Industry Insights

For many readers (particularly, “couples” travelling through the customs channel from Hong Kong to the Mainland), the Court of Final Appeal’s judgment in HKSAR v. Lam Tan Ching [2018] HKCFA 1,...
March 2018
The recent case of Fung Hing Chiu v. Henry Wai & Co [2018] HKCFI 31 confirms that the High Court’s power to order the taxation of a solicitor’s bill, pursuant to s. 67 of the Legal Practitioners...
March 2018
The Hong Kong Government is considering key changes to the existing anti-discrimination ordinances. The proposed changes have been brought forward following a consultation carried out by the Equal...
March 2018
On 14 December 2017, the HKSAR government and the National Development and Reform Commission signed “Advancing Hong Kong’s Full Participation in and Contribution to the Belt and Road Initiative” (the...
March 2018
Comes with the Bitcoin fever and its fall, believe it or not blockchain is the future. This 10-year-old technology allows digital information to be distributed but not copied; its application ranges...
March 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
Family dispute has been known to be an unpleasant area of practice since the main task of a family lawyer is to resolve the many deep-rooted differences between couples. It would therefore not be...
February 2018
There have been a number of recent cases that have dealt with some important issues with respect to the settlement of civil disputes. Sanctioned Offers A sanctioned offer that contains an...
February 2018
NDRC issues new outbound investment rules In December 2017, the NDRC issued the Administrative Measures for Outbound Investment by Enterprises. The measures reshape the regime governing Chinese...
February 2018
News towards the end of last year that the Grand Court in the Cayman Islands had approved a third party litigation funding agreement is a reminder of the pace of developments in different premier...
February 2018
Introduction The Cayman Islands Foundation Companies Law, 2017 (‘Foundation Law’) has now come into force. A Foundation Company has features and flexibility that have been designed to allow a...
February 2018
Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly popular option for families hoping to start a family in Hong Kong. The acceptance of non-traditional family structures, increased access to reproductive...
February 2018
As previously noted in Industry Insights (June 2017, “Auditors’ Professional Standard Headed for Final Appeal”), in Registrar of HKICPA v Wong & Anor, FACV 10/2017, 22...
February 2018
  On 24 November 2017, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) issued a notice declaring the Fifth Batch of Documents as invalid and repealed. The list of repealed...
January 2018
Headlines in some of the local press towards the end of last year to the effect that the new head of the Competition Commission (the Chief Executive Officer, not to be confused with a “Sheriff”)...
January 2018
On 24 November 2017, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) issued the Notice on Perfecting the Foreign Exchange Administration of Outbound Guarantees of Foreign Loans by Domestic...
January 2018
For a jurisdiction that is apparently at times a bit light on “shareholder activism”, you would not know it judging from court applications by qualifying shareholders for inspection of corporate...
January 2018
In July 2016, the UK Supreme Court delivered its decision in Willers v Joyce & Anor [2016] UKSC 43, and, by 5:4 majority, held that the tort of malicious prosecution of civil...
January 2018
According to the website of the State Council Information Office (SCIO), vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao announced at a press briefing held on 10 November 2017 that China would relax and...
January 2018
When the increase in the solicitors’ hourly rates for party and party taxation in the civil courts in Hong Kong was announced in December 2017 there was little or no fanfare. The “benchmark” hourly...
January 2018