The Law Society of Hong Kong has presented the 2020 Awards for the Pro-bono and Community Recognition Programme to the firm and four partners:
- Hugill & Ip – Gold Law Firm Award
- Alfred Ip (Ip Woon Shun 葉煥信) – Individual Gold Award
- Adam Hugill – Individual Bronze Award
- Gary Wong – Individual Bronze Award
- Carmen Tang – Individual Bronze Award
The Law Society supports and encourages a wide variety of pro bono legal services provided by lawyers to the public of Hong Kong. The Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Programme has been well recognised among the profession since its debut in 2010. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Programme and there has been a threefold increase in the number of participants since the start of the Programme.
The Programme aims to promote and encourage the Law Society members to perform pro bono and community work. It also serves as a platform to show appreciation for and honour Law Society members, trainee solicitors, registered foreign lawyers, local law firms, as well as foreign law firms who/that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer pro bono and community work. The Law Society of Hong Kong will continue to encourage the legal practitioners to actively participate in pro bono and community services for the well-being of the legal industry, as well as for the society as a whole.
Alfred Ip commented: “I am proud to dedicate part of my efforts and legal knowledge to pro bono campaigns, fundraisers and advisory activities to different causes and charitable organisations: from LGBT rights to people affected by illness (Cancer or HIV/AIDS). I look forward to the future and to contribute even more to causes that can positively impact Hong Kong society overall, both as an individual and as a founder of a law firm”.
Adam Hugill added: “At Hugill & Ip we are really proud to contribute our legal knowledge and time for different social responsibility activities, supporting different charity organisations about causes we feel very passionate about: from food banking and waste reduction to the BRACE Awards – from fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS and eliminating stigma for people living with HIV to raising funds and awareness about cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment”.