Profession

In Re Simpson QC [2019] HKCFI 2689 the High Court allowed an application, pursuant to s. 27(4) of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance (Cap. 159), for an overseas barrister to advise and...
September 2020
“I am a doctor, not a...” – famous catchphrase and snowclone used by Dr McCoy in Star Trek “I am a lawyer, not a programmer/technician/engineer...” – Various Lawyers vs. Tech in Hong Kong...
August 2020
In the matter of Solicitors Regulation Authority (England & Wales) v A Solicitor (Case No. 12046-2020), a respondent solicitor has been struck off for deliberately misleading the other...
July 2020
In Jet2.com Ltd v Civil Aviation Authority [2020] EWCA Civ 35, the English Court of Appeal held that a "dominant purpose" test applies to the underlying rationale for legal advice privilege (as it...
May 2020
Oxford University Press (Reference – Online): “Without Prejudice” – “A phrase used to enable parties to negotiate settlement of a claim without implying any admission of liability. Letters and...
February 2020
Overall, in the common law and civil law worlds, 2019 was a pretty good year for legal professional privilege. England & Wales The Court of Appeal once again appeared to try to atone for...
January 2020
In Re Simpson QC [2019] HKCFI 2689, the High Court rejected a proposal that an English QC be admitted ad hoc on the basis that he would be instructed to appear together with two...
December 2019
The outcome of the English Court of Appeal’s judgment in Curless v Shell International Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1710 is to overturn an Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision that decided that a...
December 2019
The acronym “PSD” appears to have several different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. For example, Patient Specific Direction (medicine/nursing), Post-Stress Disorder (health...
November 2019
Given the widespread use of “without prejudice” communications by legal practitioners and their clients, the English High Court’s judgment in Sternberg Reed Solicitors v Harrison [2019]...
October 2019
In the last year or so, a series of first instance English judgments have considered the application of legal advice privilege to communications to or from “in-house” lawyers within a corporate...
September 2019
The Law Society’s confirmation of the outcome regarding the consultation on proposed amendments to the regime for foreign lawyers in Hong Kong was as welcome (in many quarters) as it was timely. In...
August 2019
Professions — architects — disciplinary proceedings — inquiry committee — no reasons given by committee for findings — decision confirmed by review committee — whether appellate court...
July 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
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 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
“Very, very few solicitors show competence in pleading cases - either as Statements of Claim or as Defences. They seem to direct themselves to complicating the events and the issues in as prolix and...
May 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
Instant messaging is increasingly penetrating the workplace, and law firms are no exception. A recent study estimates that nearly 70 percent of employees use smartphones for business, and that, of...
March 2019
In Poben Consultants Ltd v Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club [2019] HKCA 107, the Court of Appeal considered the test for determining whether a communication is made "without prejudice...
March 2019