Features

In February 2019, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced that it had revamped its licensing forms and issued a new version of its Licensing Handbook. One of the changes...
November 2019
As in many current and former Commonwealth jurisdictions, Hong Kong’s insolvency legislation empowers the courts to wind up or bankrupt debtors on grounds of insolvency. Traditionally, the courts...
November 2019
Introduction Dispute resolution is big business. The leading financial centres of the world vie to attract both arbitration and litigation work. London has enjoyed a large volume of international...
November 2019
Introduction Last year, the highly publicised case of Owens v Owens [2018] AC 899 generated considerable attention on the legal framework for divorce in England and Wales. In brief,...
October 2019
1 Introduction Computers are increasingly becoming a part of the furniture of not only the modern courtroom but also the judicial functions, one of which is sentencing. Over the last 30 years,...
October 2019
On 6 June 2019, the Court of Final Appeal handed down a historic judgment in Leung Chun Kwong v the Secretary for the Civil Service and others (“the Angus Leung Case”). In addition to...
October 2019
2 April 2019 marked an important milestone for the arbitration regime in Hong Kong – on this day the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Supreme People’s Court of the...
September 2019
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (“Exchange”) published a consultation paper on delisting in September 2017 (“Consultation Paper”). After feedback from the market, the Exchange issued its...
September 2019
It is common to find financial investors forming joint ventures with business operators. The financial investor provides the capital, and the operator provides the industry expertise to manage the...
September 2019
Since the time of Banks v Goodfellow (1870) LR 5 QB, challenges concerning testamentary capacity have been a common issue arising before the courts. The Court of Final Appeal has recently...
August 2019
Statutory Underpin Section 86(2)(b) of the Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609) provides that our courts may refuse the enforcement of an arbitral award if “it would be contrary to public...
August 2019
Industry Snapshot More than 200 cryptoexchanges now operate internationally. While platforms that provide futures and options trading on Bitcoin and Ether are already subject to the oversight of...
August 2019
Introduction Victims without a voice: the problem of “which of you did it?” cases In family violence and other cases where the victims are children or vulnerable adults who cannot speak up for...
July 2019
On 6 May 2019, new Practice Direction 22.1 took effect creating an Intellectual Property (“IP”) Specialist List. The key feature of the new list is that all interlocutory applications and trials in...
July 2019
Introduction The Court of First Instance decision in Company A and Others v Company D and Others [2018] HKCFI 2240 confirmed the jurisdiction of the Hong Kong Court to grant interim...
July 2019
Cycling was once historically a primary means of transportation in many parts of the world. Bicycles take commuters from one place to another with high manoeuvrability at low costs for short to...
June 2019
In 2018, Hong Kong remained on the Tier 2 Watch List of the Trafficking in Persons (“TIP”) report for the third consecutive year, putting Hong Kong at risk of U.S. trade sanctions that would come...
June 2019
The Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (“EIAO”) was enacted 21 years ago, on 1 April 1998. It imposed a new mandatory procedure for the assessment of the foreseeable environmental impacts and...
June 2019
In recent years, there has been a dramatic surge in wildlife trafficking around the world. Record numbers of rhino, elephant and tiger have been poached in Africa and India. Around 300 pangolin are...
June 2019
“Very, very few solicitors show competence in pleading cases - either as Statements of Claim or as Defences. They seem to direct themselves to complicating the events and the issues in as prolix and...
May 2019