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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

Teresa Cheng signs legal pact

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng today signed a memorandum of understanding on the administration of the Legal Talent Recruitment Scheme (Trainee Solicitors).   The memorandum was signed with Law Society of Hong Kong President Melissa Pang.   Funded by the Anti-epidemic Fund, the scheme provides the monthly salary subsidy of $6,800 for a maximum of 12 months to each eligible law firm for one newly created job opening for a trainee solicitor, with up to 130 new job openings for trainee solicitors in total.   The scheme will not only create new job opportunities during the pandemic, but also ensure a steady and sufficient supply of legal talents in alignment with the Government’s policy objectives to advance the rule of law.   The Government also aims to strengthen Hong Kong’s development as a centre for international legal and dispute resolution services under the National 14th Five-Year Plan and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development plan.   The scheme will be open for application from July 5 to November 5.   The Law Society will be responsible for processing and assessing the applications, as well as arranging the subsidy’s disbursement.   Ms Cheng expressed her appreciation to the Law Society for developing and administering the scheme, which is expected to benefit young professionals and the legal sector in general.
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