Welcome to this special edition predominantly concentrating on COVID-19. The 'Cover Story' focuses on a group of lawyers and other professionals who, in their spare time, are working with technology to assist in combating COVID-19 in Hong Kong. The 'President’s Message' provides an update of measures for the members of the Law Society in these difficult times, whilst 'From the Secretariat' discusses the establishment of a fund to assist law firms and barristers’ chambers in procuring or upgrading their information technology systems and arranging training for their staff. The 'Practice Management' section contains two articles – first, on coping with the added stress arising from COVID-19 and second, on how law firms can support company executives and navigate their journey back to business. Finally, as the saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Whilst one view is that that working from home as a result of COVID-19 means more work (like having wi-fi on a plane), it also means that physical meetings, appointments and commuting are cancelled, thereby giving lawyers more time in the day. The 'Lawyers at Leisure' section suggests stepping out of our comfort zone and trying something new.
To reiterate, numerous articles on the various legal implications arising from COVID-19 have been published (for example in relation to Intellectual Property, Land Law, Employment Law, Contract Law, Arbitration, Legal Guardianship, China’s new Foreign Investment Law, Maritime Law, etc.) in our e-newsletters which were circulated to our subscribers and then posted on our website. Please feel free to subscribe to our free e-newsletter (which features articles published exclusively online) to receive our monthly publication and regular updates on the latest legal trends and developments in Hong Kong and China. Please visit http://hk-lawyer.org to register.
Finally, as of the time of publication, the number of cases of COVID-19 in Hong Kong appears to be stabilizing. Fingers crossed and stay safe!
Navin G. Ahuja
Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer
Legal Media Group Thomson Reuters