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Why have the Hong Kong family courts effectively been cut out from the regulation of surrogacy cases – particularly in connection with the making of parental orders? Are Hong Kong surrogacy lawyers...
May 2018
“Do we really need detailed deadlock mechanisms? It’s very difficult to anticipate what will happen in ten or twenty years’ time, can’t we sort it out then?” This is not an uncommon question from...
May 2018
A. Introduction Unauthorised building works and building orders have long been the subject of conveyancing litigation. Building orders are not, however, the only form of government notices that...
May 2018
'International Law as a Tool of Power Politics’ (the title of a book review by Meghana V. Nayak) This article recounts two famous and important court cases involving international power...
April 2018
A.I. These 2 simple letters may conjure up images of robots dominating the world, but really—what is it? A.I. (artificial intelligence) is exactly what its name indicates. Intelligence that...
April 2018
In 1999 Lord Woolf in effect tore up the then rules of civil procedure in England and Wales, as recorded in the White Book, and substituted new ones. His objectives included “simplicity and clarity...
April 2018
As start-ups and small businesses continue to crowdfund through the Internet, governments and regulators have had to respond. The United States created a tailored regime for crowdfunding. The United...
March 2018
On 20th June 2017 the Secretary for Justice in Hong Kong and the Executive Vice President of the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC, signed an Arrangement on Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of...
March 2018
Abraham Lincoln famously posited that if one calls a tail a leg it doesn’t mean that a dog has five legs. Similarly, a blockchain-based token offered in an initial coin offering (‘ICO’) may,...
March 2018
The Mareva, or freezing injunction has for many years now been a ‘stable and sharp knife’ in a litigator’s drawer, the potency of which was amply recognized by Donaldson LJ as “one of the law’s...
February 2018
When a client is being charged with common assault and there is a binding over option offered, is it simply too good to miss? It is also trite law that any other non-fatal, non-sexual offences...
February 2018
In recent years the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems or drones has exploded due to their increasing capabilities. Though still regarded by some as gadgets useful for little more than basic...
February 2018
7th Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Lawyers Sports Meet The 7th Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Lawyers Sports Meet (the ‘Sports Meet’), a bi-annual event which gathers legal professionals who are keen...
February 2018
In view of the increasing number of large-scale developments (such as Mei Foo Sun Chuen) in late 1960s, the Hong Kong Government promulgated the Multi-storey Buildings (Owners Incorporation)...
January 2018
Hong Kong continues to grow in strength as a trust hub attracting settlors who desire a modern trust law in a settled and mature legal system. Many settlors seek the assurance of a trust but at the...
January 2018
I suppose that the drafters of the Basic Law thought it uncontroversial to include a requirement that the Chief Executive, Senior Officials, Judges and Members of the Executive and Legislative...
January 2018
In the November issue of this journal last year, the decision of the Court of Appeal in Penny’s Bay Investment Co Ltd v Director of Lands (Unreported CACV 115/2015, 19 May 2016) was...
December 2017
“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal...
December 2017
The demise of Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. was the largest bankruptcy of a container line in history, and earlier this year it resulted in the biggest ever court sale of ships in Hong Kong, with...
December 2017
The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (“SEHK”) have published the consultation conclusions of their joint consultation on proposed enhancements to...
November 2017