Hong Kong, 20 November 2018: A range of hot topics and key trends relevant to the Asian legal profession were given an airing last week when delegates attended the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting of global legal services organisation Ally Law.

With historic Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam providing a stunning backdrop, representatives from 15 law firms – including Boase Cohen & Collins – were brought up to speed on such matters as regional franchising regulations and pitfalls, the booming local property market and the issue of protecting trade secrets across borders.

 “It was an excellent meeting with a diverse agenda that offered something of interest to everyone,” said Colin Cohen, BC&C Senior Partner and Chairman of Ally Law’s Expansion Committee, who delivered a paper on mediation in Hong Kong during a panel session on regional developments in alternative dispute resolution.

“Aside from the panel discussions and presentations, there was a thorough review of Ally Law business with updates on operations, budgets and expansion plans. Add in the networking opportunities on offer and it was clearly an informative and productive conference.”

Mr Cohen led a four-strong Boase Cohen & Collins delegation that included Associate Stephanie Lai, Trainee Solicitor Vivian Yu and Marketing Consultant Niall Donnelly. BC&C is Hong Kong’s sole representative in Ally Law, which utilises close co-operation between members to help clients overcome their international legal and business challenges.

The organisation currently comprises 69 firms in 48 jurisdictions, marking a 30 per cent increase in members since 2015. The next major milestone in Ally Law’s calendar will be the 2019 AGM, scheduled for 6-9 March in New Delhi.