Industry Insights

Overall, in the common law and civil law worlds, 2019 was a pretty good year for legal professional privilege. England & Wales The Court of Appeal once again appeared to try to atone for...
January 2020
“Dealing” Offence Towards the end of 2019 the Court of Final Appeal (“CFA”) handed down an important judgment in HKSAR v Harjani [2019] HKCFA 47. Among other things, the judgment...
January 2020
It’s always a mistake to be too greedy in life. If you get a Big Mac, and then eat it, don’t complain that it’s all gone. You can’t have it both ways. It’s well known that the population of...
January 2020
The employment law outlook for 2020 indicates that there would likely be some significant changes to the employment-related legislation in Hong Kong on various areas, including anti-discrimination,...
January 2020
Whilst personal injuries cases are often known to have a greater tendency to settle out of Court, practitioners should be reminded the need for thorough and hands on preparation from early on, with a...
January 2020
The recent social unrests have given rise to certain unprecedented challenges to our society, one of which is “doxxing”. Doxxing involves non-consensual disclosure of an individual’s personal...
January 2020
The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) has highlighted its concerns on certain aspects of recent corporate acquisitions and disposals by listed companies. The SFC issued a guidance note...
December 2019
Cloud computing is becoming part of our life. Our daily activities such as sending emails and photographs, internet banking, online shopping or video streaming all involve the use of cloud. As a...
December 2019
The outcome of the English Court of Appeal’s judgment in Curless v Shell International Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1710 is to overturn an Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision that decided that a...
December 2019
In Re Simpson QC [2019] HKCFI 2689, the High Court rejected a proposal that an English QC be admitted ad hoc on the basis that he would be instructed to appear together with two...
December 2019
The acronym “PSD” appears to have several different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. For example, Patient Specific Direction (medicine/nursing), Post-Stress Disorder (health...
November 2019
On 7 August 2019, the Singapore Convention on Mediation (“Singapore Convention”), was signed by 46 countries, including China, the United States, Singapore, India and South Korea, a...
November 2019
On 1 October 2019, the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitral Proceedings by the Courts of the Mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative...
November 2019
Cookies are almost inevitable when you go online. While cookies have been around for many years, should we step up our regulation in Hong Kong? Are cookies personal data? A cookie is a small...
November 2019
The Financial Action Task Force’s Mutual Evaluation Report of Hong Kong, published on 4 September 2019, is significant. A little history might assist in order to understand its significance and what...
November 2019
In 2017, in the perennial race to be Asia’s leading arbitration seat, both Hong Kong and Singapore amended their law to permit third party funding for arbitration. The law of champerty and...
October 2019
In June 2019, Allen & Overy, along with the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), released a report highlighting areas of Hong Kong legislation and policy in which an individual’s relationship...
October 2019
What Happened? In But Ka Chon v Interactive Brokers LLC [2019] HKCA 873, the Court of Appeal cast doubt on the judgment of Harris J., in Lasmos Ltd v Southwest Pacific Bauxite (HK)...
October 2019
Given the widespread use of “without prejudice” communications by legal practitioners and their clients, the English High Court’s judgment in Sternberg Reed Solicitors v Harrison [2019]...
October 2019
5G, which promises connection anytime and everywhere, is set to roll out soon. When we enjoy the network speed that will ramp up IoT connectivity, how will 5G impact our personal data privacy...
October 2019