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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Ominous warnings over damage caused to protest-hit Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 20th 2014, 07:26am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Risk consultancy firm SVA, headed by former organised-crime buster Steve Vickers, recently held its annual cocktails to remind us why we should hire its services. People were ... Police leadership might spend more time training on the mainland. While observing the legal system had operated well during the protests, he thought it "may not be viewed favourably ...

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    Government urged to keep umbrella movement records

    Posted Oct 30th 2014, 06:26am by Howard Winn

    ... embarrassing for a civil service that takes bureaucratic procedures seriously. The group even presented the government with a draft bill several years ago but to no avail. The action group has now ... asked. Just over two years ago, the director of audit said in a report that the Government Records Service had failed in just about every aspect of its remit, from looking after records, vetting ...

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    Annells' companies sued by law firm

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 03:12am by Howard Winn

    ... for HK$1.4 million for fees and legal services. It is also seeking interest on this sum from the date of the writ and costs. The companies were founded by tax consultant Deborah Annells and she ... on April 11. Annells has applied for legal aid and her assets are being assessed to see if she is eligible. She is due to appear in court on August 15.   A breath of fresh air The air in Singapore ...

  4. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    An unwelcome reminder of why 'the law is an ass'

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:31am by Howard Winn

    ... it has been receiving hand-delivered legal documents: writs, bundles of skeleton arguments from two law firms- Simmons & Simmons and Howse Williams Bowers. However, the respondents no longer ... "We tell both firms' delivery employees that the service is incorrect- their response is simply: 'We know this, just throw them away'," writes Aquitaine's group ...

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    Judge Zervos calls for reform of liquor licensing process

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 01:15am by Howard Winn

    ... appellant body, the Municipal Services Appeals Board. So it was with some interest we see Mr Justice Kevin Zervos calling for the reform of the process by which liquor licences are issued. ... judicial officers establishing a body of relevant law and legal principles". Another problem raised by Zervos is that all restaurants and bars occupy premises that have been zoned ...

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    Anthony Wu pays the price of professional misconduct

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 12:59am by Howard Winn

    ... but it is unclear whether it will also pay Wu's. If not that leaves Wu with a HK$250,000 fine, a charge of HK$1 million for the HKICPA's costs plus his own legal fees, which presumably are no less ... In the meantime, while this case has been allowed to drag on for more than 10 years Wu has developed another career in public service helped by political friends in high places. Had he come under the ambit ...

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    'The government behaves as if it is ashamed'

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 12:56am by Howard Winn

    ... and legal services, which highlighted the long period of time it took the government to implement recommendations by the commission. The average is about five years, but in one case it was extended ... the Government Records Services adequate resources to vet and archive documents. The report essentially confirms the observations the group made some years ago and repeats the findings of the Director ...

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    Security Bureau shoots itself in the other foot over Philippines

    Posted Apr 29th 2014, 01:11am by Howard Winn

    ... Services Appeal Board. The appeal board yesterday said it had overturned a decision by the liquor board, which in November had withdrawn the liquor licence of Quay West bar in Kennedy Town. The bar ... didn't complain, and none of the residents complained at the hearing. Our customer base has been eroded, we have run up large legal bills, and we have lost a huge amount of revenue. The whole ...

  9. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Yet another damning report on government archives

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 01:01am by Howard Winn

    ... for an archive law to give a legal backing to arrangements for dealing with records and archives, and to give the Government Records Service (GRS) some spine. The then Chief Secretary Stephen Lam ... ferry disaster, where a failure to keep proper records has led to poor decision making on the part of a government department or inability to resolve legal issues. The report notes that despite ...

  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Impatience over the slow pace of implementing law reforms

    Posted Aug 14th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Council Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services in June. It starts by noting: "Law reform plays an important role in any society which aspires to maintain the rule of law. ... Services and the Treasury Bureau has been fiddling with the commission's recommendation on insolvency, published in 1999, for 14 years and is still not finished. The Commerce and Economic ...




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