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Magnificent seven pro bono awards for BC&C

Hong Kong, 19 December 2019: Colin Cohen has praised Boase Cohen & Collins’ commitment to helping needy individuals and organisations after the firm collected seven awards for its pro bono work and community outreach.

Five of the firm’s legal team were honoured at today’s Law Society of Hong Kong Pro Bono and Community Awards Presentation Ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

BC&C Senior Partner Colin, Partner Alex Liu and recently retired co-founder Melville Boase each received a prestigious Gold Award for registering a minimum of 100 hours’ pro bono work in the past 12 months. Partner Fiona Chan collected a Silver Award while Trainee Joyce Leung received a Bronze Award. In addition, Boase Cohen & Collins was a Gold Award winner in the category for law firms and collected an Improvement Award for bettering last year’s Silver performance.

“Since we were founded 34 years ago, pro bono work has been ingrained in the culture of our firm. We expect our lawyers to use their knowledge and experience for the good of the community, to make a genuine difference and to benefit those with an urgent legal need,” said Colin.

“I firmly believe pro bono work should assist the disadvantaged and vulnerable, those for whom access to justice would otherwise be very difficult. For me, it is a lawyer’s obligation to do this and it is an ethos I promote and encourage throughout our firm.”

Alex Liu, winner of an individual Gold Award for the sixth year running, logged an exceptional 234 hours of pro bono work and community service in 2018-19 for an array of non-profit organisations. He commented: “It is an honour to assist worthy organisations that form the pillars of our society. As an experienced lawyer, I am pleased to give something back to a community which has offered me so many opportunities.”

Melville Boase, who retired from his Consultant’s role with BC&C on 31 October, devoted much of his spare time to his long-standing role as treasurer and legal advisor to the Mission for Migrant Workers while also serving as a committee member of Voice for Prisoners. He said: “The most vulnerable people in our society are often those most in need of legal assistance. Pro bono work not only addresses this imbalance, it reminds us of why we became lawyers – to see justice done.”

Speaking after collecting her Silver Award, Fiona Chan said: “Through pro bono work I can make a difference to people's lives whilst enriching my own with a sense of fulfillment. I am honoured to be able to give something back to our community.”

In its Gold Law Firm Award-winning submission, Boase Cohen & Collins highlighted how 13 members of the firm’s legal team performed pro bono work and community service in 2018-19 with their efforts amounting to a total of 726 hours.

VIP guests at the awards ceremony included the Chief Justice of Hong Kong, the Honourable Geoffrey Ma, and the Honourable Teresa Cheng, Secretary for Justice.

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Pictured at the awards ceremony are (from left) Fiona Chan, Colin Cohen, Melville Boase and Alex Liu while (below) Colin displays Boase Cohen & Collins’ Gold Law Firm Award in a group photo with the Chief Justice, the Honourable Geoffrey Ma (fourth from right).

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