Editor's Note

On 12 October 2016, the Law Reform Commission (“LRC”) issued a lengthy report, including a set of recommendations calling for the Hong Kong Government to reform the law to make it clear that third...
December 2016
Popular culture has a disproportionately strong impact on community perspectives. Law school admission boards creak beneath piles of rejected applications from eager students, misled by shows such as...
November 2016
The without prejudice principle is an article of faith in the conduct of mediations and settlement negotiations. In most common law countries, what this means is that negotiations by parties and...
October 2016
Almost 130 years ago, Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren observed: “[t]hat the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been...
September 2016
In mid-July, some 64,000 members and 700 employees were left in the lurch when California Fitness suddenly closed all of its outlets in Hong Kong pending a winding-up application. In addition to the...
August 2016
The Magna Carta enshrined the right for a man to be punished only pursuant to the “lawful judgement of his equals”. However, in recent years, jurisdictions across the world are grappling with jurors...
July 2016
In the late 1990s, an extraordinary boom in population growth sparked a need for water services expansion. Unable to meet growing demand, some public authorities turned to the private sector for help...
June 2016
Maintaining and preserving partnerships and alliances is critical to being successful in the music and entertainment industry, which N.Weaver has noted is “full of unconventional people and...
May 2016
The April issue is all about innovation and remaining resilient in the face of technological and economic change. Our Disputes Resolution feature discusses a recent development in the e-...
April 2016
With the current supply of senior housing units in China being minimal, and mostly provided by the government, and its aging population growing, China is facing a significant gap in supply and demand...
March 2016
2015 was the first time in history that announced M&A volume topped US$1 trillion in Asia. According to Thomson Reuters data, the total value of deals in the region (excluding Japan) was US$1.65...
February 2016
As we usher in the new year, we are greeted once again with a host of new legal developments. For starters, Hong Kong’s first cross-sector substantive competition law (Cap. 619) has recently taken...
January 2016
We are constantly bombarded with hype about technology and the ability of artificial intelligence to transform the legal industry. While many new inventions hold much promise to revolutionise the way...
December 2015
In July of this year, a UN intergovernmental group met in Geneva to begin work on a treaty that will impose legally-binding human rights obligations on businesses. While the treaty may be years away...
November 2015
The shipping industry has faced significant financial challenges since the global economic downturn, which has resulted in the restructuring or liquidation of many shipping companies in recent years...
October 2015
The Hong Kong Department of Justice’s Steering Committee on Mediation recently published a consultation paper reviewing the legal implications of offering apologies in the context of disputes, in...
September 2015
In the mid-20th century, asbestos was considered an ideal material for use in the construction industry. It was known to be an excellent fire retardant, to have high electrical resistance and was...
August 2015
Litigation is expensive and given the well-known limitations of legal aid, this means that many potential claimants with meritorious cases may have no access to the courts unless funding can be...
July 2015
The notion of informed consent dates back to medieval times. Italian, French and Middle Eastern archives as early as the 14th century describe pro corpore mortuoto, or “hold harmless documents,”...
June 2015
The legal profession in Hong Kong is well positioned to tap into the vast opportunities flowing from the growing economic cooperation among jurisdictions in the region. As such, we have dedicated...
May 2015