Category: Hong Kong Legal News and Analysis

Jennifer Parks, White and Case APAC COO, on how the firm is navigating the region

As APAC COO, Jennifer Parks oversees White & Case Asia-Pacific region operations.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Parks explains what inspired her to focus on managing the operations of a global law firm in Asia, how the firm is adapting to the ever-changing competitive […]

Amie Cheung appointed Deputy Chair of Alliott Global Alliance’s APAC region

Amie Cheung, Principal of Hong Kong accounting firm, Lawrence Cheung CPA (LCCPA) has been appointed the Deputy Chair of the Asia Pacific region for Alliott Global Alliance (AGA), one of the world’s largest international alliances of law and accounting firms. The appointment is effective 1 July. […]

Practicing matrimonial and family law in Hong Kong. An interview with Jaerey Velasco, Partner, Payne Clermont Velasco

Payne Clermont Velasco is a litigation law firm, established in Hong Kong, with a local and international client base.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Jaerey Velasco, Partner at Payne Clermont Velasco, outlines her practice and explains how matrimonial and family law is unique in Hong […]

The current state of Corporate Social Responsibility in Hong Kong. An interview with Alfred Ip, Senior Partner, Hugill & Ip Solicitors

Corporate Social Responsibility has grown in importance in recent years.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Alfred Ip, Senior Partner, Hugill & Ip Solicitors details the current state of CSR in Hong Kong, its future in China and the greater APAC region, and how companies […]

A barrister based in Hong Kong practicing cross-border commercial arbitration and litigation. An interview with Moses Wanki Park

Moses Wanki Park is a barrister with Liberty Chambers and specializes in cross-border commercial arbitration and litigation based in Hong Kong, which serves as a gateway between China and the rest of the world.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Moses explains in detail his […]

Insights from a family lawyer: An interview with Billy Ko, Partner, Withers

Billy Ko is a Hong Kong-based Partner with Withers, specialised in all aspects of family law including, but not limited to, divorce and separation, nuptial agreements, children custody, and complex financial disputes with substantial assets. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Billy shares insights gained […]

An interview with Brian Tang on the future of legal innovation in Asia

Brian Tang is founding executive director of the Law, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Lab (LITE Lab) at HKU Faculty of Law & managing director of Asia Capital Markets Institute (ACMI). In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he details his extensive work in legal innovation and […]

KorumLegal welcomes two new hires to fuel their growth ambitions

KorumLegal is excited to share that we have two new hires joining our HQ team. Natasha Norton joins as General Manager – Growth & North Asia and Janice Leung joins as Consultant Solutions Manager, as we expand our capabilities in Asia Pacific (APAC) and beyond. Natasha, […]

‘The Thing About……Titus Rahiri’

KorumLegal celebrates it’s 5th anniversary this month.  Five years on from it’s inception, Founder and CEO Titus Rahiri talks with Patrick Dransfield. Photographs by Patrick Dransfield Patrick: What does the name ‘Korum’ signify?  Tell us about the KorumLegal story so far – from its founding in […]

Practicing Technology Law and Civil Litigation in Hong Kong. An interview with Joshua Chu, Consultant, ONC Lawyers

Joshua Chu is a Consultant at ONC Lawyers and is currently based in Hong Kong. He specializes in Technology Law and Civil Litigation.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he details the focus of his practice, key considerations for companies managing litigation risks in Hong […]

Helping lawyers advance their careers in the APAC region. An interview with Annie Tang, Managing Director, Star Anise Legal

In 2010, Annie Tang and her brother Chris, founded Star Anise Legal, providing legal, compliance and professional recruitment services to diverse clients across the APAC region.   In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Annie details what inspired the founding of the firm, her background in law, […]

Making legal documentation affordable and accessible to everyone. An interview with Kim Chan, founder and CEO of DocPro

DocPro is a legaltech platform which combines legal documentation services with cutting edge technology.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Kim Chan, founder and CEO of DocPro, explains what motivated his move from the practice of law to becoming a legal tech entrepreneur, how DocPro […]

Hong Kong’s new innovative “legal talent agency”: An interview with Tina Lee Jebely, Founder and Talent Agent, The Roya Agency

Tina Lee Jebely recently established The Roya Agency in Hong Kong – a legal talent agency focused on the exclusive representation of the interests of top calibre and high potential senior attorneys.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Jebely explains what inspired her agency’s founding, […]

