Industry Insights

“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
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
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
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
“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...
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...
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...
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...
June 2021
On 26 March 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the People’s Republic of China announced sanctions against certain individuals and entities in the United Kingdom. In the current...
May 2021
In recent months, Hong Kong has seen noteworthy developments regarding inclusiveness. The amendment to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (“SDO”) which prohibits both breastfeeding discrimination and...
May 2021
“The secret of crisis management is not good vs. bad, it’s preventing the bad from getting worse.” - Andy Gilman Introduction With the ever increasing proliferation of cyberattacks across the...
May 2021
In the recent judgment of Alan Chung Wah Tang & Kan Lap Kee v Chung Chun Keung & Joint Group Investment Limited & Vicfont Company Limited [2021] HKCFI 369, the Court of First Instance...
May 2021
“As the world is increasingly interconnected, everyone shares the responsibility of securing cyberspace.” - Newton Lee “By some estimates, cybercrime is expected to globally cost up to $6 trillion...
May 2021
Re Petrosaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd [2021] EWHC 444 (Ch) is an interesting review of a common law court’s supervisory jurisdiction over a trust in the context of an escrow arrangement between...
May 2021
“Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.” - Blaise Pascal Introduction Most people upon the realization that they are the victims of a cyber-fraud will panic....
May 2021
SUMMARY Against the backdrop of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Judiciary Administration’s consultations on the greater use of remote hearings for court proceedings, the recent...
April 2021
The use of social media, including instant messaging apps, is very much part of everyday life for Hongkongers. However, such use also poses risks to the personal data privacy of the users. With...
April 2021
Professionals facing disciplinary actions might be concerned about protecting their legal position and their reputation. A frequently asked question by professionals is whether the disciplinary...
April 2021
“If banks were to engage in a practice of levying extravagant photocopying or administrative charges, rather than seeking genuinely to provide for full (but no more than full) compensation for the...
April 2021
On 27 November 2020, the U.K. Supreme Court rendered a seminal decision on arbitrator conflicts in Halliburton Company v. Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd [2020] UKSC 48, refining the law on apparent bias...
April 2021