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Covid triggers employment law changes

By Allison Lee  Hong Kong, 8 August 2022: Significant changes to Hong Kong’s employment regulations have been made to address workplace-related issues as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Employers now have scope to dismiss a member of staff who refuses, without a valid excuse, to be vaccinated. As well, employees who fail to attend […]

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Flight to HK cancelled? Read this …

By Pádraig Seif Hong Kong, 2 August 2022: One direct effect of the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic is that living in Hong Kong has been somewhat of a challenge since early 2020. Especially if you need to travel. Maybe the following sounds all too familiar to the esteemed reader: flights into Hong Kong […]

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Law & More: Episode 17 – Amanda Whitfort

Hong Kong, 1 August 2022: In the latest episode of Law & More, we focus on the law relating to animal welfare with our guest, Professor Amanda Whitfort. A barrister and university lecturer who has co-authored major reports on animal welfare, Amanda discusses Hong Kong’s outdated laws, issues surrounding cruelty and neglect, and major problems […]

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A timely boost for common law

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 29 July 2022: In a landmark ruling, the Court of Final Appeal has overturned Hong Kong’s first conviction for carrying zip ties. The judges ruled that lower courts had erroneously applied the law too widely, meaning anyone found carrying an instrument deemed fit for unlawful purpose could be penalised for […]

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Ally Law extends footprint into Turkey

Hong Kong, 21 July 2022: Colin Cohen has welcomed Ally Law’s expansion into Turkey, with Istanbul-based Dündar Sır Law Firm joining the global legal services organisation. “Turkey has long been a target market for us. Located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, it is an important hub for global trade, […]

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Our city’s colourful Covid future

Paris, 13 July 2022: What’s your favourite colour? Mine’s blue, which has nothing in common with politics and everything to do with my beloved football team. However, much of the talk in Hong Kong right now concerns red, yellow and green – in other words, a traffic-light style electronic health code which our government believes […]

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Child relocation: a useful guide

By Alice Cabrelli Hong Kong, 11 July 2022: The ongoing exodus of residents from Hong Kong is well documented, with our government’s tough anti-pandemic policies serving as a significant driver. This city’s net outflow of people was more than 140,000 for the first half of the year, amounting to 1.9% of the population, and the […]

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Courts ushering in the digital age

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 7 July 2022: A notable consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic is that the world has embraced digital technology at an even faster pace than before. Video conferencing, remote working and online learning have become the new normal for many people. This phenomenon is extending – belatedly, some may argue – […]

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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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A reminder about wage obligations

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 29 November 2022: The impact of Covid-19 on Hong Kong’s economy has been underscored by media stories about firms failing to pay wages on time and falling behind with pension fund contributions. But even in these difficult times, the government has made it clear employers are expected to meet their […]

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BC&C duo are admitted as Solicitors

Hong Kong, 28 November 2022: There were scenes of celebration outside the High Court in Admiralty on Saturday as Nicole Chong and Kyle Ho became the latest talented legal professionals with Boase Cohen & Collins to be admitted as Solicitors in Hong Kong. Family, friends and work colleagues were on hand to share their landmark […]

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Kicking Covid thoughts into touch

Doha, 23 November 2022: Brazilian football icon Pele popularised the phrase “the beautiful game” – o jogo bonito in his native Portuguese – although its exact origin is unclear. He had every reason to love his chosen sport: one of the finest players of all time, he won the World Cup on three occasions. His […]

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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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