HONG KONG: EXTENDING EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX COUPLES

On 6 June 2019, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled that the Hong Kong Government could not deny spousal benefits to employees because they are in a same-sex marriage. The Court’s decision only applies to the provision of employee benefits to government employees, but it has increased local focus on discrimination based on … Read more

HONG KONG: DATA ACCESS REQUEST OR PRE-ACTION DISCOVERY IN DISGUISE?

Employers control the extent of information that they provide employees – from how well they are meeting KPIs, to internal discussions about grievances, remuneration and disciplinary actions. In the majority of cases, employers have no obligation to provide to employees information setting out the basis for remuneration or disciplinary outcomes including information which is part … Read more

LAUNCH OF HSF’S NEW BANKING LITIGATION BLOG

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched a new banking litigation blog, which you can find at https://hsfnotes.com/bankinglitigation. The blog will bring you the latest banking litigation developments of interest to financial institutions, delivered with speed and sector insight. The blog will also be used as a platform to house previously published e-bulletins / podcasts / webinars. … Read more

China’s International Commercial Courts hear first cases

Almost a year since their high profile establishment in June 2018, the International Commercial Courts of the Supreme People’s Court (CICC) have recently conducted hearings on the first cases that were submitted to the CICC. On 29 May 2019, the Second International Commercial Court of the Supreme People’s Court of China heard a case concerning … Read more

Competition Tribunal hands down judgments finding first ever contraventions of the Competition Ordinance

On 17 May 2019 the Competition Tribunal (“Tribunal”) issued two much anticipated decisions in relation to the first and second cases brought before it by the Hong Kong Competition Commission (“Commission”). These judgments are noteworthy because, in addition to establishing the very first contraventions of the Competition Ordinance (“Ordinance”), they clarify a number of key issues. Read more