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  1. A bad competition law could be worse than no law at all

    Posted May 09th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Opponents of Hong Kong's proposed competition law are warning that the planned legislation may do more harm than good. They say the regulatory regime created by the new law will stifle business with bureaucracy, add to companies' costs and lack accountability. They warn it will be vulnerable to political interference and hijacked by vested interests. ...

  2. Urban and rural planning law passed

    Posted Oct 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei A new law on urban and rural planning was passed yesterday, and lawmakers approved amendments to three much-discussed pieces of legislation on conservation, civil procedure ... on environmental and legal reforms. The new Urban and Rural Planning Law aims to weed out local government defiance of urban planning in pursuit of image-building projects, which often lead to illegal land ...

  3. First food safety law will punish lax officials

    Posted Dec 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Ivan Zhai, Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee and Ivan Zhai Guangdong action to raise product quality Guangdong officials will be punished for any serious food safety incident under the first ever food safety law enacted on the mainland amid growing concerns about the quality of its products. The law, passed by the Standing Committee of the Guangdong People's Congress on Saturday, will impose tough penalties on food ...

  4. New law may allow one-person legal firms

    Posted Jun 26th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lawyers throughout the nation may be allowed to set up one-man legal firms if a proposed amendment to the Lawyers' Law put to the National People's Congress Standing Committee on Sunday is approved. Amendments to the law, first passed in 1996 to regulate the industry and protect lawyers' rights, are going through a first reading before the mainland legislature's ...

  5. Experts hail approval of food safety law

    Posted Nov 01st 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi The central government yesterday approved the first comprehensive law on food safety - a culmination of its recent food quality control campaign aimed at alleviating domestic and international concerns over substandard goods. The Food Safety Law had been passed in principle by the Standing Committee of the State Council and would be submitted to the National People's ...

  6. Common-law wife gets 40pc of HK$181m estate

    Posted Jul 27th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... A family fight over the remains of a HK$181 million fortune has been settled. Mr Justice Jeremy Poon Shiu-chor in the Court of First Instance granted an injunction preventing the beneficiaries of the estate of Choy Ching-ming, who died in 1996, from issuing instructions that would see any reduction of the 40 per cent share of Ng Kwan-ying, Choy's common-law wife of 12 ...

  7. Law experts urge universal electoral model

    Posted Oct 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong Experts in public law are urging the government to honour its commitment that the electoral model it eventually adopts will conform to international definitions of universal suffrage. The University of Hong Kong's faculty of law, public policy group the Professional Commons and Justice, the Hong Kong section of the International Commission of Jurists, ...

  8. New laws put us at more risk: lawyers

    Posted Jul 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Rules of conduct upset the legal profession Lawyers have criticised proposed changes to the mainland's Lawyers Law, saying that, while they demonstrate a step forward in protecting ... of comprehensive proposed changes to the law since it was passed in 1996. 'These clauses will not act to protect lawyers when put into use,' said lawyer Li Fangping . 'What they actually do ...

  9. I did not use the word 'fire', says Fanny Law

    Posted May 18th 2007, 12:00am by Liz Gooch, Polly Hui

    ... Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, former permanent secretary for education and manpower, yesterday switched from saying 'no recollection' to a definite 'no' when asked if she ... internal affairs, said Mrs Law had testified on Wednesday she did not remember asking Magdalena Mok Mo-ching during a phone call in December 2003 to fire then-lecturer Ip Kin-yuen for writing ...

  10. Plan for voluntary registration of food businesses to aid safety law

    Posted Jul 07th 2007, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... safety law is enacted. Businesses will be asked to enrol in phases, registering to enable the Centre for Food Safety to contact them if a scare develops. The new law, being formulated by the Food ... get familiar with the law's requirements. Importers and distributors of game, meat and poultry carcasses can enrol from next month; live food, animals and poultry in September; milk, ...




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