Industry Insights

In the late 1970s and up to 1981 a series of particularly unpleasant sex attacks and murders took place in Yorkshire England. A total of 13 women were killed and seven others survived attack. Due...
May 2018
In 2017 we reported that contested applications by overseas counsel for ad hoc admission to the Hong Kong Bar, pursuant to s. 27(4) of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance (Cap. 159), appeared...
May 2018
The Development Bureau of the HKSAR released the public consultation report in April 2016 in regard to the proposed Security of Payment Legislation in Hong Kong. For this consultation, the Bureau...
May 2018
Solicitors should not expect an automatic referral to arbitration because they had signed an arbitration agreement with their clients. In Fung Hing Chiu Cyril v. Henry Wai & Co (a firm)...
May 2018
To many, the success of a company is determined by how fast the company can be listed on a major securities exchange. However, stakeholders should not push a company to seek a public listing at all...
May 2018
In a recent judgment (Wang Ho Yin Patrick v Fu Chun Lung & Ors. [2018] HKDC 301) handed down by H.H. Judge Andrew Li, the Court highlighted the importance of good litigation conduct once...
May 2018
Employee misconduct and fraud can encompass a wide range of activities, from absenteeism at one end of the scale, to the other end of the scale, insider dealing, theft and financial statement fraud....
May 2018
It pays to read the Law Society of Hong Kong circulars circulated to members each week. They contain important information that affect a lawyer’s practice. The headings of some circulars may sound a...
May 2018
As reported in Industry Insights for the September 2017 edition of the Hong Kong Lawyer (“Solicitor and Own Client Costs”), on a review of a taxing master’s certificate, pursuant...
April 2018
Public interest in the blockchain has spiked since the latter half of last year. As shown by Google Trends, web and news search of the term has grown exponentially since April 2017. The blockchain is...
April 2018
The former Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen who was accused of accepting benefits from Wave Media was not convicted at the jury trial in 2018. The issue of social celebrities attending jury...
April 2018
Franchising, in its various forms, continues to present businesses with an excellent way of achieving profitable and successful international growth without the need for either substantial capital...
April 2018
In the latest chapter of the saga between Arjowiggins HKK2 Ltd (‘Arjowiggins’) and Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Ltd (‘Shandong Chenming’), Justice Mimmie Chan in the Court of First Instance...
April 2018
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR‘) is fast approaching. After a two-year implementation phase, the new Regulation will be coming into force on 25 May 2018. It is Europe’s biggest...
April 2018
Both the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 and the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 were passed by the Legislative Council...
April 2018
Lasmos Ltd v Southwest Pacific Bauxite (HK) Ltd [2018] HKCFI 426, 2 March 2018, is another in a line of cases that demonstrate the pro-arbitration stance of the courts in Hong Kong. The case...
April 2018
The international growth of the #MeToo movement has drawn attention not only to sexual harassment but also to bullying in the workplace. Any kind of behaviour that humiliates, intimidates or...
April 2018
The Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 (‘the Companies Amendment Ordinance’) To combat money laundering and terrorist financing, the Financial Action Task Force (‘FATF’) requires member...
April 2018
The mighty Dragon has changed direction. It has begun to breathe fire West, across an ancient route through the Taklimakan Desert, bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the South and the Pamir...
March 2018
Blockchain, the technology that underpins digital currencies such as Bitcoin, has the potential to drastically alter the global financial system. However, developers and market participants must...
March 2018