Editor's Note

The Hong Kong economy is externally oriented and highly dependent on trade with the rest of the world. In 2020, the value of Hong Kong’s total merchandise trade reached HK$8,197.3 billion (US$1,056.8...
July 2021
Hong Kong boasts one of the lowest, simplest, and most competitive tax systems in the world. Only three direct taxes are imposed and there are generous allowances and deductions which can reduce your...
June 2021
In our April issue, we covered Hong Kong’s firm position as an international arbitration hub. This month, our Cover Story, features the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority in which he...
May 2021
“Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other” (New King James Version, The Bible). These may just be the first decision if not the first recorded words of an arbitrator....
April 2021
This time last year, Hong Kong had just about gotten a grasp of the seriousness of COVID-19, with the city recording its 100th confirmed case on 5 March 2020. Later in the month, on 25 March, Hong...
March 2021
It gives me great pleasure to introduce this special issue of the Hong Kong Lawyer that pays tribute to Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, who recently retired after more than a decade as the Chief Justice of Hong...
February 2021
For all the shortcomings and disappointments of 2020, one major bright spot for Hong Kong in the year gone by has been its capital markets. According to a report from KPMG, fundraising hit a 10-year...
February 2021
And just like that, 2020 is almost over. For many months, it felt like this year would go on forever, but here we are in December, with the festive season ahead of us and multiple vaccines on the...
December 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...
November 2020
It would not be an overstatement to say that the year 2020 has been a difficult one for many in the legal profession. The pandemic has impacted both personal and professional lives, with lawyers...
October 2020
The recently implemented national security law in Hong Kong appears to be a popular topic not only in Hong Kong but overseas as well. The President’s Message discusses some of the common concerns of...
September 2020
When glancing through the newspapers or social media, there seems to be hardly a day that the recently implemented national security law in Hong Kong, or anything related, is not a topic. The...
August 2020
In the words of Richard M Mosk, “whenever money is at stake, there is potential for misbehaviour”. Prior to the Civil Justice Reform (CJR), lawyers were sometimes taking on and initiating frivolous...
July 2020
The Hong Kong Law Society maintains a Roll of Honour, which consists of the names of solicitors who have distinguished themselves through their service to the Law Society or its Council, by their...
June 2020
Welcome to this special edition predominantly concentrating on COVID-19. The 'Cover Story' focuses on a group of lawyers and other professionals who, in their spare time, are working with technology...
May 2020
The number of cases of COVID-19 is increasing - not only in Hong Kong but worldwide (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/). The outbreak has resulted in, inter alia, travel restrictions, work-...
April 2020
Fears over the effect and spread of coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, can have a serious economic impact and affect our health. From the Secretariat discusses the importance of continuing with a...
March 2020
We would like to start by extending our warmest wishes to you, our readers, for the Chinese Lunar New Year. When in a negotiation or a mediation, it is generally important to share in the...
February 2020
A Happy 2020 to all our readers! It has been said that on average, a majority of disputes referred to mediation are generally resolved or rather settled subject to having an effective mediator to...
January 2020
These days, it is not uncommon to hear or read about the rule of law in Hong Kong being discussed. “Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from...
December 2019