16 Jul 2019

Book Launch of “A Practical Guide to Mental Health Law in Hong Kong”

Ms. Sherlynn. G Chan, Partner of Stevenson, Wong & Co. authored a book entitled “A Practical Guide to Mental Health Law in Hong Kong” which was published by Hong Kong University Press in June 2019. To mark the occasion, a newly established non-government charitable organization, co-founded by Ms. Chan and other community leaders, MIP Care Resources Connect Ltd (“MIP CRC”) hosted a book launch on 8 July 2019 at Hong Kong Club. More than 150 guests attended the event including the representatives from various NGOs, legal and medical professions, educators, members of the Judiciary and government departments, caregivers and charity partners. SW partners Mr. Hank Lo, Ms. Catherine Por, Ms. Lai Lam, Ms. Janice Chin, Ms. Heidi Chui, Mr. Rodney Teoh, senior associate Mr. Calvin Lo and consultant Ms. Shirley Sin also attended the event.

Ms. Sherlynn Chan delivered an opening speech to thank all distinguished guests for taking the time to attend this event and introduced the objectives of MIP CRC. She also emphasized that the main purpose of writing the book is to help caregivers and professionals who work with mentally incapacitated person to understand the mental health issues and the relevant legal frame work in Hong Kong. The event was well received and was a wonderful opportunity for multi-disciplinary professionals and NGOs in this field to connect.

SW Partners Mr. Rodney Teoh and Ms. Sherlynn Chan

“A Practical Guide to Mental Health Law in Hong Kong” consists of twelve modified case studies based on real-life scenarios which introduce the relevant mental health law in Hong Kong. The book also highlights the legal procedures and practical considerations for managing the property and affairs of persons suffering from mental incapacitation (MIPs) and addresses alternative planning tools such as wills, enduring powers of attorney, continuing powers of attorney, and advance medical directives. Ms. Chan ends the book with a discussion on the way forward for Hong Kong, with reference to the mental health law and legal practices in other common law jurisdictions pertinent to the protection of the interests of MIPs.

“It is opportune for a book on mental health law in Hong Kong to be published. Sherlynn G. Chan’s work represents a substantial contribution to the promotion of sound and proper engagement of the legal process in this area. It provides useful and up-to-date guidance to practitioners in this field. I would highly recommend it to lawyers and students.” —The Honourable Mr Justice Johnson Lam Man Hon, Vice-President of the Court of Appeal of the High Court

“Sherlynn G. Chan is a recognized expert in the management of the affairs of mentally incapacitated persons and this new book of hers is a generous sharing of her wealth of experience in this unique field of the law.” —Charles Chiu, Chairperson, Guardianship Board

Please contact Ms. Sherlynn Chan for further information.