Pinsent Masons has paid tribute to the ‘talented’ head of its Hong Kong office, who ‘enriched the firm and the lives of people around him in so many ways’. Vincent Connor died on 5 October following a period of illness.
Connor specialised in construction and engineering law and was head of the firm’s office in Hong Kong. He went to university in Glasgow and led the firm’s Scottish offices before moving continents in 2007.
Richard Foley, senior partner at Pinsent Masons, said: ‘We are so deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, partner and colleague. Vincent had a profound impact on those around him. He was of course a talented lawyer and inspiring leader but what we all remember is Vincent the man - a true gentleman who was unfailingly kind, funny and ever thoughtful of others.
‘He leaves behind so many friends within the Hong Kong business and legal community all of whom will be thinking of Gillian, Vincent’s wife, at this very sad time. Vincent enriched our firm and the lives of people around him in so many ways. We were so lucky to have had him as our friend. He will be sorely missed and all our thoughts are with Gillian and their families at this time.’
Connor was chairman of the International Infrastructure Forum of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the honorary legal advisor to the Institution of Civil Engineers in Hong Kong.
Outside of Hong Kong, he was also a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and sat on Pinsent Masons’ global advocacy team, having secured higher rights of audience a number of years ago.