Legal Updates

24Feb2015

Legal update: Adverse Possession: Mind Your Property

How is it possible that someone can end up rightfully possessing land by being a trespasser? Strange as it may be, this is possible under the centuries-old doctrine of adverse possession. Adverse possession allows someone to obtain a right to possess land by occupying it…Read More

24Feb2015

Legal update: Adverse Costs Consequences in Discrimination Claims

The recent decision of Chan Wai Ho v Civil Service Bureau shows an increasing and important trend in the court’s approach to ordering costs against unsuccessful parties in discrimination cases. Facts of the Case The above case of Chan Wai Ho v Civil Service Bureau…Read More

02Feb2015

Legal update: Visa requirements for US citizens taking evidence in Hong Kong

Hong Kong residents are sometimes asked to provide witness statements or depositions for use in the United States and attorneys from the United States may travel to Hong Kong to take such statements or depositions for use in proceedings in the United States. Generally, a…Read More

16Jan2015

Legal update: Can an employee continuing to work amount to acceptance of a unilateral variation of terms in an employment contract?

When an employee simply continues to work after an employer’s unilateral change in terms and conditions of an employment contract, can this constitute acceptance? We examine the case of Wess v Science Museum Group. Background The employee was initially employed on “Civil Service” terms until…Read More

23Oct2014

Legal update: Divorce is not the only option: Some key facts about mediation

Mediation followed by consent court applications is becoming an increasingly popular way for spouses to part ways amicably. With marital breakdown becoming a growing trend in Hong Kong there is greater need for individuals in legally binding relationships to be aware of their options. Mediation involves…Read More