Industry Insights

In 2020, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (the “Commission”) has had an eventful year trying out many “firsts” from its enforcement toolkit. Important precedents are being set by the Commission...
February 2021
At the time of writing, the Hong Kong Bar Association’s “Report of the Standing Committee on Overseas Admissions 2020” is yet to be published on its website. Once published, it will be interesting to...
February 2021
Introduction The Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance (Cap. 59) and the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (Cap. 509) are the two main pieces of occupational safety legislation in...
February 2021
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations, in particular the “E” and the “S”, are working their way into the legal profession in ways that go far beyond the traditional CSR efforts...
February 2021
“Blackmail threats are e-mail from a madman.” - Michael Bassey Johnson, Master of Maxims Introduction The age of the internet and social media has brought about the evolution of a new...
February 2021
“Mark my words - A.I. is far more dangerous than nukes” - Elon Musk Introduction Whilst the idea of a human apocalypse being brought about by artificial intelligence (“A.I.”) has been in...
February 2021
“Without prejudice to the provisions of Part IIA of this Ordinance and this Schedule, the Council may apply to the Court of First Instance for an order as to the disposal or destruction of any...
January 2021
Background Stoffel & Co v Grondona [2020] UKSC 42 is the first authoritative application of the common law principles underpinning an illegality defence in a professional negligence setting,...
January 2021
“I think it is trite and good sense that the receiving party cannot force on the paying party, against his wish, to spend time and costs to undergo together a sort of “taxation on correspondence”...
January 2021
For Part 1, please visit: http://hk-lawyer.org/content/when-legal-industry-meets-technology “Technology is best when it brings people together.” - Matt Mullenweg, Social Media Entrepreneur...
January 2021
Work-from-home (WFH) arrangements have been implemented by organisations from time to time since early 2020 depending on the ferocity of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, office data and documents...
January 2021
Introduction As more and more people wake up to the realities of global warming, the concept of green finance has been gaining traction. In a nutshell, green finance is the concept of funnelling...
January 2021
Clients occasionally ask whether it is possible to obtain security for a claim to be pursued by arbitration. In Hong Kong, as in England, the answer is generally no, subject to the genuine exception...
January 2021
Part 2 In Part 1, we set out the background to the Guidance Note and referred to some of its provisions. At the time of writing, there are several concerns.  Without Prejudice...
December 2020
Key Legal / Contractual Issues for Employers to Consider “Survey: Who is the driver of the digital transformation of your company?  a) Chief Executive Officer b) Chief Technology...
December 2020
“I saw a job post the other day. It required 4+ years of experience in FastAPI. I couldn’t’ apply as I only have 1.5+ years of experience since I created that thing [FASTAPI]… Maybe it’s time to re-...
December 2020
Part 1 – Coming to the District Court Soon If you go down to Wan Chai soon, you could be in for a big surprise. At the time of writing, the District Court’s new “Guidance Note for Case Settlement...
December 2020
Introduction Personal injuries claim is a common tort claim in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, every now and then, children are also the victims in accidents and suffer bodily injuries as a result of...
December 2020
Much as I would abhor doxxing, I regret that personal data has been used by some nowadays as a weapon in an attempt to hurt, intimidate or silence others with different political views.  What...
December 2020
In Hong Kong, over 10,000 road traffic accidents take place every year. For an injured driver, passenger or pedestrian who is not at fault, the usual practice is that the he or she would give a...
December 2020