It would not be an overstatement to say that the year 2020 has been a difficult one for many in the legal profession. The pandemic has impacted both personal and professional lives, with lawyers stuck at home for lengthy periods while transactions and other work slowed to a crawl.
And this is true not just of Hong Kong. Around the world, the legal industry has been facing similar challenges, and unless or until a vaccine becomes widely available, much of 2021 is expected to resemble 2020.
In times like these, good news is more welcome than ever, and there was some of that in early September, when we heard that lawyers Eliza Chang, Eugene Wong and Allen Che became the first all-Hong Kong relay team to swim across the English Channel. As our interview with them in the cover story finds out, a sudden change to their schedule made the challenge even more daunting. The trio had been expecting three or four days to rest and prepare, but a forecast of inclement weather forced them to start immediately. They endured tides and high winds while swimming some 60 kilometres and eventually completed the feat in 13 hours 48 minutes. The best part? The trio raised more than HK$1.5 million for charity as a result (as at the time of printing).
Apart from coverage of this laudable accomplishment, we have a number of other important articles this month. In one of them, we discover that competition law has a great deal of relevance to general civil practitioners in their daily work, as it can be a very useful “shield” in the form of a defence. In another article, the writers explore whether pure economic loss is recoverable in relation to careless transmission of COVID-19. Additionally, another writer illustrates how the Hong Kong government has regulated hunting over the years, which eventually led to the abolition of hunting in the SAR.
I hope you find this issue both interesting and useful. As Acting Editor, I look forward to hearing from you. Please, do not hesitate to contact me.
Acting Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer