On 1 July 1997 Hong Kong ceased to be a British overseas territory1. Provision was made so that some of the people of Hong Kong could be registered before that date as British citizens while remaining resident in Hong Kong2. The Secretary of State3 was required to register as British citizens, before 30 June 1997, up to 50,000 persons of good character recommended to him for that purpose by the Governor of Hong Kong under a scheme referred to as the Citizenship Selection Scheme4. Those eligible for inclusion in the scheme were persons settled in Hong Kong who were
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Definition of automatismAn act is done in a state of automatism if it is done by the body without control by the mind, (eg it is a spasm or a reflex), or if it is done by a person who is not conscious of what they are doing. The act may be described as involuntary, but will not be regarded as such
The right to notice means a right for the employee to remain in employment for the period of notice, not simply to be paid for it. An employer will therefore often include in the contract an express right to make a payment in lieu of notice ('PILON') as an alternative to giving notice, to ensure
This Practice Note explains certain common financial covenants used in commercial finance transactions including:•minimum net worth test•gearing ratio•leverage ratio (or debt to equity ratio)•current ratio (or acid test ratio)•cashflow ratio•interest cover ratio, and•loan to value ratioIt explains:
Source of the doctrine of the separation of powersThe origins of the doctrine are often traced to John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government (1689), in which he identified the 'executive' and 'legislative' powers as needing to be separate.‘… it may be too great a temptation to human frailty, apt to
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