Industry Insights

In HKSAR v Nguyen Anh Nga, FACC 17 of 2016 (on appeal from CACC 424 of 2012), the Court of Final Appeal addressed directions that must be given by a Judge in relation to inferences, holding that...
September 2017
On 13 July 2017, the Ministry for Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) issued the Measures on the Administration of Telecommunications Business Operating Licences, which took effect 1...
September 2017
Under the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (the “MPFSO”), any employer who, without reasonable excuse, fails to make a timely payment of mandatory contributions commits an offence and is...
September 2017
As part of its legal reform, the Central Chinese government approved the establishment of the first cyberspace court in China on 26 June 2017. The Cyberspace Court was established in Hangzhou, the...
September 2017
This 1969 hit song by pop rock band “The Marmalade” (from Scotland, as am I) causes some reflection, as my family and I prepare to return to life in London. The song is about (among other things)...
September 2017
Hard facts can make for tough decisions. So might be said of the judge’s review of a master’s decision on a solicitor and own client taxation in Lam & Lai (Solicitors) v Ho Chun Yau Albert,...
September 2017
The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) signed its first Co-operation Agreement with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in May this year, followed by another similar Co...
September 2017
On 28 June 2017, representatives of MOFCOM and the Hong Kong government signed two new agreements under the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (“CEPA”): Investment...
September 2017
In Registrar of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants v X, CACV 244/2016, 2 June 2017, the respondent accountants are appealing a decision of a Disciplinary Committee that they...
August 2017
On 27 May 2017, the National Information Security Standardisation Technical Committee (“TC 260”) circulated for public comment the Guidelines for the Security Assessment of Outbound Data...
August 2017
Re A, HCMP 2079/2016, 16 June 2017, considers what it means to be “fit and proper” in the context of an application for admission to the Hong Kong Bar. The applicant is a young man who had been...
August 2017
On 17 July 2017, the International Bar Association Legal Policy and Research Unit (“IBA LPRU”) released a Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights to provide guidance for business...
August 2017
Hong Kong’s apology legislation, the first of its kind in Asia, was passed by the Legislative Council on 13 July 2017 and was published in the Gazette on 21 July 2017. It is the culmination of a...
August 2017
The Eleni, HCAJ 189/2013, 9 May 2017, arises out of a collision at sea. The case considers the relevance of s. 7 (“Limitation of actions”) of the Merchant Shipping (Collision Damage...
August 2017
In the recent case of In the matter of Shanda Games Limited, FSD 14 OF 2016 (NSJ) (July 2017) it was held by Justice Segal that the Court has jurisdiction to admit new evidence and order a...
August 2017
With the growth of intellectual property creation and commercialisation, parties increasingly prefer to resolve their IP disputes outside the court system. Most of the cases administered by the World...
August 2017
Chinese acquirers are playing an increasingly important role as buyers of private equity sponsored companies — nearly 200 portfolio companies were sold to Chinese entities in 2016. However, in our...
August 2017
On 9 May 2017, several financial regulators including the State Administration of Taxation (“SAT”) and the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) jointly issued the Administrative Measures for the Due...
August 2017
On 2 May 2017, the CAC issued the Provisions on the Administration of Internet News Information Services, which will take effect 1 June 2017. The CAC circulated a draft of the provisions in...
July 2017
Given the similarities with regard to the laws of maintenance and champerty in Ireland and Hong Kong, and the “sisterhood” of the common law, the recent judgment of the Irish Supreme Court in ...
July 2017