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Law Change

Law change to plug loophole in new stamp duty

A legal clause will be introduced soon to plug a loophole that allows homebuyers to evade the new 15 per cent stamp duty on purchases, the government announced last night.

Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 3:19am 2 comments

Foes unite over audit crime bill

A law to hold auditors criminally liable if they fail to declare a company's accounting problems is set to pass after the city's two largest political parties yesterday said they backed it.

The 2,000-page Companies Bill, being debated in the Legislative Council, aims to modernise the outdated Companies Ordinances.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Parodies won't be exempted in law change

Despite an outcry from internet users, the government does not plan to exempt parodies from legal liability when it amends the copyright law.

It says demands for exemption took it by surprise and there is not enough time to change the planned legal amendment.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Cooling-off periods make sense for all

Officials who promised to protect people who sign up for slimming plans and the like with compulsory cooling-off periods during which they can change their minds and get their money back seem to be having a bit of a cooling-off period themselves. The amendments were not tabled before lawmakers as expected before the end of the legislative year last month.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Piecemeal changes to legal aid system won't do

Hong Kong has good reason to pride itself on its rule of law and administration of justice. Judgments from our top courts are written with impressive clarity and are considered and respected by lawyers and judges throughout the common law world.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Correction

In the story 'Journalists seek law change after raid' on page A3 of yesterday's South China Morning Post, remarks by the Hong Kong Journalists' Association representative should have been attributed to Mak Yin-ting. We apologise for any misunderstanding caused.

1 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Peru backs law change

PERU has approved a legislative amendment to make a citizenship scheme more attractive to people seeking a second passport, especially those from Hongkong and other parts of Asia.

The amendment was passed last month to allow exemption from the requirement to stay in Peru for two years before applicants are naturalised.

10 May 1993 - 12:00am