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18Nov2022

Data Transfers: The curious case of cross-border data transfers in Hong Kong

The Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (the “PDPO”) was passed in 1995 and took effect from December 1996. One of its key provisions was a restriction on cross-border data transfers in section 33. More than 25 years later, section 33 is still not yet in operation….Read More

18Nov2022

Tanner De Witt host Richard Turere, Inventor of Lion Lights

On Thursday evening, 17 November, we had the pleasure of hosting the Royal Geographical Society‘s presentation by Colin Dawson of The Elephant Foundation and Richard Turere, Maasai warrior and inventor of Lion Lights.  All before the age of 23, Richard built an impressively accomplished CV. …Read More

16Nov2022

Client Choice Award 2022 winner – Robin Darton

We are pleased to announce that Partner Robin Darton is the exclusive winner of the Lexology Client Choice Award 2022 for Restructuring & Insolvency, Hong Kong. The Client Choice Award is given in consideration of exceptional client recommendations, a track record of adding value to…Read More

16Nov2022

Legal Update: Developments in virtual asset regulation in Hong Kong

In this snapshot legal update, we report on various announcements and policy updates announced during Hong Kong FintechWeek in respect of virtual assets (“VA”). On 31 October 2022, the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) issued a circular on virtual asset futures exchange-traded funds (“VA Futures…Read More

14Nov2022

Questions regarding same-sex marriage to be heard in the Court of Final Appeal

On 10 November 2022, the Court of Appeal granted leave to appeal against its judgment in Sham Tsz Kit (岑子杰) v Secretary for Justice [2022] HKCA 1247. The Court of First Instance had dismissed Mr Sham’s application for judicial review, which argued that the (1)…Read More

04Nov2022

Data Transfers: Protecting personal data by contractual means

The personal data protection regime in Hong Kong does not contain a statutory restriction on the transfer of personal data outside Hong Kong. However, this does not mean that there are no protections in respect of cross-border personal data transfers. In this article, Pádraig Walsh…Read More

01Nov2022

Joanne Brown admitted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers

Following the recent Family Law Firm of the Year award from Asian Legal Business, we are delighted to announce Joanne Brown has been admitted as a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. IAFL: International Academy of Family Lawyers is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are…Read More

31Oct2022

Ian De Witt and Jeff Lane attend C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Miami

Restructuring and Insolvency Partner Ian De Witt and Fraud and Asset Tracing Partner Jeff Lane are in Florida for the 11th Edition of the C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Conference. Held in Miami, the conference gathered the full spectrum of professionals specialising in fraud,…Read More

27Oct2022

Data Transfers: Frameworks for organising cross-border data transfers

There are serious legal consequences to a mishandled cross-border personal data transfer. In this article, Pádraig Walsh from our Data Privacy practice explores the steps a business should take when conducting an international data transfer process. Policy and process Good practice does not happen by…Read More

25Oct2022

Legal Update: “Consultant” to employer company held criminally liable for non-payment of wages

Introduction Any employer who, “wilfully and without reasonable excuse”, fails to pay wages to an employee within 7 days of the wage period or date of termination of employment may commit an offence under section 63C of the Employment Ordinance (the “EO”). The punishment can…Read More

20Oct2022

Data Transfers: The ground rules in Hong Kong

The starting point for understanding data transfers under Hong Kong law is to understand the interpretation of key data privacy concepts in Hong Kong. This may seem obvious first principles, but as Pádraig Walsh from our Data Privacy practice explains, sometimes those principles are same…Read More

06Oct2022

Legal update: Security assessment measures on PRC cross-border data transfers

In this snapshot legal update, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (“PCPD”) reminded businesses in Hong Kong to take timely follow-up actions and seek professional advice to comply with the relevant requirements of the Security Assessment Measures on Cross-border Transfers of Data…Read More