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Westlaw HK have upgraded subscriptions for Law Firms, Barristers and Corporations to Westlaw HK Primary.  This new enhanced subscription now gives access to even more authoritative content for the practitioner in Hong Kong.

The upgrade adds the following Commentary Titles to the subscription:

  • Civil Procedure in Hong Kong: A Guide to the Main Principles
  • Professional Conduct & Risk Management in Hong Kong
  • The Conflict of Laws in Hong Kong
  • The Law of the WTO: China and the Future of Free Trade

This complements the already existing online commentary comprising

  • Hong Kong Civil Procedure (Hong Kong White Book) 2009
  • Hong Kong Civil Procedure (Hong Kong White Book) Recent Edition
  • Principles & Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong

New law firm, bar and corporate subscribers to Westlaw HK will automatically qualify for Westlaw HK Primary

Here we explain a bit more about each of the new Westlaw HK resources.

CIVIL PROCEDURE IN HONG KONG: A GUIDE TO THE MAIN PRINCIPLES

With the implementation of Civil Justice Reform on 2 April 2009, civil procedure in Hong Kong has entered a new era. Significant amendments have been made to the Rules of the High Court and other relevant legislation. Not only has Civil Justice Reform brought about marked changes to the way civil litigation should be conducted, but it also has begun and will continue to bring about a new litigation culture which is of crucial importance for achieving fair and cost-effective disputes resolution.

This book provides a user-friendly, simply written and laid out guide to the main principles of civil procedure in Hong Kong for students (including overseas students studying for the PCLL Conversion Examination in Civil Procedure) and practitioners who would like to gain a good general understanding of particular procedures quickly.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND RISK MANAGEMENT IN HONG KONG

Professional conduct is a key area for all members of Hong Kong’s legal profession. To be part of a successful practice today, one is required to follow a set of rules of conduct and to perform effective risk management to achieve minimum exposure to a complaint or claim. All professionals have to follow their ethical guides to ensure the integrity of their profession.

Professional Conduct and Risk Management in Hong Kong is the first book of its kind to comprehensively cover the rules for all contentious and non-contentious matters. It promotes awareness and includes practical discussions and useful cases in relation to conduct and risk management. All members of the legal profession, from trainee solicitors to senior judges will find this to be the essential text for their daily business.

Written by practitioners for practitioners, this highly practical manual sets out the rules with comprehensive discussion. There is extensive discussion of useful cases, disciplinary hearings and the authors have called upon their day-to-day experiences. In addition, risk management rules are also covered. For the first time a broad approach has been taken. This book covers not only barristers and solicitors, but other lawyers such as in-house counsel, legal officers, foreign lawyers and judicial conduct, as well as other professionals such as accountants.

Key Benefits

  • Highly practical work. Written by practitioners for practitioners.
  • Fully comprehensive.
  • First publication in Hong Kong to cover risk management.
  • Specialist chapters for practice areas.
  • Disciplinary decisions, subject to confidentiality issues, discussed.

 

THE CONFLICT OF LAWS IN HONG KONG

The Conflict of Laws in Hong Kong is an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the body of law which governs the approach of the Hong Kong civil courts to the selection of governing law and the determination of jurisdiction in cases with a cross-border element (including mainland China and Taiwan as well as foreign countries).

The Hong Kong courts’ approach was originally based on English law but has diverged enormously as a result of statutory changes and a strong body of Hong Kong case law. As a result, it can be very hard for even a specialist to work out the precise position under Hong Kong law for example the author includes a chapter on Exceptions from Ordinary Principles.

Hong Kong’s importance as a global financial centre makes this text an essential reference for all lawyers involved in cross-border transactions in contexts as varied as commercial deals, litigation, family law, insolvency, trusts and estates.

  • Essential for properly dealing with cross-border legal issues
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments are discussed
  • Useful chapters such as Evidence and Remedies & Procedure
  • Authoritative and comprehensive coverage
  • Practical and detailed analysis in one source

 

THE LAW OF THE WTO: CHINA AND THE FUTURE OF FREE TRADE

This landmark work traces the development of WTO law from GATT to Doha. It sets out, in one complete and authoritative volume, the Organisation’s basic principles and their practical application in relation to trade in goods, services, agriculture and textiles.

