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When the world is our office

When the world is our office Hong Kong’s status as a major business and trade hub means law firms in the city have to be international in their outlook. Boase Cohen & Collins Partner Alex Liu explains how the firm achieves this through its membership of global legal services organisation Ally Law. Hong Kong, 25 February 2020: […]

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A dilemma for claimant employees

A dilemma for claimant employees The long-standing issue of costs in proceedings involving the Employees Compensation Assistance Fund Board has been clarified by a significant Court of Final Appeal ruling. Boase Cohen & Collins Partner Teddy Lam examines an intriguing case. Hong Kong, 19 February 2020: The issue of whether the Employees Compensation Assistance Fund […]

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Arbitration built on solid foundations

Arbitration built on solid foundations When it comes to settling disputes in Hong Kong’s multi-billion-dollar construction sector, arbitration plays a significant role. Boase Cohen & Collins Associate Wendy Kwan explains why the process is so attractive to industry stakeholders. Hong Kong, 18 February 2020: The construction industry is a hugely significant part of Hong Kong’s economy. […]

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Listen to the facts, not the rumours

Listen to the facts, not the rumours With the Covid-19 epidemic spreading from Mainland China and causing widespread disruption in Hong Kong and elsewhere, Boase Cohen & Collins Senior Partner Colin Cohen calls for calm heads and explains that it is business as usual in the firm’s office. Hong Kong, 17 February 2020: Hong Kong has […]

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When the deceased may not have final say

When the deceased may not have final say Inheritance or financial disputes can add to the pain of a spouse or close relative’s passing. Boase Cohen & Collins Partner Fiona Chan outlines the legal options available to anyone who wishes to challenge a Will or the rules of intestacy. Hong Kong, 5 February 2020: Bereavement brings considerable […]

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Minor issue causes major headache

Minor issue causes major headache The wheels of justice can turn slowly, especially in complicated inheritance matters where family members may have conflicting interests and a minor is involved. Boase Cohen & Collins Partner Fiona Chan describes one such case. Hong Kong, 17 January 2020: Protecting the rights of a minor involved in legal proceedings […]

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BC&C scores again in youth football

BC&C scores again in youth football Hong Kong, 2 January 2020: A group of talented teenagers in southeast England have embarked on the latest stage of their football adventure thanks to the continuing generosity of Boase Cohen & Collins. Starting out as Glebe U14s and then appearing as Bromley FC at U15s and U16s level, […]

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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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