Covid 19

27Apr2022

Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update – Overview of Employment Support Scheme 2022

The full details of the new round of the Employment Support Scheme (“ESS 2022”) have been announced by the Hong Kong Government. Under the ESS 2022, the eligible Employers may apply for wage subsidies in respect of the relevant employees during the subsidy period from…Read More

08Apr2022

Refinements of the new round of Employment Support Scheme

The HKSAR Government first announced a new round of Employment Support Scheme (the “ESS 2022”) on 18 March 2022. Having consulted the relevant stakeholders, the Government stated on 8 April 2022 that it will launch a ‘perfected version’ of the ESS 2022 by relaxing some…Read More

24Mar2022

Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update – Government announces new round of Employment Support Scheme subject to new rules 

The Hong Kong government announced on 18 March 2022 a new round of Employment Support Scheme (“ESS 2022”) in response to the “fifth-wave” of the Covid-19 pandemic in Hong Kong, and intended to target the wage subsidies at small and medium enterprises affected by the…Read More

01Mar2022

Legal Update: Employment (Amendment) Bill 2022 introduces proposed amendments relating to sickness and vaccination requests

The Hong Kong Government had recently tightened the already severe social-distancing measures in view of the 5th wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Hong Kong and made announcements of other policies it intended to implement in the future. Vaccine Pass Regulation The Government had made…Read More

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13Apr2021

Sunny Hathiramani to speak at INSOL Focus Webinar 2021

On Tuesday 20 April, Restructuring and Insolvency Partner Sunny Hathiramani will speak on a webinar hosted by the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL International), the foremost organisation for accountants and lawyers who specialise in turnaround and insolvency. The webinar is on cross-border insolvencies under…Read More

22Mar2021

Covid-19: Can children be separated from parents during quarantine? (March 2021 update)

This is an update to an article that was published in April 2020. Recently, an international school teacher tested positive after being linked to a spreading gym cluster. Consequently, a class of 8- to 9-year-old students were sent to the government quarantine centre. Following intervention…Read More

23Feb2021

I committed a trivial breach of quarantine, do I have to go to prison for it? – A case study on breaches of quarantine under the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 struck Hong Kong in early 2020. More than a year later, it is still affecting the lives of many on multiple levels. As a way to control the spread of the virus, the Government of Hong Kong has enacted and updated legislation since March…Read More

22Jan2021

Relocation amidst a pandemic: COVID-19 and a wish to permanently leave Hong Kong with children

23 January 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the confirmation that COVID-19 has spread to Hong Kong. In a year filled with uncertainties and challenges, following on from a year of protests in Hong Kong, our Family Practice has seen an increase in enquiries,…Read More

24Nov2020

Ian De Witt speaks on panel at American Bankruptcy Institute’s International Insolvency Forum 2020

Restructuring and Insolvency Partner and Co-Head Ian De Witt was recently invited by the American Bankruptcy Institute to speak on a panel at their annual International Insolvency Forum. Held virtually this year from 18 to 20 November, the panel featured speakers such as former US…Read More

15Sep2020

BMC v BGC formerly known as WCY [2020] HKCA 317

In an interesting decision handed down recently, the Court of Appeal dismissed a father’s appeal brought against a first instance judgment dismissing his application for the return of his child to the USA from Hong Kong. The application for return was brought under the Child…Read More

26Aug2020

Advancing Private Adjudication of financial disputes in matrimonial and family proceedings

The first Private Family Adjudication (‘PFA’) was held recently in Hong Kong. It reportedly ran smoothly and led to a swift decision. It prevented a significant delay in ancillary relief trial proceedings, which had been adjourned due to the impact of Covid-19 on the Courts….Read More

24Aug2020

Hong Kong Wage Subsidy Update 6 – Application process for 2nd tranche of Employment Support Scheme (ESS) to start on 31 August 2020 until 13 September 2020

The Hong Kong Government has announced that the application process for the second tranche of the ESS will commence on 31 August 2020 until 13 September 2020.  The second tranche of the ESS is expected to be disbursed within three to four weeks after submission…Read More