This time last year, Hong Kong had just about gotten a grasp of the seriousness of COVID-19, with the city recording its 100th confirmed case on 5 March 2020. Later in the month, on 25 March, Hong Kong closed its borders to all non-residents arriving from overseas for the first time in recent history. Today, as we look back on the city’s battle against the virus and its resulting impact, I feel a sense of immense pride in the support, guidance and care offered by all sectors of the population – be it corporate, government or individuals. The “new normal” has brought abundant new initiatives, including from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD). Our Cover Story, featuring the PCPD’s new Commissioner, Ada Chung, delves into the body’s work over the last year, as well as its goals for the future.
The pandemic has caused several businesses to face unprecedented difficulties, causing them to make difficult decisions. One of our feature articles this month deals with how such businesses can benefit from having a conflict director help them navigate this particularly problematic period. Our second feature article discusses the increased occurrences of email fraud cases in the city, and whether courts should be making vesting orders against banks in such cases. And our third feature examines a fresh approach towards sentencing for drug trafficking in light of the decision in HKSAR v Herry Jane Yusuph.
The month of March, of course, features International Women’s Day, which falls on 8 March. To mark it, this month’s journal features two relevant pieces: Our Practice Management article focuses on the benefits that gender diversity brings to organisations, while our Practice Skills article sheds light on “imposter syndrome” among women, and how the legal profession can combat it.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to express my excitement on taking over the role of Lead Editor of the Hong Kong Lawyer. Much like my predecessors, I hope to maintain the strong engagement we have with our readers. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.