Jurisdiction - Hong Kong
Launch Of ‘Women In Law Hong Kong’ (WILHK).

1 June, 2015


A number of Hong Kong’s leading law firms announced the launch of Women in Law Hong Kong (WILHK) on May 28, 2015. It is a new legal community that provides a networking platform for private practice lawyers, in-house counsel and other legal professionals in Hong Kong.


“Whilst a number of successful female networks have recently been established in Hong Kong, there has been a gap for a united network which is open to women in all sectors of law in Hong Kong. WILHK is one of the first female networks established to integrate not just women in particular legal sectors but to operate as an umbrella network for all women engaged in the Hong Kong legal profession – including both in-house and private practice lawyers. However, participation in WILHK is not limited to females and we encourage males in the legal profession to participate in the network as well as we recognise that male participation is essential to effecting change,” commented Nina Fitzgerald, Chairperson of WILHK and a Registered Foreign Lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills.


WILHK’s mission is to: 


  • Provide a networking platform for women in the legal profession;
  • Encourage collaboration, integration and education amongst law firms and in-house counsel in Hong Kong;
  • Foster the development and retention of women in the legal profession; 
  • Bring to the forefront of the industry issues affecting women working in the legal profession in Hong Kong.


“Through mentorship programs, events, training and the promotion of best practices, we aim to achieve our mission and provide leadership opportunities, collaboration, education, exchange of ideas, friendship and mutual support amongst members. Our ultimate endeavour is to empower our members and facilitate the development and retention of women at the most senior levels of the profession,” said Crystal Antica, Vice-Chairperson of WILHK and a Senior Associate with Hogan Lovells.


WILHK’s committee currently includes representatives from Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Gall, Goldman Sachs, Harneys, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, King & Wood Mallesons, Latham and Watkins, Oldham Li & Nie, Paul Hastings and Paul, Weiss.


To celebrate the launch of WILHK, a cocktail party will be hosted at Cipriani on June 15.


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