About Angus

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Angus H. Forsyth

Sole Practitioner

Practice Area and Legal Specialisations:

 Summary:

Commercial and Company, Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Advertising Law and Personal Data Privacy

Angus Forsyth was admitted as a solicitor in England in 1970 and in Hong Kong in 1971. He was one of the four original founders of the well-established local Hong Kong law firm of Stevenson, Wong & Co. in 1978 and from which he retired in 2017. 

Professional Qualifications:

· Solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales in 1970;

· Guildford Law College; Law Society; England (Part II Qualifying Examination, 1970)

· Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong in 1971; and as Notary Public of Hong Kong in 1978

Language:

English


He has represented a wide range of private and corporate clients in all aspects of Commercial and Company, Mergers and Acquisitions, Regulatory Law of Insurance, Securities and Futures, Immigration, Intellectual Property and Information Technology, Advertising and Personal Data Privacy and Commercial and Residential Tenancies.

Community Involvement:

He is a Former Council Member and Vice President of the Hong Kong Society of Notaries and of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal Panel. He is a member of the Competition Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong and is a Legal Committee Member of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Council Member of the Hong Kong Internet Professionals Association, Hong Kong & Mainland Software Industry Cooperation Association, Member of the Companies Registry and Hong Kong Government Advisory Group on the rewrite of Hong Kong Company Law.

Former Council Member and Former Vice President of the Hong Kong Society of Notaries


Former Member of Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal Panel (1992-1998)


Former Member of Law Society of Hong Kong, Working Party on the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance


Member Legal Committee, The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce


Trustee and Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Trust


Member and past President of The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong


Former Committee Member and former Vice Chairman, The Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art


Member of Committee of Management of the University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong


Chairman, China Heritage Art Foundation Limited


Member of the Board, Arts & Education Limited, (Charitable Grants in aid to East/West Hong Kong Arts causes) principally for the Travel Grants of the Fine Arts students at the University of Hong Kong


Chairman and Member of the Board of Governors of Musica Viva Limited – Opera and Music Production


Former Governor and legal adviser to eInclusion Foundation Limited – grants for computer use education to bridge the Digital Divide


Director of Global Heritage Fund Asia Limited – Hong Kong, China and regional 


Asian support for cultural heritage preservation projects

Director of The Kew Asia Foundation Limited – Hong Kong centre for the focus of activities of Kew Foundation London UK

Honorary Legal Adviser:

Honorary Legal Adviser to New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Honorary Legal Adviser to the Hong Kong Festival Fringe 

Honorary Legal Adviser to the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art

Honorary Legal Adviser to the Friends of the Art Gallery, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Former Committee member and former Honorary Legal Adviser, the Royal Overseas League, Hong Kong Branch

Honorary Legal Adviser to the Friends of the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong

Honorary Legal Adviser to the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited


Publications:

 He has written articles and publications extensively on various different topics covered under Commercial Law, Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law, Personal Data Privacy Protection under the law generally and on the Internet and on the Electronic Transactions Ordinance.

Legal:

(1) Books

 International Insurance Law and Regulation Worldwide 


International Insurance Law Guide – Hong Kong Section Publ. Oceana Publications, New York, USA


Investing in a Business in Hong Kong – The Hong Kong Directors Law Year Book 1993


The Commercial Law Guide to Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan – Hong Kong Section 1996


Trademark Law of Hong Kong – International Intellectual Property Law Hand Book


“Chapter on Trade Mark Registration in Hong Kong” in Volume 29, 2007 of The Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business published by Kluwer Law International under the editorship of the Centre for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria


Co-author: Insurance – The Hong Kong Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents – Butterworths 2014


"Getting The Deal Through - Advertising's Marketing 2019 - Hong Kong Chapter

(2) Papers and Articles

“Dodging the pitfalls of e-commerce” – The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce October 2000


“How Contract Law Applies to Cyberspace and the Pitfalls Posed by the Electronic Transactions Ordinance” - Hong Kong Lawyer June 2000 


“Data Protection on the Internet: how the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance applies to Electronic Commerce, Anti-Spam measures and practical advice to net users and data users" - Hong Kong Lawyer July 2000 


"Data Protection on the Internet: how contract law applies to cyber space and the pitfalls posed by the Electronic Transactions Ordinance" - Hong Kong Lawyer June 2000


"The Electronic Transactions Ordinance" - the Hong Kong Accountant - Journal of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants - August 2000 


“Dummy Cowboys” - upon the illicit use of famous registered and unregistered latin alphabet trademarks and similar Chinese character phonetic translations for the purpose of establishing mala fides perversion of trademark user rights - Hong Kong Lawyer September 2007

(3) Symposia Papers

"Data privacy on the Internet: How the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance may interface with and apply to E-Commerce; Anti-Spam and Practical Advice to net users and data users" - Paper delivered to the Legal Panel - The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce 29th August 2000


