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In Brief The Hong Kong Judiciary continued to further expand the scope of remote hearings and issued various guidance notes and guidelines to facilitate the operation of remote hearings since its first initiative during the General Adjournment Period (GAP) in 2020.[1] In response to the fifth wave of COVID-19 in early 2022, the Judiciary implemented the second GAP on 7 March 2022 and issued its latest guidance note dated 25 March 2022 on hearing outside…

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has recently published the draft law on Protection of Consumers’ Rights (“Draft Law”). The Draft Law includes a number of proposed changes to the existing product liability and consumer protection framework. If adopted, the Draft Law may have major impacts on the business of companies whose products are produced or sold in Vietnam complying with new requirements under the Draft Law. The MOIT is gathering public comments on…

In brief Best efforts clauses are a common feature in an array of commercial contracts, spanning across different industries and jurisdictions. These clauses typically require one or both party/parties to engage its/their best efforts to bring a certain stipulated outcome to fruition. Often, such clauses are regarded as preferable to clauses that guarantee a certain outcome, since it is not uncommon in commercial contracts for a desired outcome to be dependent on acts to be…

In Brief Cyber fraud remains a significant risk to businesses and individuals. In the 11 months to November 2021, over 500 phishing scams, worth more than HKD 1.4 billion in losses, were reported to the Hong Kong Police. The Police have been developing and will soon launch a free software to assist businesses in identifying phishing scams.[1] On 30 December 2021, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance handed down an important judgment in Tam Sze Leung…

Since 1 December 2021, the Rules of the High Court (Cap. 4A) (“RHC”) and the Rules of the District Court (Cap. 336H) (“RDC”) have been amended to abolish the fraud exception rule (“Amendment Rules”). The amendments have enlarged the scope of summary judgment to cover an action begun by writ (“Writ Action”), which includes a claim based on an allegation of fraud. Upon the implementation of the legislative changes, a party with a claim based…

On 29 September 2021, the Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Ordinance (Cap. 641) (“Ordinance”) was passed by the Legislative Council and will come into operation on a day to be appointed by the Secretary for Justice by notice published in the Gazette. Following the passing of the Ordinance, it is anticipated that the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“Convention”) will have the force of law in Hong Kong…

Welcome to issue #8 of our Arrium Series, where senior members of the Baker McKenzie team involved in the successful defence of proceedings against the former CFO, former Treasurer and other former employees of the Arrium Group, consider key issues arising in those and related insolvent trading proceedings and from the judgment handed down on 17 August 2021.[1] A summary of the relevant background to the Arrium proceedings, some key terms and the key issues…

Welcome to issue #7 of our Arrium Series, where senior members of the Baker McKenzie team involved in the successful defence of proceedings against the former CFO, former Treasurer and other former employees of the Arrium Group, consider key issues arising in those and related insolvent trading proceedings and from the judgment handed down on 17 August 2021.[1] A summary of the relevant background to the Arrium proceedings, some key terms and the key issues…

Welcome to issue #6 of our Arrium Series, where senior members of the Baker McKenzie team involved in the successful defence of proceedings against the former CFO, former Treasurer and other former employees of the Arrium Group, consider key issues arising in those and related insolvent trading proceedings and from the judgment handed down on 17 August 2021.[1] A summary of the relevant background to the Arrium proceedings, some key terms and the key issues…

Welcome to issue #5 of our Arrium Series, where senior members of the Baker McKenzie team involved in the successful defence of proceedings against the former CFO, former Treasurer and other former employees of the Arrium Group, consider key issues arising in those and related insolvent trading proceedings and from the judgment handed down on 17 August 2021.[1] A summary of the relevant background to the Arrium proceedings, some key terms and the key issues…