Kenix Yuen was quoted in an article by Insurance Asia News on the Asian aviation industry’s losses given the recent developments of COVID-19. She was quoted saying: “Complying with new regulations and guidelines by each country presents a huge challenge to air operators – including the aircraft leasing and logistics companies – and increases their legal risks as well. Failure and omissions to comply likely increases their liabilities to passengers contracting Covid-19 on board and may affect their own insurance protection.”
Working from home has become increasingly popular in the wake of Covid-19 (coronavirus). This article examines the legal implications of working from home.
Employers may be making more redundancies than usual as Hong Kong finds itself facing a time of political and economic uncertainty. Whether you’re an employer or employee, it pays to have a basic understanding of the law regarding redundancies. How and when do situations arise whereby you may need to make someone redundant?
Senior Partner Nick Gall and Senior Associate Felda Yeung at Gall are acting for the Plaintiff in Cyberworks Audio Video Technology Limited v Mei Ah (HK) Company Limited & Ors  HKCFI 347, a case where the High Court conducted an unprecedented hearing via telephonic conference after the trial was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In our recent article we discussed the legal ramifications of the force majeure clauses to “excuse” parties from performing onerous or impossible contracts in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Whilst it is not uncommon for commercial contracts to incorporate force majeure clauses, there remain circumstances under which a party may also consider to seek to relieve themselves from performing under the common law doctrine of frustration.
The outbreak of COVID-19 novel coronavirus has brought about disruptions to both public life and international business of an unprecedented scale. Not surprisingly, there have already been instances of parties relying on the contractual force majeure clauses to “excuse” themselves from performing onerous or impossible contracts.In this article, partners Nick Gall, Evelyn Chan, Kenix Yuen and Trainee Solicitor Adriel Wong explore whether a force majeure clause applies to COVID-19 and to a party's performance, and the various actions to take if a party considers that it is entitled to invoke a force majeure clause.