Every year before long holidays i.e. Christmas, Easter and Summer, family law practitioners would often be busy dealing with their clients’ applications for temporary removal of children out of Hong Kong for their holiday travel. 2020 has been very different. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and with the lockdown and travel restrictions around the world, we have not seen the typical “seasonal” element to temporary removal applications as holiday travel is no longer a driving force behind these applications.
Legal 500 has published its 2021 edition and Gall has received rankings in 3 practice areas in the Asia Pacific region: Labour and Employment (Tier 2), Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Tier 4), Restructuring and Insolvency (Tier 4).
In a significant advancement towards inclusiveness, the amendment to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (“SDO”) prohibiting breastfeeding discrimination (“Amendment”) will come into force on 19 June 2021. We have summarized the key legal implications of the Amendment and key takeaways for employers.
Discussing finances can be a sensitive matter for many couples but making sure parties are ‘on the same page’ before marriage is crucial. Here are 5 important things to know about pre-nuptial agreements before deciding whether they are right for you and your partner.
January 11th, 2021 - Gall, a leading independent Hong Kong law firm focusing primarily on dispute resolution, announced today that Matthew Durham has joined the firm as an England and Wales qualified Registered Foreign Lawyer in the Employment practice. Matthew joins from Simmons & Simmons in Shanghai where he has lived since 1999.
2020 was an unprecedented year for everyone – for many a wake-up call, for some a write-off, for others an opportunity to learn and grow. Join Monica Browning, Leadership and Life Coach & Founder of Courage Through Coaching, and Caroline McNally, Executive Partner and Head of the Family & Divorce team at boutique dispute resolution law firm Gall, to learn more about how you can set realistic goals for your career and relationships as we move into 2021, and how to understand your core values so you feel empowered in the decisions you make and the way you live your life.
Senior Partner Nick Gall has been recognised in China Business Law Journal’s “China’s Elite 100 Lawyers (Foreign Firms)” list as part of the publication’s annual A-List. The A-List is based on extensive research conducted by China Business Law Journal, with researchers turning to thousands of in-house counsel in China and around the world, as well as partners at Chinese and international law firms, for guidance on who to include.
The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (“PCPD”) has issued Guidance Notes for (1) organisations, (2) employees, and (3) users of video conference software, with a view to enhance measures for data security and data privacy in the use, storage and handling of personal data when employees work from home (“WFH”). In this article we have briefly summarised the three Guidance Notes (“Guidance”) published by PCPD and set out key takeaways for employers.
Partner Evelyn Chan has been quoted extensively in a The Standard article on insolvencies in Hong Kong. In the first 11 months last year, bankruptcy filings increased by 7.29 percent to 7,980 from a year ago, data from Official Receiver's Office showed. A total of 409 compulsory winding-up petitions were presented, rising by 7.63 percent year-on-year.Evelyn believes the effects of the pandemic have not yet been fully reflected in the figures, as Hong Kong Court hearings have been disrupted amid the pandemic, resulting in more delays.In the article, Evelyn also explains the process of provisional liquidation and explores soft-touch provisional liquidation – where the company's directors will remain in the management while the provisional liquidator is appointed for restructuring purposes only, and they work together on a restructuring plan.
Chambers Asia Pacific has published its 2021 guide and Gall is ranked as a Leading Firm for Dispute Resolution (Band 3), Family/Matrimonial (Band 3) and Employment (Band 4). Nick Gall (Band 4), Chris Wong (Band 5), Caroline McNally (Band 1) and Andrea Randall (Band 3) are named as Leading Individuals.