Striking a balance

Are there restrictions to buying property in Singapore?

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011, 12:00am

Lawyer loses Hunghom flats claim

A lawyer yesterday lost his HK$18 million claim for lost fees against a consortium of Sun Hung Kai Properties and New World Development, who he said reneged on a contract.

24 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Slip of the pen cost farmer his land

A man who has farmed a plot of land since 1963 was shocked to discover nearly 40 years later that because of a decades-old government blunder he did not officially own it.

The New Territories plot had been mistakenly assigned to four other people in 1975, but the owner did not find out until 2000 when he asked why he had not received a rating- valuation notice.

30 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Solicitors not dragging their feet over property law changes

Being responsible for managing the transition from deeds registration to a register of title to property in Hong Kong, I welcome the article, 'Home ownership rules need revamp' (August 29).

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Small firms could be big losers as conveyancing work dries up and downturn takes its toll

JUST TO THINK it was only last year that lawyers' salaries in Hong Kong saw a lavish 20 per cent increase across the board. The high-billers were reaping juicy bonuses and even trainees were counting a modest wad.

22 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

District Councillor to face court over electoral fraud charges

Lee Pui-ying, 60, elected to Southern District Council in November 1999, was charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption with voting offences.

10 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Price war sparks conveyancing review

The Housing Authority is to review the tendering system for conveyancing services amid fears a cutthroat price battle among solicitors could cause substandard legal services.

25 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Central Library

Up to 900 people will be able to use the Internet for free in the Central Library with their own notebook computers.

With the installation of the $18 million network flooring system, library users will be able to go online with their notebooks in most areas of the library.

Six-hundred computers will be provided for users without their own.

23 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Judge's criticism justifiable

Many small individual purchasers are facing bankruptcy because they had committed to buy new property before the market collapsed in October 1997 and now the property is ready for occupation, they cannot obtain sufficient mortgage finance to enable them to complete the purchase.

22 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Law firms bid low to win work on flats

Twenty law firms have been selected to do legal work for the sale of government-subsidised homes at a fee of one-quarter of that recommended by the Law Society.

The selection was made by the Housing Authority following a tender which it said the society had attempted to undermine.

21 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Conveyancing fee

Contracts for legal work on the sale of a Housing Authority development are expected to be awarded despite a Law Society attempt to make law firms bid no less than $3,500 per flat.

It was feared the tendering process would have to be repeated after the society's move, which resulted in more than half the tenders being put in at $3,500.

16 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Flat speculators steer clear of taxman

TAXMEN would have to deploy huge resources to track the paper trails of speculators reaping tens of thousands of dollars from selling purchase rights at flat pre-sales.

Speculators were selling flat coupons at an average of $50,000 a piece for Island Harbourview flats at Tsim Sha Tsui Centre yesterday.

22 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Scaling back

After putting up strong resistance to the idea, the Law Society has bowed to the inevitable and aims to scrap fixed fees for conveyancing. That is good news for housebuyers, who can now shop around to find the solicitor offering the most competitive terms instead of being tied to a scale of charges fixed on the value of the property rather than the amount of work involved.

4 Sep 1997 - 12:00am


In 'From the Gallery' (South China Morning Post, June 26), Jonathan Braude referred to my comparison of scale fees for solicitors to taxi meter charges.

His wit is appreciated in that he made the point that the debate was about conveyancing not conveyances. As we all know conveyances has two meanings, that is, vehicles and legal documents concerning transfer of land.

28 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Low profile for new law chief

The newly elected Law Society president yesterday signalled he wanted the body to concentrate mostly on professional interests.

16 May 1997 - 12:00am