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Uber uncertainty highlights need for reform

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 3 September 2021: How can a company maintain a high-profile presence in Hong Kong, renting office space and employing a significant number of staff, when its core service is deemed illegal? Welcome to the unusual world of Uber, the global ride-hailing giant which has thrived in this city despite government […]

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A failure to see the bigger picture

Hong Kong, 1 September 2021: The new school year has officially started today. Hundreds of thousands of eager students returning to classes, meeting old friends and making new ones, embracing the joys of learning and benefiting from the myriad educational, social and physical activities that schools offer and which are essential for their growth and […]

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Law & More: Episode 4 – Surrogacy

Hong Kong, 31 August 2021: We are delighted to publish the latest episode of Law & More, our podcast series which explores issues in the legal world and beyond. This time, our Partner Lisa Wong welcomes two guests, Senior Counsel Philip Dykes and Counsel Christina Tseng, to discuss the complex issue of surrogacy and the […]

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A novel way of enforcing quarantine

Hong Kong, 25 August 2021: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” It is one of 20th century literature’s most memorable quotes, penned by George Orwell in his classic 1945 novella Animal Farm. The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human owner […]

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Lapping up the latest travel chaos

Hong Kong, 18 August 2021: Some of you may be aware I recently did a “Pirelli Hot Lap” during the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. I was given a high-speed tour of the famous circuit in a Mercedes-AMG GTR – similar to the F1 safety car – with a professional racing driver at […]

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Criminal Law Lecture returns in September

Hong Kong, 13 August 2021: Former UK Director of Public Prosecutions Lord Ken Macdonald QC will present the HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture next month. Recognised as one of the country’s leading criminal, regulatory and international lawyers, Lord Macdonald will address an audience comprising senior figures from the legal profession and law students […]

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Further legal success for same-sex couples

By Kristie Wong Hong Kong, 11 August 2021: Hong Kong’s historic and ongoing bias against its own LGBTQ+ community – enshrined in law but underscored by government practices – continues to be eroded in the city’s courts. Two recent judgments in landmark cases represent further legal recognition for the rights of same-sex couples. In June, […]

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Ally Law gains vital presence in Indonesia

Hong Kong, 6 August 2021: Colin Cohen has hailed Ally Law’s recruitment of a new member firm in Indonesia, saying it gives the global legal services organisation a vital presence in one of the world’s most important emerging markets. Nusantara Legal Partnership (NLP), based in Jakarta, is a boutique law firm with a focus on […]

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Let the quarantine games begin

Basel, 28 July 2021: As a criminal defence lawyer, my primary knowledge of “fencing” concerns the illegal practice of knowingly acquiring stolen goods and selling them for profit. Now, I’m more familiar with terms such as en-guarde, counter-parry and corps-a-corps after watching Edgar Cheung’s fencing triumph at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. In winning the […]

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Law & More: Episode 3 – Michael Hartmann

Hong Kong, 26 July 2021: We are pleased to publish the third episode of Law & More, our podcast series that explores issues in the legal world and beyond. This time, our Senior Partner Colin Cohen meets former Court of Final Appeal judge Michael Hartmann. In their wide-ranging discussion, Michael recalls his days as a […]

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Harbouring doubts about our exit plan

Hong Kong, 20 October 2021: Having lived in Hong Kong for 40 years, I’m sometimes guilty of being blasé about this wonderful city’s unique appeal. Boasting an exotic blend of ancient and modern, East meets West, downtown bustle versus country park tranquility, there is nowhere quite like it. And it appears many people agree, given […]

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Delaying tactics draw judge’s ire

By Insurance and Personal Injury Team Hong Kong, 19 October 2021: Parties involved in long-running personal injury cases have been warned that the courts will no longer tolerate unacceptable delays that result in even straightforward claims taking years to resolve. In particular, the courts will be prepared to impose sanctions on costs against anyone who […]

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Law & More: Episode 6 – Steve Vickers

Hong Kong, 15 October 2021: Steve Vickers is our guest in the latest episode of our Law & More podcast. After serving as a senior officer in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force, when he led anti-triad operations and resolved numerous kidnapping incidents, Steve transitioned to the world of business. He is founder and CEO […]

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Logical thinking is being blown away

Hong Kong, 13 October 2021: Just four days after Hong Kong endured its first typhoon of the year, our city is being doused by a second one. Last Saturday, Tropical Storm Lionrock brought typically violent winds and torrential rain, causing the No.8 signal (the third-highest level of alert) to be in force for 22 hours, […]

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Mediterranean meet-up a tonic for Ally Law

Hong Kong, 12 October 2021: After a two-year wait due to the global pandemic, Boase Cohen & Collins was delighted to attend an in-person gathering of Ally Law firms last week. Partner Susan Cheung (pictured, second from left) represented the firm at the meet-up on the Greek island of Crete, joining attendees from Ally Law […]

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