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BC&C welcomes cross-border agreement on Family Law judgments

Hong Kong, 6 July 2017: A new agreement between the Hong Kong and mainland China judicial authorities on enforcement of judgments regarding Family Law will allow Boase Cohen & Collins to offer enhanced services to clients, says Partner Alex Liu.

The two jurisdictions have signed a pact ensuring reciprocal recognition and enforcement of civil judgments in matrimonial and family cases.

It is the fifth mutual legal arrangement between the sides following agreements on the service of judicial documents, taking of evidence and enforcement of judgments – all in relation to civil and commercial matters – and enforcement of arbitral awards. All the arrangements come under Article 95 of the Basic Law which allows Hong Kong to maintain juridical relations with the rest of China.

“These arrangements are significant given the historically close economic and social links between Hong Kong and mainland China,” said Mr Liu. “There are so many people with family and business interests both sides of the border and their legal needs are much better served by closer co-operation and formal agreements between the judicial authorities.

“Here at Boase Cohen & Collins we have a significant number of lawyers who are fluent in Putonghua as well as English and Cantonese and, as a firm, we have three decades of experience in dealing with cross-border issues, during which time we have built close working relationships with many mainland law firms.

“Therefore, we are in an ideal position to offer enhanced advice and guidance to current and potential clients with interests in both jurisdictions, whether they are based in Hong Kong, the mainland, or overseas.”

The latest arrangement on enforcement of judgments, regarding matrimonial and family cases, is expected to come into effect towards the end of 2018 after the two jurisdictions have formally passed it into law.

Boase Cohen & Collins is noted for its Family Law practice, being ranked in Asia-Pacific by Chambers and Partners, publishers of the world’s premier legal guide. The firm is listed as a Recognised Practitioner in the Family/Matrimonial (International Firms) category while Partner Usha Casewell, who heads BC&C’s Family Law practice, is named as a Ranked Lawyer.

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Hong Kong and China have signed a series of arrangements for closer legal co-operation.