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Equality drama reflects real life

By Gabriella Chan Hong Kong, 17 November 2022: The staging of an acclaimed play, We Are Gay, at the West Kowloon Cultural District’s Xiqu Centre last week coincided with another landmark moment for Hong Kong’s LGBTQ+ community. While the drama – a highlight of the 2022 Hong Kong Arts Festival – was being acted out […]

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Gabriella Chan enhances BC&C team

Hong Kong, 10 November 2022: We are pleased to welcome experienced lawyer Gabriella Chan to Boase Cohen & Collins as a key addition to our Family Law team. Gabriella, who joins as an Associate, is proficient in a range of matters arising from the matrimonial context, including divorce and separation, children and financial applications, committal […]

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After the party, a pandemic hangover

Hong Kong, 9 November 2022: Jonah Lomu best summed up the unique appeal of the Hong Kong Sevens: “If you get bored, turn around and watch the rugby!” The late All Blacks icon adored the tournament, memorably returning to take part (and triumph, for a third time) in the 1996 edition when he was the […]

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Tepid anti-touting law exposed

By Henry Siu Hong Kong, 4 November 2022: News that a student was swindled out of HK$230,000 when she tried to buy tickets to watch singer Eason Chan has once again placed the spotlight on Hong Kong’s shady secondary ticket market. Efforts by the authorities to crack down on dubious practices have met with limited […]

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Zero tolerance for CBD products

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 2 November 2022: A cannabis compound which has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong will soon be banned, with heavy penalties for trafficking or possession. Cannabidiol, widely known as CBD, will be made illegal from 1 February, effectively shutting down a burgeoning industry where the substance is available in food […]

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Law & More: Episode 20 – Ian Winter KC

Hong Kong, 1 November 2022: Our latest guest on Law & More is London-based King’s Counsel Ian Winter, a frequent visitor to Hong Kong where he has made his name handling high-profile financial crime cases. Ian reflects on his distinguished career and offers his thoughts on Hong Kong’s legal landscape, including rule of law, judicial […]

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Health protection? It’s going swimmingly

Hong Kong, 26 October 2022: Fifty-six years ago, Mao Zedong famously swam in the Yangtze River to herald his resurgence as China’s supreme leader. It set a trend for his successors. Deng Xiaoping enjoyed an invigorating dip most days, even well into his 80s, while Jiang Zemin was also partial to a paddle, whether on […]

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Clampdown on rogue sales staff

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 19 October 2022: A four-year campaign by the Customs and Excise Department to combat aggressive sales tactics at fitness centres appears to have some significant effect. Officers report a huge reduction in consumer complaints, a trend attributed to heightened vigilance plus deterrent penalties being handed down by the courts for […]

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Dragons bat on with renewed support

Hong Kong, 14 October 2022: Boase Cohen & Collins and Somerley Capital Holdings Limited are delighted to extend their sponsorship of Hong Kong’s all-Chinese development team, the CHK Dragons, for a further two years. Having commenced their support in 2019, the firms will continue to provide backing until the end of the 2023-24 season. The […]

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High hopes, grounded governance

Hong Kong, 12 October 2022: “Happiness is good health and a bad memory!” It’s a quote attributed to several famous figures, most notably Casablanca star Ingrid Bergman. The Hong Kong Tourism Board is banking on this being the case next year, hopefully with our city restored to full fitness and recollections of Covid-19 fading fast, […]

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Move along, nothing to see here

Hong Kong, 1 February 2023: There is a wonderful sketch in BBC comedy classic The Two Ronnies where Messrs Corbett and Barker send up the uber-serious quiz show, Mastermind. Contestant Charlie Smithers (Corbett), having previously replied to questions before they were asked, this time answers the question before last, with hilarious results. Alas, nothing so […]

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Seeking a divorce? It’s good to talk

By Gabriella Chan  Hong Kong, 30 January 2023: Separation and divorce are, by nature, stressful. Couples who choose to go their separate ways inevitably have differences over matters such as children arrangements, assets, maintenance and numerous other personal issues to resolve.  In such circumstances, protracted court proceedings, with perceived taking of sides and associated costs, […]

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Ten takeaways from a month in Qatar

By Colin Cohen Hong Kong, 26 January 2023: It is several weeks since I boarded my Qatar Airways flight out of Doha to Brisbane for a festive break Down Under. Time enough to reflect on my trip to the World Cup, where the off-field experience was just as brilliant as the football. 1. When less […]

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Rankings recognition for Family Law team

Hong Kong, 20 January 2023: We are delighted to announce that our Family Law team has once again been recognised by Chambers and Partners, publishers of the world’s premier legal guide. Welcoming the news, Senior Partner Colin Cohen comments: “Family Law is a core practice area for our firm and we have a particularly strong […]

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The rule that bugs our bunny celebrations

Hong Kong, 18 January 2023: “You do things and do things and nobody really has a clue.” So opines novelist John Updike in the first volume of his feted Rabbit tetralogy chronicling the mundane life of fictional post-war American everyman Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom. As our government continues to impose its science-denying mask mandate, wonders what […]

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