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Our united fight comes at individual cost

Hong Kong, 21 October 2020: We have all willingly made sacrifices in Hong Kong’s largely successful fight against Covid-19 but, as strict social distancing rules stay in place despite the low number of new cases, it is worth remembering the need to balance public health interests with individual rights. Simply put, once you surrender certain freedoms, […]

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Home comforts amid global chaos

Hong Kong, 14 October 2020: As we head deep into the fourth quarter of a year blighted by Covid-19 – a pandemic which, for Hong Kong residents, has followed hard on the heels of months of civil unrest – it can be difficult to focus on the positives. We are all suffering coronavirus fatigue and yearning […]

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Difficult to call time on this pandemic

Difficult to call time on this pandemic Hong Kong, 7 October 2020: Having only just been allowed to reopen, Hong Kong’s beleaguered pubs and bars are fearful of the government calling last orders again after becoming the focus of concerns about further spreading of the coronavirus. Two cases linked to a bar in Tsim Sha […]

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Hong Kong and Macao bridge legal gap

Hong Kong and Macao bridge legal gap With business ties between Hong Kong and Macao now on an even firmer footing, a recent agreement to simplify the service of legal documents between the two jurisdictions is welcome news, write Boase Cohen & Collins Associate Wendy Kwan and Paralegal Joyce Leung. Hong Kong, 6 October, 2020: […]

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Over the moon about a welcome break

Over the moon about a welcome break Hong Kong, 30 September 2020: Hong Kong is in holiday mood today as we prepare for a four-day long weekend. Firstly, I wish everyone a happy Mid-Autumn Festival. Falling tomorrow on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, Mid-Autumn Festival is when families gather to sample autumn […]

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Criticism of judges is infectious and irritating

Criticism of judges is infectious and irritating Hong Kong, 23 September 2020: As we continue to fight a major public health battle, there are individuals in Hong Kong who require isolating, though in a conceptual rather than a physical sense. Forget Covid-19 for a moment, I’m talking about people from across the political spectrum who […]

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Covid-19 protection is a right for all

Covid-19 protection is a right for all Domestic helpers have suffered more than most during Hong Kong’s prolonged battle with the coronavirus. Boase Cohen & Collins co-founder Melville Boase outlines some of the difficulties they are facing. Hong Kong, 21 September 2020: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres did not mince his words when assessing how […]

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Give our youth a sporting chance, please

Give our youth a sporting chance, please Hong Kong, 16 September 2020: Hong Kong’s frustrated sports enthusiasts have some reason to be happy this week, but don’t expect any wild celebrations. In announcing a further opening up of leisure facilities as the latest coronavirus outbreak dwindles, our government is at last recognising the important role […]

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Ally Law bolsters South American presence

Ally Law bolsters South American presence Hong Kong, 11 September 2020: Colin Cohen has hailed Ally Law’s further expansion in South America as a key step towards comprehensive global coverage for the legal services organisation. “We are delighted to announce three new member firms in Chile, Colombia and Peru, meaning we are now present in […]

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Queuing up to question mass testing

Queuing up to question mass testing Hong Kong, 9 September 2020: As we enter the second and final week of Hong Kong’s voluntary mass testing programme for Covid-19, there is lively debate about its effectiveness. Our government insists the scheme is helping track down invisible coronavirus carriers and should not be judged on how many […]

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A quickstep towards tighter restrictions

Hong Kong, 25 November 2020: It takes two to tango, we’re told, but only one infected person is needed to act as a “super spreader” of Covid-19. As a consequence, Hong Kong has danced its way into a renewed coronavirus crisis and we face a tightening of social distancing restrictions once more. Our government confirmed […]

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BC&C maintains support for legal education

Hong Kong, 24 November 2020: Lisa Wong has hailed Boase Cohen & Collins’ ongoing support for legal education after presenting the firm’s annual student prize at the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law. The BC&C Prize in Accounts and Financial Management was awarded to outstanding scholar Michelle Tsang for her excellent work while studying […]

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Talk is cheap, understanding is priceless

Hong Kong, 18 November 2020: Some people won’t listen. They simply refuse to countenance another point of view. They are deaf to reasoned, logical analysis and, when others fail to agree with them, bitterness and resentment set in. This can lead to recriminations and, occasionally, unlawful conduct. With Hong Kong society polarised by civil unrest […]

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BC&C shortlisted for five awards

Hong Kong, 16 November 2020: Boase Cohen & Collins has been shortlisted in five categories – a record for the firm – at the forthcoming Hong Kong Law Awards. The firm is again nominated for Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year, an award it has won for the past two years, and is […]

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An injection of hope amid travel impasse

Hong Kong, 11 November 2020: This pandemic-weary world could do with a shot in the arm right now and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer believes it can provide one. The American firm and German partner BioNTech this week announced their Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective in trials involving some 43,000 volunteers, an impressive statistic considering […]

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