Job ref no.: CT3119912-01#0002
Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong

Senior Legal Counsel

Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong

  • 5-day week
  • Dental plan
  • Gratuity
  • Medical plan


a) A good Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognised university in Hong Kong or a university in a common law jurisdiction;
b) Solicitor or barrister admitted to practice in Hong Kong; and
c) A minimum of 12 years of post-qualification experience of which 2 years are in a senior position in an organisation of a size comparable to that of the PCPD.


a) A Level 2 result in the Use of English paper and a Level 2 result in the Use of Chinese paper in the Common Recruitment Examination, or preferably Grade “B" or above in Use of English in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), or a minimum overall band score of 7.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the Writing Subtest score not lower than 7; good command of written and spoken Chinese, preferably Grade “B" or above in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE, or equivalent;
b) A broadly based practising experiences, including that of advising on the carrying out of statutory functions and exercising of statutory powers in the course of investigations and/or prosecution by a regulatory authority;
c) Proficiency in advocacy will be an advantage; 
d) Proven capability in providing legal advice in respect of legislative and regulatory review/ reform;
e) A strong analytical ability to make independent judgement with a high level of acumen in social, technological, political issues, and international data protection privacy landscape; 
f) Positive, diligent and self-motivated with good inter-personal skills; and
g) Excellent presentational skills in both, written and oral, English and Chinese (Putonghua included).

Major Duties 

  • To monitor the legal assistance scheme and (where appropriate) to provide legal advice on legal assistance applications and reviews;
  • To handle Administrative Appeals Board cases and legal proceedings; 
  • To provide legal advice on proposed legislation and administrative measures that may affect the privacy of individuals in relation to personal data; 
  • To keep review of the Ordinance and undertake the related work (e.g. Comparative Studies of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the Ordinance);
  • To provide legal support on projects undertaken by PCPD;
  • To vet and provide legal advice on responses to media enquiries and lines-to-take concerning the personal data privacy; and
  • To supervise legal counsel in providing legal support and advisory services to the PCPD.

Remuneration Package

The successful candidate will be rewarded with commensurate remuneration package with monthly salary ranging from $112,250 to $129,325. He or she will be appointed on contract terms. The terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment. In addition to 5-day week, we provide 21 days annual leave, medical and dental benefits, contribution to MPF and 15% gratuity at the end of contract, subject to employment terms and conditions. 

Points to Note

Close of Applications:

Friday, 1 February 2019

Application Procedures:

Interested candidates may apply in confidence by providing a detailed resume and completing the job application form available on PCPD’s website (

The completed application form with a covering letter of not less than 400 words in English or Chinese, stating the reasons for suitability for the job should reach the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, 13/F, Sunlight Tower, 248 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong for the attention of Head (Corporate Support).

Applicants who do not hear from us within eight weeks from the date of the close of applications should consider their applications unsuccessful. In accordance with our data retention policy, the personal data of unsuccessful candidates collected for this recruitment exercise will be kept for 6 months from its completion and thereafter destroyed.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Personal data provided will be used for the recruitment purpose only, and in accordance with the Code of Practice on Human Resource Management, which can be downloaded from PCPD’s website.

The PCPD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job ref no. CT3119912-01#0002
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Job Function
Employment Term
  • Contract
  • Full-time
  • 12 years
Career Level
  • Senior management level
  • Degree