Monday, February 23, 2015

Lee Mason on Hong Kong's New Law on Contracts (Rights of Third Parties)

Hong Kong Lawyer
February 2015, pp 44-48
On 26 November 2014, the Legislative Council passed the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) which enables contracting parties to confer enforceable contractual rights on third parties and, as such, reforms the current law as governed by the doctrine of privity. Given that almost every other common law jurisdiction already has third party contractual rights legislation in place, it seems that the Ordinance is long overdue. Although the Ordinance is yet to be brought into force, it is useful to now prepare for its inception by taking a closer look at its key aspects and considering how it differs from the UK’s Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 (the “1999 UK Act”), legislation on which the Ordinance is substantially modelled...  Click here to read the full article.  In the same issue of the Hong Kong Lawyer, alumnus Ludwig Ng (LLB (Hons) 1986, PCLL 1987, LLM 1997) writes on the question, "Is Google Subject to the Hong Kong Court's Defamation Jurisdiction?".

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