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Sunshine brings us brighter news

Sunshine brings us brighter news Hong Kong, 6 May 2020: Summer is coming and, at least in Hong Kong, it would appear the coronavirus may be going. While always stressing the need for caution and acknowledging the immense disruption Covid-19 continues to cause around the world, it does appear our city has turned the corner in […]

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Ruling expands possibilities for paraplegics

Ruling expands possibilities for paraplegics An elite rock climber left paralysed by a traffic accident has won his High Court claim for a hi-tech exoskeleton to improve his mobility. Boase Cohen & Collins Associate Stephanie Lai and Trainee Mandy Tsang examine the case and its implications. Hong Kong, 5 May 2020: The High Court recently handed down […]

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Explained: police powers to search your phone

Explained: police powers to search your phone The Court of Appeal has given police greater authority to search an arrested person’s mobile phone without a warrant, but its practical use is limited without password access. Boase Cohen & Collins Associate Stephanie Lai and Trainee Mandy Tsang examine the landmark judgment. Hong Kong, 28 April 2020: The Court […]

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Signs we are winning the coronavirus fight

Signs we are winning the coronavirus fight Hong Kong, 27 April 2020: While Covid-19 updates from around the world continue to make generally grim reading, it is a pleasure to convey some positive news as Hong Kong deals with the pandemic far more effectively than many jurisdictions. First, use of video technology in our court […]

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Protecting the rights of a same-sex partner

Protecting the rights of a same-sex partner As the LGBT+ community continues its fight against discrimination in Hong Kong, Boase Cohen & Collins Associate Kristie Wong and Trainee Christine Lo pinpoint two key steps which individuals in same-sex relationships can take to protect the rights of their other halves. Hong Kong, 24 April 2020: A […]

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Reason for hope as restrictions continue

Reason for hope as restrictions continue Hong Kong, 15 April 2020: Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Hong Kong residents? While always cautious, we do have reason for a degree of optimism after the government announced just three new coronavirus cases – all imported – on Tuesday, the third day in […]

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Hong Kong courts embrace video technology

Hong Kong courts embrace video technology Hong Kong, 8 April 2020: Some good news, Hong Kong is making progress on using video technology for court hearings. As many of you are aware, our courts have been generally closed, bar emergency hearings, since late January due to the coronavirus pandemic and there appears little possibility of normal service […]

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Covid-19 and the question of Force Majeure

Covid-19 and the question of Force Majeure The global economy has taken a battering amid the coronavirus pandemic with many enterprises, no matter their size, struggling to fulfil contractual obligations. Boase Cohen & Collins Partner Susan Cheung examines some options which Hong Kong business owners may consider. Hong Kong, 6 April 2020: With an unprecedented […]

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Covid-19 – are employees protected?

Covid-19 – are employees protected? What are your rights if you become ill with the coronavirus in the course of your work? Boase Cohen & Collins Associate Stephanie Lai examines whether a claim can be brought under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance. Hong Kong, 2 April 2020: In response to the latest escalation in confirmed Covid-19 cases, […]

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Covid-19: tighter restrictions in Hong Kong

Covid-19: tighter restrictions in Hong Kong Hong Kong, 1 April 2020: I’m sure you are aware by now that the Hong Kong government has recently imposed tighter restrictions regarding social distancing and use of public facilities in the wake of a steady daily increase in new coronavirus cases. These include limiting public gatherings to a […]

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New ID card gender rules unveiled

By Jasmine Kwong Hong Kong, 19 April 2024: More than a year after a significant Court of Final Appeal ruling, the government has finally amended its policy on allowing citizens to change their gender status on their Hong Kong identity card. However, some LGBTQ+ activists remain unhappy, saying the revised regulations are still discriminatory and […]

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The slow lane to modernisation

Hong Kong, 17 April 2024: “Round round, get around, I get around,” sing the Beach Boys, in typically carefree fashion. We can assume they’ve never taken one of Hong Kong’s ageing cabs, an experience that puts the brakes on the pleasures of gadding about town. If you can grab such a vehicle, it invariably comes […]

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Law & More: Episode 39 – Sharon Ser

Hong Kong, 15 April 2024: In this episode, we are joined by well-known divorce lawyer Sharon Ser, who reflects on her upbringing and early experiences as a legal professional in London, her subsequent move to Hong Kong and how she established her formidable reputation as the go-to practitioner in Family Law. Sharon speaks with our […]

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A poignant day for retiring Teddy Lam

Hong Kong, 28 March 2024: Everyone at BC&C wishes our Partner Teddy Lam a long and happy retirement after 26 years with the firm. He officially said goodbye today at a staff party held in his honour. “While it is obviously an emotional day, I leave with many treasured memories and am proud to have […]

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Having your fill of problems

Hong Kong, 27 March 2024: I confess to being a Marxist … of the Groucho, Harpo and Chico sort. The trio’s cabin scene in A Night at the Opera remains a comedy classic: Groucho discovers three stowaways – including his two brothers – in his tiny room aboard a ship, which is then occupied by […]

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