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Landlords’ hands tied over SME tenants

By Fiona Chan Hong Kong, 2 March 2022: In an unprecedented move, the government is introducing emergency legislation to prohibit landlords from taking action against certain types of businesses which have fallen behind with their rent. Financial Secretary Paul Chan made the surprise announcement in his budget speech on 23 February as he emphasised the […]

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UN sale of goods law will bring benefits

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 25 February 2022: Import and export businesses are advised to start preparing for a significant new law which will come into effect later this year. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) will be implemented in Hong Kong, bringing a set of unified rules […]

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Isolation units add up to flight of fancy

Hong Kong, 23 February 2022: A net total of 20,163 people left Hong Kong last week, according to Webb-site.com, the free database of this city’s people and organisations which is drawn together from publicly available information. It marks an escalation of the exodus which has been ongoing since the 2019 protests and the primary reason […]

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Clear road ahead for motoring insurers

By Jeffrey Chan Hong Kong, 17 February 2022: Rapid development of the Greater Bay Area is presenting new challenges and opportunities for Hong Kong insurers, particularly with regard to motoring policies. Cross-boundary traffic is expected to increase after the Covid-19 pandemic as authorities on both sides of the border finalise a quota-free scheme for private […]

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Judgment affirms need for written agreements

By Teddy Lam Hong Kong, 14 February 2022: Law firms and their clients have been given a timely reminder of the requirement to have fee agreements for non-contentious work in writing following a conclusive ruling by the Court of Appeal. The judges dismissed a lawsuit brought by a firm of solicitors seeking to enforce an […]

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Social distancing: an easy-to-follow guide

Hong Kong, 11 February 2022: The latest and more stringent social distancing regulations which came into force yesterday (Thursday) have prompted some confusion among members of the public. Here is a quick guide designed to give clarity about what you must, and must not, do. Group gatherings in public limited to two people Any two […]

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New wave, same old problem

Hong Kong, 9 February 2022: “It’s the economy, stupid!” US presidential hopeful Bill Clinton had this sign hanging in his campaign headquarters in 1992. The country was in an economic recession and President George Bush Snr was perceived as out of touch with the needs of ordinary Americans. Clinton hammered home his promise of economic […]

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A working safety net for single parents

By Allison Lee Hong Kong, 8 February 2022: The latest round of school closures in Hong Kong in response to the Omicron-driven fifth wave of coronavirus infections will have produced sighs of exasperation from affected families. This is the third academic year in a row that has been badly disrupted by the pandemic. The negative […]

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Law & More: Episode 11 – Victor Apps

Hong Kong, 7 February 2022: We’re delighted to publish the latest episode of our Law & More podcast. This time, our Senior Partner Colin Cohen speaks with Victor Apps, Chairman of the Business and Professionals Federation of Hong Kong and formerly a senior insurance executive and member of the Election Committee. Victor looks back on […]

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BC&C pair join ranks of solicitors

Hong Kong, 27 January 2022: Boase Cohen & Collins’ proud tradition of nurturing homegrown legal talent continues with Jennifer Lee and Angie Liu becoming the latest members of our legal team to be admitted as solicitors. Work colleagues, family members and friends were present at the High Court to see the pair formally admitted, the […]

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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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