The Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination (OLQE) Preparatory Courses 2011
William Kui Po LAM
M.D.S., B.A., LL.B., B.D.S., G.D.L.P., F.R.A.C.D.S., F.R.A.C.D.S.(O.M.S.), A.C.I.Arb., A.H.K.I.Arb.;
Retired Magistrate, Hong Kong Judiciary;
Adjudicator for Torture Petitions, Security Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government;
Chairman, Review Board for Bid Challenges;
Vice-Chairman, Municipal Services Appeals Board
William was originally qualified as a specialist Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgeon and practised that profession for 13 years in Australia. He was admitted in 1987 to the South Australian Supreme Court Roll as a legal practitioner.
He practised as a barrister in civil litigation for 4 years then in the criminal law for 8 years, first in Australia then in Hong Kong. In Australia he appeared as a solo barrister in the civil and criminal trial courts and in the Court of Appeal. In Hong Kong he appeared as a solo barrister in civil trials as Legal Aid Counsel, then from 1992 to 2000 he was Crown Counsel (now called Senior Public Prosecutor) in the Prosecutions Division of the Department of Justice.
While as Prosecuting Counsel from 1992 to 2000 he prosecuted in all levels of courts in Hong Kong, including the Court of Appeal and the Appeals Committee of the Court of Final Appeal. On average he used to prosecute approximately 15 High Court jury trials and 30 appeals every year, prosecuting cases of murder, manslaughter, illegal ammunition, large quantities of dangerous drugs, armed robbery as well as lesser offences. In addition, he appeared as Prosecuting Counsel in numerous cases of Plea & Sentence, in responding to Bail applications and Bail reviews in the High Court.
William has in the past been many times an accredited examiner in civil and criminal advocacy for the University of Hong Kong in their PCLL examinations. In January 2000 he was appointed by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Government as a Permanent Magistrate in the Hong Kong Judiciary. He has been sitting in the various Magistrates Courts, as a Deputy Judge of the District Court, and in the Coroner's Court, the above postings several times in rotation. He retired as Permanent Magistrate in July 2009, although he has been sitting as a Deputy Magistrate from time to time by invitation from the Judiciary, presiding in criminal trials.
In January 2010 he was appointed by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR as an Adjudicator for Torture Petitions (deciding appeals lodged by claimants against the Director of Immigration). In May 2010 he was appointed by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR as Vice-Chairman of the Municipal Services Appeals Board (hearing appeals on licensing matters). In June 2010 he was appointed by the Secretary for Trade Commerce and Technology as Chairman of the Review Board on Bid Challenges.