Rachel Yuen - Day in the life

Of Counsel, Hong Kong

Rachel is Of Counsel in our Hong Kong office. Rachel started her career at Kennedys as a trainee in 2010 and has progressed to become Of Counsel.  Her current practice focuses on financial services regulatory matters, commercial litigation and arbitration.

To end the day with a happy but competitive mood – Team Christmas gathering! Nine of us have dinner in a Malaysian restaurant, followed by a board games night. What a great time!

Rachel Yuen, Of Counsel

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  • Morning

    I spend some time catching-up with my colleagues and sharing stories, in particular if we had client drinks or internal celebratory events the night before!

  • 10:00

    My colleague and I meet with our client and explain what will happen in an interview conducted by the Securities and Futures Commission. It is the first time that our client has to attend a SFC interview. She is quite nervous in the beginning and asks all sorts of questions. After the meeting, she seems more relieved and thanks us for our assistance.

    To me, nothing beats a simple but heartfelt thank you from our client. And I get one today.

  • 11:00

    I discuss with our client and the Counsel team in order to finalise a Chinese affirmation in support of an application which will be heard in the High Court. My colleague, a newly qualified lawyer, assists in the collation of the documents to be exhibited to the affirmation and I conduct a final review.

  • 13:00

    The default position is that I lunch with my colleagues. We usually go across to Victoria Harbour and lunch at Tsim Sha Tsui, where delicious food is found with “no queues”.

  • 15:00

    This is the time when I usually work on substantive matters, such as working on pleadings, preparing a witness statement and drafting an advice. I review several box-files of documents and continue to work on a witness statement for a dispute arising out of a sale and purchase agreement. I also consider spreadsheet on pricing prepared by my colleague and the index prepared by the trainee solicitor.

  • 17:00

    I deal with non-billable matters, such as working with the Hong Kong Eco Committee to apply for the Hong Kong Green Organisation Certification and considering current practices for the Document Management Group. 

  • Evening

    To end the day with a happy but competitive mood – Team Christmas gathering! Nine of us have dinner in a Malaysian restaurant, followed by a board games night. What a great time!

Day in the life