More than 110 incidents of mobile phone users attempting to upskirt were reported in 2013. Upskirting refers to the taking of sexually intrusive photos or videos beneath a person’s clothing without having obtained consent, which is a humiliating violation of that person’s privacy. Although the perpetrators are generally charged for such wrongdoing, the prosecutors have been relying on a law which was enacted in 1993, ie prior to the advent of mobile phones. The Criminal Law feature provides an analysis on whether the existing arrangement is adequate in order to tackle upskirting.

When litigation appears to be unavoidable, the parties to the dispute will be required to exchange pleadings such as a statement of claim, defence, etc. Assuming the traditional route where solicitors are approached for handling the case and subsequently barristers are instructed to plead the case, who ought to draft the pleadings? The Profession feature explores the situation as well as the standard of pleadings in Hong Kong.

One of the avours of the month is the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development given that its economy is estimated to exceed US$3 trillion by 2030. However, how can legal professional get involved since there are different tax, legal and immigration systems involved? The President’s Message and the Dispute Resolution feature share insights on the project.

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Lead Legal Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer