Former Hong Kong Bar Association chairman tipped to become next justice minister

Source says former association head Paul Lam was approached by incoming leader John Lee to serve as secretary for justice in the next administration.

A former head of the Hong Kong Bar Association has emerged as the latest front runner likely to become the city’s next justice minister after Chief Executive-elect John Lee Ka-chiu discussed the formation of his governing team with state leaders last week, the Post has learned.

It had been previously speculated that incumbent Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah would retain the post under Lee’s incoming administration.

But a source on Monday said Lee had recently approached former legal association head Paul Lam Ting-kwok, adding that he appeared to be a more suitable candidate for the role, as the next administration would emphasise teamwork.