"REVAMP OF ELECTRONIC TRANSACTIONS ORDINANCE - ROAD TO HONG KONG IT SUCCESS?" - paper delivered to Symposium Hong Kong, October 2003


"GOOGLE AND THE GIANT KEYWORD TAKEAWAY" - Address to IP Symposium of APAA Council Meeting, Adelaide, Australia on 17 to 20 November 2007


"THE EXPLOITATION AND PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE GLOBAL SPORTS INDUSTRY" - paper delivered to the Union Internationale des Avocats Annual General Meeting, Miami, Florida on 31 October to 4 November, 2011


THE REGULATORY STRUCTURE OF THE INTERNET AND SEARCH ENGINES IN CHINA - paper delivered on 2 March 2012


"CHINA - THE INTERNET PHENOMENON - REGULATION, GROWTH, SOCIAL MEDIA AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS" - paper delivered to the Union Internationale des Avocats Annual General Meeting, Dresden, Germany on 31 October to 4 November, 2012


"IT (LEGAL) IN HONG KONG vs. PEARL RIVER DELTA (GUANGDONG PROVINCE); INTEGRATION OR FALLING BEHIND" - paper delivered to Symposium 2013


"CHINA - DESIGN AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY - ORIGINAL INGENUITY - paper delivered to the Union Internationale des Avocats Annual General Meeting, Macau SAR. China on 31 October to 4 November, 2013


"CHINA INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES, PLATFORMS AND SOCIAL MEDIA" - paper delivered to the Union Internationale des Avocats Annual General Meeting, Florence, Italy on 29 October to 2 November, 2014


"HONG KONG AND ASIA - PERSONAL DATA PRIVACY & PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION" - paper delivered to the Union Internationale des Avocats Annual General Meeting, Florence, Italy on 29 October to 2 November, 2014


"LEGAL PROTECTION FOR COPYRIGHT AND DESIGN IN CHINA" - paper delivered to the Union Internationale des Avocats Annual 

General Meeting, Florence, Italy on 29 October to 2 November, 2014


"TWO CHALLENGES IN CHINA IN PROTECTING CREATIVITY :- 

• THE PRESENT COPYRIGHT AND DESIGN PROTECTION LAW OF CHINA 

• CHINESE CHARACTERS - DANGEROUS VERSATILITY!" 

-  paper delivered to the Union Internationale des Avocats Annual General Meeting, Florence, Italy on 29 October to 2 November, 2014. 


Legal briefing on “The Regulations of Advertising to Children in Hong Kong” – Emerald Group Publishing Young Consumers – November 2015. 


Legal briefing on “Children and Awareness of Personal Data and Internet Dispersal” – Emerald Group Publishing Young Consumers – September 2015. 


“UBER IN – OR RATHER ABSOLUTELY NOT IN – HONG KONG” – paper delivered to the Union Internationale des Avocats Annual General Meeting, Valencia, Spain on 28 October to 1 November, 2015.


“CHINA – CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CONTROLS ON CULTURAL RELICS” – paper delivered to the Union Internationale des Avocats Annual General Meeting, Budapest, Hungary on 30 October 2016. 

(4) NON-LEGAL:

Jades and Unicorns: Specialist Tour of Jiangsu Province, China 19th-25th April 1984-BOCSHK No.6,  Hong Kong 


Five Chinese Jade Figures, a study of the Development of Sculptural Form in Hongshan Jade Working, Orientations May 1990 pp. 54-63 


Neolithic Chinese Jades in "JADE" - Consultant Editor, Roger Keverne; Anness Publishing Ltd. London 1991


Post-Neolithic to Han Chinese Jades in "JADE" - Consultant Editor, Roger Keverne; Anness Publishing Ltd. London 1991 


Jades from China - catalogue of an exhibition of Chinese jades at the Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, England, Bath 1994 


“Ships of the Silk Road – The Bactrian Camel in Chinese Jade” 

Philip Wilson Publishers – Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 2019


“Celestial Beings and Bird Men – Flying Apsaras, Kinnaras, Garuda and Anthropomorphic hat ornaments in Chinese Jade” Philip Wilson Publishers – Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 2019

A Social and Special Interest Clubs:

Hong Kong 

Member of the Hong Kong Club 

Member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club 

Member of the Foreign Correspondents Club 

Member of the Royal Commonwealth


Society 

Member of the Asia Society (Hong Kong Branch)

Member of Royal Geographical Society

Member of The Mineralogy Society of Hong Kong

Member of The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong

Member of Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch


Overseas 

Member of the Asia Society, New York since 1973 

Member of the China Institute, New York since 1973 

Member of the Siam Society, Bangkok since 1976 

Member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, London since 1989 

Member of the Royal Overseas League, London, since 2002