In our first Global Insights webinar of the year, Mohammed Talib, Partner at Pinsent Masons, gave an overview of the latest developments in cross-border legal frameworks and the implications of the new Hong Kong SAR ordinance that was effective from 29 January 2024.

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1. Ease of enforcing judgements across the border
  • It has become easier to enforce civil and commercial judgements between Hong Kong SAR and mainland China.
  • This facilitates smoother cross-border transactions and legal proceedings, reducing obstacles for businesses operating in both regions.
2. Broad scope of application
  • There is now a broad scope of application, allowing for various types of matters to be determined in either Hong Kong SAR or mainland China and brought across.
  • This flexibility provides parties with more options for resolving disputes and enforcing judgements effectively.
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3. Pro-enforcement approach
  • Both Hong Kong SAR and mainland China courts will see the new legislation as a positive to avoiding the challenges historically posed by the legal system.
  • Expectations are for interpretations and applications to be pro-enforcement, providing confidence to parties involved in litigation.
4. Increased access to assets in mainland China
  • Parties, especially those with asymmetric dispute resolution clauses favouring Hong Kong SAR, now have a better chance of accessing mainland assets and property for enforcement purposes.
  • This enhances the enforceability of judgments and reduces the risk for parties seeking redress.
5. Confidence in enforcement mechanisms
  • Mainland parties are likely to shift from a previously indifferent stance to a more confident and ready-to-enforce mindset.
  • The mechanism is expected to instil confidence in the enforceability of judgements, benefiting parties opting for Hong Kong SAR as a dispute resolution hub.
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Global Insights: Judgement Enforcement Between Hong Kong SAR & China

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