Editor's Note Nov 2020

It is hard to believe that it’s November already. In a rollercoaster of a year when days, weeks and even months have appeared to blur together, and uncertainty and anxiety have been among the prevalent emotions, we should all pat ourselves on the back for having made it this far. While it’s true that 2021 – at this point anyway – doesn’t look like it will bring a return to normal, we know for a fact that we are a lot more resilient than we had given ourselves credit for.

But resilience does not mean that we do not need to take care of ourselves, and as the end of the year approaches, it is important to make self-care a priority. The pandemic has definitely had an impact on people’s mental health, and with law being a more stressful profession than others, lawyers need to do what they can to take care of their mental health during this period. This can involve a number of simple steps, ranging from practicing gratitude daily to connecting with others, and also limiting time spent on devices. And during the upcoming festive season, unplugging and relaxing is more important than in any other years. I hope you have started making plans already.

To the November issue then: The cover story features an insightful interview with a man who has worn many hats; Christopher To is now serving as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors. And the features this month include important and relevant topics such as implementation of the Interim Measures Arrangement between Hong Kong SAR and Mainland China; what lawyers should do when the best of the two worlds collide in mediation and negotiation, and a discussion of the recent amendments to the four anti-discrimination ordinances passed in June 2020.

I hope you find this issue both interesting and useful. As Acting Editor, I look to hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ranajit Dam

Acting Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer