Editor's Note Oct 2021

When the pandemic hit, some media analysts warned it would speed up the decline of print magazines. Print publications are dependent on printers being able to print; distributors being able to drive copies around the city; and shops and stalls being open for people to buy or pick up the publication. The pandemic has heavily affected every part of that chain. Further, much of the media is heavily reliant on advertising. In any economic downturn, advertising is one of the first things to go, being seen as a discretionary spend. Against such a backdrop, Hong Kong Lawyer, will also be switching to a purely digital version for at least the next twelve months, with this issue being our last print copy. Over the next twelve months, we will be closely monitoring feedback from our readers and tracking hit rates on the digital journal – and should a case for a print comeback be strong, we hope to be able to do this in late 2022 when and if conditions have improved. That being said, it was an absolute privilege to interview Huen Wong, Chairman of the Editorial Board for Hong Kong Lawyer, for this month’s Cover Story. Without Wong, the journal would not be what it is today and his hard work and contribution towards it is something I am personally very grateful for.

Our first feature this month covers limited partnership funds in detail, providing readers with key take-aways for this relatively new regime. In light of the 40th anniversary of the Association of China-Appointed Attesting Officers, our second feature provides a deep insight into the attestation system as well as the outlook for its future. With October being Mental Health Awareness Month, our third feature is the second installment of a two-part article exploring a particularly tricky position for the Mental Health Courts – when the best interests of a mentally incapacitated person and his/her own wishes (before losing mental capacity) do not seem to coincide.

In our Lawyers at Leisure section, we learn about Chinese calligraphy, one of the most ancient art forms, through a passionate practitioner. Our Practice Management piece offers valuable advice on the topic of partner remuneration and how firms may measure and reward partners who originated (origination) the client relationship and those who did the work for the client (execution).

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