Profession

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
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
In the last year or so, a series of first instance English judgments have considered the application of legal advice privilege to communications to or from “in-house” lawyers within a corporate...
September 2019
The Law Society’s confirmation of the outcome regarding the consultation on proposed amendments to the regime for foreign lawyers in Hong Kong was as welcome (in many quarters) as it was timely. In...
August 2019
Professions — architects — disciplinary proceedings — inquiry committee — no reasons given by committee for findings — decision confirmed by review committee — whether appellate court...
July 2019
Given the importance of “without prejudice” communications to lawyers and their clients, the decision of the English High Court in Briggs & Ors v Clay & Ors [2019] EWHC 102 (Ch)...
June 2019
It is gratifying to observe that more and more lawyers are willing to provide pro bono legal services to the needy public. At present, there are over 1,000 volunteer lawyers participating in the...
May 2019
The recently announced increase to the Legal Aid budget confirms that legal aid expenditure should increase by approximately 41 percent for 2019/20. It is expected that the increased funding will be...
May 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
Given the importance of the legal profession, solicitors and the local bar to the development of the common law within “One Country, Two Systems”, applications for ad hoc admission by...
April 2019
In Poben Consultants Ltd v Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club [2019] HKCA 107, the Court of Appeal considered the test for determining whether a communication is made "without prejudice...
March 2019
Instant messaging is increasingly penetrating the workplace, and law firms are no exception. A recent study estimates that nearly 70 percent of employees use smartphones for business, and that, of...
March 2019
Extract from Speech of The President of Law Society at Opening of Legal Year 2019: "… What triggered an overall review of the foreign lawyers’ regulatory regime in 2016 were the strong concerns...
February 2019
As previously noted in Industry Insights (August 2017 and June 2018), Re A is a rare example of a contested application for admission to the Bar pursuant to s. 27(1) of the...
January 2019
Just when some dispute resolution lawyers or their clients in Hong Kong thought that it might be safe to visit England, the English Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in WH Holding Ltd...
January 2019
"Hong Kong residents shall have the right to confidential legal advice, access to the courts, choice of lawyers for timely protection of their lawful rights and interests or for representation...
December 2018
In the Matter of an Application for Exemption from Submitting a Form 4 [2018] HKCFI 1901 may have slipped some solicitor principals' attention, although it was formally reported ([2018] 4 HKLRD 223...
November 2018
Company law - winding-up - petition - dishonoured cheques given by company to solicitors' firm in settlement of fees - whether bona fide defence to debt - whether cheques given as security for fees...
November 2018
The decision of the UK's Serious Fraud Office not to appeal the English Court of Appeal's judgment in The Director of the SFO v ENRC Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2006 (Industry Insights, October 2018 – "...
November 2018
In 2017 we reported that contested applications by overseas counsel for ad hoc admission to the Hong Kong Bar, pursuant to s. 27(4) of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance (Cap. 159), appeared...
May 2018