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Submitted by // H Rogers, COO
29 June 2017

 

 

Kevin Bowers and Charles Lankester speak at PR360 Asia 2017 on public relations, litigation and the new social media reality.

When crisis strikes, who are you going to call? Exploring the synergy (and tension) between maximizing public relations and protecting legal interest.

HWB Partner Kevin Bowers was recently invited as a guest speaker at the PR360 Asia conference, an event which brought together leaders in the global communications industry to discuss strategies for crisis and disaster management.

Kevin was invited to share his experience advising clients during emergencies and disasters along with guest speaker Charles Lankester, EVP of Ruder Finn's Global Reputation & Risk Management Practice. The panel, moderated by Peter Shadbolt, Editor of "The Corporate Treasurer" (Haymarket Media Group), discussed the role of communications in today's litigious world, and ways of balancing public relations with protecting legal interest.

Speaking on the panel, Kevin and Charles offered insight into crisis management from both a legal and public relations perspective. They talked about best practice in crisis management, and highlighted recent examples where initial public responses by companies in crisis were too legalistic and robotic. The responses consequently failed to sway deteriorating public opinion.

Recent headlines such as the United Airlines incident went viral on social media, showing just how quickly public opinion can form. Recognising this, Kevin and Charles emphasised the need for an even-handed approach when resolving issues with a high degree of public attention. They also emphasised the importance of simultaneously protecting both the client's legal position and public image.

During the discussion, Charles and Kevin also talked about their experience in dealing with unexpected situations. They talked about the "unknown unknown", an event so unpredictable that it cannot be anticipated based on past experience. In relation to this, Charles also talked about the "Barbra Streisand Effect", where attempts to suppress information can have the unexpected (and undesired) effect of publicizing the information more widely. Finally, the panel also spoke about ways of using an emergency to come out ahead, and methods of using past experiences to help mitigate future disasters.


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Howse Williams Bowers is an independent law firm which combines the in-depth experience of its lawyers with a forward thinking approach.

Our key practice areas are corporate/commercial and corporate finance; commercial and maritime dispute resolution; clinical negligence and healthcare; insurance, personal injury and professional indemnity insurance; employment; family and matrimonial; property and building management; and financial services/corporate regulatory and compliance.

As an independent law firm we are able to minimise legal and commercial conflicts of interest and act for clients in every industry sector. The partners have spent the majority of their careers in Hong Kong and have a detailed understanding of international business and business in Asia.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is intended to be a general guide only and is not intended to provide legal advice.  Please contact pr@hwbhk.com if you have any questions about the article.

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Submitted by // H Rogers, COO
07 December 2015

 

HWB's Bernard Murphy (Partner), Heidi Sheung (Consultant), Tony Leung (Associate), Pansy Tsang (Associate), Ada Chan (Trainee), Mercedes Chien (Trainee), Ivan Chik (Trainee), John Li (Trainee), Viviane Lok (Trainee), Sonya Mahbubani (Trainee), Warwick Wu (Trainee), Alex Yau (Trainee), and Johime Lee (Paralegal) took part in the 2015 UNICEF run at Disneyland resort and Inspiration Lake on 29 November 2015.  The event raised funds for UNICEF's HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programme that aims to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.  It is estimated that more than 650 babies are born with HIV every day. In other words, every 2 minutes, a new-born infant is infected by the virus. UNICEF has already provided HIV tests for over 1 million pregnant women and 'one pill daily' treatment for more than 620,000 pregnant women living with HIV, to prevent the transmission of HIV to their babies during pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding. This will not only give the babies the best chance of being born HIV-free, but also protect the mothers' own health so that they will be able take care their babies and families, rather than in the worst case, leaving their babies as AIDS orphans. 

Bernard gets a special mention for winning 1st place in his category and 7th place overall with an amazing half marathon time of 1:18:37 (clearly helped by his go-fast yellow shirt)!


About Us

Howse Williams Bowers is an independent law firm which combines the in-depth experience of its lawyers with a forward thinking approach.

Our key practice areas are corporate/commercial and corporate finance; commercial and maritime dispute resolution; clinical negligence and healthcare; insurance, personal injury and professional indemnity insurance; employment; family and matrimonial; property and building management; intellectual property and financial services/corporate regulatory and compliance.

As an independent law firm we are able to minimise legal and commercial conflicts of interest and act for clients in every industry sector. The partners have spent the majority of their careers in Hong Kong and have a detailed understanding of international business and business in Asia.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is intended to be a general guide only and is not intended to provide legal advice.  Please contact pr@hwbhk.com if you have any questions about the article.
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Submitted by // H Rogers, COO
28 July 2015


HWB's Fiona Ip and Chris Li were delighted to attend the Tsuen Wan Rugby Football Club's 12th Anniversary Annual Dinner and AGM on 27th June 2015. 

As an independent Hong Kong law firm it is important that HWB supports the local community in which we live and work.  HWB has sponsored the TWRFC since HWB was established in 2012.

Congratulations to the Club on another successful year.  We wish everyone involved with this close-knit community good health and happiness in the year ahead.

 

About Us

Howse Williams Bowers is an independent law firm which combines the in-depth experience of its lawyers with a forward thinking approach.

Our key practice areas are corporate/commercial and corporate finance; commercial and maritime dispute resolution; clinical negligence and healthcare; insurance, personal injury and professional indemnity insurance; employment; family and matrimonial; property and building management; intellectual property and financial services/corporate regulatory and compliance.

As an independent law firm we are able to minimise legal and commercial conflicts of interest and act for clients in every industry sector. The partners have spent the majority of their careers in Hong Kong and have a detailed understanding of international business and business in Asia.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is intended to be a general guide only and is not intended to provide legal advice.  Please contact pr@hwbhk.com if you have any questions about the article.

 

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Submitted by // H Rogers, COO
30 March 2015

 

Another fantastic Rugby Sevens weekend in the HWB corporate box 

The HWB partners were delighted to entertain clients, family and friends in the HWB Corporate Box at the 2015 Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.  HWB is the proud sponsor of local Hong Kong mini rugby team, The Tsuen Wan Rhinos, who played at the Sevens and visited the HWB Box.

 


About Us

Howse Williams Bowers is an independent law firm which combines the in-depth experience of its lawyers with a forward thinking approach.

Our key practice areas are corporate/commercial and corporate finance; commercial and maritime dispute resolution; clinical negligence and healthcare; insurance and professional indemnity insurance; employment; family and matrimonial; property and building management; intellectual property and financial services/corporate regulatory and compliance.

As an independent law firm we are able to minimise legal and commercial conflicts of interest and act for clients in every industry sector. The partners have spent the majority of their careers in Hong Kong and have a detailed understanding of international business and business in Asia.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is intended to be a general guide only and is not intended to provide legal advice.  Please contact pr@hwbhk.com if you have any questions about the article.

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