Industry Insights

On 24 July 2020, HKEX announced two important initiatives. The first moves toward resolving a shortcoming in the regime for new listing applicants. The second aspires to improve Hong Kong’s...
September 2020
While people around the world (including those of us in China) continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Social Credit System (CSCS, or SCS) continues on its path to implementation...
September 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
On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) struck down the framework of the EU-US Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) (in Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland...
September 2020
Introduction In the context of cross-border litigation, particularly for fraud claims, the Mareva Injunction, a worldwide asset freezing order, is a nuclear weapon of the law in the fight...
August 2020
On 2 June 2020, the US Congress passed legislation, the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, which mandates the imposition of economic sanctions and travel bans against individuals, entities, and financial...
August 2020
The rationale behind the Hong Kong proposed security of payment legislation in construction industry has been aimed at: 1.   Imposing a minimum standard for good payment practices; 2....
August 2020
“I am a doctor, not a...” – famous catchphrase and snowclone used by Dr McCoy in Star Trek “I am a lawyer, not a programmer/technician/engineer...” – Various Lawyers vs. Tech in Hong Kong...
August 2020
Striking a proper balance between the right to privacy and the right to vote is of utmost importance in contributing to the preservation of integrity of the electoral system  It is...
August 2020
In May, President Trump announced plans to withdraw certain “policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment.” One month later, the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) passed...
August 2020
The principal duty for directors exercising their decision-making power is to act in good faith for the benefit of the company as a whole. When it comes to making business decisions in complex...
July 2020
In the matter of Solicitors Regulation Authority (England & Wales) v A Solicitor (Case No. 12046-2020), a respondent solicitor has been struck off for deliberately misleading the other...
July 2020
Watching films and TV shows on streaming platforms is increasingly popular. Are you aware that you may be watched at the same time?  While the COVID-19 is causing a tough blow to many...
July 2020
The warning was there in an Industry Insights of the Hong Lawyer Journal, April 2015 (“Internal Controls – No Passing the Buck or Turning a Blind-Eye"): "… Unlike some regulators in some parts of...
July 2020
Hong Kong’s regulator of personal data confirmed in an April 2020 report that online data breaches are the current and future enforcement priority. This report followed proposed changes to the...
July 2020
There is an old saying, “to err is human”. But what about machines? Is humanity imposing double standards on artificial intelligence? Introduction COVID-19 has wreaked havoc of magnitude...
July 2020