Our History

OLN was established in 1987 by Gordon Oldham with the goal of providing both quality legal advice and practical legal solutions to the business community.

For the past 20 years, the firm has been based in St. George’s Building, situated in the heart of Hong Kong’s central business district. In over 30 years the firm has grown into a sophisticated and high-quality legal practice which provides legal and business solutions for all commercial situations in Hong Kong and the PRC.

OLN now boasts an ever growing team of over 40 lawyers, and in 2007 it opened a branch office in Shanghai so that it can better serve its clients’ PRC business needs.

Despite OLN’s growth over the past two decades, and the broadening of its local and international client base and legal capabilities, it has continued to remain true to its founding principles of practical legal solutions for the business world whilst contributing to the community.


We are proud to be the only member firm of Globalaw in Hong Kong. The personal and collaborative relationship among its selected member firms throughout the world means Globalaw provides a highly effective platform to seamlessly address and meet the global needs of our clients.

Globalaw comprises 80 independent law firms with approximately 4,500 lawyers from 165 cities around the world, making it one of the most global of all legal networks and an unrivaled choice as a professional support platform for companies of all sizes developing global businesses.

By maintaining close contact with partners across the globe, OLN ensures its clients are provided with quick and reliable advice on international legal matters and the expertise they need to be successful in the global business marketplace.

Association with Watson & Band

In 2020, Oldham, Li & Nie Solicitors and Watson & Band formed their formal association which significantly expands their Legal Service Network.

OLN is a leading legal practice established in Hong Kong in 1987. Over the years, OLN has expanded into an ever-growing team of 40 plus lawyers admitted to one or more jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, France, The United Kingdom, The United States of America, Australia and Canada and covering various legal practices. It has continued to expand its business by opening a branch in Shanghai in 2007 to serve its China clientele.

The current scope of practice of the Firm includes China Practice, Corporate and Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Employment and Business Immigration Law, Family Law, French Practice, Insolvency Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property Law, Japanese Practice and Tax Advisory. With a combination of professionalism, pragmatism, cross-border skills, local knowledge, and a results-oriented approach, OLN has served clients from publicly listed companies, developers, banks, private companies, and individuals, to government bodies.

Watson & Band (華誠律師事務所) is one of the top full-service law firms in the People’s Republic of China with more than 300 professionals in China. Founded in 1995, Watson & Band is headquartered in Shanghai having its offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Suzhou, Harbin, Lanzhou, Yantai, Chizhou and Tokyo.

Watson & Band’s practice covers Intellectual Property, Big Data Law, Foreign and Domestic Investment, Corporate and Commercial, Financial and Tax, Security Law, Employment, Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Wealth Management and Family, Anti-Counterfeiting Practice, Fair Trade Practice, and Dispute Resolution. With its motto of Integrity, Strategy, Professionalism, and Dedication, Watson & Band provides client-oriented services with pragmatic solutions to its clients mostly from multinational and Fortune 500 companies, publicly listed international, state-owned and/or private companies, banks and financial institutions, real estate developers, individuals, NGOs, and government organizations.








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Become a Member of OLN

We welcome applications from experienced solicitors, graduates and support staff.

Being a Trainee Solicitor at OLN is demanding and rewarding in equal measure. It means that enthusiasm, energy, commitment, ambition and an eagerness to learn are essential traits of any prospective trainee. In return for your hard work, you can look forward to quality training, which allows plenty of autonomy and exposure to clients, and a structured career progression after qualification.

Who should apply for our garduate programme:

  • Law graduates who have recently completed their PCLL course, or expect to do so in the near future
  • Upper second class law degree (2:1 or equivalent)
  • Excellent English language is a must; written and spoken Chinese is a distinct advantage
  • OLN welcomes both local and overseas applicants

If that sounds like you, get in touch with us.