Industry Insights

“Bitcoin. It’s “everything you don’t understand about money combined with everything you don’t understand about computers…” - John Oliver Introduction When marriages are at a breakdown, one of…
January 2022
Practice Point Re Bahadur [2021] HKDC 1336 is a recent reminder that, in contentious proceedings, “ceasing to act” and formally “coming off the court record” are different but related matters. The…
January 2022
The Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) of the Mainland, which became effective on 1 November 2021, is the first piece of legislation dedicated to the protection of personal information in the…
December 2021
Mental health concerns in the workplace are becoming increasingly common and have been further exacerbated by the uncertainties associated with COVID-19. However, Hong Kong still lacks a holistic and…
December 2021
“Animals are reliable, full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal Difficult standards for people to live up to” - Alfred. A. Montapert. Introduction…
December 2021
Re Francesca Lee [2021] HKCFI 3335 (12 November 2021) is another unsuccessful application to use video conferencing facilities for admission and enrolment as a solicitor in Hong Kong. In this case,…
December 2021
“…The GREATNESS of a nation and its MORAL PROGRESS can be judged by the way its animals are treated...” - Mahatma Gandhi Introduction The recent wholesale attempted murder of over 30 small…
November 2021
Recap Hong Kong’s last Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) mutual evaluation was conducted in November 2018, with the report published in September 2019. Hong Kong had been on some sort of…
November 2021
“Men can be victims too…Men also suffer from domestic abuse… especially verbal and emotional abuse… and may be even more ashamed to seek help…” - Abused Men Introduction Whilst films and fiction…
October 2021
The New Standard Contractual Clauses for International Data Transfers The European Commission adopted a new set of Standard Contractual Clauses for the transfer of personal data from the European…
October 2021
What Happened? In Chong v Chubb Life Insurance Company Ltd [2021] HKCFI 2128, the plaintiff (a self-employed insurance agent) alleged that the defendant had appropriated and used his identity…
October 2021
“The LIBOR system is structurally flawed. It is a major problem for our financial system and for the confidence in the financial system. We need to address it..” - Ben Bernanke The Alternative…
October 2021
What Happened? The Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2021 (“the Bill”) appears to have passed through the Legislative Council in almost record time, assisted by the support of (among others) the…
September 2021
The starting point for this practice may have been commendable, but the reality is that the interests of creditors of a distressed company may not be best served when the company continues to incur…
September 2021
In the words of Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, “AI holds the potential to deliver enormous benefits to society, but only if it is used responsibly…
September 2021
“It’s bad form to mention money-laundering. Instead, you should talk about asset-management structures and tax beneficial schemes” – John Sweeney Introduction – What is Money Laundering in Hong…
September 2021
What Happened? A couple of years ago, the High Court and District Court Rules Committees began a review of whether the “fraud exception” to summary judgment should be abolished. RHC/RDC Order 14 (“…
September 2021
“With respect, I find this behaviour of P shocking. P is not above the law, and P is not entitled to ignore an order of this Court. No person is… P is hereby reminded that non-compliance with an…
September 2021
UPDATE As readers may remember, all was not so quiet on “Christmas Eve” last year in some parts of Hong Kong. The Council of the Law Society of Hong Kong moved quickly to intervene in the practice…
August 2021
“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.” – Maya Angelou INTRODUCTION Anti-discrimination laws have often been hailed as the…
August 2021