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The fortnight that fails our helpers

By Melville Boase Hong Kong, 22 August 2022: It is well documented that Hong Kong’s domestic helpers have suffered more than most during the Covid-19 pandemic: higher workloads due to their employers working at home and children staying away from school; advised by the government to stay home on their rest day; summoned for mandatory […]

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My return to primitive thinking

Hong Kong, 17 August 2022: In the classic 1974 fantasy film The Land That Time Forgot, a World War I German U-boat crew and their American captives veer off course in the South Atlantic and end up in Caprona, an uncharted subcontinent populated by dinosaurs and ancient tribes. Their reaction is one of amazement: how […]

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Covid triggers employment law changes

By Allison Lee  Hong Kong, 8 August 2022: Significant changes to Hong Kong’s employment regulations have been made to address workplace-related issues as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Employers now have scope to dismiss a member of staff who refuses, without a valid excuse, to be vaccinated. As well, employees who fail to attend […]

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Flight to HK cancelled? Read this …

By Pádraig Seif Hong Kong, 2 August 2022: One direct effect of the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic is that living in Hong Kong has been somewhat of a challenge since early 2020. Especially if you need to travel. Maybe the following sounds all too familiar to the esteemed reader: flights into Hong Kong […]

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Law & More: Episode 17 – Amanda Whitfort

Hong Kong, 1 August 2022: In the latest episode of Law & More, we focus on the law relating to animal welfare with our guest, Professor Amanda Whitfort. A barrister and university lecturer who has co-authored major reports on animal welfare, Amanda discusses Hong Kong’s outdated laws, issues surrounding cruelty and neglect, and major problems […]

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A timely boost for common law

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 29 July 2022: In a landmark ruling, the Court of Final Appeal has overturned Hong Kong’s first conviction for carrying zip ties. The judges ruled that lower courts had erroneously applied the law too widely, meaning anyone found carrying an instrument deemed fit for unlawful purpose could be penalised for […]

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Ally Law extends footprint into Turkey

Hong Kong, 21 July 2022: Colin Cohen has welcomed Ally Law’s expansion into Turkey, with Istanbul-based Dündar Sır Law Firm joining the global legal services organisation. “Turkey has long been a target market for us. Located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, it is an important hub for global trade, […]

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Our city’s colourful Covid future

Paris, 13 July 2022: What’s your favourite colour? Mine’s blue, which has nothing in common with politics and everything to do with my beloved football team. However, much of the talk in Hong Kong right now concerns red, yellow and green – in other words, a traffic-light style electronic health code which our government believes […]

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Child relocation: a useful guide

By Alice Cabrelli Hong Kong, 11 July 2022: The ongoing exodus of residents from Hong Kong is well documented, with our government’s tough anti-pandemic policies serving as a significant driver. This city’s net outflow of people was more than 140,000 for the first half of the year, amounting to 1.9% of the population, and the […]

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Courts ushering in the digital age

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 7 July 2022: A notable consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic is that the world has embraced digital technology at an even faster pace than before. Video conferencing, remote working and online learning have become the new normal for many people. This phenomenon is extending – belatedly, some may argue – […]

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Tears of joy … and frustration

Hong Kong, 28 September 2022: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you” goes the familiar saying. It is actually the opening line of Solitude, a verse penned in 1883 by prolific American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Well, if not quite the world, our former Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma certainly had a packed audience at the […]

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Criminal Law Lecture returns in style

Hong Kong, 26 September 2022: A large audience and a brilliant address by the former Chief Justice of Hong Kong, the Honourable Geoffrey Ma GBM KC SC, ensured the HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture made a triumphant return as an in-person event. In his talk, entitled “A Civil Practitioner Enters the World of […]

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Back to business in Tel Aviv

Hong Kong, 21 September 2022: Our Partner Alex Liu welcomed the chance to meet Ally Law colleagues old and new at the organisation’s EMEA Regional Meeting in Tel Aviv last week. Dozens of delegates from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, plus others from further afield, descended on the Israeli city for three days of […]

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A fond farewell and a rugby revival

Hong Kong, 14 September 2022: Debt, illness, quarrels and excessive drinking. These were the hallmarks of John Walter Hulme’s controversial 15-year tenure as Hong Kong’s first Chief Justice. After arriving here in 1844, he was plagued by financial woes, despite a handsome £3,000 annual salary, while poor health saw him often delay hearings until the […]

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Avoiding a bitter aftertaste

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 9 September 2022: If there has been one growth industry in Hong Kong as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is food deliveries. Social distancing measures and dine-in restrictions have seen more citizens staying home, with the result that food ordering platforms have proliferated. But if business is on […]

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