Michael Lintern-Smith


Michael Lintern-Smith is a consultant of Robertsons.  He joined the firm in 1981.  As well as practicing as a solicitor in Hong Kong for almost 40 years, he has also practiced as a Notary Public since 1992.

He has established a wide following of multinational clients having practised in areas related to litigation, commercial law and administrative law.

Michael’s vast experience and reputation has led to him being nominated to serve on a number of local and international committees.

He is a former president of the Law Society of Hong Kong.  He is a past member of the Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission which is responsible for making recommendations to the Chief Executive on the appointment and promotion of judges.  He was previously on the High Court Rules Committee and Court of Final Appeal Rules Committee.

Additionally, Michael was previously the Chairman of the Buildings Appeal Tribunal and the Deputy Convenor of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Hong Kong Society of Notaries. He is currently the Clerk of the Disciplinary Committee of the Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers, of which he is the former chairman.

A regular speaker at legal conferences on the subject of China related business, professional ethics and legal practice and Anti-Money Laundering, Michael is a very active member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce where he was Chairman of the European Committee.  Also, he is also active within the International Bar Association, LawAsia and the Commonwealth Law Association, holding membership in numerous committees in such associations.

Practice Areas

China Practice, Private Equity & Commercial, Notarial Services, Employment, Licensing & Compliance, Insurance, Banking & Finance - Contentious, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property - Non-Contentious, Intellectual Property - Contentious


English, French


Solicitor, England & Wales (1981)

Solicitor, Hong Kong (1982)

Notary Public, Hong Kong (1992)

Bachelor of Arts, University of London


Law Society of Hong Kong

Law Society of England & Wales

Hong Kong Society of Notaries

Former President, Law Society of Hong Kong

Former Chairman, Disciplinary Committee - Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers

Clerk, Disciplinary Committee – Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers

Deputy Convenor, Disciplinary Tribunal – Hong Kong Society of Notaries

Former Member, Judicial Officers’ Recommendation Commission

Former Member, High Court Rules Committee

Former Member, Court of Final Appeal Rules Committee

Former Chairman, Buildings Appeal Tribunal

Fellow, The Hong Kong Institute of Directors

Member, French Chamber of Commerce

Member, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Member, International Bar Association

Member, LawAsia

Member, Commonwealth Law Association

Former Chairman, European Committee, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce