Linklaters takes part in The Hong Kong Law Society’s first Access to Justice Hackathon

 

Gaining access to justice is a fundamental right that we take for granted but in many cases, minorities can face challenges in gaining access to legal advice. In Hong Kong, the Law Society's Access to Justice Hackathon was a two-day competition seeking to develop technology-based solutions for such legal access issues. We were proud to be Bronze sponsors of the event and participate in the Hackathon.

At the competition, 25 teams from the legal and tech community were encouraged to create practical tools to address the issues across the following three scenarios: Bridging the Public and Professionals, Giving Minorities a Helping Hand and Facilitating Access to Legal Aid Services.

The firm’s team comprised of representatives from different practices and parts of the business from the Hong Kong and Singapore offices. The team identified a very real and current problem - it can take up to eight weeks for a member of the public to be able to speak to a duty solicitor to seek preliminary free legal advice due to resource and other practical constraints. To address this problem, the cross-disciplinary team collaborated to develop an innovative solution using the latest technology to modernise the duty lawyer scheme in Hong Kong.

Hsiang Low, Managing Associate in the Hong Kong Capital Markets practice, said "I'm very proud that the Linklaters team were able to come together as Team Linklaters to collaborate towards a meaningful cause to society; innovating and using technology to bridge the huge access to justice gap faced by many in Hong Kong. This is a great example of the firm’s focus on innovative and collaborative solutions, and demonstrates our commitment to helping those facing social injustices."
Well done to the team! We are pleased to have contributed to making Hong Kong's first access to justice hackathon so successful. It will pave the way for similar events.”
About Linklaters pro bono programme

We improve the lives of thousands of people globally every year by combining our professional skills and our strengths in innovation. We aim to invest our efforts in projects that will make the most effective difference to people and planet. This approach to impact, along with our reputation for innovation through projects such as the hackathon, makes our pro bono and community investment work stand out.