Candidates should: (a) be qualified solicitors or barristers in a recognized jurisdiction as stipulated under Section 2A and Schedule 2 of the Legal Officers Ordinance (Cap 87); (b) have at least 6 years’ post-qualification experience in land law and conveyancing of landed properties. Substantial experience in legal researches and writing of legal advices and familiarity with conveyancing practice and procedures in Hong Kong are clear advantages. Familiarity with the legislative process in Hong Kong would also be an advantage; (c) meet the language proficiency requirements of Level 2 or above in Chinese Language and English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination or the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), or equivalent. (Note: For non-civil service appointment purpose, ‘Grade E’ in Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) in previous HKCEE are accepted administratively as comparable to ‘Level 2’ in Chinese Language and English Language in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.); and (d) be fluent in English and Cantonese.
Successful candidates will be appointed to work in the Legal Services Branch of the Land Registry and expected to: (a) provide legal advices relating to land registration including proposals for the review and modernization of the registration practice and procedures; (b) recommend appropriate amendments to the Land Registration Ordinance and/or Land Registration Regulations to implement the modernization proposals; (c) communicate with the Law Drafting Division of the Department of Justice on the modernization proposals; (d) conduct researches and keep track of the related legislations in Hong Kong and the latest development on processing of registration applications and related procedures in foreign jurisdictions; and (e) perform other duties as may be assigned by senior officers.
Terms of Appointment:
Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms for 12 months. Renewal of contract for another 12 months will be subject to the satisfactory performance of the candidate.
A gratuity will be granted if the contract is satisfactorily completed with a consistently high standard of performance and conduct. The gratuity, plus any contribution by the Government towards a mandatory provident fund as required by the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance, will equal 15% of the total basic salary drawn during the contract period. Rest days, statutory holidays (or substituted holidays), maternity leave, sickness allowance, where appropriate, will be granted in line with the provisions of the Employment Ordinance. An annual leave of 12 days per year of service will be offered.
(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 requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race. (c) Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service. (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) 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 recruitment examination and/or interview. (f) 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 selection interview/written examination without being subject to any further shortlisting criteria. (g) 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 below enquiry address.
How to apply:
Candidates should apply by post with a completed application form [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)], which is obtainable from any Public Enquiry Service Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centre 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). Completed forms together with full C.V. should reach the address specified below on or before the closing date for application. The C.V. (with copies of academic and employment certificates and transcripts) should include (1) gradings of the subjects taken in public examinations from secondary education onwards (with exact dates of scoring the results); (2) results of LLB, PCLL or other professional examinations, listing the gradings of the subjects taken; (3) exact date and place of admission or call; and (4) employment records with detailed description of duties. Please state “Application for Contract Senior Solicitor” with return address on the envelope. Please ensure that sufficient postage is paid, otherwise it will be returned to the sender. Applications with incomplete information or without the supporting documents required or submitted by fax/email will not be considered. Candidates who are not invited for interview within 6-8 weeks from the closing date may assume that their applications are unsuccessful. Information on the above vacancy is also available from the website of the Land Registry (http://www.landreg.gov.hk).
Human Resources Section, the Land Registry, 28/F, High Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong
Newspaper(s) Advertised and Date(s):
Ming Pao (27/2/2015), South China Morning Post (28/2/2015) and Law Society Weekly Circulars (2/3/2015)