Hong Kong: Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 in force and Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance 2014 delayed

The Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Ordinance 2014—Ordinance No. 19 of 2014 came into force on 12 December 2014. The amended ordinance can be found here. The amended Ordinance provides that it is unlawful for anyone to sexually harass a woman who provides, or will provide, goods, facilities or services.  The amended Ordinance also limits its jurisdictional … Read more

UK Court of Appeal confirms extra-territorial reach of contempt proceedings

In Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Co and another v Al-Sayed Bader Hashim Al Refai and others [2014] EWCA Civ 715, the English Court of Appeal confirmed that contempt proceedings are extra-territorial, by holding that such proceedings may be brought against a foreign director of a foreign company which was a party to an … Read more

English Supreme Court rejects Green & Rowley’s permission to appeal application in its interest rate swap mis-selling case against RBS

In our previous post  we reported that, in Green & Rowley v RBS, the English Court of Appeal rejected the claimant’s argument that RBS’ common law duty of care not to mis-state incorporated all its relevant duties under certain regulatory requirements, namely the Conduct of Business (“COB”) rules. The Supreme Court has now refused the … Read more

English Court of Appeal confirms wide jurisdiction in divorce case

The English Court of Appeal in Sekhri v Ray ([2014] EWCA Civ 119) confirmed that a husband and wife were both legally domiciled in England, despite the fact that the couple had married in India and lived in Singapore since they married. The case highlights the long jurisdictional reach of the English courts in divorce cases … Read more

The accuracy of witness testimony and the psychology of investigations

Cognitive psychology might not be the first topic that comes to mind, either for in-house or external counsel, when planning an investigation. However, as businesses and regulators pay increasing attention to behavioural economics and studies of human memory, it is an apposite time to consider how they can be applied by legal practitioners, compliance personnel … Read more