Legal Updates

06Jun2019

Legal update: Landmark decision by HK CFA to allow civil service spousal benefits and joint tax assessments to same sex couples

On 6 June 2019 Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal handed down a landmark unanimous decision allowing same sex couples to enjoy equal spousal benefits in civil service and to file joint tax assessments in Hong Kong. Facts The Appellant, Leung Chun Kwong, a Hong…Read More

04Jun2019

Libel update: Definitions of words used in social media posts not to be found in dictionaries!

In a recent high-profile Facebook libel case following an acrimonious divorce in Stocker v Stocker, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that when determining the natural and ordinary meaning of words published on social media – fleeting and hastily written – the First Instance Judge…Read More

21May2019

Legal update: Increase of Statutory Minimum Wage effective 1 May 2019

Effective from 1 May 2019, the rate of Statutory Minimum Wage has been increased from HK$34.50 to HK$37.50 per hour.  The monetary cap on the requirement of employers recording the total number of hours worked by employees has also been revised to HK$15,300 per month. …Read More

29Jan2019

Legal update: The New Profit Tax Exemption Regime for Funds in Hong Kong

Introduction The Inland Revenue (Profits Tax Exemption for Funds) (Amendment) Bill 2018 (“Bill”) which introduces a new set of preferential profit tax treatment for both eligible onshore funds and offshore funds, was published in the Government Gazette on 7 December 2018. The Bill, if made…Read More

02Jan2019

Legal update: Mainland Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance (Highlights)

Background Previous situation Enforcement of foreign judgments in Hong Kong is ordinarily governed by the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Ordinance. Following the handover in 1997 however, China is no longer considered a foreign country by Hong Kong, therefore this ordinance is no longer applicable when…Read More