Hong Kong: Court considers extended scope of springboard injunctions

The scope for springboard injunctions in Hong Kong has been confirmed by the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (CFI) as extending to circumstances where contractual or fiduciary duties have been breached. The CFI found, in McLarens Hong Kong Ltd v Poon Chi Fai Corey, that a breach by senior employees of their fiduciary duties … Read more

Rejected: Hong Kong Court refuses letters of request from US Federal Court

In Re A Civil Matter Now Pending in United States District Court for the Western District of Washington [2019] HKCFI 1738 , the Hong Kong Court of First Instance rejected two letters of request (the “LORs“) from the Washington Federal Court seeking to compel two distressed debt investors to give evidence. The general principle is … Read more

46 countries sign the Singapore Convention on mediated settlements today

After extensive discussions between member states, the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention, was signed today. A total of 46 countries signed the Convention, including the world’s two largest economies, the US and China, and several of the largest economies in Asia. This is the … Read more

Launch of Asia Pacific Guide to Privilege 2019

Please click here to access a preview of the Guide. We are pleased to launch the 2019 edition of our Asia Pacific Guide to Privilege. Businesses are increasingly faced with multi-jurisdictional disputes where evidence rarely falls within the borders of a single country and complex legal privilege issues often surface when dealing with communications across multiple … Read more

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