Editor's Note

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
Five years ago, mediation was put at the heart of Hong Kong’s litigation landscape by Practice Direction 31, which effectively introduced a mediation step into civil litigation proceedings. It was...
April 2015
As a lawyer, you’re not just practising law, you’re running a business. And for your legal business to be successful in this increasingly competitive legal market, it is more vital than ever to...
March 2015
The rule of law and an independent judiciary are touted as the bedrock of Hong Kong’s success. Yet respect for the rule of law has become a much debated issue since the Occupy Movement took centre...
February 2015
Over the years, the Magna Carta has become a beacon for fighting against oppression and lack of rights. Whether facing current issues involving the right to equality, the right to marry and have a...
January 2015
Law firms are businesses, and businesses need cash to operate. However, most jurisdictions prohibit lawyers from sharing legal fees with non-lawyers, which limits the ways law firms can raise money...
December 2014
In the global securities market, restoring investors’ trust in corporate governance, which has been battered by a recent spate of corporate scandals, has become a priority in order to ensure...
November 2014
This issue explores many of the transformations that the legal profession is undergoing due to the integration of core technology to support the business and practice of law. For instance, cloud...
October 2014
The impact of the worldwide expansion of data privacy laws and regulations are being felt with increasing regularity in the litigation arena. Given the vast quantities of data involved in modern...
September 2014
The Hong Kong Judiciary recently launched a Pilot Scheme that introduces radical changes in the way that parties must handle and disclose electronic documents in litigation on the Commercial List. To...
August 2014