Master Pay Scale Point 32 (HK$56,820 per month); – see Note (1). Subject to the prevailing situation, candidates with additional experience may be granted increments for previous relevant experience in excess of the stipulated minimum up to Master Pay Scale Point 44 (HK$91,590 per month).
Candidates should: (a) (i) be solicitors admitted in a recognized jurisdiction as stipulated under Section 2A and Schedule 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance; or (ii) be barristers with one year's professional experience since attaining the right to full practice in a recognized jurisdiction as stipulated under Section 2A and Schedule 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance [see Note (1)]; (b) have Level 2 result in the Use of English paper and Level 1 result in the Use of Chinese paper in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) [see Note (2) to (4)]; and (c) be fluent in Cantonese.
(1) Barristers with right to full practice but who do not possess one year's professional experience since attaining this right may also apply. If selected, they will enter at an appropriate point below the minimum of the Solicitor pay scale. (2) The results of the Use of Chinese (UC) and Use of English (UE) papers in the CRE are classified as Level 2, Level 1 or Fail, with Level 2 being the highest. (3) Grade C or above and Grade D in Use of English of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), or equivalent, are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 and Level 1 results respectively in the UE paper in the CRE. Grade C or above and Grade D in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 and Level 1 results respectively in the UC paper in the CRE. (4) Applicants with an overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the two-year validity period of the test result are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 result in the UE paper in the CRE. The IELTS test result must be valid on the starting day of the application period, i.e. 23 January 2015. (5) For the purpose of heightening public awareness of the Basic Law (BL) and promoting a culture of learning of the BL in the community, assessment of the BL knowledge will be included in the recruitment for all civil service jobs. Results of the BL test for degree/professional grades will be one of the considerations to assess the suitability of a candidate but will not affect his/her eligibility for applying for civil service jobs. As a general principle, the main consideration for suitability for appointment remains a candidate's qualification, experience and calibre. (6) Applications from serving civil servants at Solicitor rank of the Unified Solicitor Grade would not normally be considered. (7) Promotion opportunities to the rank of Senior Solicitor may arise after satisfactory service. The current starting salary of a Senior Solicitor is $94,905 per month.
Successful candidates will be members of the Unified Solicitor Grade under the management of the Official Receiver. At the discretion of the Official Receiver, successful candidates will initially be posted to the legal services division of one of the following departments and may be transferred between such departments from time to time under the Unified Solicitor Grade Career Development Scheme. The main duties include - Official Receiver's Office: Handling civil litigation and insolvency court work including court hearings, the prosecution of insolvency related offences, the disqualification of directors under the Companies Ordinance, proposed new legislation and general legal advice on insolvency matters under the Bankruptcy Ordinance and winding-up provisions of the Companies Ordinance. Lands Department: Working in the Legal Advisory and Conveyancing Office on drafting and settling land grants and other documents, processing land resumption and surrender, checking of title, administering the Lands Department Consent Scheme and approving Deeds of Mutual Covenant, providing legal advice on land-related matters including matters affecting the New Territories (which will require successful applicants to work in NT offices), conducting legal research and general Government conveyancing including conveyancing work for the Government Property Agency. Companies Registry: Giving legal advice on the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) and other related ordinances, advising on the registrability of documents and other applications under the Companies Ordinance, conducting prosecutions and investigation of complaint cases and undertaking legal research. Land Registry: Giving legal advice on all matters relating to the Land Registration Ordinance, the Land Titles Ordinance, registration of incorporated owners of building under the Building Management Ordinance and other related legislation; assisting in the preparation of an amendment ordinance, subsidiary legislation, practice notes, forms and other documents and training for the implementation of the title registration system.
Terms of Appointment:
A new recruit will normally be appointed on civil service probationary terms for three years. Upon passage of probation bar, he/she may be considered for appointment on the prevailing permanent terms.
(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise. (b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirements irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race. (c) Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates selected for these vacancies will be appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service and will become civil servants on appointment. (d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made. (e) The information on the maximum pay point is for reference only and may be subject to changes. (f) Fringe benefits include paid leave, medical and dental benefits, and where appropriate, assistance in housing. (g) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend written examination and/or interview. (h) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the written examination and/or interview without being subject to further shortlisting. (i) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the enquiry address. (j) Towards the application deadline, our on-line system would likely be overloaded due to large volume of applications. To ensure timely completion of your on-line application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible.
How to apply:
(a) Application forms [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] are obtainable from any Public Enquiry Service Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau's website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). (b) Completed application form [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] and a full curriculum vitae (C.V.) should reach the below address by post or by hand on or before 13 February 2015 at 6 p.m. Hong Kong time. Please ensure that sufficient postage is paid if the application is sent by post. Please state “Application for the Post of Solicitor” on the envelope. The C.V. should include the following information – (i) gradings of the subjects taken in public examinations from secondary education onwards (with exact dates of obtaining the results); (ii) results in LLB, CPE, PCLL, Law Society Final and Bar Final examinations and other relevant qualifications, listing the gradings of the subjects taken (with copies of transcripts and certificates); (iii) results of the CRE language papers and the Basic Law test, if any (with copies of supporting documents); (iv) exact date and place of admission or call (with copies of supporting documents); (v) employment records with detailed description of duties; and (vi) a written submission indicating the qualities and relevant experience possessed by the candidate which would qualify him or her for appointment. (c) Online application can also be made through the Civil Service Bureau's website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). Candidates who apply online should submit their C.V. by post with sufficient postage to the below address within one week after close of application period, and the online application number should be quoted on the envelope and the copies of supporting documents. If candidates fail to provide the supporting documents as requested, their applications will not be considered. (d) If no acknowledgement slip/confirmation e-mail is received after five working days from the closing date for application, please contact the Official Receiver's Office by phone at 2867 2677 immediately. Candidates who are selected for written examination and/or interview will normally receive an invitation in about six to eight weeks from the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful. For enquiries, please telephone 2867 2677.
Personnel Registry, Official Receiver's Office, 10/F, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s):
Ming Pao Daily News (23 January 2015 & 30 January 2015) and South China Morning Post (24 January 2015 & 31 January 2015)