Global Law Firms’ Reactions to Protests in Hong Kong

By Jieying Ding

The so-called “Occupy Central with Peace and Love” started in Hong Kong’s major financial district, Central, where many global law firms are located.

Some global law firms reacted by allowing staff to work from home, as public transportation became more difficult to use. According to The Asian Lawyer, while daily operations have been interrupted for many law firms, Hong Kong-based lawyers claimed that their practices are largely unaffected because most of the work can be done remotely by calls and emails. However, as neither the protestors nor Beijing seem likely to budge, law firms are unclear how the future will unfold for them.