Eye-eye! Look who’s been spying on the competition

Spotted! Guess which Hong Kong office of a certain international firm has a high-powered telescope pointed directly across the road into the window of a competing law firm?

If you answered “all of them”, you guessed correctly. In a city famous for its compact yet towering skyline, all the law firms are hemmed in close enough for a half-decent pair of binoculars to let any curious onlooker see what their competitors are up to.

During a brief walk through of some of the island’s major firms recently, Tulkinghorn’s scribe spotted no less than three such spying instruments. And that was just at the firms where he wasn’t ushered immediately into the meeting room, possibly in an attempt to avoid him spotting any snooping…