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Project Development

Handling and putting through sale and development of multi-storey units,  retail accommodations and car parks in residential, commercial and composite developments in Hong Kong in relation but not limited to the following:

  • application for Pre-sale Consent from the Government for disposal of first-hand uncompleted developments;
  • application for Certificate of Compliance from the Government for disposal of first-hand completed developments;
  • application for Approval of Deed of Mutual Covenant and Management Agreement from the Government for the uncompleted and completed project developments. 

Our Real Estate lawyers acted for leading property developers, listed conglomerates, PRC and Hong Kong joint venture consortium. 

Projects handled include, amongst others, Chatham Gate in Hung Hom and The Regent in Tai Po.

If you would like to know more about our real estate practice or how we can help your business, please contact us at (852) 2810 1212 or at property@onc.hk.

Please refer to our articles in ‘Knowledge’

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"Development Schemes" for Ding Houses in the New Territories
Further to our article entitled “Legal Risks in Sale and Purchase of Small Houses in the New Territories” published in February 2010, this article discusses the legal position in relation to the development of land in the New Territories by way of purchase of indigenous villagers’ “Ding Rights”.
Conspiracy to Defraud Under Illegal Development Schemes
Our article entitled “Development Schemes for Ding Houses in the New Territories” published in June 2014 discussed, in the context of contractual disputes, the legal position in relation to development schemes (“Schemes”) i.e. the practice where developers approach indigenous villagers to buy their small house rights (“Ding Rights”) by using their eligibilities to apply for concessionary building licences from the Lands Department pursuant to the New Territories Small House Policy and erect small houses on developers’ land. Case law shows that agreements for the Schemes are illegal and contractual parties are denied the right to resolve their contractual disputes in courtroom. However, the parties involved in the Schemes have never been criminally prosecuted until the recent case ofHKSAR v李欽培 David DCCC 25/2015. In this case, a developer as the 1st Defendant (“D1”) and 11 indigenous villagers (out of the 22 indigenous villagers involved) as the 2nd to 12th Defendants (“D2 – D12”) were charged with conspiracy to defraud the Lands Department for their involvement in the Schemes.
A Key Role Played by the Land (Compulsory Sale for Redevelopment) Ordinance in Urban Renewal
Introduction Land is a very scarce resource in Hong Kong. Apart from developing new sites, developers may choose to redevelop old buildings. In order to facilitate urban renewal, majority owners of a lot of land who satisfy the requirements under the Land (Compulsory Sale for Redevelopment) Ordinance (Cap. 545) (“LCSRO”) can apply to the Lands Tribunal for an order for compulsory sale. Recently, it is reported that more developers are seeking such order for compulsory sale under LCSRO as compared to year 2016. As stated by Mr Justice Ribeiro PJ in Capital Well Limited v Bond Star Development Limited (2005) 8 HKCFAR 578, one of the objectives of LCSRO is to facilitate urban renewal by assisting private developers whose redevelopment plan is obstructed by some minority owners seeking to extract a wholly unreasonable price or “ransom” for permitting the redevelopment to proceed. At the same time, LCSRO also provides mechanism to ensure that the minority owners will receive fair and reasonable compensation for their interests in the lot. There are statutory requirements which an applicant has to satisfy the Lands Tribunal before the Lands an order for compulsory sale will be granted.
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