Top lawyer's spouse 'moving to Taiwan'

Top News | Maisy Mok 5 May 2021

Hong Kong Bar Association vice chairwoman Anita Yip Hau-ki has flown to Taiwan with her husband Ivan Tang Yiu-wing, who is said to be immigrating to the island.

The couple, both in their 50s, are undergoing a 14-day quarantine after flying to Taiwan last week.

Yip will return to Hong Kong in the middle of next month to continue her work as a senior counsel, according to The Standard's sister paper Sing Tao Daily.

It is understood Tang will stay in Taiwan to meet residency requirements.

Tang has practiced in Hong Kong since August 1991 and specializes in criminal cases.

He was known for representing in 1998 notorious gangster Cheung Tze-keung, who was convicted for kidnapping two property tycoons for ransom.

Tang also represented former TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan in a bribery case in 2010 in which he was accused of moonlighting behind his boss' back. Chan eventually cleared his name in the Court of Final Appeal.

Tang stopped taking new cases at the end of last year. His law firm, Ivan Tang & Co, will close its branch in Langham Place, Mong Kok, after its lease ends in July. His partners and staff will continue to work in another office at Silvercorp International Tower in Mong Kok.

Tang wrote on Facebook on Friday that he had attended many farewell gatherings and thanked his friends for their support over the years.

Before the national security law came into effect at the end of last June, Yip had expressed concerns that the law might affect her family.

At that time, Yip said she was worried about her son, as he was passionate about current affairs and political science research. He now works in New York after graduating from university.

Yip also expressed concern for her husband's safety.

"Will my beloved family members, especially my husband, get the same treatment as mainland human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang and be imprisoned for several years?"

Fifty barristers ceased practicing in Hong Kong last year, more than the 45 in 2019 and 34 in 2018, according to the Bar Association.

Former association chairman Philip Dykes said most of the barristers trying to leave Hong Kong are younger members of the association - those in their late 20s and early 30s.

"But I am also aware of a few - who have been in the Bar Association for over 20 years - leaving," Dykes said, adding that the implementation of national security law is the most probable reason for their emigration.

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