Professional Qualifications and Work History
Michael Vidler is a Solicitor Advocate who has practiced since 1989 in both the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
Michael was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1990. He completed his Law Society Finals Examinations in Nottingham and obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Michael started his legal career as a Solicitor Advocate at Duthie Hart & Duthie, one of the largest criminal legal aid practices in London.
In 1992, he was admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong and practised as a solicitor advocate before joining Barnes and Daly Solicitors as a consultant. He established Vidler & Co., Solicitors in 2003, specializing in litigation cases, primarily in the areas of criminal and civil rights law. Vidler & Co. also handles other matters in areas of immigration, family, employment and other civil and company law.
Public and Other Service
Michael has a passion for the law, people and politics. He has travelled extensively and began his career in Human Rights law researching the impact of the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights in Central and South America in 1985. He is active in the community, sitting on the boards of charities and NGO’s as well as serving on a number of committees.
- Aids Concern (HK) Member of Board of Directors (2000 - 2003)
- Amnesty International (HK) Member of Board of Directors(2007 - 2008)
- Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (HKRAC) Member of Board of Directors (2008 - 2013)
- Tongzhi Community Joint Meeting (TCJM / Pink Alliance ) Legal Advisor (2008 - 2013)
- Hong Kong Unison Member of Board of Directors(2011 - Present)
- New Medico Legal Society of Hong Kong (NMLS) Executive Committee member (Present)
- Hong Kong Cycling Alliance (HKCA) Legal Advisor (2011 – Present)
- The Panel of Adjudicators of the Obscene Articles Tribunal, Member (2012-Present)
In addition, Michael is Chairman to the Hong Kong Law Society Working Party on Interpreters and a member of the Law Society Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, Legal Aid Services Council, Interest Group on Processing, Assignment and Monitoring of Assigned-Out Cases, the Hong Kong Family Law Association, Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA), and the Association of Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers (ACCL). He is on the panel of Solicitors for the Legal Aid Department, the Duty Lawyer Scheme (also approved for Care and Protection cases) and is an approved solicitor for a number of Consulates in Hong Kong, and the American Insurance Group of Companies.
In 2010, he was the recipient of a Gold Award at the Hong Kong Law Society Pro Bono Awards, and was elected to the Chief Executive Election Committee in 2011.
Michael is a part-time lecturer for the PCLL course at the University of Hong Kong, a member of the Law Student Mentorship Programme of the University of Hong Kong, and a Distinguished Professional Mentor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also supervises an internship programme at Vidler & Co.
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