Book Reviews


Medical Negligence in Hong Kong and How to Avoid It: An Introductory Guide, by Dr. Cheong Peng Meng


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Hong Kong Lawyer
January 2020

In the recent years, we have seen an increased awareness of patients’ rights in Hong Kong. This has led to a rise in reports of medical malpractice in the media and also a rise in the number of actual complaints against the healthcare profession. Coupled with an increase in the demands for healthcare services as a result of an ageing population, the risks on our healthcare services has also escalated. As Dr. Lam Ching-choi states in the foreword of the book, ‘a positive attitude towards risk management should include better understanding of relevant law, including duty of care, definition of criminal negligence, and assessment of damages.’ This book does exactly that – explaining the relevant law of medical negligence by breaking down and explaining duty of care, breach of duty, causation, assessment of damages and the relevant defences. On top of that, the author manages to explain these legal concepts in simple, layman’s language so that even those without any legal background would understand. . . .

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Featured book: Medical Negligence in Hong Kong and How to Avoid It: An Introductory Guide.

The Makings of a Truly Special Institution
A Special Standing in the World: The Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong, 1969-2019 by Christopher Munn, published by HKU Press


Book Review
Hong Kong Lawyer
February 2020

The legal profession in Hong Kong did not enjoy auspicious beginnings. After seven London barristers turned down the offer to serve as the colony’s first Chief Justice, the eighth choice, John Walter Hulme, landed in 1844 and endured a controversial 15-year tenure marked by debt, illness and quarrels, culminating in a seven-month suspension on charges of drunkenness, of which he was eventually exonerated. . . Such individuals and others of less questionable character populate the early pages of A Special Standing in the World: The Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong, 1969-2019, published to mark the Faculty’s 50th anniversary. Author Christopher Munn has triumphed in tracing the Faculty’s remarkable journey from humble beginnings to the world- renowned law school it is today and in assessing its exceptional and ongoing impact on Hong Kong society. . . .

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Featured book: A Special Standing in the World: The Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong, 1969-2019