Solicitor-Advocates to Gain Rights of Audience Before the Higher Courts of Hong Kong

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Posted on February 2, 2010 at 5:02 AM



Litigants will soon be able to choose between having their case argued by either a barrister or a solicitor-advocate in the higher courts of Hong Kong. There are certain qualifications that the solicitor-advocate must fulfill before being able to be represent a litigant in the higher courts: solicitors with at least ...

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Regulatory Changes - 12/14/09

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Posted on December 15, 2009 at 5:12 AM



On December 2, 2009 the State Council of China issued the Administrative Measures for the Establishment of Partnership Enterprises in China by Foreign Enterprises or Individuals. The new measures, which will let foreign investors act directly as partners of partnerships in China, will come into effect on March 1, 2010...

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New Federal Time Period Rules

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Posted on December 2, 2009 at 11:12 PM



From December 1, 2009, the rules for computing time in federal courts will be revised, affecting the Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil and Criminal Rules of Procedure.  Formerly, intermediate weekends and holidays were not included when calculating time periods less than 8 days, but now intermediate weekends and holidays are...

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China's State Administration of Taxation Announces Rules on Employee Benefits

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Posted on December 2, 2009 at 11:12 PM



The State Administration of Taxation has issued three statements that affect the taxation of employee benefits.Transportation Allowances On September 4, 2009 the administration issued rules stating that employees may receive up to 70% of employer-provided transportation allowances free of personal income tax, as long as...

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China Enterprise State-Owned Assets Law

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Posted on November 11, 2009 at 2:11 AM



IntroductionThe Enterprise State-Owned Assets Law which was adopted on October 28, 2008 and came into effect on May 1, 2009 is China’s first legislation on state-owned assets.    Before this law was adopted, the Interim Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Enterprise State-Owned Assets, a group of regulation...

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Beijing Authorities Deliver Decisions on Vital Employment Issues

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Posted on November 10, 2009 at 12:11 AM



Representatives from the Beijing Municipal Labour Dispute Arbitration Committee and the Beijing High Court have jointly issued clarifications on key employment issues.  Even though the comments are not binding on local courts and arbitration committees, they will probably be followed.To enforce a post-termination non-co...

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In the Battle between Workers’ Rights and Labor Costs, Employment Lawyers Win

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Posted on August 4, 2009 at 10:08 PM



At the start of 2008, China enacted a new labor contract law designed to protect workers’ rights. Hailed by many as necessary to regulate the questionable and sometimes scandalous business practices in China, the law has been a major step in the development of China’s labor legislation. It establishes, among other thing...

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Will U.S. Patent Law Finally Jump on the Bandwagon?

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Posted on July 13, 2009 at 6:07 PM



The unique U.S. patent law may be in for a big change. The Patent Reform Act of 2009, a product of two reports and several proposed reform bills in the past, could switch the U.S. from its first-to-invent system to the globally adopted first-to-file system. The ongoing debate over first-to-invent versus first-to file sy...

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Japan’s Desire for More Lawyers Could Change Attitudes and Stats

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Posted on July 11, 2009 at 4:07 PM



The Japanese government wants to increase the number of lawyers in the country by making sure a higher number pass the bar. This could mean more competition for U.S. lawyers who plan to move to Japan to practice. But it could also mean a change in the way all lawyers are viewed in a country known for its social restrain...

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Regulatory Changes - 7/8/09

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Posted on July 8, 2009 at 10:07 PM



China’s economy is about to get a huge boost. This October, after almost 10 years of planning, the Growth Enterprise Bourse will open. This bourse, already nicknamed “China’s Nasdaq,” is hoped to bring China’s soaring economy to new heights. Song Liping, the general manager of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, states in Asia...

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