Founded by Melville Boase and Colin Cohen in 1985, Boase Cohen & Collins is an award-winning law firm offering a comprehensive range of legal services to a broad cross-section of clients. The firm has a proud tradition of nurturing homegrown talent and a strong track record of community service.
BC&C’s core practice areas are Dispute Resolution, Criminal Matters, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Insurance and Personal Injury, Intellectual Property, Wills and Estate Administration, Property and Employment Law. BC&C was named Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year at the Hong Kong Law Awards in 2018 and 2019 and is perennially shortlisted in the Criminal Law, Matrimonial Law and Corporate Citizenship categories.
Colin Cohen, Senior Partner since 2004, has vast experience in the highest levels of Hong Kong’s legal system, leading teams in complex corporate crime cases, high-conflict civil litigation, dispute resolution, landmark judicial reviews and Court of Final Appeal hearings. In the course of his career, he has co-ordinated defence teams on some of the territory’s most high-profile court cases. He was awarded the Hong Kong Medal of Honour in 2012. Colin is a past President of Ally Law and currently chairs the Expansion Committee.
BC&C places great emphasis on giving lawyers a clear career path and embraces the values of equality, inclusivity and diversity. Half of BC&C’s Partners began their legal career with the firm as a Trainee or Paralegal; as well, half the Partners and a large majority of the Senior Associates, Associates and Trainees are female, a situation which sharpens BC&C’s focus on women’s rights and the ongoing fight against discrimination.
BC&C’s pro bono work, community outreach and charitable efforts have been recognised on multiple occasions by the Hong Kong government and the Law Society of Hong Kong. The firm has funded grassroots initiatives in football, cricket, sailing and athletics through sponsorship activities and participation programmes. As well, it supports legal education through strong associations with Hong Kong’s law schools and its signature Criminal Law Lecture, an annual event which draws a broad range of attendees from the territory’s legal profession.
A recent District Court judgment has reinforced the legal principles governing the recovery of medical expenses under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance.