About Deacons

Deacons is the largest full-service independent law firm in Hong Kong, as well as the longest established. Since 1851 we have been developing a unique culture, which blends traditional client care with modern technology and working practices. Our integrity and dedication to the highest service standards is matched by our cosmopolitan nature and commitment to innovation. Deacons’ clients receive:

  • Top quality advice in 15 key service areas;
  • Access to the experience of our 53 partners and 200 lawyers;
  • The resources of our international networks;
  • Three representative offices in mainland China; and
  • The benefit of our deep knowledge of, and relationships with, Hong Kong’s business community, built up over many years.

It is no surprise that our achievements have been recognised by respected publications, such as Chambers Asia-Pacific and Asian Legal Business, including being voted ‘Hong Kong’s Law Firm of the Year’ and ‘Employer of Choice’ on numerous occasions.

What really matters to us, however, is what our clients think. And they tell us that what they appreciate most is our ability to understand their businesses and time pressures, and to act as ‘trusted advisors’ in helping them to take crucial business decisions.

Vacation Student Programme

The Vacation Student Programme is open to penultimate year law students from universities in a Common law jurisdiction with a view to applying for a trainee solicitor position in Hong Kong. We also welcome non-law students who have taken the Graduate Diploma in Law (Common Professional Examination) in the UK or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in Hong Kong or Australia to apply.

Deacons’ Vacation Student Programme is highly regarded and considered a real first step towards a successful legal career. Most of the trainees first joined us as vacation students. The programme provides a series of orientations and training activities as well as work placements. You will also participate in many team events and community programme as well as social gatherings that help to bond us together. There are ample opportunities for you to shine.

Take advantage of a 4-week vacation placement at Deacons running in January, June and July to find out more about the firm and a career with us. The experience from joining Deacons’ Winter Vacation Student Programme will be a valuable jump-start to your career.

Complete our online application now. We look forward to receiving your application.

Visit our Graduate Recruitment Website to learn more about Deacons’ Vacation Student Programme.

Trainee Programme

We recruit eight to ten trainees each year. Competition for places is inevitably fierce.

You will undertake four six-month seats during your two-year contract. With our full-service platform, we have the capability not only to offer our trainees as many choices as possible, but also to accommodate a trainee’s preference for a particular practice area if there is any.

We think you can go far at Deacons. From the outset, you will be part of our team and expected to rise to the challenge. We will give you plenty of exciting opportunities and responsibilities to work with the law and clients in real business situations. Your input will be important.

We depend on talented people like you to help the firm moving forward. In turn, we will give you the support you need. You will benefit from our mentoring programme so your training and career progress is overseen by a nominated partner from our Graduate Recruitment Committee. Advice and guidance are always available.