Editor's Note: April 2018

I would like to start by wishing you, our readers, a Happy Easter.

Often, people tend to assume that legal fees are high and therefore when a dispute arises, some may contemplate self-representation to avoid such costs. Such persons are referred to in some jurisdictions as litigants in person. However, the legal rules and court procedures involved might be difficult for them to understand. The question therefore is whether they should be exempted from or be given some special treatment in relation to complying with such processes. The Litigation feature discusses the UK Supreme Court decision of February 2018 on this point.

A hot topic in the legal community is the introduction of artificial intelligence. Some consider it to promote efficiency given that it automates tasks and minimises human hours. Others worry about the possibility of it replacing the jobs of legal professionals. The Cross-Border feature examines legal issues surrounding regulation and liability in relation to the development and use of A.I. products.

You may or may not be aware, but you are probably negotiating all the time and in various capacities. The Practice Skills section shares effective negotiation techniques which after some practice, might help to obtain a favourable result.

For those who were not fortunate enough to get hold of tickets for the Hong Kong Sevens, not all is lost. The Leisure section features Rowan Varty who is a practising solicitor in Hong Kong and plays rugby on a professional level and represents Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Sevens.

Finally, I would like to remind our readers that they can subscribe to our free e-Newsletter to receive regular updates on the latest trends and developments in Hong Kong and China. Please visit http://hk-lawyer.org

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Legal Counsel, Bookazine

Navin is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Law focusing on arbitration. He is an in-house legal counsel for Bookazine. He is also an accredited general mediator of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Ltd. He has been a Visiting Fellow at City University of Hong Kong and was their team coach for the Vis Moot in 2016-2017.  He has also had several years of legal publishing experience.