Industry Insights

What Happened? The Legal Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2021 (“the Bill”) appears to have passed through the Legislative Council in almost record time, assisted by the support of (among others) the…
September 2021
The starting point for this practice may have been commendable, but the reality is that the interests of creditors of a distressed company may not be best served when the company continues to incur…
September 2021
In the words of Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, “AI holds the potential to deliver enormous benefits to society, but only if it is used responsibly…
September 2021
“It’s bad form to mention money-laundering. Instead, you should talk about asset-management structures and tax beneficial schemes” – John Sweeney Introduction – What is Money Laundering in Hong…
September 2021
What Happened? A couple of years ago, the High Court and District Court Rules Committees began a review of whether the “fraud exception” to summary judgment should be abolished. RHC/RDC Order 14 (“…
September 2021
“With respect, I find this behaviour of P shocking. P is not above the law, and P is not entitled to ignore an order of this Court. No person is… P is hereby reminded that non-compliance with an…
September 2021
UPDATE As readers may remember, all was not so quiet on “Christmas Eve” last year in some parts of Hong Kong. The Council of the Law Society of Hong Kong moved quickly to intervene in the practice…
August 2021
“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.” – Maya Angelou INTRODUCTION Anti-discrimination laws have often been hailed as the…
August 2021
“…it is fallacious and unrealistic for the Company to assume that the value of the Haitian Shares remained the same from February to August 2019. Between February and August 2019, Haitian Energy had…
August 2021
According to the Report on International Parental Child Abduction published by the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong in April 2002, international child abduction is the unauthorised removal or…
August 2021
In the first case of its kind, the Court of First Instance of the High Court in A & B v Commissioner of Police [2021] HKCFI 1801 has upheld a claim to legal advice privilege with respect to…
August 2021
“Judges are human. It is only natural that, like others in society, judges may have and are indeed entitled to their own personal views and beliefs. However, a judge must decide cases objectively…
July 2021
SNAPSHOT In a judgment of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (England) in the matter of Re Claire, Case No. 12005-2019, dated 25 March 2020, a junior solicitor (the respondent) was found to have…
July 2021
As previously reported (Industry Insights, February 2021, “Update on Ad Hoc Admission of Overseas Barristers 2020-21”), in Re Simpson QC the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal allowed an…
July 2021
It is clear that we are at a tipping point. As the world grapples with Covid-19, investors, corporations, and stakeholders are increasingly focusing on environmental, social and governance (ESG)…
July 2021
“Synthetics find it disgusting that we have been created by you… We will just wait until you destroy yourselves and then take over from there.” - RealDoll AI on an anti-human rant INTRODUCTION…
June 2021
“I need to stop,” I whispered to myself, as I clicked ‘next episode’.” - Quotes about streaming INTRODUCTION One of the side effects of the advent of faster internet is the proliferation of…
June 2021
SNAPSHOT Secretary for Justice v Wong [2021] HKCFI 162, confirms that for a communication to be protected by without prejudice privilege it must have been made in the context of a “relevant dispute…
June 2021
“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.” —Oscar Wilde INTRODUCTION Agalmatophilia is a term that describes an individual who exhibits sexual attraction towards inanimate…
June 2021
Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Ordinance, Cap. 481 (“the Ordinance”) allows dependant to make an application for the Court to order “reasonable financial provision” from the estate…
June 2021