Fewer lawyers in Macao since Covid-19 struck in 2020 Link copied
Around 60 have returned home to Portugal or taken up other work, cutting number of registered lawyers to just over 440, says association president Vong Hin Fai.
About 60 lawyers have either left Macao or taken up different work since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in early 2020.
Indirectly-elected lawmaker Vong Hin Fai, the new president of the Macao Lawyers Association (AAM), has said that around 440 people are currently registered as lawyers in Macao, a decrease from around 500 three years ago.
Vong spoke out during yesterday’s Spring Festival Lunch hosted by the legislature for local Chinese-, English- and Portuguese-language media representatives at MGM Macao in Nape.
Jorge Neto Valente, who had been the AAM president for 20 years, did not seek re-election last year. Vong was the sole candidate for a two-year term which started on 1 January.
According to the AAM website, 446 lawyers are currently registered with the association.
Vong noted that over the past three years, Macao’s legal sector has been adversely affected by Covid-19. He said that some lawyers had returned home to Portugal, while others quit the sector and joined the public administration to work as legal consultants, because of which the city recorded a decrease in the number of registered lawyers.
Vong pledged that his association will help young local lawyers develop their careers in Guangdong cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, The Macau Post Daily reported.