Chris Lau

Chris is a reporter specialising in court and legal affairs in Hong Kong. From criminal justice to constitutional issues, he brings in the latest updates and in-depth analysis on legal issues that affect all aspects of the city. He also covers human rights issues extensively.
Chris Lau
Chris is a reporter specialising in court and legal affairs in Hong Kong. From criminal justice to constitutional issues, he brings in the latest updates and in-depth analysis on legal issues that affect all aspects of the city. He also covers human rights issues extensively.

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LGBT rights in Hong Kong: following furore over Cathay Pacific advert showing same-sex couple banned on rail network and in airport, what next?

For some, the legal option is the best way to fight for greater equality.

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For some, the legal option is the best way to fight for greater equality.

LGBT rights in Hong Kong: following furore over Cathay Pacific advert showing same-sex couple banned on rail network and in airport, what next?
Great Eagle matriarch loses battle for control of one of Hong Kong’s richest real estate clans as court sides with family trust manager HSBC

Court of First Instance rules against Lo To Lee-kwan in her legal fight to stop son gaining full control of family business.

22 May 2019 - 10:31PM

Court of First Instance rules against Lo To Lee-kwan in her legal fight to stop son gaining full control of family business.

Great Eagle matriarch loses battle for control of one of Hong Kong’s richest real estate clans as court sides with family trust manager HSBC
Mainland Chinese businessman who escaped Hong Kong police through hospital toilet ceiling has jail sentence reduced to care for epileptic son

Prominent mainland businessman has jail term reduced by one-third over concerns for epileptic son.

22 May 2019 - 10:30AM

Prominent mainland businessman has jail term reduced by one-third over concerns for epileptic son.

Mainland Chinese businessman who escaped Hong Kong police through hospital toilet ceiling has jail sentence reduced to care for epileptic son
Leader of Hong Kong ethnic minority group Southern Democratic Alliance charged with indecent assault of two minors – with a third victim, 6, ‘possible’

James Lung charged with molesting two minors and possessing child pornography. Third potential victim said to be six years old.

21 May 2019 - 8:42AM

James Lung charged with molesting two minors and possessing child pornography. Third potential victim said to be six years old.

Leader of Hong Kong ethnic minority group Southern Democratic Alliance charged with indecent assault of two minors – with a third victim, 6, ‘possible’
American tourist seriously scalded while taking hot shower in Airbnb flat in Hong Kong awarded HK$2.63 million

Court rules owner had duty to ensure everything in flat was safe for the visitor.

18 May 2019 - 11:46AM

Court rules owner had duty to ensure everything in flat was safe for the visitor.

American tourist seriously scalded while taking hot shower in Airbnb flat in Hong Kong awarded HK$2.63 million
Sex attacker who subjected victim, 20, to terrifying ordeal in Hong Kong jailed for 12 years by High Court judge

Victim, 20, forced into flower bed during 30-minute assault that judge says would have been rape if the defendant was not impotent

17 May 2019 - 6:34PM

Victim, 20, forced into flower bed during 30-minute assault that judge says would have been rape if the defendant was not impotent

Sex attacker who subjected victim, 20, to terrifying ordeal in Hong Kong jailed for 12 years by High Court judge
Hong Kong criminal jailed once again for theft and robberies, including two at knifepoint of prostitutes

Lau Ka-ning, 47, was sentenced to six years and eight months after pleading guilty to the charges for offences committed in late 2017 and early 2018.

16 May 2019 - 10:43PM

Lau Ka-ning, 47, was sentenced to six years and eight months after pleading guilty to the charges for offences committed in late 2017 and early 2018.

