Industry Insights

Within a short period of six months, ‘software glitch’ has been the blame for a number of catastrophic breakdown of services suffered by the MTR Corporation, with the most recent incident resulting...
June 2019
Following the decision of the High Court of Hong Kong in CL v SCG [2019] HKCFI 398, the victorious claimant (CL) in Hong Kong arbitration proceedings was left unable to enforce the Award in Hong Kong...
June 2019
Given the importance of “without prejudice” communications to lawyers and their clients, the decision of the English High Court in Briggs & Ors v Clay & Ors [2019] EWHC 102 (Ch)...
June 2019
More affordable and efficient fingerprinting hardware and applications are conducive to the wide adoption of fingerprint scanners for attendance record management and access control. Recent...
June 2019
On 25 April 2019, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) became the first foreign arbitral institution to receive a Russian governmental permit to administer arbitrations under Russia...
June 2019
The Financial Services Business Council (“FSBC”) of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (“EuroCham”) published a briefing paper, Driving Private Financing for Green Industries in Hong...
June 2019
It is gratifying to observe that more and more lawyers are willing to provide pro bono legal services to the needy public. At present, there are over 1,000 volunteer lawyers participating in the...
May 2019
The recent dilemma of the Inland Revenue Services’ attempt to tax both the Duchess of Cambridge and their royal baby highlights how even royals cannot escape the need for good tax planning. In the...
May 2019
Introduction The question arose in the recent case of Li Fu Hua (also known as Denise Li) v Chen Ching Chih and another HCMP 1374/2018, [2018] HKCFI 2786. Chronology 1. On 31...
May 2019
The new Hong Kong insurance intermediary regime is expected to commence in mid-2019. In preparation, the Insurance Authority (“IA”) of Hong Kong has sought consultation on the Draft Guideline on...
May 2019
Introduction In Competition Commission v Wing Hing Construction Co Ltd [2018] HKCT 6, the Competition Tribunal refused a respondent’s application to amend its Response and file new...
May 2019
The recently announced increase to the Legal Aid budget confirms that legal aid expenditure should increase by approximately 41 percent for 2019/20. It is expected that the increased funding will be...
May 2019
The judgment of the Court of Appeal in Lok Man Fai v Architects Registration Board [2019] HKCA 405 is an important reminder of the general requirement that a statutory body which carries out a...
May 2019
The Hong Kong Competition Commission appears to have been one of the major beneficiaries of the government’s budget for the fiscal year 2019-20. Reports suggest that for the current fiscal year the...
May 2019
The Court of Appeal’s decision in Eastweek Publisher Ltd & Anor v Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data [2000] 1 HKC 692 is always known to be one of the landmark decisions on the interpretation...
May 2019
On 2 April 2019, the HKSAR Government and the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China signed the “Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of...
May 2019
The Securities and Futures Commission's Code of Conduct puts investor protection at its core. Paragraph 5.2 of the Code ("Know your client: reasonable advice") is the "suitability...
April 2019
On 10th August 2018, the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) published in the Gazette an updated Disciplinary Fining Guidelines (“Fining Guidelines”). The SFC noted that the update “codified”...
April 2019
It is welcome news that, effective from 3 December 2018, the District Court (“DC”) and Small Claims Tribunal (“SCT”) are able to hear cases of higher monetary value. It means fewer cases will be...
April 2019
Given the importance of the legal profession, solicitors and the local bar to the development of the common law within “One Country, Two Systems”, applications for ad hoc admission by...
April 2019