Asia Pacific M&A and Corporate Strategy amidst Global Market Dislocation

By Ken Koo, Managing Director at Citigroup and Deputy General Manager at Orient Securities Investment Banking Co.; with an introduction by Patrick Dransfield, Consultant at Asia Law Portal I first met Ken Koo when he delivered the Key Note Address at the ABA Section of International […]

Hong Kong legal salary survey 2020-2021

Introduction The biggest question we are currently being asked by law firms across Asia is what is happening to remuneration in a post- COVID landscape. There are a host of economic and demand/supply-based factors placing new upward/downward pressures on salaries and remuneration. Law firms in Hong […]

Focusing on how working with “purpose” plays an important element in legal and compliance recruitment in the Asia-Pacific region. An interview with Nisha Chugh, Head of Legal & Compliance, ConnectedGroup

Nisha Chugh is Head of Legal & Compliance for ConnectedGroup, based in Hong Kong.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she explains the state of legal and compliance recruitment in the Asia-Pacific region during COVID-19, what inspired her career in legal recruitment, the importance of lawyer purpose […]

Insights into today’s practice of multijurisdictional family and divorce law: An interview with Samantha Gershon, Partner, Withers

Samantha Gershon is a Hong Kong-based Partner with Withers, specialized in multijurisdictional family and divorce law.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Gershon explains the depth of her experience and how it informs her practice, Withers’ competitive differentiators, how technology is helping support this practice […]

How law firm partner remuneration may change post COVID-19. An interview with Rob Green, CEO of GRM

The coronavirus is impacting the legal services sector in a variety of significant ways.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Rob Green, CEO of GRM, examines how law firm partner remuneration may change post COVID-19. Will we see any changes to law firm Partner remuneration […]

Webcast: Proactive management of COVID 19 related risks and disputes

On 31st March, 2020, In-House Community, together with LC Lawyers LLP (Hong Kong law firm member of the global EY network), hosted a webinar for over 270 in-house counsel. The webinar covered Proactive management of COVID 19 related risks and disputes, and was presented by Kareena Teh, Partner; […]

Hong Kong’s legal job market: Predictions for the coming year

In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Rob Green, CEO of GRM, provides his analysis of the past 12 months in legal recruitment in Hong Kong, and what we might expect for the rest of the year. Given the past 12 months, how has Hong Kong’s […]

Meet the Team at GRM: Asia’s Most Decorated Legal Recruitment Agency

GRM was born in Hong Kong in January 2009, when Rob Green, GRM’s CEO, moved to Hong Kong from the Cayman Islands, with no prior knowledge of the city or the Asian legal market. In the middle of the global financial crisis, GRM was born. The aim […]

Insights on Marketing a Hong Kong Barrister’s Chambers. An interview with Aparna Bundro, Director of Practice Development, DesVoeux Chambers

Aparna Bundro is Director of Practice Development for DesVoeux Chambers in Hong Kong. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she explains how her background as a lawyer helped her transition into legal marketing and business development, the difference between marketing for a barrister’s chambers versus […]

Reflections on over two decades in the business of law in Asia: An interview with Patrick Dransfield, Co-Director, In-House Community

Patrick Dransfield first came to Asia in 1986 where he lived in Beijing. He later went on to a career working in the business of law beginning in Hong Kong in 1996. Educated in Art History and East Asia Studies, Dransfield has worked in legal publishing […]

The current state of legal recruitment in Hong Kong. An interview with Rob Green, CEO of GRM

Hong Kong is a key conduit of foreign direct investment into and out of mainland China, and increasingly – a vital locale for Belt and Road infrastructure related legal work.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Rob Green, CEO of GRM, provides his in-depth insights […]

Funding boost and award win for Australian legal tech company

Brisbane-based legal technology company Lawcadia announces that it has recently raised $1.3 million in a pre-Series A round from a number of private investors and Artesian, a leading Australian alternative investments and venture capital firm.

Will discretion abide as long as the rules provide?

What you need to know about reopening a receiver’s fees after assessmentas confirmed in the novel case of Ho Chor Ming & Ors v Hong Kong ChiuChow Po Hing Buddhism Association Ltd [2018] 3 HKLRD 270 This Case Report was authored by Douglas Lam SC and […]

You can’t have your cake and eat it: the progressive case of Dickson Valora Group (Holdings) Co Ltd and another v Fan Ji Qian [2019] HKCFI 482

This case involved 6 members from DVC By Rachel Lam, Terrence Tai and Jasmine Cheung In the recent innovative case of Dickson Valora Group (Holdings) Co Ltd and another v Fan Ji Qian [2019] HKCFI 482, the Court was faced with a groundbreaking application for an anti-suit injunction, whereby the Hong […]

Competition Bid-rigging in Hong Kong: tip of the iceberg?

