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Law & More: Episode 16 – Azan Marwah

Hong Kong, 4 July 2022: In the latest episode of our Law & More podcast, we focus on the law relating to children and young people. Our Partner Alice Cabrelli speaks with barrister Azan Marwah, Chair of the Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights, who explains how this city lacks the necessary legislation and robust […]

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A perfect stage for drama and farce

Paris, 29 June 2022: “You can only predict things after they’ve happened,” remarked the late Romanian-born French playwright Eugène Ionesco, a leading figure in 20th century avant-garde theatre. While it seems appropriate to quote one of France’s favourite adopted sons as I pen this column from the Paris home of my daughter’s in-laws, it is […]

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Winning litigants left counting the cost

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 28 June 2022: Access to justice is a pillar of any legal system and cost is a significant factor. When faced with a civil dispute, litigants need to consider not only the strength of their case but also the potential legal costs and how much of these can be recovered […]

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IP issues aired at Copenhagen conference

Hong Kong, 20 June 2022: Our Partner Susan Cheung was among hundreds of delegates who converged on Copenhagen for the 40th annual conference of ECTA – the European Communities Trademark Association. With a theme of “Designing the Future”, the four-day gathering brought together intellectual property professionals in a series of presentations, panel discussions and workshops, […]

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Eureka! Another really bad idea …

Paris, 15 June 2022: Albert Einstein was a refugee. The feted physicist and Nobel laureate arrived in the US in 1933 after fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. Singer Freddie Mercury, painter Marc Chagall, American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and philanthropist George Soros? Refugees all. Just a few notable names – and there are many […]

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Fostering a spirit of togetherness

By Allison Lee Hong Kong, 10 June 2022: A modest but significant ceremony was staged by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) last month to celebrate a group of unsung heroes of the pandemic, namely foster families. The dedication shown by foster parents and, in many cases, their birth children in providing a temporary home for […]

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A directive for the digital age

By Arthur Chan and Jasmine Kwong Hong Kong, 8 June 2022: Over the past few years, tensions have been prevalent in Hong Kong society due to the city’s political situation. Although the role of the Judiciary is defined so as to remain impartial and unbiased, it is impossible to untwine politics and justice. Judges and […]

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Lessons in life from a legendary teacher

Hong Kong, 7 June 2022: Inspirational teacher and charity worker Nicole Sicard recounted her remarkable life story in a lunchtime talk at the Helena May in Central attended by five of BC&C’s lawyers. During a fireside chat with our Partner Usha Casewell, Miss Sicard described how she arrived in Hong Kong almost 60 years ago […]

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Law & More: Episode 15 – Douglas Wong

Hong Kong, 6 June 2022: Our latest guest on Law & More is Bloomberg editor Douglas Wong, who reflects on his upbringing in Malaysia, schooling in the UK and many years working in Hong Kong. A veteran of the city’s media scene who has covered financial, political and legal issues, Douglas is also a former […]

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All aboard the Nowhere Express

London, 1 June 2022: On this day six years ago, the world’s longest railway tunnel opened in Switzerland. The 57km twin-bore Gotthard Base Tunnel provides a high-speed rail link under the Alps between northern and southern Europe. It has revolutionised freight transport and drastically cut travelling time for passengers, with the journey underground taking just […]

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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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