Editor's Note

Technology is the topic of the year. However, reproductive technology, in particular surrogacy, is commonly misunderstood. For couples who cannot or choose not to have children naturally, they might...
May 2018
I would like to start by wishing you, our readers, a Happy Easter. Often, people tend to assume that legal fees are high and therefore when a dispute arises, some may contemplate self-...
April 2018
Most of us are aware of the fact that technology, crowdfunding, and ICOs are hot topics at the moment. But what exactly are they and how do they work? Imagine browsing online and you somehow land...
March 2018
I would like to start by wishing you, our readers, a Happy Chinese New Year! As you may be aware, 2018 is the Year of the Dog which represents luck. This month’s issue comprises various...
February 2018
Happy New Year to all our readers! The first issue of Hong Kong Lawyer in 2018 has a number of interesting and topical articles. The solicitor’s hourly rates for party and party taxation in civil...
January 2018
It is with great pleasure that I write this as the incoming Lead Editor of the Hong Kong Lawyer. After experiencing roles as in-house legal counsel and Visiting...
December 2017
This is one of the most difficult notes to draft as the editor of Hong Kong Lawyer, as it will be my last. This Journal has been a part of my life for almost four years, but after 44 issues, it...
November 2017
INSOL International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals is a world-wide federation of national associations for accountants and lawyers who specialise in...
October 2017
Do you know the real reasons why lawyers and staff are leaving your firm? Do they want a better work-life balance? Or maybe they just aren’t cut out for the job? Should you care about the real...
September 2017
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