The rule against perpetuities has long been a part of Hong Kong law

The rule against perpetuities is one part of the English common law that applied in Hong Kong.

Lau Leung Shi v Lau Po Tsun ((1911) 6 HKLR 149) concerned the will of Lau Chin Ting. The testator had considerable property in Hong Kong but was domiciled in China. He left some of his property to establish ‘for Ancestors, Sacrificial Fund’. One question was whether the Hong Kong leasehold property included in this bequest was subject to the rule against perpetuities. It was held that it was and so the bequest failed. This has now to be read subject to the terms of the New Territories Ordinance.


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