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BC&C quintet are admitted as Solicitors

Hong Kong, 18 January 2021: There were scenes of celebration at the High Court on Saturday when five members of Boase Cohen & Collins’ legal team were formally admitted as Solicitors in Hong Kong. The ceremony was the culmination of years of law studies followed by traineeship with the firm for Joyce Leung, April Kong, […]

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A tough job, judging by the political climate

Hong Kong, 13 January 2021: The world was a simpler place in September 2010. In Barrack Obama, the US had a first-term President who appeared intent on unifying the country; David Cameron was the newly elected Prime Minister of a UK firmly established as a seasoned member of the EU, he didn’t appear the sort […]

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Cookies and what you need to know

By Allison Lee Hong Kong, 12 January 2021: Cookies, also known as HTTP Cookies, are text files which are stored on a user’s computer to enable website owners to identity the user’s computer or electronic device. They are generally used by website owners to track a user’s online behaviour or interaction with websites. These text […]

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Peace at last for sisters who ‘didn’t exist’

By Wendy Kwan Hong Kong, 11 January 2021: It is hard to believe that a significant number of people in Hong Kong have never had their birth registered. It means they exist without a birth certificate and are forced to live life under the radar with no ID card or passport. They cannot attend school […]

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We are still not learning our lessons

Hong Kong, 6 January 2021: Welcome back to my weekly missive, I hope you all had a pleasant festive season. It is usual at this time to make New Year’s resolutions in the interests of self-improvement. I’m no different, except my undertakings are pledged on behalf of the collective “we” – that is our community […]

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BC&C lawyers recognised for pro bono efforts

Hong Kong, 4 January 2021: Boase Cohen & Collins’ commitment to helping wider society has been underscored with seven awards in the Law Society of Hong Kong’s 2020 Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Programme. Senior Partner Colin Cohen, Partners Alex Liu and Lisa Wong and co-founder Melville Boase each received Gold Awards for completing […]

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An important post-Brexit IP update

By Susan Cheung Hong Kong, 28 December 2020: While the United Kingdom left the European Union earlier this year, on 31 January, it has continued to be bound by EU rules during an 11-month transition period. The period will end at 11:00pm GMT this coming Thursday, 31 December. This has consequences for individuals and businesses […]

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Patient waiting is not for everyone

Hong Kong, 23 December 2020: We’d all like to escape this Covid-19 nightmare, shake off our shackles and bolt to a world of freedom where we can do what we like without a care. Well, one 63-year-old coronavirus patient did exactly that last Friday, hightailing from a public hospital isolation ward and enjoying 54 hours […]

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A new life for all concerned

Adoption is an attractive option for couples seeking to build or expand a family or a single person wishing to look after a young relative. It also has many positive benefits for the child in question. Our Partner Lisa Wong examines how the process works in Hong Kong. Hong Kong, 21 December 2020: Numerous studies […]

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Political jabs come with the territory

Hong Kong, 16 December 2020: Such is the polarised nature of Hong Kong these days, even something as relatively straightforward as a public health initiative that would seem in everyone’s best interest becomes a political hot potato. So it is with our government’s welcome – and, it appears, judicious – procurement of coronavirus vaccines. The […]

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All revved up with no place to go

Hong Kong, 24 February 2021: During lunch with a fellow Formula One enthusiast yesterday, we speculated about when we might next attend a grand prix. My last one was almost a year ago, in Melbourne, when the race was corona-cancelled at a few hours’ notice. The 2021 season stretches out in front of us enticingly. […]

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Fighting an outbreak of dishonesty

By Erica Chong Hong Kong, 22 February 2021: Coronavirus fraud is spreading almost as fast as the virus itself. The prevalence, range and complexity of scams arising from the pandemic is truly astonishing. Fraudsters have been nothing if not ingenious and resourceful in cashing in on the global crisis. The media is awash with alarming […]

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Two steps forward, one step back

Hong Kong, 17 February 2021: My new-found passion for hiking has resulted in the formation of the Stumblers, a loose group of friends who meet regularly to trek through the great outdoors and explore forgotten parts of this fascinating city. Sometimes, we advance more in hope than expectation, there are occasions when we become lost, […]

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A bay window of opportunity for lawyers

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 10 February 2021: Hong Kong lawyers have been lobbying for almost two decades for a unique entry mechanism that would allow them to practice in mainland China. Now, thanks to the impending legal requirements of the Greater Bay Area, a pilot scheme is in place. Legal professionals in Hong Kong […]

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Lawyers looking up, residents locking down

Hong Kong, 3 February 2021: In future years, when the world reflects on 2020-21, the coronavirus pandemic – with its huge global death toll and accompanying economic havoc – will obviously dominate. Hongkongers may also remember it as a time of considerable political and social change. Me? Well, in addition to these seismic events, I […]

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