Hong Kong

Admissibility of foreign judicial documents as evidence in subsequent civil proceeding

The Hong Kong Court of First Instance recently in Capital Century Textile Co Ltd v Li Dianxiao [2018] HKEC 1429 considered the question in relation to the admission of a PRC criminal judgment as evidence in Hong Kong civil proceedings. … Continue reading

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INCREASE IN CIVIL JURISDICTIONAL LIMITS FOR DISTRICT COURT AND SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL IN HONG KONG

On 27 June 2018, the Legislative Council passed resolutions to increase the civil jurisdictional limits of both the District Court (DC) and the Small Claims Tribunal (SCT). Subject to completion of legislative scrutiny and negative vetting, the amendments are expected … Continue reading

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HONG KONG COURT GRANTS ANTI-SUIT INJUNCTION TO RESTRAIN CONTINUATION OF PRC PROCEEDINGS

In Chen Hongqing v Persons whose names are set out in the second column of the Schedule Hereto, HCA 2648/2017 (unrep., 29 May 2018), the Hong Kong Court of First Instance granted an anti-suit injunction in favour of the Plaintiff, … Continue reading

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UK SUPREME COURT CLARIFIES LEGAL POSITION ON “NO ORAL MODIFICATION” CONTRACTUAL CLAUSES

Parties to commercial contracts often insert a “no oral modification” (or NOM) clause to prevent attempts to undermine written agreements by informal means. Such clauses are intended to prevent contracting parties being bound by subsequent variations unless the specified formalities … Continue reading

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Justin D’Agostino to lead ICC Court’s new Belt and Road Commission

Justin D’Agostino, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Head of Disputes, has been appointed chair of a new ICC Court commission to develop the ICC’s approach to dispute resolution procedures for China’s Belt and Road initiative. “There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ method of … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Courts grant anti-suit injunctions to restrain foreign proceedings in breach of an arbitration agreement

In Arjowiggins HKK2 Ltd v Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Ltd [2018] HKCFI 93, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance has granted an anti-suit injunction in favour of a recipient of a Hong Kong arbitral award to restrain the continuation … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court confirms third party banks do not owe a duty of care to holders of Mareva Injunctions

The Hong Kong court has for the first time held that a third party bank does not owe a duty of care to the holder of a Mareva injunction. Applying the reasoning of an English decision, the Court of First … Continue reading

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Court of first instance considers auditor’s duty to detect and report irregularities in accounting statements

In Days Impex Ltd v Fung Yu [2017] HKEC 2269, the Court of First Instance refused to strike out a negligence claim brought against an audit firm for failing to detect a substantial fraud at two of its client companies, … Continue reading

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Hong Kong and Macao on verge of concluding a mutual service arrangement for civil and commercial proceedings

The Hong Kong Government plans to conclude an arrangement with the Macao Special Administrative Region for the mutual service of judicial documents in civil and commercial cases in December 2017. The proposed arrangement is designed to overcome existing limitations in … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: who owns employees’ work product

The law recognises that employees may create valuable intellectual property during their employment, ownership of which should ordinarily rest with their employer. The recent case of Acron International Technology Ltd v Chan Yiu Wai [2017] 3 HKLRD 799 demonstrates how … Continue reading

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