You can’t keep a good man down

In the recent case of Eastern Athletic Association Football Team Ltd v Alessandro Ferreira Leonardo (HCA 2383/2015), the High Court refused to grant an interlocutory injunction to a football club, Eastern Athletic Association ("EAA"), to restrain one of its players from playing for a rival club ("Kitchee").  This decision recognises both the special nature of … Read more

Hong Kong Court of Appeal finds TVB manager guilty of bribery in high profile case

On 26 October, the Court of Appeal handed down its long-awaited judgment regarding bribery charges against former TVB general manager and TV presenter, Stephen Chan and his assistant, Tseng Pei-kun. The men had twice been acquitted but now face jail terms when sentenced next month. The judgment confirms the limited practical application of the "reasonable excuse" … Read more

New class action law in Thailand

The Thai Civil Procedure Code has been amended to allow for class action suits to be brought by large groups of plaintiffs for breach of civil wrongs, including breach of tort, breach of contract and breach of labour rights. The amendment is the product of a 14-year class-action amendment consultation process, involving collaboration between Thailand … Read more

ADR Practical Guide No. 7:  Mediating Employment and Workplace disputes

Our London ADR team has launched the seventh guide in their series of ADR Practical Guides, designed to provide clients with essential practical guidance on various processes falling under the banner of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), with a particular focus on mediation. Guide No. 7: ‘Mediating employment and workplace disputes’ outlines how mediation can be used … Read more

Second minimum wage increase in Hong Kong

On 16 January 2015, the Chief Executive in Council gazetted a legal notice to increase the statutory minimum wage in Hong Kong for the second time. Hong Kong’s minimum wage is therefore set to increase from its current rate of HK$30 per hour, to HK$32.50 per hour (equivalent to US$4.20 per hour). Subject to the … Read more

Hong Kong: Paternity leave laws in force from 27 February 2015

The Hong Kong Legislative Council has finally introduced laws to entitle private sector male employees to paternity leave.  From 27 February 2015, male employees will be entitled to take up to three days of paternity leave in recognition of the birth of their child. An employee may take paternity leave at any time between four … Read more