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DOJ secures ‘joint enterprise’ enforcement (Part II)

By Michael Jackson In Part I, we outlined the recent decision of the Hong Kong Court of Appeal (“HKCA”) in Tong Wai Hung ([2021] HKCA 404) in which the court ruled that the doctrine of “joint criminal enterprise” (as it has been styled by the Court of Final Appeal – hereafter “JCE”) is of general […]

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Dose of reality keeping us firmly grounded

Hong Kong, 14 April 2021: Six-year-olds can be refreshingly blunt with their questions. “Gung gung [grandfather], when can I go to my house?” asks grandson Nathan. He’s referring to our idyllic family retreat on Australia’s Gold Coast where, in normal circumstances, we typically stay two or three times a year. I do my best to […]

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Uber ruling shines headlights on gig economy

By Allison Lee and Claire Chow Hong Kong, 9 April 2021: In a landmark judgment, the UK’s Supreme Court has ruled Uber drivers should be classified as “workers” rather than “self-employed”, thus making them entitled to benefits such as a minimum wage and paid holidays. The ruling has implications for companies operating in the so-called […]

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Back to the future, minus our democrats

Hong Kong, 7 April 2021: I hope Dennis Skinner is enjoying his well-earned retirement. A titan of British politics and Labour Party icon, he represented the Midlands constituency of Bolsover in Parliament for 49 years until 2019. For 31 of those years the Conservatives were in power and the “Beast of Bolsover” – a former […]

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Armed and ready, we await vaccine restart

Hong Kong, 31 March 2021: Patrick Nip, the Secretary for the Civil Service, doesn’t strike me as a party animal. He’s hardly the sort of guy to have a few drinks, let his hair down and start a conga line. That said, he’s leading us all a merry dance with his Covid-19 vaccination rollout, which […]

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DoJ secures ‘joint enterprise’ enforcement (Part I)

By Kristie Wong and Jennifer Lee  Hong Kong, 30 March 2021: A landmark Court of Appeal judgment has enforced the legal principle of “joint enterprise” in regard to cases of alleged unlawful assembly or rioting. The judges have confirmed that even people not physically present at the scene can face the same charges as participants.  […]

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Understanding history in this time of transition

Hong Kong, 24 March 2021: Modern Hong Kong may be undergoing significant political, societal and legislative changes, but evidence of this city’s fascinating history is all around us. We have 126 so-called declared monuments, a collection of old buildings, archaeological relics and historic sites protected by the Antiquities and Monuments Office. Government House (completed in […]

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Drawing conclusions from a copyright dispute

By Susan Cheung and April Kong Hong Kong, 23 March 2021: A furore which led to the termination of an art exhibition in Guangzhou last month serves as a timely reminder of the significance of copyright law. The exhibition featured a cartoon character called Rabbitduck, created by Feng Feng, a professor at the city’s Academy […]

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A sound perspective on life in HK

Hong Kong, 17 March 2021: In a recent radio interview about the UK government’s new visa scheme for British National (Overseas) passport holders, I was asked if the current political and social uncertainty in Hong Kong would cause me to depart. I answered thus: “No, I have no intention of leaving here at all, this […]

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Ruling offers guidance on recovery of medical expenses

By Personal Injury Department Hong Kong, 16 March 2021: A recent District Court judgment has reinforced the legal principles governing the recovery of medical expenses under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance. In particular, the case offered guidance for recovery of medical expenses incurred following the period of sick leave granted by registered medical practitioners. By way […]

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DOJ secures ‘joint enterprise’ enforcement (Part II)

By Michael Jackson In Part I, we outlined the recent decision of the Hong Kong Court of Appeal (“HKCA”) in Tong Wai Hung ([2021] HKCA 404) in which the court ruled that the doctrine of “joint criminal enterprise” (as it has been styled by the Court of Final Appeal – hereafter “JCE”) is of general […]

Read more

Dose of reality keeping us firmly grounded

Hong Kong, 14 April 2021: Six-year-olds can be refreshingly blunt with their questions. “Gung gung [grandfather], when can I go to my house?” asks grandson Nathan. He’s referring to our idyllic family retreat on Australia’s Gold Coast where, in normal circumstances, we typically stay two or three times a year. I do my best to […]

Read more

Uber ruling shines headlights on gig economy

By Allison Lee and Claire Chow Hong Kong, 9 April 2021: In a landmark judgment, the UK’s Supreme Court has ruled Uber drivers should be classified as “workers” rather than “self-employed”, thus making them entitled to benefits such as a minimum wage and paid holidays. The ruling has implications for companies operating in the so-called […]

Read more

Back to the future, minus our democrats

Hong Kong, 7 April 2021: I hope Dennis Skinner is enjoying his well-earned retirement. A titan of British politics and Labour Party icon, he represented the Midlands constituency of Bolsover in Parliament for 49 years until 2019. For 31 of those years the Conservatives were in power and the “Beast of Bolsover” – a former […]

Read more

Armed and ready, we await vaccine restart

Hong Kong, 31 March 2021: Patrick Nip, the Secretary for the Civil Service, doesn’t strike me as a party animal. He’s hardly the sort of guy to have a few drinks, let his hair down and start a conga line. That said, he’s leading us all a merry dance with his Covid-19 vaccination rollout, which […]

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