Hong Kong criminal jailed once again for theft and robberies, including two at knifepoint of prostitutes
Salesman pressured teenager into having sex with him by claiming he was police informer, Hong Kong court hears

Lam Kai-man took 18-year-old woman to love hotel in Kwun Tong having paid for compensated dating

20 May 2019 - 8:57AM

Lam Kai-man took 18-year-old woman to love hotel in Kwun Tong having paid for compensated dating

Salesman pressured teenager into having sex with him by claiming he was police informer, Hong Kong court hears
Occupy poster boy Joshua Wong returns to jail in Hong Kong despite winning appeal for lighter sentence

The activist was found guilty of contempt after not leaving a site in Mong Kok that judges had ordered cleared. His three-month sentence has been reduced to two months.

16 May 2019 - 10:46PM

The activist was found guilty of contempt after not leaving a site in Mong Kok that judges had ordered cleared. His three-month sentence has been reduced to two months.

Occupy poster boy Joshua Wong returns to jail in Hong Kong despite winning appeal for lighter sentence
Hong Kong’s justice department will not challenge sentences on Occupy leaders, citing ‘insufficient legal basis’

The decision allays supporters’ concerns the leaders may face stiffer sentences in event of an appeal by the department.

15 May 2019 - 10:57PM

The decision allays supporters’ concerns the leaders may face stiffer sentences in event of an appeal by the department.

Hong Kong’s justice department will not challenge sentences on Occupy leaders, citing ‘insufficient legal basis’
Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang argues in final appeal that he landed a misconduct conviction through his misjudgment not wrongdoing

The former leader’s lawyer argues trial judge failed to tell jurors that to convict Tsang they had to be certain he knew his non-disclosure of a property deal was unlawful.

14 May 2019 - 8:55PM

The former leader’s lawyer argues trial judge failed to tell jurors that to convict Tsang they had to be certain he knew his non-disclosure of a property deal was unlawful.

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang argues in final appeal that he landed a misconduct conviction through his misjudgment not wrongdoing
Karon Monaghan, lawyer in landmark Hong Kong LGBT case over gay civil servant’s benefits, says city activists well placed to fight for equality in the courts

Basic Law and Bill of Rights empower judges to strike down unconstitutional laws, says British QC. But conservative group slams idea of social change by court decree, saying it is a matter for the government and legislature.

11 May 2019 - 11:28PM

Basic Law and Bill of Rights empower judges to strike down unconstitutional laws, says British QC. But conservative group slams idea of social change by court decree, saying it is a matter for the government and legislature.

Karon Monaghan, lawyer in landmark Hong Kong LGBT case over gay civil servant’s benefits, says city activists well placed to fight for equality in the courts
Two Mong Kok rioters with mental conditions each jailed for three years in Hong Kong despite pleas for leniency because of disorders

The High Court jails Yung Wai-yip, 35, and Yuen Chi-kui, 28, over their roles in the 2016 unrest that broke out in Mong Kok.

10 May 2019 - 10:01AM

The High Court jails Yung Wai-yip, 35, and Yuen Chi-kui, 28, over their roles in the 2016 unrest that broke out in Mong Kok.

Two Mong Kok rioters with mental conditions each jailed for three years in Hong Kong despite pleas for leniency because of disorders
Controversial Hong Kong businessman ‘Dream Bear’ Lew Mon-hung loses final appeal over conviction for perverting course of justice

The Court of Final Appeal struck down Lew’s bid to clear his name after listening to what his lawyers had to say – even without the need to hear counterarguments from the Department of Justice.

10 May 2019 - 10:35AM

The Court of Final Appeal struck down Lew’s bid to clear his name after listening to what his lawyers had to say – even without the need to hear counterarguments from the Department of Justice.

Controversial Hong Kong businessman ‘Dream Bear’ Lew Mon-hung loses final appeal over conviction for perverting course of justice
Hong Kong jail clerk gets 100 hours of community service for putting used stamps on work mail and pocketing the new ones

Clerical assistant at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre put used stamps on work letters so he could pocket the new ones.

8 May 2019 - 10:17PM

Clerical assistant at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre put used stamps on work letters so he could pocket the new ones.

