Patricia Ho | Partner
Patricia Ho is a Hong Kong based human rights lawyer. She was raised in Hong Kong in a cross-culture family, and developed a preoccupation for standing up for what’s right at a young age. Much of her work involves defending the rights of minority groups in Hong Kong by way of challenging government policies and law in judicial reviews. Her cases include a number of landmark judicial review test cases concerning asylum seekers/refugees (issues include access to social welfare, release from detention, permission to work), transgender persons (discriminatory treatment in detention), domestic helpers (challenge against the live-in rule), sex workers (right to security) and victims of human trafficking.
Apart from litigation, Patricia provides legal and strategic advice to a number of NGOs in Hong Kong, and works with both local and international bodies to advocate for the rights of marginalised groups, including refugees, asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking in Hong Kong.
Evelyn Tsao | Partner
Evelyn Tsao is a Hong Kong based lawyer. She obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M) at Harvard University with a focus on feminist jurisprudence and human rights. Prior to joining Ho & Associates, she worked as a Government Counsel in the Civil Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice, primarily dealing with judicial review applications.
When not practising the law, Evelyn spends her free time fostering homeless dogs, playing hockey, and meditating to the wonder of nature.
Isaac Shaffer | Associate
Isaac Shaffer is a UK and HK qualified Solicitor with over a decade’s experience of directly representing asylum seekers and refugees before Courts and Tribunals. Before coming to Hong Kong, he worked for Wilson Solicitors LLP, one of the UK’s leading legal aid immigration firms, working also in the Criminal and Family law Departments. He trained at Refugee Legal Centre, a UK NGO providing direct representation for asylum seekers and refugees. He has particular experience in litigation, including complex applications for Judicial Review. He was co-convener of the UK’s Immigration Legal Practitioner Association’s specialist Asylum Working Group and was active in campaigns to preserve legal aid and access to justice. Until 2018 he was a founding member and Director of one of the UK’s leading independent publishing houses, Comma Press, and now remains a consultant to the Board. Since 2016 he has been the Legal Services Manager at Justice Centre Hong Kong.
Janice Lee | Paralegal
Janice graduated in Law and International Relations from the University of Portsmouth, UK (2015). She has previously worked as a paralegal in a boutique local law firm specialising in IPO projects and civil litigation. She also worked as a case officer in the CAT and Non-refoulement Claims Scheme Office of the Duty Lawyer Service. She has experience in areas of law including personal injuries, employees’ compensation, matrimonial, conveyancing, land disputes and commercial litigation. She also gained experience assisting in non-refoulement and torture claim applications for worldwide claimants.
Janice has always had a passion of helping the disadvantaged. She was involved in different community voluntary programmes when She was studying in the UK. She has also participated in a legal clinic which aimed to help people who fell victim of criminal injustice to review their cases. She hopes to continue helping those in need with her skills and knowledge in the future.
Helen Leung | Paralegal
Helen Leung is particularly interested in protecting the rights of forced migrants and has worked in Hong Kong, Tanzania, Syria, Iraq and Jordan. Prior to joining the Firm, Helen worked at Asylum Access as Global Strategy and Learning Lead and supported its refugee legal aid and community legal empowerment programs, as well as in the Refugee Work Rights initiative. As Assessment Officer at IMPACT Initiatives, she led the independent evaluation of various human rights, stabilization and humanitarian programs in Syria. She also conducted research examining durable solutions for displaced Syrians in the Middle East. Helen was a column editor at the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration.
Helen holds a MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from The University of Hong Kong.
Deborah Measor | Operations Manager
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Deborah Measor completed her Master’s of Art degree at the University of Edinburgh. Upon her return to Hong Kong, she joined KPMG in 2009, advising on financial accounting and compliance matters for over 3 years.
Having crunched a sufficient amount of numbers, Deborah joined Bai Xian Asia Institute Limited, a pan-Asian scholarship provider for tertiary education, upon its conception in 2013 as its first staff member. As Manager of Program and Operations, Deborah supported the development and oversaw the operations and daily administration of the Institute and the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program. Her responsibilities ranged from strategy formulation and execution and partnership management, to governance support, program design and implementation, and student management.
Deborah has been a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 2012. Lately, she has taken on the new role of mother to a baby boy named Tomàs Bernal Measor.