Jurisdiction - Hong Kong
Women In Law Hong Kong Launches With 200 Legal Professionals At Cipriani.

19 June, 2015


Women in Law Hong Kong (WILHK) held its launch event at Cipriani on Monday 15th June, with approximately 200 people in attendance. The overwhelming support for the WILHK launch and the enthusiasm at the event highlighted the need for WILHK which is one of the first networks to provide a dynamic networking platform for private practice lawyers, in-house counsel and other legal professionals based in Hong Kong.


Gill Meller, Legal Director & Secretary of MTR Corporation Limited, gave an inspiring and empowering key note speech at the launch. Gill, a former private practice lawyer, provided an insight into her own journey as a female in the legal profession which included taking risks, self-belief, resilience and the importance of ‘playing nicely’ with others. “The energy in the room was phenomenal and really encouraging to see. This is a really exciting time for all levels of legal professionals and in particular the advancement of women in the profession in Hong Kong,” said Gill.


The launch event was sponsored by Ashurst, Gall, Harneys, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, King & Wood Mallesons, Latham & Watkins, Oldham Li & Nie, Paul Hastings, Paul, Weiss and Simmons & Simmons. With the ongoing support of these firms, and others, such as Clifford Chance and The Women’s Foundation, WILHK aims to bring to the forefront of the profession issues affecting women working in the legal profession in Hong Kong. WILHK will also encourage collaboration, education, exchange of ideas, friendship and mutual support amongst its members.


Crystal Antica, Vice-Chairperson of WILHK and a Senior Associate with Hogan Lovells said “We see the successful launch of WILHK as just the beginning of creating a highly active and connected community for Hong Kong women in the legal profession. We are excited to develop events and programs that address the issues most important to our members.” Nina Fitzgerald, Chairperson of WILHK and a Senior Associate with Herbert Smith Freehills also commented “One of the key items of feedback we have received from the launch so far is that women in Hong Kong are experiencing difficulties in identifying a mentor and, in recognition of this, WILHK aims to develop a mentoring program for women working in the legal profession in Hong Kong in the longer term”.


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