From the Council Table

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
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
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
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
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
Following from the 2008 financial crisis, there have been calls for more institutional investor shareholder activism and engagement in a number of international financial markets. A number of...
July 2015
In January 2015, the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Securities and Futures Commission and the Insurance Authority (collectively “the...
June 2015
In March, the Competition Commission (“The Commission“) and the Communications Authority published a set of revised Draft Guidelines (“Revised Draft Guidelines”) under the...
May 2015
The Law Society on 6 March issued a submission in response to the Government’s consultation on the method for selecting the Chief Executive by universal suffrage. In its consultation paper...
April 2015
The Madrid Protocol is an international arrangement which seeks to facilitate the registration and management of trade marks in different jurisdictions. Under the Protocol, a trade mark owner may...
March 2015
The Building Management Ordinance (Cap. 344) (“BMO”) provides a legal framework for owners to organise themselves to discharge their building management responsibilities. It was lately...
March 2015
The Intellectual Property Department (“IPD”) has reviewed the costs and the fees of services provided by its various registries and proposed a set of fee revisions. It intends to...
February 2015
The Competition Ordinance (Cap. 619) (the “Ordinance”) establishes the Competition Commission (the “Commission”) to, among other things, develop and issue a set of...
January 2015
The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 (the “2014 Bill”) was gazetted on 13 June. It, in effect, combines the proposals previously contained in the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2011 with the...
December 2014
The Administration is reviewing section 39(1)(b) of the Legislative Council Ordinance (Cap. 542), in light of the Judgment in Wong Hin Wai and Leung Kwok Hung v the Secretary for Justice [2012]...
November 2014