Industry Insights

What are they? Multitiered dispute resolution clauses are contractual provisions which provide for the resolution of disputes by a series or waterfall of alternative dispute resolution...
March 2020
A milestone payment may be defined as the payment to a contractor in a number of lump sums, each stage of payment is made upon achievement of a milestone or a stage defined in the contract. The...
March 2020
2019 was a difficult year, particularly for people living and working in Hong Kong. The city faced many challenges with the political unrest culminating in great uncertainty economically, exacerbated...
March 2020
In July last year, I discussed in this column the privacy concerns arising from the use of block chain technology, such as the immutability of the data on blockchain. While regulators around the...
March 2020
The Securities and Futures Commission's "Statement of Disciplinary Action", attached to its Press Release dated 14 February 2020 (in the matter of a locally licensed company "CGML"), is another...
March 2020
The tax treatment of payments made to employees by employers is dependent on the nature and character of the payments made. The primary legislation governing the taxation of employees’ income is...
March 2020
AIG Insurance Hong Kong Ltd v McCullough & Anor [2019] HKCFI 1649 comes on the back of Re Dickson Valora Group (Holdings) Co Ltd [2019] HKCFI 482 – both cases acknowledge that the courts will...
February 2020
The OpenAPI framework from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) has progressed to Phase II, with the recent release of the Common Baseline from the Hong Kong Association of Banks (“HKAB”)....
February 2020
The Mainland of China has been stepping up its regulation on the protection of personal information in the last few years. Although there is yet a comprehensive piece of legislation specifically...
February 2020
Oxford University Press (Reference – Online): “Without Prejudice” – “A phrase used to enable parties to negotiate settlement of a claim without implying any admission of liability. Letters and...
February 2020
On August 19, 2019, the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”) and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to...
February 2020
Overall, in the common law and civil law worlds, 2019 was a pretty good year for legal professional privilege. England & Wales The Court of Appeal once again appeared to try to atone for...
January 2020
“Dealing” Offence Towards the end of 2019 the Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) handed down an important judgment in HKSAR v Harjani [2019] HKCFA 47. Among other things, the judgment...
January 2020
It’s always a mistake to be too greedy in life. If you get a Big Mac, and then eat it, don’t complain that it’s all gone. You can’t have it both ways. It’s well known that the population of...
January 2020
The employment law outlook for 2020 indicates that there would likely be some significant changes to the employment-related legislation in Hong Kong on various areas, including anti-discrimination,...
January 2020
Whilst personal injuries cases are often known to have a greater tendency to settle out of Court, practitioners should be reminded the need for thorough and hands on preparation from early on, with a...
January 2020
The recent social unrests have given rise to certain unprecedented challenges to our society, one of which is “doxxing”. Doxxing involves non-consensual disclosure of an individual’s personal...
January 2020
The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) has highlighted its concerns on certain aspects of recent corporate acquisitions and disposals by listed companies. The SFC issued a guidance note...
December 2019
Cloud computing is becoming part of our life. Our daily activities such as sending emails and photographs, internet banking, online shopping or video streaming all involve the use of cloud. As a...
December 2019
The outcome of the English Court of Appeal’s judgment in Curless v Shell International Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1710 is to overturn an Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision that decided that a...
December 2019