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Hong Kong Legal Community Rallies With Pro Bono During COVID

(A community legal talk about tenancy rights organized by Pro Bono HK, featuring lawyers from DLA Piper. Photo: Pro Bono HK Facebook)

The Hong Kong legal community has stepped up its pro bono services at a time when the city has been thrown into an unprecedented period of turmoil.

For Hong Kong’s most impoverished and marginalized communities, access to justice has become even more restricted as disruptions caused by political unrest and COVID-19 ravaged the city one wave after another.

Over the past 12 months, global firms such as Mayer Brown and DLA Piper, local firms and barristers have sought to provide much-needed pro bono legal assistance to legal aid applicants, foreign domestic workers and non-profit organizations struggling with governance issues.

“As lawyers, we have a role to play to ensure that the marginalized or vulnerable and the NGOs representing them and advancing other causes, who cannot afford a lawyer, can obtain access to legal assistance—in particular where government-funded leg