Prestige 40 Under 40: Hugh Kam
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Hugh Kam

Barrister and Humanitarian

At the age of 32, Hugh Kam has achieved more than most in his position. Indeed, it’s easy to think his list of accomplishments sounds far-fetched, but facts are facts.

Since qualifying in 2011 after studying at the universities of Cambridge and Peking, Kam has served as chair of the Young Bar – an association representing the more than 600 young barristers in Hong Kong – and worked on a wide-ranging survey on its members. It was the Hong Kong Bar‘s first such project in its 180-year history, and the resulting report has been widely applauded for highlighting problems faced by younger members of the legal profession.

A member of the Council of the Hong Kong Bar Association since 2017, Kam also sits on five statutory boards and tribunals, which is much more than the norm for lawyers his age. Last February, he was invited by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights to speak at a conference on the independence of judges and lawyers, being one of only two representatives from Asia to do so.

Besides practising law, Kam is passionate about charity work and sits on the committees of Oxfam Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Advisory Council on Aids and the Board of the Youth Arch Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that helps underprivileged youth.

“I remind myself every day that I’m human first, a lawyer second,” says Kam, who’s been awarded scholarships from the International Bar Association, the International Association of Young Lawyers and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

Having achieved so much already, what’s his ultimate goal? “To do good, be good and live good.”

 

Top and cardigan: Loro Piana | Pants: Kam’s own