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Crypto fraud an emerging threat

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 13 October 2023: Crypto crime is on the rise in Hong Kong as rogue operators take advantage of investors’ inexperience in this complex and fast-evolving finance sector. While regulators crack down on fraudulent behaviour and police make arrests, for many citizens it is too late – tracing and recovery of […]

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Tim Owen KC to deliver keynote lecture

Hong Kong, 12 October 2023: Acclaimed barrister Tim Owen KC will deliver the sixth annual HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture next month. His talk, “Judges, Democracy and the Criminal Law”, will be given at the University of Hong Kong on Friday 17 November, starting 7:00pm. “We are thrilled that Tim has accepted our […]

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Arresting sights amid the joy

Paris, 4 October 2023: Enter the dragon, followed by fireworks. Two historic traditions were restored to Hong Kong over the long holiday weekend and, if citizens celebrated rather more joyously than usual, perhaps it was because the wait had been so painfully long. Thousands of spectators gathered in Tai Hang last Thursday evening for the […]

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An Irish welcome awaits you

By Pádraig Seif Hong Kong, 3 October 2023: A Canadian, a Kiwi and an Irishman walk into a bar. No, it’s not the start of a joke, just a recap of a recent networking event in Central. There were also Dutch people, Malaysians, Singaporeans, various other nationalities and, of course, a significant number of Hong […]

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Law & More: Episode 31 – Mike Riley

Hong Kong, 28 September 2023: This time on Law & More, we welcome an old friend of the firm and someone who loves visiting Hong Kong, former English Premier League referee Mike Riley. In a wide-ranging discussion, Mike reflects on memorable moments in his career, his recently relinquished role as general manager of the elite […]

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Fancy footwork from our finance chief

Grindelwald, Switzerland, 20 September 2023: Don your best threads and polish your dance moves, because night fever is coming to Hong Kong. That’s right, my groovy friends, we may be lacking a Bee Gees soundtrack and the flare-wearing 70s are long gone but – just like John Travolta in his career-making role – our leaders […]

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Landslide exposes prosecution risk

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 18 September 2023: Owners of luxury properties that are illegally modified or encroach on government land should brace for swift enforcement action from the authorities after the much-publicised landslide at Redhill Peninsula. Chief Executive John Lee has warned his administration will “take action in accordance with the law”, including prosecuting […]

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BC&C lawyers attend wills briefing

Hong Kong, 13 September 2023: Boase Cohen & Collins lawyers were brought up to date on matters concerning wills, probate and estate administration when the firm hosted an in-house seminar. Our legal team heard from barristers Ken To and Matthew Choi, both of Sir Oswald Cheung’s Chambers, who gave a presentation on recent judgments and […]

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NSL judges given sentencing flexibility

By Colin Cohen Hong Kong, 11 September 2023: A landmark Court of Final Appeal (CFA) judgment has provided welcome clarity regarding sentencing guidelines in national security cases. While confirming that mandatory minimum sentences are indeed mandatory, the top court has given judges leeway to consider – as they do in non-national security hearings – a […]

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LGBTQ+ activists win landmark ruling

By Gabriella Chan Hong Kong, 7 September 2023: The Court of Final Appeal (CFA) has handed a partial – but still significant – victory to Hong Kong’s LGBTQ+ community this week by ruling that the government has not fulfilled its constitutional duty to provide a legal framework for recognising same-sex relationships. The top court has […]

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Home renovations: a call to action

By Alex Liu Hong Kong, 1 March 2024: Stricter regulation of the home renovation sector appears likely following a damning Consumer Council report that unveils widespread malpractice, such as aggressive sales tactics, lack of transparency over costs and shoddy workmanship. The watchdog has recommended improved safeguards, including an accreditation system for firms and standard quotation […]

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A ‘win-win’ for two legal systems

By John Zhou Hong Kong, 27 February 2024: A new law facilitating the reciprocal enforcement of civil and commercial judgments by Hong Kong and Mainland courts has been in place for one month. Many in the legal and business community believe it is a milestone in cross-border co-operation. The Mainland Judgments in Civil and Commercial […]

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Law & More: Episode 37 – Sabrina Ho

Hong Kong, 26 February 2024: In the latest episode of Law & More, we are joined by Sabrina Ho, who is Vice Chair of Council at the historic Helena May in Central. Sabrina tells us about the club’s fascinating history and outstanding record of charitable work, as well as revealing her personal motivation for being […]

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The art of drawing a crowd

Hong Kong, 21 February 2024: Sixty years ago this month, a renowned Gothenburg gallery hosted an exhibition of contemporary paintings by avant-garde artists, including four works by an obscure Frenchman named Pierre Brassau. Critics gushed over his “powerful strokes” delivered with “the delicacy of a ballet dancer”, unaware that Brassau didn’t exist. The paintings had […]

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Avoiding a major event own-goal

By Arthur Chan Hong Kong, 20 February 2024: The fallout from star footballer Lionel Messi’s no-show in Hong Kong has highlighted the pitfalls of organising major sporting and entertainment events. Aside from the risk of reputational and financial damage for stakeholders when a large event encounters a serious problem, there are also legal ramifications to […]

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