The Labour and Welfare Bureau (the “Bureau”) has recently announced measures to extend the statutory maternity leave in Hong Kong from 10 weeks to 14 weeks.
Caroline McNally and Chantelle Woo outline the steps to register and enforce England and Wales maintenance orders in Hong Kong in the context of the growing number of international families, amidst recent changes in procedure. The new procedure for enforcement of a maintenance order in Hong Kong by way of judgment summons is complex and will take time to be dealt with by the Hong Kong Courts.
Nick Gall, Evelyn Chan, Kenix Yuen and Kritika Sethia recently contributed the Hong Kong chapter for Chambers Litigation 2019 Second Edition Guide where they covered topics including: litigation funding, initiating a law suit, discovery, trials and hearings, settlements, damages and judgements, appeals, costs and alternative dispute resolution.
Associates Chantelle Woo, Catherine Tso and Loretta Ho hosted an "Associates in Family Law" Christmas lunch on December 10, 2019 and invited some of our peers along to catch up before the holiday season.
We hosted our first Women’s Disputes Christmas Dinner on December 5th, 2019, at Mott 32 and enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones over Peking Duck and plenty of wine. This will become an annual Gall event where we hope to create a relaxed, informal environment for women in disputes to connect.
The Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2020 has been released and Gall is ranked as a Leading Firm for Dispute Resolution (Band 4) and Family/Matrimonial (Band 3). Nick Gall (Band 3), Caroline McNally (Band 1) and Andrea Randall (Band 3) are named as Leading Individuals and Chris Wong as a Recognised Practitioner.
Executive Partner and Head of the Family and Divorce practice Caroline McNally explores why it is critical for family lawyers to support colleagues with mental-health challenges, how to identify when peers or clients may need help, and the need for removing the stigma around mental health issues in Hong Kong.
Gall hosted a small breakfast event for our family law friends and colleagues to discuss the important topic of mental health in Hong Kong. After a short introduction from our Executive Partner Caroline McNally, Simon Bruce from Farrer & Co in London shared insights from a recent UK Law Society talk organised by the NGO Support Through Court about the explosion of consciousness surrounding wellness and mental health in the UK over the past few years, the importance of kindness, empathy and compassion amongst family lawyers in dealing with the work they do, and grounds for optimism in the family courts.
Hong Kong has been long established as one of the world’s leading centres for dispute resolution. Strategically positioned at the heart of the Asia-Pacific region, Hong Kong boasts a thriving economy, a highly developed legal infrastructure and benefits from a wealth of both local and international expertise across all sectors.
Nick Dealy, Kenix Yuen and Katherine Jones hosted a table at the Hong Kong Arbitration Charity Ball 2019 on October 22nd, an event held annually to raise funds to support local Hong Kong charities and assist in the development of arbitration across Asia. The Ball supported two fantastic organisations this year – Sailability and Mother’s Choice - and raised HK$789,587 to help beneficiaries.