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When the family environment is a precious gift

Fostering is an effective way of providing family life for children who cannot live with their own parents. Boase Cohen & Collins Partner Lisa Wong examines how this valuable service is carried out in Hong Kong. Hong Kong, 14 December 2020: Parents are feeling the pressure again as Covid-19 causes schools to close once more […]

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An unwelcome dose of realism

Hong Kong, 9 December 2020: Let’s talk about vaccines, even if our government doesn’t want to. The UK yesterday became the first country to administer doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. (My parents, who are considered to be in a high risk category, are expecting to receive their shots next week.) Canada is poised to begin […]

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Call for unity comes with some fine ideas

Hong Kong, 2 December 2020: “This is a time for solidarity,” says our Chief Executive Carrie Lam as her administration fights Hong Kong’s so-called fourth wave of coronavirus infections by reintroducing tough social distancing rules. These include restricting public gatherings to just two people; reducing restaurant dine-in hours and cutting the number of patrons permitted […]

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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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Tide is turning on LGBTQ+ issues

Amid government inertia, members of Hong Kong’s LGBTQ+ community are still forced into expensive and time-consuming court actions to earn certain basic rights. Boase Cohen & Collins Senior Associate Alice Cabrelli and Trainee Angie Liu examine two important judgments. Hong Kong, 9 November 2020: Research reveals there is increasing support among the Hong Kong public […]

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Colin Cohen ‘honoured’ to accept insurance role

Hong Kong, 6 November 2020: Colin Cohen will continue his regulatory role in the insurance industry after being named as a member of the Insurance Authority’s newly formed Disciplinary Panel Pool. The DPP, which comprises Insurance Authority board members and other experienced professionals from the legal, financial and other sectors, will be the industry’s new […]

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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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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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