Legal Updates

30Oct2018

Legal update: Who is entitled to organise a funeral?

When someone dies, who is entitled to claim the body and to organise the funeral? This question was raised in the case of Re Estate of Lu Han Lung [2010] 3 HKLRD 651. In that case, the wife and eldest son of the deceased wanted…Read More

25Oct2018

Legal update: UK Supreme Court held no discrimination by bakery shop not producing cake with “Support Gay Marriage” message

The recent judgment handed down by the UK Supreme Court in the case of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd & Others [2018] UKSC 49 (“Lee”) provided some important guidance concerning direct discrimination and how other competing rights should be weighed. In Lee, Mr. Lee…Read More

10Oct2018

Legal update: When do judges refer matters to prosecuting authorities and regulatory bodies for consideration of criminal behaviour or regulatory misconduct?

Introduction When judges learn of a possible crime or professional misconduct during the trial of a matter, they sometimes refer the factual issues to the Secretary for Justice (“SJ”) and/or regulatory bodies for further investigation. In most cases judges do not specify whether they are…Read More

26Sep2018

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the handover in 1997 however, China is no longer considered a foreign country by Hong Kong, therefore this ordinance is no longer applicable when…Read More

20Sep2018

Legal update: Same sex spouses to receive dependant visas after policy reversal by Immigration Department

In its judgment handed down on 4 July 2018 the Court of Final Appeal upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision that the Director of Immigration’s exclusion of same-sex married or otherwise formalised couples from the dependant visa policy was unlawful. Effective 19 September 2018, the…Read More