Editor's Note

In the words of Richard M Mosk, “whenever money is at stake, there is potential for misbehaviour”. Prior to the Civil Justice Reform (CJR), lawyers were sometimes taking on and initiating frivolous...
July 2020
The Hong Kong Law Society maintains a Roll of Honour, which consists of the names of solicitors who have distinguished themselves through their service to the Law Society or its Council, by their...
June 2020
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...
May 2020
The number of cases of COVID-19 is increasing - not only in Hong Kong but worldwide (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/). The outbreak has resulted in, inter alia, travel restrictions, work-...
April 2020
Fears over the effect and spread of coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, can have a serious economic impact and affect our health. From the Secretariat discusses the importance of continuing with a...
March 2020
We would like to start by extending our warmest wishes to you, our readers, for the Chinese Lunar New Year. When in a negotiation or a mediation, it is generally important to share in the...
February 2020
A Happy 2020 to all our readers! It has been said that on average, a majority of disputes referred to mediation are generally resolved or rather settled subject to having an effective mediator to...
January 2020
These days, it is not uncommon to hear or read about the rule of law in Hong Kong being discussed. “Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from...
December 2019
Hong Kong has officially entered a recession while the protests continue despite the withdrawal of the extradition bill. Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah GBS SC JP, who was appointed as Hong Kong’s Secretary...
November 2019
Hong Kong does not recognise same-sex marriage. So, what happens to a gay couple who gets married in a jurisdiction where same-sex marriage is legal and then moves to Hong Kong? Will the couple be...
October 2019
The number of international arbitration cases (seated in or outside Hong Kong) has grown exponentially over the past several decades. Similar to litigation, the availability of interim relief in...
September 2019
Nowadays, it is not surprising to read about banks and financial institutions globally being slapped with fines due to compliance failures related to anti-money laundering. Financial penalties...
August 2019
Arbitration is a consensual process; it can only take place if the parties have agreed to submit their dispute to arbitration. With regard to applying for interim relief in arbitration, whilst the...
July 2019
Some of the earth’s valuable wildlife resources have already vanished and there are many other species that are not far from extinction. Numerous wild animals are slaughtered for commercial values...
June 2019
More than 110 incidents of mobile phone users attempting to upskirt were reported in 2013. Upskirting refers to the taking of sexually intrusive photos or videos beneath a person’s clothing without...
May 2019
It has been said that on average, a majority of disputes referred to mediation are generally resolved or rather settled subject to having an effective mediator to facilitate such resolution or...
April 2019
The use of instant messaging (IM) technology has grown exponentially both socially and in the workplace. With regard to the latter, whilst there might be some benefits in using IM such as...
March 2019
I am delighted to share that I have resumed my role as Lead Editor of Hong Kong Lawyer and would like to wish you, our readers a Happy Chinese New Year! The February 2019 issue contains various...
March 2019
The Legal Aid Department gained public attention at the end of last year for its handling of Law Wan Tung’s application for legal aid. Law first made global headlines for torturing Indonesian...
January 2019
Hong Kongers would agree that the Occupy Central Movement in 2014 has changed the relationship between the police and the public, regardless of whether they supported or opposed the protest. Since...
December 2018