Litigation Law Updates

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28 Jul 2015

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance, Cap.623

Background

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance, Cap. 623 (hereinafter, “the Ordinance”) is expected to come into force on 1st January 2016.

There are two aspects to the doctrine of privity of contract, and it is the second aspect (that is, a party who is not a party to the contract cannot acquire and enforce rights under the contract) that the Ordinance seeks to address.

15 Jul 2015

Impact of Citic Pacific Limited v Secretary for Justice

Summary:

The Court of Appeal in Citic Pacific Limited v Secretary for Justice (2015 HKEC 1263) disagreed with the narrow approach in Three Rivers (No.5) to the definition of “client”. In the context of corporations where the information may be acquired from employees in different departments or at various levels of the corporate structure, the court considered that the process of gathering information for the purpose of obtaining legal advice needs to be protected. The Court of Appeal also held that the “client” is simply the corporation, and the question is “which of its employees should be regarded as being authorized to act for it in the process of obtaining legal advice.”

28 Jun 2015

Record Fine was imposed for the Abuse of Market Dominance

On 10 February, 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) announced a record fine of 6.088 billion yuan on Qualcomm for its alleged abuse of its dominant position on several specific markets in violation of the Anti-monopoly Law of the People’s Republic of China (“Anti-Monopoly Law”).

17 Jun 2015

English Court Decision on the Inconsistency in Arbitration Clauses

In a recent English case, Shagang South-Asia (Hong Kong) Trading Co. Ltd v Daewoo Logistics Corp. [2015] EWHC 194 (Comm), the High Court of England and Wales considered the situation where the contract provides for the arbitration to take place in one jurisdiction but to apply the laws of another jurisdiction.

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