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Senior citizens rocked by digital disarray

Hong Kong, 8 September 2021: Hongkongers of a certain vintage fondly recall Below the Lion Rock, a classic TV drama series that first aired in 1972. It depicted the lives of working people living in the public housing estates and cramped villages in the shadow of the eponymous 495m-high mountain which dominates the Kowloon skyline. […]

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Coping with a quarantine quandary

Travelling during a pandemic requires infinite patience and a willingness to adapt. Now back in Hong Kong and released from 14-day hotel isolation, BC&C Senior Partner Colin Cohen reflects on his eight-week adventure into the unknown. FLIGHT OF FANCY It’s mid-June, Hong Kong’s heat and humidity are oppressive and, like everyone, I’m growing pandemic-weary. I’m […]

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Uber uncertainty highlights need for reform

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 3 September 2021: How can a company maintain a high-profile presence in Hong Kong, renting office space and employing a significant number of staff, when its core service is deemed illegal? Welcome to the unusual world of Uber, the global ride-hailing giant which has thrived in this city despite government […]

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A failure to see the bigger picture

Hong Kong, 1 September 2021: The new school year has officially started today. Hundreds of thousands of eager students returning to classes, meeting old friends and making new ones, embracing the joys of learning and benefiting from the myriad educational, social and physical activities that schools offer and which are essential for their growth and […]

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Law & More: Episode 4 – Surrogacy

Hong Kong, 31 August 2021: We are delighted to publish the latest episode of Law & More, our podcast series which explores issues in the legal world and beyond. This time, our Partner Lisa Wong welcomes two guests, Senior Counsel Philip Dykes and Counsel Christina Tseng, to discuss the complex issue of surrogacy and the […]

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A novel way of enforcing quarantine

Hong Kong, 25 August 2021: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” It is one of 20th century literature’s most memorable quotes, penned by George Orwell in his classic 1945 novella Animal Farm. The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human owner […]

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Lapping up the latest travel chaos

Hong Kong, 18 August 2021: Some of you may be aware I recently did a “Pirelli Hot Lap” during the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. I was given a high-speed tour of the famous circuit in a Mercedes-AMG GTR – similar to the F1 safety car – with a professional racing driver at […]

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Criminal Law Lecture returns in September

Hong Kong, 13 August 2021: Former UK Director of Public Prosecutions Lord Ken Macdonald QC will present the HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture next month. Recognised as one of the country’s leading criminal, regulatory and international lawyers, Lord Macdonald will address an audience comprising senior figures from the legal profession and law students […]

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Further legal success for same-sex couples

By Kristie Wong Hong Kong, 11 August 2021: Hong Kong’s historic and ongoing bias against its own LGBTQ+ community – enshrined in law but underscored by government practices – continues to be eroded in the city’s courts. Two recent judgments in landmark cases represent further legal recognition for the rights of same-sex couples. In June, […]

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Ally Law gains vital presence in Indonesia

Hong Kong, 6 August 2021: Colin Cohen has hailed Ally Law’s recruitment of a new member firm in Indonesia, saying it gives the global legal services organisation a vital presence in one of the world’s most important emerging markets. Nusantara Legal Partnership (NLP), based in Jakarta, is a boutique law firm with a focus on […]

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Failing to meet our great expectations

Hong Kong, 1 December 2021: “Please, sir, I want some more.” These, of course, are the famous words spoken by the eponymous young orphan in Charles Dickens’ celebrated novel Oliver Twist as he timidly asks the master of the workhouse for a further helping of gruel. As with many of his epic works, the lauded […]

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Law & More: Episode 8 – Cliff Buddle

Hong Kong, 29 November 2021: We’re delighted to publish our latest episode of Law & More, the podcast that explores issues in the legal world and beyond. This time, our Senior Partner Colin Cohen speaks with South China Morning Post columnist Cliff Buddle. Having been with the Post for 27 years, Cliff is ideally positioned […]

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Helpers facing heightened scrutiny

By Arthur Chan and Jasmine Kwong Hong Kong, 24 November 2021: The Immigration Department appears to be taking a stronger stance over its requirement that foreign domestic helpers should have a clear criminal record in order to obtain a work visa. However, this toughening of attitude gives rise to fresh questions about how future applications […]

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CFA upholds Small House Policy in full

By Colin Cohen Hong Kong, 19 November 2021: In a much-anticipated judgment, the Court of Final Appeal has upheld the exclusive right of male indigenous villagers in the New Territories to build their own homes, ruling that the so-called Small House Policy is constitutional in its entirety. The judges have declared this right is protected […]

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Come cry with me, let’s lament this disarray

Hong Kong, 17 November 2021: Do you think Carrie Lam listens to music? Unlikely, given that our famously workaholic Chief Executive insists she never relaxes. A pity, because an hour with Frank Sinatra and his swinging songs certainly puts a spring in your step and makes you think wistfully of happier times and alluring locations. […]

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