Industry Insights

Recently, the Supreme People’s Court issued a judicial interpretation on trade secrets cases (Trade Secrets Judicial Interpretation), effective from 12 September 2020. Following the amendment to the...
November 2020
COVID-19 has impacted people’s lives across the globe in countless ways. For those with plans to get married this year, weddings have had to be postponed or cancelled. Some people, however, may have...
November 2020
Be Genuine When Applying to Lift the Stay of Proceedings Introduction It could not be stressed enough that the most critical ingredient for an application to lift a stay of proceedings is that...
November 2020
The NEC Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) does not contain a hierarchy of contract documents. If the project manager or the contractor becomes aware of an ambiguity or inconsistency in the...
November 2020
Several recent common law cases have involved disputes as to the proper ambit of litigation privilege. The parties in dispute may be commercial parties or private litigants or one or other against a...
November 2020
While the emergence of artificial intelligence heralds a new era of technological development, it also brings with it inherent privacy risks in relation to personal data. An artificial...
November 2020
The recent judgement in HCMA597/2019 (handed down on 23 September 2020) contains significant guidance for the construction industry and provides confirmation of what this writer has always believed...
November 2020
The first half of 2020 has seen several employment law-related changes in Hong Kong, despite the city being hit by three waves of Covid-19 infections and working life changing as we know it. This...
October 2020
"Solicitor-client privilege exists between a foreign lawyer and his client to the same extent as the privilege exists between a solicitor and his client." (Legal Practitioners Ordinance (Cap. 159), s...
October 2020
“Last night the internet stopped working so I spent a few hours with my family… They seem like good people” - Jokes about the Internet Since the advent of the internet, humanity has been...
October 2020
“P is not above the law, and P is not entitled to ignore an order of this Court. No person is. When a Master of this Court orders P to pay D, P must pay D. P is hereby reminded that non-compliance...
October 2020
When a non-Cayman domiciliary dies owning Cayman Islands assets such as shares in a Cayman Islands company or interests in Cayman Islands funds (Cayman Estate), a grant of representation (Cayman...
October 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is often said to have led to a ‘new normal’. Use of video-conferencing facilities (VCF) in substitution for physical meetings has become commonplace. However, when it comes to...
October 2020
In Kim Min Ju v Law Society of Hong Kong [2020] HKCFI 2367, the Chief Judge of the High Court affirmed the respondent's decision to reject an application for a waiver pursuant to s. 6(6A) of the...
October 2020
Since its outbreak in the end of 2019, COVID-19 has quickly escalated into a global health crisis. Characterised by the World Health Organisation as a pandemic in March 2020, COVID-19 has claimed...
October 2020
“You only get one chance to make a good first impression.” Also, “blockchain is one of the world’s worst-PR, highest potential innovations”.  Has blockchain used up its one and only chance to...
September 2020
Abstract This article provides the readers with an update on the recent provisional guidance issued by the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC (“SPC”) titled Guiding Opinion Concerning Strengthening...
September 2020
In Hong Kong, over 10,000 road traffic accidents take place every year. For an injured driver, passenger or pedestrian who is not at fault, the usual practice is that the he or she would give a...
September 2020
At the time of writing, Re Chow [2020] HKCFI 2020 is the latest reported case dealing with the court's power to make adverse costs orders against parties on the basis that they have...
September 2020
In Re Simpson QC [2019] HKCFI 2689 the High Court allowed an application, pursuant to s. 27(4) of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance (Cap. 159), for an overseas barrister to advise and...
September 2020