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A beastly beginning to the year

Hong Kong, 26 January 2022: It is decades since fearsome South China tigers stalked the hills of Hong Kong, yet they remain part of this city’s fascinating folklore. In 1915, one such beast killed two policemen sent to investigate its presence in Sheung Shui before it was shot several days later. Its mounted head is […]

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Usha Casewell and team ranked in Chambers

Hong Kong, 24 January 2022: Congratulations to our Partner Usha Casewell and her Family Law team for being recognised in the latest edition of Chambers and Partners, publishers of the world’s premier legal guide. Usha, head of the Matrimonial Department, is once again named as a Notable Practitioner while Boase Cohen & Collins is praised […]

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‘Inserter’ case shows value of cooperation

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 19 January 2022: In a landmark case, the Competition Commission has used its Cooperation Policy for the first time to investigate and punish three firms involved in price-rigging over the sale of mass-mailing machines. Introduced almost three years ago, the Cooperation Policy allows firms engaged in anti-competitive conduct to assist […]

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A birthday bash and Cathay-bashing

Hong Kong, 12 January 2022: This week at BC&C, with the Omicron coronavirus variant at large in Hong Kong, we have implemented our strictest social distancing regime thus far. We are maintaining rigid segregation of our four offices in Dominion Centre to minimise risk of cross-infection; in-house meetings are conducted via Zoom; no visitors are […]

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A boost for cross-border co-operation

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 5 January 2022: The new year begins with welcome news for Hong Kong and Mainland China’s huge cross-border business community: long-awaited legislation to enhance legal co-operation between the two jurisdictions is imminent. The Department of Justice is currently conducting a public consultation – ending on 31 January – on its […]

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Law & More: Episode 10 – Ali Burney

Hong Kong, 3 January 2022: In the latest episode of Law & More, our guest is Ali Burney, a Hong Kong-based Foreign Registered Lawyer whose practice areas include the complex world of economic sanctions and export controls. Ali is a Partner in Steptoe & Johnson, an international law firm headquartered in Washington. He speaks with […]

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A helping hand for disadvantaged children

By Allison Lee Hong Kong, 30 December 2021: Our government’s recently released Poverty Situation Report made for distressing reading, especially with regard to the number of children in Hong Kong struggling through life in impoverished circumstances. Nearly 275,000 minors aged under 18 were living in poverty in 2020, according to the report, a figure reduced […]

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A final missive from a year we won’t miss

Hong Kong, 29 December 2021: Put on your face mask, check your temperature and use the LeaveHomeSafe app. Then, with health protocols duly observed, please join my whistle-stop tour of 2021 … January: Are we learning our lessons? No. Hong Kong’s schools and universities stay closed, this after students have spent less than 20 weeks […]

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Report advocates arbitration ‘success fees’

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 28 December 2021: Major changes in the way lawyers are paid for arbitration cases – including the option of tying their fee to a successful outcome – appear likely to be implemented in Hong Kong. The move would bring the city into line with most of the world’s leading arbitral […]

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Students given practical guide to civil litigation

Hong Kong, 17 December 2021: Colin Cohen drew on 40 years’ experience in the law when he delivered a lecture to legal scholars at the University of Hong Kong this week. In his talk entitled “Pitfalls in Civil Litigation”, Colin highlighted the difficulties and stumbling blocks which young lawyers may encounter as they take their […]

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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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