Quick question to see if this is hypothetically possible, since you cannot trade UK shares online, through HSBC HK - premier / advance or any other account.
1) Open an HSBC Premier account locally.
2) Use that to open an HSBC UK Premier account. Local balance allows you to run that one free of charges (?).
3) Use the UK account to buy / sell UK based shares / ETFs.
Curious to find out if anyone has done this, before I approach HSBC and get a "computer says no" answer.