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On 6 May 2019, new Practice Direction 22.1 took effect creating an Intellectual Property (“IP”) Specialist List. The key feature of the new list is that all interlocutory applications and trials in...
July 2019
Introduction The Court of First Instance decision in Company A and Others v Company D and Others [2018] HKCFI 2240 confirmed the jurisdiction of the Hong Kong Court to grant interim...
July 2019
Introduction Victims without a voice: the problem of “which of you did it?” cases In family violence and other cases where the victims are children or vulnerable adults who cannot speak up for...
July 2019
Cycling was once historically a primary means of transportation in many parts of the world. Bicycles take commuters from one place to another with high manoeuvrability at low costs for short to...
June 2019
In recent years, there has been a dramatic surge in wildlife trafficking around the world. Record numbers of rhino, elephant and tiger have been poached in Africa and India. Around 300 pangolin are...
June 2019
In 2018, Hong Kong remained on the Tier 2 Watch List of the Trafficking in Persons (“TIP”) report for the third consecutive year, putting Hong Kong at risk of U.S. trade sanctions that would come...
June 2019
The Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (“EIAO”) was enacted 21 years ago, on 1 April 1998. It imposed a new mandatory procedure for the assessment of the foreseeable environmental impacts and...
June 2019
As a programmatic guide to the current and future cooperation and development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (the “Greater Bay Area”) to 2035, the Outline Development Plan for the...
May 2019
The Digital Age and the Rise of Upskirting In 1999, when Kyocera marketing executive, Hajimi Kimura introduced the world’s first mobile videophone – The VisualPhone VP-210, he said: “Users can...
May 2019
“Very, very few solicitors show competence in pleading cases - either as Statements of Claim or as Defences. They seem to direct themselves to complicating the events and the issues in as prolix and...
May 2019
“90 percent of judgments in civil and commercial matters will be mutually recognised and enforced between the Mainland and HKSAR” On January 18, 2019, the Supreme People’s Court and the Department...
April 2019
The Government introduced various new offences relating to unfair trade practices into the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (“TDO”) in 2012 with a view of enhancing the protection of the rights and...
April 2019
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law’s (UNCITRAL) Convention on the Enforcement of International Settlement Agreements was adopted by the UN General Assembly on the 20th December...
April 2019
INTRODUCTION On 1 November 2018, the 2018 Administered Arbitration Rules (“2018 Rules”) of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”) came into effect. This is the third version of...
March 2019
Introduction: Current Regime and Proposal In September 2018, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong issued a Consultation Paper for a proposed new Listing Rule 13.50A. The proposed rule seeks to...
March 2019
Instant messaging is increasingly penetrating the workplace, and law firms are no exception. A recent study estimates that nearly 70 percent of employees use smartphones for business, and that, of...
March 2019
Introduction Archives record decisions, actions and memories. They are a unique and irreplaceable heritage passed from one generation to another. Archives and records are also tools by which...
February 2019
Introduction In December 2018, the Law Reform Commission's Access to Information Sub-committee published a consultation paper making preliminary reform proposals for access by the public to...
February 2019
Background Arbitration has long been welcomed by commercial industries for its distinct advantages of finality, simplicity, flexibility and confidentiality. Many commercial parties tend to choose...
February 2019
To avoid what Lord Wilberforce once referenced as “the austerity of tabulated legalism” when protecting the rights of sexual minorities, the discernment of dignity jurisprudence – as the teleological...
January 2019