The Law of the WTO: China and the Future of Free Trade offers an in-depth analysis of important WTO case law over the past 50 years, and provides full coverage of China’s legal obligations, regional trade agreements and CEPA, subsidies and countervailing duties, anti-dumping, intellectual property rights and dispute resolution.

Contents

  • From GATT to WTO
  • The Basic Principles
  • Regional Arrangements
  • Trade in Goods / Trade in Services
  • Intellectual Property System
  • Dispute Settlement
  • Agriculture Trade / Non-tariff Barriers
  • Subsidy and Countervailing Duties
  • Anti-dumping / Safeguards / TRIMs
  • Government Procurement
  • Development Law of the WTO

 

ACCESSING THE NEW COMMENTARY

Login to Westlaw HK at www.westlaw.com.hk today and click on ‘Commentary’ at the top of the page.  From here you can select a title to search or browse down through the table of contents of the title of your choice.

TAKE A FRESH LOOK TODAY

Contact us for more information on:

Tel: +852 3762 3222

enquiries@westlaw.com.hk

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Westlaw HK would like to wish the Hong Kong legal profession a very Happy New Year and best wishes for a prosperous 2011!

2010 saw a lot of enhancements to Westlaw HK following its initial launch including:

  • A new citator service with new easy to use icons, enhanced history and more case cross-referencing
  • New browse functionality
  • Addition of comprehensive PDF coverage for HKLRD and HKCFAR back to 1905 (The largest collection available!)
  • Addition of The Law & Practice of Hong Kong Companies (Online Book)
  • Addition of Chitty on Contracts: Hong Kong Specific Contracts (Online Book)
  • Addition of Competition Law in China and Hong Kong (Online Book)
  • Addition of Employment Law & Practice in China (Online Book)
  • Addition of Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong  to core Westlaw HK Subscription (Online Book)
  • Addition of UK Annotated Statutes as an add-on subscription
  • Simplified Historical law searching and browsing back to 1997
  • Simpler Alerts
  • iPad, iPhone and Blackberry all supported
  • Integration of Hong Kong, China, Regional and International News to the Hong Kong subscription
  • Increase of UK journals coverage to 110 full text journals
  • Addition of further UK law report series
  • Addition of Hansard to UK Current Awareness

Add to this some of the fantastic UK commentary resources we made available on Westlaw HK including:

 

We also have a lot in store for Westlaw HK in 2011 which we hope will help you to achieve your goals.

These enhancements will include (amongst other things):

Plus we have received some fantastic feedback from users of the new Westlaw HK and we are really pleased to know that legal research did get easier with the new Westlaw HK!

We are also taking on board customer suggestions for future enhancements so would like to thank those people who have fed back some suggestions.

So keep an eye on the blog and your Westlaw Edge emails for more details on our future developments

All our best wishes for a prosperous 2011!

The Westlaw HK Team

www.westlaw.com.hk

We are pleased to announce that a new commentary title has been added to Westlaw HK!

 
PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE IN HONG KONG, 2ND EDITION
 
The second edition of the leading work Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong provides a comprehensive explanation of the nature and operation of Hong Kong’s procedural rules. Over 2,000 new cases have been considered in publishing the second edition.

 

Civil Justice Reform become effective in Hong Kong in early 2009. Practitioners need to adapt now to a very different litigation landscape, in particular how to best utilise the changes for the benefit of clients. Meeting this need, the second edition of Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong contains initial and extensive consideration of the changes. Discussion of more fundamental changes, for example, pre-action disclosure and the new payment into court regime has been placed in text boxes for ease of use.

 Features of this title online are:

  • Simple free text search
  • Advanced search including search for cases cited in the commentary
  • Browse functionality
  • Table of contents
  • Table of cases
  • Table of legislation
  • Index
  • Chapter PDFs
  • Print Save
  • Email Links to Hong Kong and UK Cases and Legislation

 

HOW DO YOU ACCESS THIS NEW CONTENT?

From the New Westlaw HK Homepage:

  • Click on commentary.
  • In the browse section under ‘Hong Kong Titles’ click on ‘Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong’.
  • This will take you to the browse for the book. At this screen you can search throughout the entire book, or continue to browse to specific sections in the Table of Contents.

