Editor's Note

There is a growing awareness of the negative impact of business practices that fail to respect human rights, with much publicity in recent years focusing on supply chain risks and abuses. It is...
August 2017
With the decline in commercial litigation in Hong Kong and the shifting focus of the litigation departments in many international law firms in Hong Kong from doing actual litigation work to other...
July 2017
Earlier this year, UK Lord Chancellor Truss exercised her statutory power to change the multiplier for calculating damages for the victims of personal injuries from 2.5 percent to -0.75 percent. This...
June 2017
Imagine for a moment that you are approached by Mr. I, a shareholder of a publicly traded company, TechCo, in Korea that had, at its peak, an estimated worth of billions. However, one morning, Mr. I...
May 2017
When negotiating a complex commercial transaction or relationship, it is common for parties to enter into an agreement in stages (eg, due to the deal being too complex or time-consuming to complete...
April 2017
The joint enterprise doctrine was established by the Privy Council in 1985 in the Hong Kong case of Chan Wing Siu [1985] 1 AC 168. In that case, Mr. Chan was part of a gang who went into a...
March 2017
In 1891, just a few years after the game was invented in Springfield, Massachusetts (USA), YMCA missionaries introduced basketball to China. Over the last century, basketball has seeped into the...
February 2017
On 21 October 2016, multiple denial of service attacks targeted at the Domain Name System provider Dyn, known formally as Dynamic Network Services Inc., prevented large swathes of users in Europe and...
January 2017
On 12 October 2016, the Law Reform Commission (“LRC”) issued a lengthy report, including a set of recommendations calling for the Hong Kong Government to reform the law to make it clear that third...
December 2016
Popular culture has a disproportionately strong impact on community perspectives. Law school admission boards creak beneath piles of rejected applications from eager students, misled by shows such as...
November 2016
The without prejudice principle is an article of faith in the conduct of mediations and settlement negotiations. In most common law countries, what this means is that negotiations by parties and...
October 2016
Almost 130 years ago, Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren observed: “[t]hat the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been...
September 2016
In mid-July, some 64,000 members and 700 employees were left in the lurch when California Fitness suddenly closed all of its outlets in Hong Kong pending a winding-up application. In addition to the...
August 2016
The Magna Carta enshrined the right for a man to be punished only pursuant to the “lawful judgement of his equals”. However, in recent years, jurisdictions across the world are grappling with jurors...
July 2016
In the late 1990s, an extraordinary boom in population growth sparked a need for water services expansion. Unable to meet growing demand, some public authorities turned to the private sector for help...
June 2016
Maintaining and preserving partnerships and alliances is critical to being successful in the music and entertainment industry, which N.Weaver has noted is “full of unconventional people and...
May 2016
The April issue is all about innovation and remaining resilient in the face of technological and economic change. Our Disputes Resolution feature discusses a recent development in the e-...
April 2016
With the current supply of senior housing units in China being minimal, and mostly provided by the government, and its aging population growing, China is facing a significant gap in supply and demand...
March 2016
2015 was the first time in history that announced M&A volume topped US$1 trillion in Asia. According to Thomson Reuters data, the total value of deals in the region (excluding Japan) was US$1.65...
February 2016
As we usher in the new year, we are greeted once again with a host of new legal developments. For starters, Hong Kong’s first cross-sector substantive competition law (Cap. 619) has recently taken...
January 2016