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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.


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 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 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



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.


  • 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



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