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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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New Partners and Senior Associates unveiled

Hong Kong, 1 February 2021: Boase Cohen & Collins is delighted to announce a series of promotions within its legal team, headlined by Alice Cabrelli and Erica Chong being made Partners in the firm. Hong Kong-born Alice has been with BC&C since her traineeship, having graduated in law from the University of Manchester in the […]

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Pádraig Seif joins BC&C legal team

Hong Kong, 29 January 2021: Boase Cohen & Collins is delighted to welcome Pádraig Seif to its growing legal team as the firm’s first Foreign Legal Consultant. Pádraig is admitted as a German Rechtsanwalt as well as an English Solicitor. Through his various positions with major international law firms and in-house roles in Frankfurt am […]

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Red hot pressure and leadership blues

Hong Kong, 27 January 2021: Shortly before we said goodbye and good riddance to 2020, I was involved in an Ally Law video discussion about managing a law firm during a pandemic. What was it like in the BC&C hot seat as we navigated our way through Covid-19? I detailed decisions made with my Partners […]

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Judgment restores rights for male villagers

By Fiona Chan Hong Kong, 26 January 2021: In a landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal has reinstated male indigenous villagers’ full rights to build homes on both private and government-sourced land in the New Territories. The case of Kwok Cheuk Kin and Lui Chi Hang, Hendrick v Director of Lands, Chief Executive in Council […]

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Festive falling-out is belatedly nipped in the bud

Hong Kong, 20 January 2021: Lunar New Year, which will fall on 12 February, always captures Hong Kong in full bloom. It is peak season for florists as swathes of citizens converge on flower markets across the territory, including a huge one in Victoria Park. Amid family gatherings, firecrackers and festivities, there is much joy […]

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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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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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