    Principles & Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong

    Principles & Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong

  • Book functionality including the index and the tables of cases and legislation have been replicated online but enhanced with links directly to content and primary law resources cited in the text, speeding up your cross referencing.
  • The ‘Recent’ feature in the new Westlaw HK allows you to quickly switch from primary law to the analytical material in Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong, avoiding the need to have several printed resources open on your desk.

 

Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong - Document Display

Principles and Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong - Document Display

 

WESTLAW HK – THE ONLY SOURCE FOR ONLINE CIVIL PROCEDURE

With the addition of this new practical civil procedure content to your Westlaw HK subscription, we are the only publisher to deliver both the authority of the most well respected court book in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Civil Procedure (Hong Kong White Book)) and the practice focused practitioner text (Principles & Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong), ensuring that Westlaw HK is the only source for online civil procedure in Hong Kong.

In this video, some Westlaw HK customers explain how the new Westlaw HK is already making a difference to their legal research and practice efficiency and how it is starting to help the legal profession deliver “confident and succint advice” to its clients.

Contact us today to request a trial of the New Westlaw HK

Tel: +852 3762 3222

Email: enquiries@westlaw.com.hk

Web: www.westlaw.com.hk

The New Westlaw HK is now available and Legal Research Just Got Easier

Alfred Ip, Partner at Hong Kong Law Firm, Oldham Li & Nie, explains why for him, it is a must have to advise his clients properly.

Note: this video was published in an earlier blog story but we understand the format of the video was not viewable by all users, so we have published this on the Westlaw HK YouTube Channel to make it more accessible.  View the original story here.

Visit the Westlaw HK YouTube Channel

Find out More about Westlaw HK by visiting www.westlaw.com.hk

The New Westlaw HK is being rolled-out to our existing subscribers and we are receiving some great feedback.  So you don’t have to take our word for it, our customers are happy to tell Hong Kong how good they think it is. 

Watch this video of Alfred Ip, Partner, Oldham Li & Nie, and see what he thinks of the new Westlaw HK

Alfred Ip talks about the new Westlaw HK

Alfred Ip talks about the new Westlaw HK

Find our more about the New Westlaw HK at www.westlaw.com.hk.

The Hong Kong White Book 2010 service has now been uploaded to Westlaw.

You can access this from the Hong Kong tab through a standard template search under Search Hong Kong Civil Procedure.   Alternatively if your preference is to browse through the table of contents, you can do this by clicking on th Advanced Search link on the right of the Search Hong Kong Civil Procedure section.  The Advanced Search screen then loads with a link on the right for Table of Contents.

Hong Kong White Book 2010

Hong Kong White Book 2010

Quick Links

For quick access to the Hong Kong Civil Procedure 2010 (Hong Kong White Book) service, please use the following links:

Homepage Template Search

Advanced Search

Table of Contents

Keswick Chuk, Contributing Editor for the Hong Kong Mediation Handbook, speaking live from the event , Enhancement of the Public Understanding of Mediation in Hong Kong, held in Thomson Reuters offices in The Landmark – Hong Kong, comments on his views on the importance of Mediation in Hong Kong

To find out more about the Hong Kong Mediation Handbook, please visit the Sweet & Maxwell website at www.sweetandmaxwell.com.hk

Daniel Hui, a Pupil Barrister attending the event, The Enhancement of the Public Understanding of Mediation in Hong Kong (Part 2), hosted by Sweet & Maxwell, comments on mediation and its role in the dispute resolution process in Hong Kong.

To find out more about the Hong Kong Mediation Handbook, please visit the Sweet & Maxwell website at www.sweetandmaxwell.com.hk

Annita Mau, Contributing Editor for the Hong Kong Mediation Handbook, speaking live from the event , Enhancement of the Public Understanding of Mediation in Hong Kong, held in Thomson Reuters offices in The Landmark – Hong Kong, comments on her views on the importance of Mediation in Hong Kong

 

To find out more about the Hong Kong Mediation Handbook, please visit the Sweet & Maxwell website at www.sweetandmaxwell.com.hk

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