Why Hong Kong should move away from its outdated system and embrace success fees
The legal profession in Hong Kong has long resisted it. Common law prohibits it. And professional sensibility makes many cringe at its very mention. But the local case of barrister Louie Mui has reignited the debate about conditional and contingency fees in Hong Kong. For this lawyer at least, it's time to start listening to what clients want. Many of us have spent large portions of our careers advising clients on what they need rather than what they tell us they want, so I say this guardedly. However, demand for conditional or contingency fees is intensifying, partly as a function of pressure generally from clients for lawyers to provide viable alternative fee arrangements, and partly because clients are actively exercising their right to enter a debate previously off limits to all but a select few.
Client demand for conditional fees is increasing – and Hong Kong must start listening, argues Denis Brock
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