What are the laws applicable in Hong Kong?

With Hong Kong’s unique history and special political status, many people wonder where Hong Kong’s laws come from. How did Hong Kong transition from a British colony to a Special Administrative Region, and what areas of law are relevant in Hong Kong today? This article provides a brief summary of Hong Kong’s modern legal history as well as a bite-size guide to the different areas of law in Hong Kong with related examples from daily life.

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What is Family Law?

Family law is relevant if you are getting a divorce or looking to deal with legal issues on family related issues including child custody, adoption and family dispute resolution. You may also consult a family lawyer on issues regarding pre- and post-nuptial agreements, civil union, same-sex marriage and family mediation.

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What is Tort Law?

Tort law is a wide field of law that becomes relevant when a person suffers loss or harm due to another person’s actions or failure to act. Common tort actions involve negligence, personal injury (such as slip and fall injury and employment injury), medical negligence, trespass to person/land, or defamation.

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What is Corporate Law?

Corporate law covers a wide range of business matters and is relevant to everyone in the corporate world, whether a shareholder, director or employee. Corporate lawyers may deal with various questions on the formation, organization, taxation and dissolution of a company, as well as the rights for all parties involved.

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What is Constitutional Law?

Constitutional law is relevant if you believe that the actions of another person (public authority or ordinary citizen) infringed your constitutional rights, such as the right to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly or right to equality. The Constitutional document for the HKSAR is the Basic Law.

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What is Contract Law?

Contract law becomes relevant if you have entered into some “contractual relationship” with another person; that is, both sides agree to give each other an item or service that would benefit the other person...

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