Chantel Pang - Day in the life
Senior Associate, Hong Kong
Chantel is a Senior Associate in our Hong Kong office. Chantel trained at Kennedys, starting her training contract in 2013 and qualified into the healthcare team where she now manages and works on a wide variety of healthcare matters.
“It is the feeling of being able to make a difference, no matter how big or small, that keeps me going and motivates me to deliver my best”
Chantel Pang, Senior Associate
I arrive at the office, log on and check my emails. After making myself a cup of coffee in the pantry, I am ready to start the workday. I have a court hearing this morning so I spend some time reviewing my prepared skeleton argument and make sure the papers are in order.
I appear on behalf of my client, a statutory body, in this hearing and make submissions to oppose the plaintiff’s appeal application. Upon hearing the arguments from both sides, the Judge dismissed the plaintiff’s appeal and awarded us costs. A quiet sigh of relief. I head back to the office, report the outcome of the hearing to the client and advise them on the way forward.
Lunch is with my colleagues (more like friends) at a dim sum place where dim sum carts are pushed around for serving food, the traditional way! We have known each other since our trainee days so it is always a good laugh with them.
I start to review an expert report on liability for a case. Upon discussion with my supervisor on the overall strategy, I draft detailed advice to the client to consolidate all the expert and factual evidence and advise them on the case’s merits and recommended direction.
I receive a letter from the Medical Council in relation to our defence of a doctor in a disciplinary action. Upon our strong contention that the case should be dropped in lieu of being taken to a public inquiry, we finally receive the news from the Medical Council that they have dismissed the case. Delighted, I report this positive outcome to my supervisor and to the client, who is very pleased with the news.
It is the feeling of being able to make a difference for my client’s career, no matter how big or small, that keeps me going and motivates me to deliver my best.
I start reviewing my notes and PowerPoint slides for a presentation that I will be giving alongside my supervisor at a public hospital tomorrow. The topic is “Coroner’s inquest – preparing medical reports and giving evidence”. We are fortunate to conduct presentations and have client exposure in the early stages of our career.
All my urgent tasks are completed and I write my to-do list for tomorrow. I head home to enjoy dinner with my husband and plan our upcoming trip to Finland for Christmas.