Jimmy Ma

Jimmy Ma, SBS , JP


Hong Kong (1985)
California, USA (1991)

LL.B. (University of Hong Kong) (1981)
P.C.LL. (University of Hong Kong) (1982)
LL.M. in Commercial and Corporate Law (University College London) (1988)
LL.B. (Peking University) (1996)
Ph.D. (Peking University) (2006)
Fellow, The Hong Kong Institute of Directors (2008)
HKMAAL Accredited General Mediator (2013)

Dr. Ma started his legal career as Crown Counsel at the former Attorney General’s Chambers in 1985, after 11 years of police service.  He was seconded to the Office of Members of the Legislative and Executive Councils in 1988, and had been Legal Adviser of the Legislative Council Secretariat and Counsel to the Legislature from February 1996 to June 2015.  In July 2015, Dr. Ma commenced private practice at the Bar. 

As Counsel to the Legislature, Dr. Ma advised the President of and Clerk to Legislative Council on legal issues arising from the business of the Council, which included the handling of all the judicial review cases that involved the Legislative Council, President of Legislative Council, other Members of Legislative Council, and the Clerk. He also advised major committees of the Council, including the House Committee, Finance Committee, Public Accounts Committee, and various Select Committees which conducted inquiries into public policy issues and related matters. Dr. Ma is expert in parliamentary practice and procedures, and he was one of the key advisers to the writing of the authoritative guide on Hong Kong’s legislative procedures, A Companion to the History, Rules and Practices of the Legislative Council of HKSAR.

Dr. Ma has extensive experience in advising the Legislature on bills and subsidiary legislation put before the Legislative Council for scrutiny and approval, as well as matters relating to the interpretation of the Basic Law. He continues to give advice on the Basic Law in his present practice at the Bar.

Dr. Ma’s areas of practice include civil work that covers a broad spectrum of matters. These include corporate and commercial issues, employment issues, building management disputes, and personal injuries claims.  He has also been acting as counsel on fiat and defence counsel in criminal matters.

In the public law area, Dr. Ma represented the Chief Executive and Secretary for Justice in recent cases of judicial review and proceedings under the Legislative Council Ordinance where six Members of Legislative Council had been disqualified because they had not validly taken the Legislative Council Oath on their assumption of office.