Hong Kong jail clerk gets 100 hours of community service for putting used stamps on work mail and pocketing the new ones
Government can’t justify discriminatory treatment, lawyer for gay Hong Kong civil servant argues in final appeal over spousal rights

Counsel for senior immigration officer Angus Leung says authorities have failed to explain link between protection of marriage and granting rights to client.

7 May 2019 - 10:46PM

Counsel for senior immigration officer Angus Leung says authorities have failed to explain link between protection of marriage and granting rights to client.

Government can’t justify discriminatory treatment, lawyer for gay Hong Kong civil servant argues in final appeal over spousal rights
Jailhouse drama ends for mainland duo arrested for using fake passes to sneak their way backstage at Hong Kong Film Awards

Photographer and media worker arrested April 14 for using fake passes to enter VIP area, and had been in custody ever since.

6 May 2019 - 10:52PM

Photographer and media worker arrested April 14 for using fake passes to enter VIP area, and had been in custody ever since.

Jailhouse drama ends for mainland duo arrested for using fake passes to sneak their way backstage at Hong Kong Film Awards
Whistle-blower who exposed shoddy work on Hong Kong’s costliest rail link to sue Leighton Contractors (Asia) for HK$24 million

China Technology Corporation, which exposed shoddy work on the HK$97.1 billion (US$12.3 billion) project says falsework and scaffolding structures were not returned.

7 May 2019 - 9:58AM

China Technology Corporation, which exposed shoddy work on the HK$97.1 billion (US$12.3 billion) project says falsework and scaffolding structures were not returned.

Whistle-blower who exposed shoddy work on Hong Kong’s costliest rail link to sue Leighton Contractors (Asia) for HK$24 million
Reverend seeks assurance from Hong Kong court he will not be prosecuted for officiating same-sex marriage ceremony

Marietta S Balaoro files unprecedented application to High Court after he was asked by same-sex couple to marry them last year, as the Marriage Ordinance states it’s an offence for minister to wilfully celebrate a marriage knowing parties involved cannot comply with all legal provisions.

3 May 2019 - 11:18PM

Marietta S Balaoro files unprecedented application to High Court after he was asked by same-sex couple to marry them last year, as the Marriage Ordinance states it’s an offence for minister to wilfully celebrate a marriage knowing parties involved cannot comply with all legal provisions.

Reverend seeks assurance from Hong Kong court he will not be prosecuted for officiating same-sex marriage ceremony
Occupy founding trio launch appeal against convictions and jail sentences over Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy movement

While Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man will challenge their convictions and sentences, Reverend Chu Yiu-ming only seeks to overturn his conviction.

3 May 2019 - 11:18PM

While Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man will challenge their convictions and sentences, Reverend Chu Yiu-ming only seeks to overturn his conviction.

Occupy founding trio launch appeal against convictions and jail sentences over Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy movement
Louis Vuitton sues two subsidiaries of Chinese shoe giant Belle International for copyright infringement

The French luxury fashion retailer accuses Belle International (China) and Best Able Footwear of copying its LV Archlight trainers.

3 May 2019 - 11:18PM

The French luxury fashion retailer accuses Belle International (China) and Best Able Footwear of copying its LV Archlight trainers.

Louis Vuitton sues two subsidiaries of Chinese shoe giant Belle International for copyright infringement
Kwai Chung food stall vendor goes free from High Court after found not guilty of attempted rape of mentally disabled employee

Jury of six women and one man found 60-year-old defendant not guilty by a 5-2 vote, following seven hours of deliberation.

3 May 2019 - 9:49AM

Jury of six women and one man found 60-year-old defendant not guilty by a 5-2 vote, following seven hours of deliberation.

Kwai Chung food stall vendor goes free from High Court after found not guilty of attempted rape of mentally disabled employee
Popular Hong Kong chain Chung So Si Fong Dessert caught in bitter legal fight after shareholder accused of tucking into US$24 million

Chung So Si Fong Dessert chain caught in bitter legal fight after shareholder sued for transferring funds without permission.

