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Divorce — Distribution of matrimonial assets A Hong Kong-based couple ended their marriage after 17 years. Following the break-up, the wife (“W”) returned to Sweden to live with the only child of...
March 2014
Members of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Clerks and others interested in the disciplinary process gathered on 23 October 2013 at which the Tribunal Convenor Albert T da Rosa Jr., Deputy...
March 2014
Ludwig Ng, Partner ONC Lawyers Money does not produce justice but it is nonetheless required to fund the process. The author explores here the age-old law of maintenance and champerty, and how...
February 2014
Should the value of hope be awarded in land resumption cases where relevant development potential would have been expected? The author explores. In Hong Kong development potential often vests in...
February 2014
In Re Mably [2013] HKEC 1964, CACV No. 173 of 2013, the Court of Appeal upheld a judgment of the Chief Judge, thereby allowing the ad hoc admission to the Hong Kong Bar of a junior English barrister...
January 2014
The author examines the nature of the decision of the Chief Executive in Council (“CEIC”) and whether there is a duty for the CEIC to give reasons for its decisions, using the recent domestic free TV...
January 2014
The famous line from the film classic “Cool Hand Luke” (“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate”) is arguably a fitting mantra to the English Court of Appeal’s recent landmark judgment in PGF...
December 2013
After months of delay, amendments to the Inland Revenue and Stamp Duty Ordinances were passed on 19 July 2013 to provide much-needed groundwork for Islamic finance - in particular sukuk issuance - to...
December 2013
Admission of overseas junior counsel rarely justifiable in terms of public interest — should not threaten development and maintenance of local junior Bar Five defendants, including a former Chief...
December 2013
The practice of funnelling money to tax-free or low-tax countries such as Switzerland in order to avoid paying more punitive taxes at home is finished, the head of French bank Societe Generale (“...
November 2013
The latest chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission (“EOC”) talks to Hong Kong Lawyer about discrimination, which accounts for most of the EOC’s concerns. He also touches on gender identity, a...
October 2013
The recent reforms of the UK’s Patents County Court (“PCC”) take the country’s Civil Procedure Rules – on which Hong Kong modeled its Civil Justice Reforms – one effective step further to speed up...
September 2013
The Hong Kong Legislative Council passed the Trust Law (Amendment) Bill on 17 July 2013, bringing to a conclusion a long period of consultation and debate as to just how Hong Kong’s antiquated Trust...
September 2013
The constitutional and commercial impact of Hong Kong’s position regarding sovereign and crown immunities after The Democratic Republic of the Congo and others v FG Hemisphere Associates LLC (2011)...
August 2013
The recent judgment in SLA v HKL (FCMC 75000/ 2010) may be Hong Kong’s first case to apply the recent UK Supreme Court landmark decision of Prest v Petrodel [2013] UKSC 34. In SLA, the couple were...
August 2013
Cloud computing is increasingly popular for the convenience that it provides. This refers to end users using “cloud-based” applications through web browsers and mobile applications, or Apps, and many...
August 2013
The author argues for a replacement of the existing administrative scheme for compensation for miscarriage of justice by a legislative scheme which is transparent and fair, as an aggrieved person who...
August 2013
Browne v Dunn (1893) 6 R 67 HL continues to be one of the cornerstone rules governing cross-examination. The Court of Final Appeal in HKSAR v Chan Hoi Tat FACC 8/2012 stated “the rule is to...
July 2013
In a recent decision of the High Court of the British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) with important implications for claimants resident in the PRC (Wang Zhongyong...
July 2013