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Alex Liu delivers further insights on Apology Ordinance

Hong Kong, 22 February 2018: Executives from a range of multinationals and Hong Kong corporations were among the audience when Boase Cohen & Collins Partner Alex Liu delivered further insights into the territory’s new Apology Ordinance.

The legislation, which came into effect last December, is designed to encourage the making of apologies to prevent escalation of disputes and facilitate their amicable resolution.

Mr Liu delivered his remarks to a seminar in Wanchai called “Understanding the Apology Ordinance” organised by the HK Public Relations Professionals’ Association (PRPA). Attendees included PR managers from the MTR Corporation, McDonald’s Hong Kong and NWS Holdings, operator of Citybus and New World First Bus.

“I originally gave a talk on the Apology Ordinance to the PRPA’s Executive Council last December which was well received. They thought it would be useful for their members to know more about the new law so they organised this seminar,” explained Mr Liu.

“The so-called ‘sorry law’ is a welcome addition to Hong Kong’s dispute resolution framework and, generally speaking, PR professionals need to be familiar with this legislation. Those who attended the seminar asked many questions and were heavily engaged, so it was an extremely productive session.”

The new legislation is expected to be typically used in disputes involving personal injuries, defamation and medical claims where monetary compensation might not be the top priority of victims.

Established in 1995, the PRPA is an independent body comprising public relations practitioners in Hong Kong. Its founding members include PR professionals from the commercial and public sectors, either working in-house or in consultancies.


Alex Liu addresses the seminar and (below) receives a pennant from PRPA Executive Committee members Elin Wong (left) and Agnes Hui.