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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Unpaid property taxes piling up in law firms a risk as Legco delays stamp duty bill, John Tsang claims

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Patsy Moy, Emily Tsang

    ... Patsy Moy and Emily Tsang Finance chief says property levies piling up at law firms while lawmakers are filibustering Tsang frets over delay to stamp duty bill's passage Law firms ... circumstances in the property market. However, a senior conveyancing lawyer said the professional code of conduct required law firms to keep a separate account for their clients' money. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548273/unpaid-property-taxes-piling-law-firms-risk-legco-delays-stamp-duty
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law to affirm double stamp duty passed, 17 months after levy came in

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by PHILE SIU, Ada Lee

    ... Phila Siu and Ada Lee The extra tax, which has been levied on almost all property purchases since early last year, voted into law before Legco’s summer break Doubling of stamp duty at last passed Legislation doubling the stamp duty on most property purchases was finally passed by lawmakers last night, just before the Legislative Council enters its three-month summer recess. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555049/law-affirm-double-stamp-duty-passed-17-months-after-levy-came
  3. News - Hong Kong - PROPERTY

    New property law forbids publishing of unofficial price quotes

    Posted Apr 20th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Johnny Tam

    ... the law takes effect. The Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance is intended to protect consumer interests and increase market transparency. An information centre in Chai Wan will educate consumers on the law. There have also been concerns that developers may bombard buyers with information and cause even more confusion. Sun Hung Kai Properties has issued a three-volume, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1218652/new-property-law-forbids-publishing-unofficial-price-quotes
  4. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER AFFAIRS

    Buyers' gripes hit 3,400 after new trade descriptions law

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 04:02am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com 3,400 complain under new trade law The Consumer Council has received 3,463 complaints over unfair selling practices since the amended Trade Descriptions Ordinance took effect a year ago. One complaint involved HK$473,500- the highest amount in any of the cases- over a property trading scandal last year, when the sale of hotel suites developed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556479/buyers-gripes-hit-3400-after-new-trade-descriptions-law
  5. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Children of married, unmarried parents equal under maintenance laws

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 04:21am by JONATHAN MOK, CARMEN CHENG

    ... legislation is not identical to English law. The question of whether the courts here had the power to order a lump sum payment or settlement of money for the purchase of property for children ... Jonathan Mok and Carmen Cheng Offspring are equal under maintenance laws no matter whether their parents ever tied the knot No suffering of little children when unmarried couples split ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1528812/children-married-unmarried-parents-equal-under-maintenance-laws
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong Law Society president Ambrose Lam falls on own sword

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Law Society head falls on own sword The overwhelming vote of no confidence last week against Ambrose Lam San-keung made his resignation yesterday as Law Society ... have alleged? Experts as politically diverse as Basic Law Institute chairman Alan Hoo, SC; Chatham House senior consulting fellow and former British diplomat Tim Summers; and associate law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1577186/hong-kong-law-society-president-ambrose-lam-falls-own-sword
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law Society elects Stephen Hung as president as Ambrose Lam resigns

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 11:40pm by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com Ambrose Lam confirms he will step down after vote of no confidence Law Society elects Stephen Hung as president A criminal lawyer more vocal about trade than politics has replaced the embattled Ambrose Lam San-keung as president of the Law Society. The council of the society yesterday elected Stephen Hung Wan-shun, who has served as vice-president, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577280/law-society-elects-stephen-hung-president
  8. News - Hong Kong - LEGAL

    Law Society president Ambrose Lam resigns after historic no-confidence vote

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 01:41pm by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com Lam had said Beijing's controversial white paper on Hong Kong was a 'positive document' and called Communist Party 'great' Law Society ... a president. Before the society’s council met at 1pm on Tuesday, Lam confirmed that he will tender his resignation with immediate effect. “This may be the last time I see you as president of the Law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1576791/law-society-president-ambrose-lam-resigns-following-historic-no
  9. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Hong Kong economy slows as stocks climb, property booms

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 06:20pm by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Stark contrast as government cuts its growth target after drop in tourist spending- yet HSI breaks 25,000 and property hits historic peak Economy slows, stocks climb, property booms The Hong Kong government cut its growth target for the year yesterday after a disappointing second-quarter performance as stock and property market indicators reached new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1574301/hong-kong-lowers-annual-growth-forecast-after-worst-quarter-2012
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law Society meets to decide president Ambrose Lam's fate

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by JOYCE NG AND PATSY MOY

    ... Joyce Ng and Patsy Moy Law Society meets to decide president's fate The Law Society's council meets today to decide the fate of its president, with two members suggesting he should resign. Stephen Hung Wan-shun, a vice-president, has been tipped as the next leader. The council, comprising 20 senior solicitors, is expected to follow up on the results ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1576346/law-society-meets-decide-president-ambrose-lams-fate

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