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 was previously the Clerk of the Disciplinary Committee of the Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers, of which he was also a former chairman.

A regular speaker at legal conferences on the subject of China related business, professional ethics and legal practice. His main area of expertise currently is Anti-Money Laundering, upon which he gives seminars and speeches regularly for the legal profession and commercial enterprises. He continues to chair the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Anti-Money Laundering Committee, which he has done for the past 18 years. 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 active within the International Bar Association, Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the Commonwealth Law Association, holding membership in several committees in such associations.


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Practice Areas

Private Equity & Commercial, Notarial Services, 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


Solicitor, Law Society of Hong Kong, Roll of Honour, Past President

Chairman, Law Society of Hong Kong Anti-Money Laundering Committee  

Notary Public, Hong Kong Society of Notaries

Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Directors

Full Fellow, Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute

Honorary Member, Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers

Member, Hong Kong Independent Non-Executive Director Association

Recommended Expert International Trade Law in Hong Kong - Global Law Experts 2022

Insurance Expert of the Year in Hong Kong - Leaders in Law Global Awards 2021