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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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World is watching this Far East drama

Hong Kong, 10 March 2021: Movie buffs may recall The Last Picture Show, an evocative portrayal of a decaying Texas town in the 1950s whose fate is encapsulated by the closure of its cinema. The film is a nostalgic look back, with director Peter Bogdanovich communicating regret over the passing of an era. Hong Kong […]

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A rather unpalatable legal process

Hong Kong, 3 March 2021: Fatty foods are off the menu in the Cohen household as my fitness drive gathers pace. In addition to gym sessions, stretching routines and regular hikes, healthy eating is a key component of my newly sensible lifestyle. Goodbye pizzas, pies and puddings, hello fruit and vegetables. My usual lunch is […]

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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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Game of chance for unhappy campers

Hong Kong, 12 May 2021: Who didn’t love Monopoly when they were growing up? Many a rainy afternoon was passed in the Cohen household playing the popular board game, vying with my brothers and friends to become London’s biggest property tycoon while bankrupting everyone else. It was cutthroat and devoid of sentiment. If you were […]

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Vicarious liability: what next for Hong Kong?

By Insurance and Personal Injury Team Hong Kong, 10 May 2021: Vicarious liability is a long-established legal principle whereby one party may be held partly responsible for the wrongful actions of another. It is a scenario frequently encountered in personal injury cases where an employer is deemed liable for the wrongful act of an employee […]

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An entirely avoidable domestic dispute

Hong Kong, 5 May 2021: There is a wall-mounted plaque in the BC&C office of which we are particularly proud. It was presented to us three years ago by the Mission For Migrant Workers in recognition of our assistance over the course of three-plus decades. Specifically, my long-time colleague Mel Boase has dedicated much of […]

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Disaffected young require injection of hope

Hong Kong, 28 April 2021: More than 10,200 people have been arrested since mid-2019 in connection with the anti-government protests, according to official updates presented to the Legislative Council. Around two-thirds of them are under 25. This is not just a heartbreaking statistic, it’s a lost generation. Last month, I highlighted in this column a […]

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Employees and vaccination – a complex issue

By Henry Siu Hong Kong, 27 April 2021: Can an employer fire a member of staff for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19? This is an increasingly common question as Hong Kong’s mass inoculation programme enters its second month and the government ties the easing of social distancing restrictions in the F&B sector to a […]

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