2 May 2019 - 10:02PM

Chung So Si Fong Dessert chain caught in bitter legal fight after shareholder sued for transferring funds without permission.

Popular Hong Kong chain Chung So Si Fong Dessert caught in bitter legal fight after shareholder accused of tucking into US$24 million
Shipping firm loses court bid to make Hong Kong authorities help it retrieve tanker detained over alleged oil transfer to North Korea

The High Court said the detention of the 16,500-tonne carrier Lighthouse Winmore, owned by Win More Shipping, involved foreign affairs and was therefore the central government’s responsibility.

2 May 2019 - 11:09PM

The High Court said the detention of the 16,500-tonne carrier Lighthouse Winmore, owned by Win More Shipping, involved foreign affairs and was therefore the central government’s responsibility.

Shipping firm loses court bid to make Hong Kong authorities help it retrieve tanker detained over alleged oil transfer to North Korea
The legal back-and-forth over upskirt pictures in Hong Kong

Why a court ruling in April sparked a call for new laws to tackle the act.

2 May 2019 - 12:51PM

Why a court ruling in April sparked a call for new laws to tackle the act.

The legal back-and-forth over upskirt pictures in Hong Kong
Hong Kong driver jailed for 15 months for running over woman waiting for bus and severing her leg

Property agent Chan Hiu-sing, 30, previously pleaded guilty at the District Court to dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm over the crash in Kwai Chung on March 19 last year.

1 May 2019 - 12:11AM

Property agent Chan Hiu-sing, 30, previously pleaded guilty at the District Court to dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm over the crash in Kwai Chung on March 19 last year.

Hong Kong driver jailed for 15 months for running over woman waiting for bus and severing her leg
Enact upskirting law to plug loophole, Hong Kong’s Law Reform Commission tells government

Commission says there is a pressing need for new laws to be enacted after the Court of Final Appeal struck down wholesale use of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ law.

30 Apr 2019 - 11:27PM

Commission says there is a pressing need for new laws to be enacted after the Court of Final Appeal struck down wholesale use of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ law.

Enact upskirting law to plug loophole, Hong Kong’s Law Reform Commission tells government
Shipping agent APL and Chinese captain fined HK$99,000 over Singaporean Terrex armoured troop carriers impounded in Hong Kong

Guilty verdict comes nearly three years after seizure of the unlicensed vehicles, which caused a rare rift between the two cities in 2016.

6 May 2019 - 7:37PM

Guilty verdict comes nearly three years after seizure of the unlicensed vehicles, which caused a rare rift between the two cities in 2016.

Shipping agent APL and Chinese captain fined HK$99,000 over Singaporean Terrex armoured troop carriers impounded in Hong Kong
Hong Kong lift supervisor fined HK$40,000 for freak accident that sent elderly woman plummeting to her death in Sheung Shui

Maintenance supervisor fined HK$40,000 after investigators found the lift had not been serviced for more than two years.

26 Apr 2019 - 7:45PM

Maintenance supervisor fined HK$40,000 after investigators found the lift had not been serviced for more than two years.

Hong Kong lift supervisor fined HK$40,000 for freak accident that sent elderly woman plummeting to her death in Sheung Shui
Hong Kong doctor accused of taking photos of female patient without consent faces lesser charge after ‘obtaining access to computer’ rap dropped

Prosecutors decided to shelve the charge against Yeung Tsang after High Court ruled the law could not be used for crimes committed with personal devices. He still faces one count of taking photos of a patient without their consent.

26 Apr 2019 - 11:22PM

Prosecutors decided to shelve the charge against Yeung Tsang after High Court ruled the law could not be used for crimes committed with personal devices. He still faces one count of taking photos of a patient without their consent.

Hong Kong doctor accused of taking photos of female patient without consent faces lesser charge after ‘obtaining access to computer’ rap dropped