Michael Lower

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Hong Kong parents face traps by making gifts in return for care by children in old age
What to do with the family home after a couple split up

Who owns the family home? This question is especially relevant if a couple break up. In the case of a married couple, the court can make use of the powers available to it on divorce; it has a degree of flexibility as to how to divide the family's assets.

23 Jun 2015 - 3:32AM

Who owns the family home? This question is especially relevant if a couple break up. In the case of a married couple, the court can make use of the powers available to it on divorce; it has a degree of flexibility as to how to divide the family's assets.

What to do with the family home after a couple split up
Sustainability is a big problem for the small-house policy

The film Overheard 3 tells the story of a battle for the control of a corporation set up to acquire the rights of the male indigenous residents of New Territories villages and engage in property development on a massive scale.

15 Jul 2014 - 4:29AM

The film Overheard 3 tells the story of a battle for the control of a corporation set up to acquire the rights of the male indigenous residents of New Territories villages and engage in property development on a massive scale.

Sustainability is a big problem for the small-house policy
Have we forgotten the social dimension of private property?

Mark Twain advised: "Buy land, they're not making it anymore." As the world's population increases, the advice may well take on extra significance.

15 Apr 2014 - 5:20AM

Mark Twain advised: "Buy land, they're not making it anymore." As the world's population increases, the advice may well take on extra significance.

Have we forgotten the social dimension of private property?
Tomorrow has already arrived when it comes to legal training
Looking deep into the art of building management

Last August, I wrote a column praising Hong Kong's system for the management of multi-owned buildings and estates. Some system of collective decision-making is indispensable. I suggested that the ability to set up an owners' corporation is an elegant response to this very practical need.

21 Jan 2014 - 6:32AM

Last August, I wrote a column praising Hong Kong's system for the management of multi-owned buildings and estates. Some system of collective decision-making is indispensable. I suggested that the ability to set up an owners' corporation is an elegant response to this very practical need.

Looking deep into the art of building management
Technology has role to play in bringing education to all

I began to teach law in 1991. "Technology" then meant the word processor, the photocopier and the overhead projector displaying slides on sheets of acetate. Now we have, in our pockets, the ability to produce podcasts, e-books and presentation slides.

10 Dec 2013 - 2:31PM

I began to teach law in 1991. "Technology" then meant the word processor, the photocopier and the overhead projector displaying slides on sheets of acetate. Now we have, in our pockets, the ability to produce podcasts, e-books and presentation slides.

Technology has role to play in bringing education to all
Law guards against coercion when making contracts
Disputing the meaning of words in contractual clauses

Land disputes are very often about the interpretation of the words used in a lease or some other document. Dealings with land are based on the bargain struck between two parties, such as a buyer and seller or a landlord and tenant. The parties have to spell out the terms of their agreement.

9 Jul 2013 - 5:55AM

Land disputes are very often about the interpretation of the words used in a lease or some other document. Dealings with land are based on the bargain struck between two parties, such as a buyer and seller or a landlord and tenant. The parties have to spell out the terms of their agreement.

Disputing the meaning of words in contractual clauses
Squatters' rights seem wrong, but possession isn't so simple
Failure to observe formalities can lead to danger
Beware of pitfalls in buying property
A Hongkonger's home is his corporate entity

Visitors to Hong Kong are struck by how densely packed together we are. A single residential estate, occupying a relatively small area of ground, provides homes for thousands of families. Each estate is, effectively, a district, often with its own leisure facilities, gardens and links to the transport network.

20 Aug 2013 - 5:10AM

Visitors to Hong Kong are struck by how densely packed together we are. A single residential estate, occupying a relatively small area of ground, provides homes for thousands of families. Each estate is, effectively, a district, often with its own leisure facilities, gardens and links to the transport network.

A Hongkonger's home is his corporate entity
New students set straight on the law of the land