From the Council Table

In October, the Department of Justice (“DoJ”) released a consultation paper on the 2016 Preliminary Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial...
January 2017
The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) launched a consultation in late September on “Proposed Enhancements to the Position Limit Regime and the Associated Amendments to the Securities and...
December 2016
In June, the Department of Justice (“DoJ”) released a consultation paper on a proposed arrangement with the Mainland on reciprocal recognition and enforcement of judgments on matrimonial...
October 2016
At present, employment agencies (“EAs”) in Hong Kong, including those placing foreign domestic helpers, are regulated under the Employment Ordinance (Cap. 57) (“EO”) and the Employment Agency...
August 2016
The Department of Justice in December 2015 issued a consultation paper on the arbitrability of intellectual property rights, with a proposed Arbitration (Amendment) Bill 2016 (“Bill”). At present...
July 2016
Following the first round consultation on the proposed enactment of apology legislation in Hong Kong conducted in 2015, the Steering Committee on Mediation chaired by the Secretary for Justice...
June 2016
The Law Society has recently reviewed the duty of the Prosecution on disclosure of evidence to the Defence. Unlike England & Wales, which has a statutory regime, Hong Kong has no statutory...
May 2016
The Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong published a Report on Child Custody and Access (“LRC Report”) in March 2005 and put forward a total of 72 recommendations. The theme underlining the LRC Report...
April 2016
The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 (the “Bill”) was introduced into the Legislative Council in June 2015 to update Hong Kong’s copyright regime. It has attracted much debate inside the Legislative...
March 2016
In August 2015, the Judiciary issued a Consultation Paper on the Review of the Civil Jurisdictional Limits of the District Court and the Small Claims Tribunal. In summary, the Judiciary proposes...
February 2016
The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) proposes to expand the scope of short position reporting and the corresponding amendments to the Securities and Futures (Short Position Reporting) Rules...
February 2016
In the wake of various media reports on vote rigging and possible fraud in voting and voter registration, the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau in November 2015 issued a Consultation Paper...
February 2016
The legal doctrines of maintenance and champerty, which prohibit third party funding of litigation both as a tort and as a criminal offence, save in some exceptional circumstances, have been held by...
February 2016
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) and the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) on 30 September 2015 jointly issued a consultation on introducing the first phase of mandatory clearing and...
January 2016
At present, the Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme (“SLAS”) covers: • claims involving personal injuries, death or medical, dental and legal professional negligence, where damages exceed or are likely...
January 2016
Under s. 80 of the Competition Ordinance, Cap. 619 (the “Ordinance”), the Competition Commission (the “Commission”) may enter into a leniency agreement with a person that it will not bring or...
December 2015
The Security Bureau released a consultation paper in July on its proposal to establish a reporting system for physical cross-boundary transportation of large quantities of currency and bearer...
November 2015
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Exchange”) in July 2015 released a consultation paper to seek views on proposed amendments to its Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) Reporting...
October 2015
The Steering Committee on Mediation (“Steering Committee”) chaired by the Secretary for Justice on 22 June 2015 published a consultation paper on the enactment of an apology legislation in Hong Kong...
September 2015
In July 2014, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) released the “Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters” and called on...
August 2015