Many friends and colleagues, students and alumni gathered and paid their last tributes to Professor Michael Wilkinson at the Memorial Service on May 11.
Tribute by Dr the Honourable Sir David Li
Tribute by Professor Johannes Chan SC (Hon)
Video by U-Vision, The University of Hong Kong (https://uvision.hku.hk/playvideo.php?mid=22734)
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Professor Michael Wilkinson (1945-2019), our beloved colleague and friend, peacefully passed away on the evening of 20 February 2019 in the company of his most beloved and his daughter.
Professor Wilkinson joined the School of Law (as the Faculty of Law then was) of The University of Hong Kong in 1983, and taught several generations of law students the PCLL subjects of Conveyancing, Civil Procedure, Professional Ethics, and Advocacy. He had published extensively in these fields.
Professor Wilkinson served as Associate Dean of our Faculty of Law in 1990-91, Head of the Department of Professional Legal Education in 1991-93 and 1996-2005, and as Chairman of the Board of Studies of the Faculty of Law in 2006-2015. He had also served as the University’s Public Orator, a member of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission, and a member of many committees of the Law Society of Hong Kong. In 2018, Professor Wilkinson became the second Honorary Member for Life admitted by the Law Society of Hong Kong in its history, an honour bestowed upon him in recognition of his tremendous contribution to legal education and to the legal field in Hong Kong.
Professor Wilkinson was a law graduate of Cambridge University and a barrister of the Inner Temple. He started his academic career at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, where Andrew Li, subsequently the first Chief Justice of the HKSAR, was a student in his tutorials. He subsequently taught for 13 years in Africa – first in Uganda and then in Malawi, before joining The University of Hong Kong in 1983, where he became the longest-serving teacher in the Faculty of Law (1983-2019).
In his interview with Hong Kong Lawyer last year, Professor Wilkinson said: “I have probably taught 60 to 70 percent of all lawyers in Hong Kong. And the best part of my work is interacting with my students.” As regards his service on many Law Society committees, he said: “The friendship, the warmth, the kindness and the tolerance of my ignorance that I have received from my fellow committee members has been so great.”
Professor Wilkinson, who courageously fought against cancer in the last few years, delivered his last lecture on 28 January 2019. Throughout the course of his illness, he carried on teaching, marking and scholarly writing just the same. He told us that it was the teaching and the students that kept him strong.
We are heartbroken by Michael’s passing. Michael will always be remembered dearly as a great teacher, a wonderful friend and a great mentor. His wisdom, sense of humour and charisma will be very much missed.
Words may fail us, but Michael’s friendship, collegiality, passion for teaching, love for legal scholarship, care and concern for his colleagues, students and friends, and selfless devotion to the common good of our law school and our legal community, will be in our hearts always.
Faculty of Law
The University of Hong Kong
Mike`s classmates, fellow members of Manchester Grammar School`s Classical VIth from 1960, were saddened to hear of his death. Although his living and working abroad made it impossible for us to see much of him, we were delighted that he managed to attend one of our annual reunions a few years ago. At our most recent get together, held on August 17th 2019, those who were present raised a glass in his memory, and all of those named below send our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Roger Allen, John Ashworth, Sam Gorin, Chris Leyland, George Needham, John Parkington, Robert Powell, Martin Prior, John Whiteley, Tony Whittaker, Graeme Wood, Peter Woodhead
Professor Wilkinson, thank you for your teaching! You will be missed! May you rest in peace.
You were always so kind to all of us. We will miss you deeply. Rest in peace, Prof. Wilkinson.
Thank you so much for teaching me property transactions during PCLL and making this subject so interesting. It was my absolute privilege and honour to be your student.
May you rest in peace.
Thank you Professor Wilkinson! Rest in peace!
The Civil Procedure textbook and Conveyancing textbook were my first introduction to Michael Wilkinson as a student studying law in HK. I used his OLQE notes from a friend to pass my PCLL conveyancing exam. Recently, I went to some of his lectures on Civil Procedure updates as a lawyer (around 2017) which were probably some of his last lectures, and he was kind, shook each of our hands, warmly welcomed us to his classroom and was thoroughly engaging and lively. I shall miss his lectures! My deepest condolences to his family.
Thank you for bringing much humour and warmth to your teachings on the law and in life. You have undoubtedly touched the hearts and minds of many legal practitioners, including my own. Future Hong Kong law students will be at a great loss without you imparting your legal knowledge and wit upon them. You will be missed dearly.
You were my small group tutor back when I was studying PCLL in HKU between 2011 and 2012. I will be forever grateful for the extra time you gave me in my land law exam. Miss you and RIP!
Top and kind bloke. Was privileged to visit his home as a student on his HKU PCLL course. Great teacher who will be missed. God bless.
May Prof. Wilkinson rest in peace with Lord.
Chow Lap San Edward
I will remember your generous spirit, smile and remarkable contributions to the legal profession in Hong Kong.
I am grateful for having had the chance to know you.
To your family, I hope that you find comfort in your memories and knowing that Michael touched so many lives, leaving them the better for it.
May God Bless you Professor Wilkinson. You are most kind.