Hong Kong: Is the test for “substantial connection” for the declaration of parentage the same as that for matrimonial proceedings?

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In respect of initiating proceedings for divorce in Hong Kong, section 3(c) of the Matrimonial Causes Ordinance (Cap. 179) requires either of the parties to have substantial connection with Hong Kong. There is a line of divorce cases showing that the Courts in determining whether a connection is substantial would take all relevant factors […]

The law on demotions in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 3 minutesA demotion normally involves a reduction in rank or status, or a decrease in job responsibilities and/or salary. An employer may wish to demote an employee for a variety of reasons including poor performance, capability and/or as an alternative to termination. Regardless of the reason for the demotion, an employer should be careful when demoting […]

香港:第二次机会──推翻认罪答辩的法律原则

Reading Time: 1 minutes在某些罕见情况下,被告人虽然有代表律师,但在作出认罪答辩前未获其律师提供适当意见(或被告人并无代表律师),则被告人可能需要以认罪答辩含糊为由,申请推翻其答辩。在最近HKSAR v Chan Chi Ho Lincoln [2018] HKCFA 64一案中,终审法院澄清了规管法院就被告人申请推翻认罪答辩而行使酌情权的原则。

香港:兼职引发的法律问题

Reading Time: 1 minutes不少香港公司规定,雇员若未作出披露或未经同意从事兼职,即属违反合约,可能会面临纪律处分、解雇,甚至被起诉索偿。兼职亦可能触犯《防止贿赂条例》内的刑事罪行。

雇佣合约或人力资源政策须列明准则,规定雇员就其收受的利益及任何外间薪酬(包括兼职)作出充分披露,以及订明审批权谁属。就相关政策提供培训、加深雇员的认识、制订审批权,以及建立申报外间工作的机制都是关键所在。

香港:在甚么情况下法院才会批准共同管养权的申请?

Reading Time: 1 minutes在近期的婚姻诉讼案件XS对LB [2018] CHKEC 639中,父亲要求拥有与母亲共同管养儿子的共同管养权要求,遭法院驳回,法院认为将儿子的管养权、照顾和管束权颁予母亲,符合儿子的最佳利益,理由是父亲和母亲的感情和沟通基础薄弱,在过去多年来,双方不能在儿子事宜上,有效地沟通和互相合作,而且母亲愿意作出一系列承诺、确认和同意,释除父亲的各种担心。

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Hong Kong: Mutual recognition of funds between Luxembourg and Hong Kong

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) from Hong Kong and the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (“CSSF”) from Luxembourg have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) on Mutual Recognition of Funds (“MRF”) on 15 January 2019, which will allow eligible Hong Kong public funds and Luxembourg UCITS fund (a collective investment scheme […]

Hong Kong: Amendments to an employment contract – whether there is “real benefit” to an employer

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In our previous newsletter “Amendments to an Employment Contract Must Be Supported by Fresh Consideration” (September 2017), we discussed the ruling of the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) in Wu Kit Man v Dragonway Group Holdings Limited HCLA 15/2016, where the CFI held that amendments to an existing employment contract were unenforceable due to lack of […]

Hong Kong: The Competition Tribunal refuses last-minute application to amend pleadings two months before trial

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In Competition Commission v Wing Hing Construction Co Ltd [2018] HKCT 6, the Competition Tribunal refuses a respondent’s application to amend its Response and file new witness statements in substitution for a statement already filed. Factual background In these proceedings, the respondents were contractors appointed from a reference list of the Hong Kong Housing Authority to […]

Hong Kong: HKEx published its latest review of corporate governance practices and updated its guidance material on ESG reporting

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction On 16 November 2018, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Exchange”) published the findings of its latest review of listed issuers’ corporate governance practices and updated its guidance material on environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) reporting. Latest review of listed issuers’ corporate governance practices Since the introduction of the Corporate Governance Code […]