practices (‘MDPs’). In particular, it will explore the degree to which these changes have altered the traditional professional model of legal practice in NSW and the benefits and costs of these effects. These lessons are relevant to legal profession in Hong Kong because proposals in a public consultation paper issued by the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau on 6 May 2008 envisage that competition policy would apply prima facie to all business models. Furthermore, existing (but dormant) legislation permitting ILPs and recommendations to allow MDPs make these changes to the landscape of legal practice a real possibility. This article will conclude that such changes should be viewed with caution in Hong Kong and perhaps other solutions sought to improve the efficiency and productivity of the legal system and access to justice in that jurisdiction.

 
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* Teaching Fellow, City University of Hong Kong. BA (Macquarie University), Dip. Law (SAB), LLM (UTS), Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (Charles Sturt University).
** Lecturer in Yunnan University (PRC), PhD Candidate in City University of Hong Kong. The authors would also like to thank Professor Christopher Roper and Professor Gino Dal Pont’s careful proof reading, as well as very helpful insights provided by Michael Sandor on the current law of Hong Kong, who refereed this article.

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  董通生,云南陆缘衡矿业权评估有限公司执行董事

工商管理硕士,拥有矿业权评估师、律师、土地估价师、注册咨询师(投资)、高级经济师、测绘工程师等执业资格和技术职称。曾任云南省地矿测绘院院长兼党委书记、云南省地矿厅政策法规处处长等职。

  董通生先生于1990年获得律师执业资格,专注于矿业权中介业务,具有十八年的从业经验。2000年9月担任北京海地人矿业权评估事务所云南办事处主任,2002年取得矿业权评估师执业资格。曾主持和参与近百个探矿权采矿权项目的评估工作和数百项矿业政策和法律咨询业务,是云南省唯一同时拥有注册矿业权评估师、注册律师、注册土地估价师、注册咨询师(投资)执照和高级职称的资深专家。

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《BlawgWorld 2007》——美国法律博客的小百科

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