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The Apology Ordinance (Cap. 631) was enacted in July 2017 and came into operation on 1 December 2017. The objective of the Apology Ordinance is to promote and encourage the making of apologies with a view to preventing the escalation of complaints / disputes and facilitating their amicable resolutions. It is the first of its kind in Asia region and is one of the most comprehensive versions in the world.

This workshop will cover the reasons for enacting apology legislation, the contents of the Apology Ordinance and the civil and criminal legal implications of offering an apology after commencement of the ordinance.

Meaning and Definitions of "Apology"
• Common types of "Apology" in Complaint Handling Process
• Expression of "Sorry", "Regret", "Sympathy"
• Written Apology, Oral Apology vs. by Conduct
• Statement of Facts
• Admission of Fault and Liabilities in Accidents
• Full Apology vs. Partial Apology

Legal Effects of Apology
• Will "Apology" be used in Legal Claims by complainants?
• Criminal Proceedings vs. Civil Proceedings
• Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings
• Admissibility of Evidence of Apology

Contract of Insurance or Indemnity
• Will an Apology made by staff affect any insurance cover under contract of indemnity of insurance?
• Will all the existing insurance contracts be affected under New Apology Ordinance?
• Legal effects on Time Limitation of Actions

Application to Public / Private Settings
• How will this "Apology Ordinance" be applicable to Public / Private settings?

Application of Apology Ordinance in Complaint Handling / Customer Services
• How to apply legal protection under the Apology Ordinance in Complaint Handling and Conflict situations?
• Strategies and handling skills of difficult external / internal customers and emotional clients

Case Demonstration and Practical Training
• Case studies regarding daily disputes
• Real Cases sharing (including cases from Hong Kong Police Force, Labour Department, HKMA, Labour Department, Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data)

Coronavirus Containment Measure:
- To prevent the spread of Covid-19, we kindly ask that all event participants wear a mask when attending the event.
- Attendees, who feel unwell are advised against in-person attendance at the Chamber. If attendees are required to undergo compulsory testing, please kindly bring along a negative PCR or RAT test result when attending physically.
- To prevent the spread of Covid-19, food and beverages will not be provided during the event.
- All visitors must scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code at the entrance and undergo body temperature checks.

Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.


Albert So, Chairman, Hong Kong Mediation and Arbitration Centre

Honorary Professor, University Lecturer, Executive Committee Member of International Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong), Accredited Mediator, Accredited Family Mediator, Arbitrator, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Financial Crimes Specialist, Member of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Honorary Legal Advisor of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (Long Love Integrated Family Services Centre)

Legal Columnist; President of Law Society of One Belt One Road; Chairman of Wealth Succession Planning Association; 2018 Best Global Trust Lawyer

BEng(Hons); LLB(Hons); PCLL(HKU); PGCert(Cambridge); ExeEd(Harvard); MHKIoD; FHKMAAC; FHKIArb; FRAS, Fellow of International Bar Association; Honorary Legal Advisor

Language Cantonese
Date and Time 2022/09/01 09:30 to 12:30
Venue Chamber Theatre, 22/F United Centre
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Cathy Chan
Tel: 2823 1282
Fee Members @ HK$850 / Non-Members @ HK$1,050
+$50 for booking offline
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
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