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EDITOR'S NOTE 編 者 的 話 Cynthia G. Claytor 《香港律師》編輯 Legal Media Group 湯森路透 cynthia.claytor@thomsonreuters.com INSOL International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals is a world-wide federation of national associations for accountants and lawyers who specialise in turnaround and insolvency. Recently, INSOL International's Board of Directors approved a set of model standard case management directions ("CMDs") for insolvent trusts that were proposed by the INSOL Technical Research Committee. As explained by the author of our Offshore feature (p. 26), the concept behind the CMDs was to create a flexible model form of directions for insolvent trustees when they initially come before the Court, encompassing any special direction necessary due to the nature of a trust. These CMDs are now being suggested for use in a number of jurisdictions, and have been provided to key stakeholders, with the intention of working to standarise insolvency templates around the world and make insolvency procedures more universal. The CMDs are currently being reviewed by a host of academics and professionals and are open to comment by interested parties. You can find relevant information on how to access the CMDs and submit comments in the Offshore section inside. Elsewhere in the October issue, the Insurance article (p. 38) looks at the growth potential for the local Hong Kong market for insurers to offer political risk insurance policies and discusses the salient features of institutional insurance policies, such as those offered by the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency ("MIGA"). The Medical Ethics piece (p. 33) examines the particular problems raised by the question of when and in what circumstances it is legitimate to withdraw treatment, by way of artificial nutrition and hydration, from a patient in a persistent vegetative state ("PVS"), contrasting the legal situations in England & Wales and Hong Kong. Additionally, the Letter to Hong Kong Lawyer (p. 14) examines the recently enacted Apology Bill through the mediation perspective while the Practice Skills (p. 66) contribution humourously identifies eight ways to avoid ruining your reputation in the course of drafting legal documents. The President's Message (p. 6) and the contribution from the Secretariat (p. 12) both discuss the Law Society's exercise of its statutory power to intervene in the practice of certain non-compliant law firms and its invitation to law firms to join its Panel of Intervention Agents. Both note the Law Society's intention to host seminars to share the general nature of intervention work with interested firms, as the Law Society is keen to recruit more law firms to join its Panel. 國際破產從業員協會是世界性的會計師和律師的全國性 聯合會,專門從事重振資本和處理無力償債事務。最 近,國際破產從業員協會董事會批准了由國際破產從業 員協會技術研究委員會(「技術委員會」)提出的無償債 能力信託的一套示範標準案件管理指示。 如我們的離岸專欄的作者所解釋的(第30頁),「案件管 理指示」背後的概念,是為初次在法院出庭的無償債能 力受託人,設訂一套具靈活性的範本格式指示,當中包 含基於某一信託之性質而需要作出的特殊指示。現時我 們建議在全球多個司法管轄區使用這些指示,並將其 提供給主要持份者,目的是將全球的破產模式予以標準 化,從而使破產程序成為更通用。「案件管理指示」目 前正在由大量學者和專業人士進行檢討,並可以由有關 方面進行評論。你可以找到有關如何接觸「案件管理指 示」的相關信息,並在「離岸」欄內提交評論。 在10月號的其他地方,「保險」文章 (第41頁) 檢視本 地香港市場,為提供政治風險保險的保險公司的增長潛 力,並討論機構保險保單的明顯特點,如世行多邊投資 擔保機構(MIGA)。「醫學倫理」文章(第36頁)審視了在 什麽情況及在什麽時候, 通過人工營養和水合,從持 續的植物人狀態("PVS")的病人撤出治療是合法的問 題,並對比英國及香港的法律狀況。 此外,「給《香港律師》的信」(第14頁),通過調解角 度審視最近頒布的《道歉條例草案》,同時,實踐技能 (第68頁)的投稿概述了八種在起草過程中破壞您聲譽的 方法。會長的話(第6頁)以及律師會秘書處資訊(第12頁) 都討論了律師會行使其法定權力來介入某些不合規律師 事務所的做法,並邀請律師事務所加入「介入代理人小 組」。兩者都表達律師會有意主持研討會,與感興趣的 事務所分享該等工作的一般性質,因為律師會渴望招聘 更多的律師事務所加入該小組。 4 www.hk-lawyer.org •  October 2017 Cynthia G. Claytor Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer Legal Media Group Thomson Reuters cynthia.claytor@thomsonreuters.com

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