What is the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal’s Approach in Dealing with Enforcement Actions Concerning Bid-Rigging and Market Sharing and Price Fixing? Find out in two landmark decisions handed down on 17.5.2019 under the new competition regime featuring 3 members from DVC including Catrina Lam, Connie Lee […]

The official charity for the In-House Community Awards in Hong Kong, May 30, 2019, is the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute

The official charity for the In-House Community Awards is the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (cc-TDI). The mission of the cc-TDI is to translate scientific discovery into clinical trials by understanding and proving new disease-specific treatment options for children with cancer. Based in Portland, Oregon, but providing cures […]

Blockchain – Legal implications, questions, opportunities and risks

Blockchain is increasingly in the news, but still primarily as the underlying software used for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Many businesses have yet to realize its potential and the extensive ways in which blockchain can be used to make processes more efficient or to develop new […]

An interview with HFW’s Shanghai office head Nicholas Poynder on China’s hyper-competitive legal market and the firm’s goals for Asia

International law firm HFW maintains one of the most significant Asia-Pacific presences for a foreign-headquartered firm – with a total of 7 offices in the region.  And not long ago, the firm launched a transactional practice in Shanghai.  In this Q&A interview with Asia Law Portal, […]

Hong Kong and Mainland authorities sign new arrangement on interim measures in aid of arbitration

This article was co-authored by José-Antonio Maurellet SC and Ellen Pang of Des Voeux Chambers and Yanhua Lin of Fangda Partners On 2 April 2019, the Hong Kong Government and the Supreme People’s Court of China signed the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitral Proceedings by the […]

Hong Kong Dispute Resolution: What’s Ahead in 2019 and Beyond?

Here, we take a look at market trends and emerging best practices in the dispute resolution space to offer a guide as to what could be top of mind for practitioners in 2019 and beyond Arbitration What’s on the horizon? We’ve seen key changes in the […]

Barriers to funding arbitration in Hong Kong dismantled

Hong Kong’s lawmakers kicked off the process of permitting the third-party funding of arbitration as far back as 2013, even then recognising the anachronistic nature of the prohibition. It has taken nearly six years for us to reach this point, but from February 1st the funding […]

Elevate Acquires Cognatio Law, Launching Operations in Hong Kong

Flexible lawyering provider Cognatio extends Elevate’s global capabilities in Asia Pacific market. Law company Elevate today announced it has acquired Cognatio Law, a Hong Kong-based flexible lawyering and legal consulting business serving in-house legal and compliance teams as well as law firms across Asia Pacific. Cognatio […]

Latest Employment Trends in Hong Kong: More Burden for Employers?

2018 witnessed the proposed introduction of a number of changes to the employment law regime in Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong Government taking the charge in implementing changes to gradually improve employee protections and employee benefits. This article shall revisit some of the key events […]

Tanner De Witt enhances its litigation practice with appointment of Kevin Bowers as Consultant

Tanner De Witt announces with great pleasure the appointment of Kevin Bowers as a Consultant in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Kevin is a dual-qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Hong Kong and has practiced as a commercial disputes lawyer and partner with three leading […]

Litigation Funding Agreements – do the Courts approve? Find out in Raafat Imam v. Life (China) Company Limited and Others [2018] HKCFI 1852

By Clifford Smith SC, Sabrina Ho and Tommy Cheung Litigating in Hong Kong to enforce one’s rights and entitlements can be expensive. Against this backdrop, can a plaintiff of limited financial means enter into a third party civil action funding agreement to fund his civil case? […]

The Competition Tribunal Exercising Firm Grip On Case Management Powers

The Competition Tribunal in the recent case of  Competition Commission v. W. Hing Construction Company Limited & Ors [2018] HKCT 6 exercised robust case management power. It dismissed the 4th Respondent’s last minute application at the PTR for what was “virtually a wholesale substitution” of the original […]

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Getting ahead of the Competition (Conduct Rules): 7 landscape changing findings from Taching Petroleum Co Ltd v. Meyer Aluminium Ltd [2018] 2 HKLRD 1284

By Richard Leung JP, John Hui and Jonathan Chan The recent case of Taching Petroleum Co Ltd v. Meyer Aluminium Ltd creates new precedent. This decision is at the vanguard of raising contravention of conduct rules as a defence in civil proceedings. A shield not a […]