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Pádraig Seif hails impact of Chief Executive

Hong Kong, 16 November 2023: Our Foreign Legal Consultant Pádraig Seif was honoured to give the vote of thanks to Chief Executive John Lee at today’s Joint Business Community Luncheon. The event, attended by hundreds of guests at the Island Shangri-La in Admiralty, is a traditional gathering in which Hong Kong’s leader provides insights into […]

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Votes and quotes amid altered landscape

Hong Kong, 15 November 2023: “A week is a long time in politics.” The late Harold Wilson’s quote, made during one of the UK’s seemingly never-ending crises in the 1960s, perfectly captures the fluctuating fortunes of those in office, including the man himself. A Labour Party titan and social reformer, he served two terms as […]

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Catering for a greener future

By Claire Chow Hong Kong, 10 November 2023: A city-wide ban on disposable plastic tableware in restaurants will commence on the next Earth Day – 22 April 2024 – the government has confirmed. The move is the first phase of a drive to ban single-use plastic throughout the city, with the second phase tentatively scheduled […]

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Law & More: Episode 33 – Edward Fitzgerald CBE KC

Hong Kong, 9 November 2023: In the latest episode of Law & More, we are thrilled to be joined by a true giant of the Bar, Edward Fitzgerald CBE KC. A champion of prisoners’ rights, steadfast opponent of the death penalty and firm believer in the power of redemption, Ed looks back on some of […]

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When online advice is off-target

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 8 November 2023: Investment comes with risk, hence the importance of due diligence in order to make a fully informed decision. The digital revolution, however, with on-the-go financial information and online trading platforms, has lowered the barriers and there is now a proliferation of casual, inexperienced citizens testing the water, […]

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GBA consumer rights to the fore

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 6 November 2023: Cross-border consumer protection has become a key focus for regulators as the development of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) gathers pace. Setting minimum standards for the purchase of goods and services and providing the public with channels to resolve complaints are seen as essential to boosting confidence […]

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How much? You must be kidding!

Hong Kong, 1 November 2023: “Be nice to your children,” advises comedian Steven Wright, “After all, they’re going to choose your nursing home.” As ever, the best humour has an element of truth to it. In acknowledging the role reversal that sees offspring shoulder responsibility for ageing parents, Wright’s quip also highlights the lifelong commitment […]

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Alex Liu joins MPFA review body

Hong Kong, 30 October 2023: Congratulations to Boase Cohen & Collins Managing Partner Alex Liu on his appointment as a member of the Process Review Panel for the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (PRP-MPFA). Alex is one of two new members appointed to the 10-strong regulatory body by Financial Secretary Paul Chan, with his role […]

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Grounded, stranded and taken for fools

London, 18 October 2023: “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!” The final lyrics in the Who’s anthemic, stadium-shaking show-closer Won’t Get Fooled Again, an eviscerating rant against leaders who come and go while failing to make any difference to our lives. Too true. Anyone spending five hours in the taxi queue at […]

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Law & More: Episode 32 – Amr Elhenawy

Hong Kong, 17 October 2023: In this episode, we are delighted to be joined by Ambassador/former Consul General of Egypt Amr Elhenawy. A diplomat for more than three decades, during which he was posted all over the world, Amr recently left the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and has made Hong Kong his home, setting up a […]

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Home renovations: a call to action

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 1 March 2024: Stricter regulation of the home renovation sector appears likely following a damning Consumer Council report that unveils widespread malpractice, such as aggressive sales tactics, lack of transparency over costs and shoddy workmanship. The watchdog has recommended improved safeguards, including an accreditation system for firms and standard quotation […]

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A ‘win-win’ for two legal systems

By John Zhou Hong Kong, 27 February 2024: A new law facilitating the reciprocal enforcement of civil and commercial judgments by Hong Kong and Mainland courts has been in place for one month. Many in the legal and business community believe it is a milestone in cross-border co-operation. The Mainland Judgments in Civil and Commercial […]

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Law & More: Episode 37 – Sabrina Ho

Hong Kong, 26 February 2024: In the latest episode of Law & More, we are joined by Sabrina Ho, who is Vice Chair of Council at the historic Helena May in Central. Sabrina tells us about the club’s fascinating history and outstanding record of charitable work, as well as revealing her personal motivation for being […]

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The art of drawing a crowd

Hong Kong, 21 February 2024: Sixty years ago this month, a renowned Gothenburg gallery hosted an exhibition of contemporary paintings by avant-garde artists, including four works by an obscure Frenchman named Pierre Brassau. Critics gushed over his “powerful strokes” delivered with “the delicacy of a ballet dancer”, unaware that Brassau didn’t exist. The paintings had […]

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Avoiding a major event own-goal

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 20 February 2024: The fallout from star footballer Lionel Messi’s no-show in Hong Kong has highlighted the pitfalls of organising major sporting and entertainment events. Aside from the risk of reputational and financial damage for stakeholders when a large event encounters a serious problem, there are also legal ramifications to […]

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