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  1. New voice on law

    Posted Apr 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A group of lawyers has formed the new Solicitors' Society of Hong Kong with the aim of integrating the legal systems on both sides of the border. What do you think of this body and its purpose? Share your views: write to us ...

  2. PR coup in the Rose Kingdom

    Posted May 15th 2005, 12:00am by Fred Weir

    ... well,' he says. A graduate of Soviet-era Kiev University, Mr Saakashvili went on to study law in the United States at Columbia and George Washington universities, before going to work with a New ... Kingdom. Many regional experts say the democratic revolution orchestrated by Mr Saakashvili, which overthrew the incompetent and kleptocratic regime of Eduard Shevardnadze in November 2003, ...

  3. Troubled kingdom

    Posted Jan 29th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... rights, and law and order. Central to the descent is the civil war launched by Maoist rebels in 1996 to create a communist republic. More than 11,000 people have since been killed and the figure ... commitment to uphold fundamental rights and to fully respect international humanitarian law,' Ms Arbour said. Her comments echoed the sentiments of a slew of reports issued in recent months ...

  4. Lawyers set their sights on 'ancient' legal ways

    Posted Apr 11th 2005, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... and 'rigid' thinking of the Law Society and strive to integrate the legal systems on both sides of the border, one of its founders said. David Chan Wah-tsang said the Solicitors' Society of Hong ... with the Law Society in the debate over the term of the next chief executive, backing the government on a two-year term while the established body advocates five. But it has also said it sees no need ...

  5. Judges chastise solicitors' tribunal

    Posted Jun 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... by the tribunal members who had come to their decision independently. Clerks only drafted the findings and the final product was prepared by members of the tribunal under the Law Society. It suggested ... without allowing others to perhaps temper or influence their judgment. Requests for an official response from the Law Society went unanswered yesterday, but former society president and serving ...

  6. Setting the standard

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani The Bar Association is considering issuing a standard form and explanatory pamphlet for people wishing to complain about a barrister. The pamphlet would explain the complaints procedure, from completing the form to deliberation by the sp ...

  7. Top lawyers urge legal aid reform

    Posted Feb 18th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani The heads of both sections of the legal profession yesterday said the legal aid system needed reform, with the Bar chief warning that a scandal was possible if the law ... but a genuine rule-of-law issue going to the heart of the right to legal representation enshrined in the Basic Law. 'If the law governing the provision of legal aid in criminal cases ...

  8. Trust funds can help expatriates minimise their taxes the legal way

    Posted Jun 28th 2005, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... in a hefty fine or even a jail term, avoiding or minimising tax liabilities could be considered good common sense. Tax rates and taxible activities can vary from country to country. Under United States tax law, for example, US citizens may be subject to taxation even though they have lived and generated income from overseas for years. Conversely, Hong Kong tax law operates territorially, ...

  9. More pay and legal protection sought for nurses

    Posted Mar 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shi Ting Fears expressed at 'alarming shortage' of medical workers Legislators are campaigning for more nurses to be recruited on better pay as part of efforts to curb rampant medical malpractices. Lack of legal protection for nurses has also ca ...

  10. Some consistency, please

    Posted Aug 19th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... Michael Chugani Do you recall the outrage of western leaders when Hong Kong tried to pass national security laws two years ago? The US and British governments were particularly blunt, warning against any laws that had even an appearance of threatening civil liberties. I noted at the time that America's own national security laws, jingoistically known as the Patriot Act, ...




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