Chamber in Review
History and High-Tech in Legal Careers

Law is often seen as a very traditional profession. But while it is a career that has a history dating back thousands of years it is also adapting to the rapid technological changes of the modern workplace. A group of students from Maryknoll Convent School learned about these developments and as well as a glimpse into the life of a lawyer at a talk by Nicholas Chan, Partner at the global law firm Squire Patton Boggs, on 4 January.  

Chan explained what it takes to be a solicitor and barrister in Hong Kong as well as the different work that these two different types of lawyer carry out. He provided some examples of how the law makes use of technology, and the students were particularly interested in hearing how artificial intelligence can help the judiciary become more efficient in predicting possible outcomes.

“I am a science student, and I have also always been interested in law. So I was absolutely intrigued by the idea of incorporating the use of science in the field of law,” said student Sarah Khan. “Mr Chan has inspired me to follow in his footsteps, so I'm very pleased to have had this opportunity to hear him speak.”

This event also marked the launch of the Chamber’s Business-School Partnership Programme for 2019, which matches Hong Kong companies with local schools to help give students a valuable insight into the world of work.