Lawrence obtained a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Queensland and was admitted as a barrister in the Supreme Court of Queensland in April 1996. Soon after, he was also admitted as a barrister in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territories as well as the High Court of Australia. He had been practising in commercial and administrative law at the Queensland Bar and later at the New South Wales Bar, before returning to the SAR in September 2007. Since April 2008, Lawrence was admitted to practice as a barrister in the High Court of the HKSAR.
He taught in the Law Faculty of two Australian Universities and is also an Adjunct Professor of the Nankai University in Tianjin, PR China. In 2006, he authored the practitioners’ text “Equity and Trusts Law in Hong Kong” and the Third edition of the same is published in 2014. Also, in 2009, Lawrence was invited, and became a Member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners. Since returning to the SAR, Lawrence practices in the area of trusts and estate litigation and has given numerous CPD seminars on trusts law update and on Hong Kong trusts law reform.
Lawrence has been active in public and community service both in Hong Kong and in Australia. He was appointed by the Secretary for Security in 2009 as an Observer of the Independent Police Complaints Council; and appointed by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR in 2010 as a Member of the same Council. Also, he was appointed by the Director of Transport in 2009 as a Member of the Personalised Vehicle Registration Marks Vetting Committee. In 2016, the Secretary for Security appointed Lawrence as a Member of the Civil Celebrant of Marriages Appointment Appeal Board.
With respect to community service, Lawrence was appointed as an Honorary Legal Adviser to the Australia China Economics, Culture and Trade Association. He was also the President of the University of Queensland Alumni Association (Hong Kong Chapter) and a Vice Chairman of the Association of Hong Kong Professionals. Lawrence has been actively involved in youth activities. He was elected as an Executive Council Member of the Hong Kong Road Safety Association in 2010; and promoted to the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner of the Hong Kong Road Safety Patrol in April 2015. In September 2015, Lawrence was appointed as a Senior Legal Advisor of the Silk Road Development Association.
With respect to public appointment in the Mainland, since early 2013, Lawrence has been appointed as a Standing Committee Member of the Guangdong Returned Overseas Chinese Association, and a Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (Shanxi Committee); and in November 2013 the State Council has approved his appointment as a Director of the China Law Society. In December 2015, the Shaoqing Returned Overseas Chinese Association appointed Lawrence as its Overseas Legal Advisor. In September 2016, Lawrence was elected Director of the Chinese Judicial Studies Association, an affiliated organisation of the Supreme People’s Court. In January 2017, Lawrence became a Member of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies.