Editor's Note March 2019

The use of instant messaging (IM) technology has grown exponentially both socially and in the workplace. With regard to the latter, whilst there might be some benefits in using IM such as communicating with clients swiftly and as though in person or over the phone, there also come risks in this form of communication. In fact, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in the middle of 2018 issued guidance on using IM applications to receive orders from clients.Accordingly, the Profession feature discusses the potential risks and challenges of lawyers using IM.

Arbitral institutions are regularly revising their arbitration rules to better serve the needs of arbitration users. The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre recently amended its rules to replace the 2013 HKIAC Rules which came into force on 1 November 2018 (“HKIAC 2018 Arbitration Rules”). Interestingly one of the largest moot competitions in the world (the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot) will take place in Hong Kong at the end of March (where 137 teams and 400 arbitrators from around the globe will compete and judge respectively), and has adopted the HKIAC 2018 Arbitration Rules as the basis of its moot problem. The Arbitration feature discusses the essential things to know about the HKIAC 2018 Arbitration Rules.

Investors are always looking out for investment opportunities. Given the rise in the number of lawyers being admitted every year in Hong Kong, can investors invest in law firms? Moreover, if so, are investors required to be legal practitioners? Thus, From the Secretariat discusses non-lawyer management, ownership and control of the legal practice in various jurisdictions including Hong Kong.

We are saddened to share that Professor Michael Wilkinson passed away on 20 February 2019. There will be further coverage of this in due course.



Lead Legal Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer