Labour and employment in Hong Kong

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie excels at representing financial institutions and multinational corporates across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, ranging from large-scale redundancy projects and transactional support work, through to sensitive internal investigations and dismissal claims. Co-headed by Rowan McKenzie and Jonathan Isaacs, as well as providing purely domestic advice, the Hong Kong team is frequently instructed on pan-Asian mandates, where it is able to provide a highly coordinated and cohesive service by virtue of its ability to draw upon the expertise of lawyers based in many key regional jurisdictions, including Singapore, Vietnam, and China. Special counsel Sonia Wong is also a key member of the team and embodies the eclectic nature of the work it handles, given her expertise across a range of contentious and non-contentious work, including advice on discrimination and sexual harassment claims.

Other key lawyers:

Roberta Chan; Sonia Wong

Testimonials

‘The overall level of service is excellent.’

‘Roberta Chan is knowledgeable, professional, and responsive.’

Key clients

Hong Chi Association

Deacons

Benefiting from strong ties with many local Hong Kong-based private and public sector employers, and also regularly picking up referral work from other law firms by dint of the firm's independent status, Deacons handles a tremendous range and volume of work across the spectrum of employment issues. Although the firm does frequently handle litigation, including on matters relating to data privacy and discrimination, it prides itself on its proactive approach and willingness to work with employers to ensure that robust risk management procedures are put in place to avoid any potential problems at a later stage. Overseen by the 'technically sharp and commercially pragmaticCynthia Chung, the team's trusted advisor reputation on behalf of many local employers has been heightened in recent months, with clients finding succor in its ability to provide very pertinent and appropriate advice on the employment issues associated with the recent social unrest in the country, as well as in relation to Covid-19. As well as her fee-earning work across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters, the 'very knowledgeable and approachableElsie Chan is also gaining recognition for her thought leadership, and alongside Chung, recently co-authored a well-received study looking into the state of corporate culture in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Cynthia Chung

Other key lawyers:

Elsie Chan; Vickie Leung; Helen Liao

Testimonials

‘The team is vastly experienced and able to provide prompt, practical, and effective advice.’

‘The professional, responsive, and friendly team provides a practical and insightful approach.’

‘The firm provides solid and practical solutions to the legal issues we face and is always responsive.’

‘The team always respond to our inquiries promptly – advising us on the relevant legislation and their implications to our organization. They go further to highlight the potential pitfalls and the grey areas in the law, and help us prepare for different scenarios and planning. They are our trusted advisors.’

‘Cynthia Chung is outstanding to work with – she is technically sharp, commercially pragmatic, and very experienced.’

‘Cynthia Chung and Elsie Chan have been advising us for a number of years. Both of them are easy to approach, thorough in their analysis, and provide balanced and practicable advice and recommendations.’

‘Elsie Chan not only works in accordance with our instruction but will pro-actively provide valuable inputs and suggestions. We usually follow her advice, as she and her team not only have good knowledge in the employment law but have great exposure in the HR area of different industries.’

‘Elsie Chan is very knowledgeable and approachable. She is very passionate about her work and can always think outside the box to help us solve our problems.’

‘Elsie Chan is quick, sharp, and responsive in providing advice required. As a client, it is reassuring to know that you’re her top priority.’

‘Vickie Leung is very reliable.’

 

Mayer Brown

A longstanding presence within the Hong Kong legal market, Mayer Brown provides 'extremely meticulous and strategic advice' to local and international corporates, and public sector entities, across a broad swathe of contentious and non-contentious matters, including as it relates to employee benefits/remuneration, sexual discrimination, and large regional redundancy programmes. The firm is plugged into the HR community, with many team members serving on influential employment-related chambers and committees, and is thereby attuned to current trends and issues impacting employers in the region. This was recently underscored by its proactive response in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a raft of thought leadership pieces being particularly well-received in the business community. Duncan Abate and Hong Tran have vast experience in the market and co-head the seven-strong team that also includes newly promoted partner Jennifer Tam, who is developing a strong reputation on the contentious front.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Abate; Hong Tran

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Tam; Joe Choy

Testimonials

‘The firm has unparalleled experience and case profile and is extremely meticulous.’

‘The team is tight and handles work for a range of multinational corporations. It has managed to put together a sound group of best friend firms across the region which enables them to deliver a one-stop-shop service for employment matters. Duncan Abate and Hong Tran are the icing that makes the team tick effectively.’

‘Duncan Abate is super experienced and is able to provide strategic advice quickly.’

‘Hong Tran is speedy and very effective in working out strategies for clients.’

Simmons & Simmons

Led from Hong Kong by Fiona Loughrey, who has an 'excellent command of both the technicalities and the practicalities of Hong Kong employment law', and also able to draw upon the expertise of lawyers based in Singapore and mainland China, Simmons & Simmons excels at providing co-ordinated advice to multinational corporates on pan-Asian employment mandates. The firm handles a considerable volume of work for financial services clients, ranging from litigation regarding unpaid bonus payments, through to regional advisory work and training on hot-button issues, including as it relates to risk management in a post #MeToo world. The 'responsive and very practicalSarah Berkeley has been at the forefront of much of the financial services-related work, with clients appreciative of her 'calm and professional approach and a good understanding of the market'. Managing associate Wendy Wong is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Loughrey

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Berkeley; Wendy Wong

Testimonials

‘It is the most responsive team I have worked with, they never miss a promised deadline, even they were asked to turn in work in a very short time-frame.’

‘The team has provided advice on various topics, from document reviews to a serious litigation case. Their service level is consistently very high and the team is able to deal with all kinds of labour and employment issues.’

‘The incredibly responsive Fiona Loughrey has an excellent command of both the technicalities as well as the practicalities of Hong Kong employment law. You always leave every conversation with her feeling that you are in good hands.’

‘Sarah Berkeley always gives us speedy, very practical, and to-the-point advice.’

‘Sarah Berkeley is a stand out performer, she understands our business and provides practical advice which is implementable and takes into account how we operate.’

‘The calm and professional Sarah Berkeley is very well rounded and able to advise on various matters, from setting up of an entity, licensing, to labour tribunal cases and even high court litigation cases. She has a very good understanding of the market.’

Bird & Bird

Led by Pattie WalshBird & Bird is well-versed at advising employers from a range of industry sectors across the waterfront of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, both from a purely domestic perspective, as well as in the context of PRC operations and broader pan-Asian concerns. Indeed, Walsh frequently acts as the lynchpin for the firm on its advice to multinational corporates on matters requiring a co-ordinated response across multiple Asian jurisdictions, for example, in the context of a merger redundancy/restructuring process. Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English, senior managing associate Jeannette Tam is as comfortable advising smaller local employers in Hong Kong and mainland China, as she is representing larger multinationals on employment matters touching on numerous locations throughout Asia.

Practice head(s):

Pattie Walsh; Ying Wang

Other key lawyers:

Diana Purdy; Jeannette Tam

DLA Piper

Able to draw from the expertise of lawyers on the ground in key strategic offices throughout Asia Pacific, including Australia, Singapore, and mainland China, DLA Piper's 'responsive' three-strong Hong Kong offering excels in advising local and multinational employers on pan-Asian labour matters that require a coordinated approach throughout the region. Particularly active for financial services, retail, technology, and transport clients, the scope of work handled by the team is broad and includes litigation regarding unpaid bonuses and restrictive covenants, advice on the Asia-related employment aspects associated with M&A in the region, as well as a considerable amount of HR-related training and advisory work. Triple qualified in the UK, New York, and Hong Kong, team head Helen Colquhoun has an excellent overarching perspective of the international employment law issues impacting multinational employers in the region.

Practice head(s):

Helen Colquhoun

Other key lawyers:

David Smail; Wundy Lee

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and displays strong problem-solving skills.’

 

Gall

Unfettered in its ability to represent individuals in claims which are adverse to banks, by virtue of its independent status in Hong Kong and absence of institutional banking ties, business litigation boutique Gall has established a strong reputation among employees of financial services entities as a go-to-firm regarding high-stakes disputes, including in relation to non-payment of bonus claims, unfair dismissal matters and misuse of confidential information. On the employer front, the firm is regularly instructed by smaller financial entities, including brokerage houses, as well as corporates within other sectors, across a range of work, including advice on redundancies and restructurings, as well as counselling surrounding the recent social unrest in the country. Senior partner Nick Gall and Andrea Randall co-head the team, with Randall, in particular, noted for her 'clear and considered' advice to financial services executives, including on the negotiation of separation agreements and entitlements under deferred compensation, bonus, and share schemes, as well as disputes/investigations involving a significant regulatory overlay.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Randall; Nick Gall

Other key lawyers:

Felda Yeung

Testimonials

‘I have always found them very responsive and keen to help.’

‘Andrea Randall was very professional, clear, and considered in her advice.’

Key clients

TFS Derivatives

Yusuf Alireza

Rödl & Partner

Investment Management Company

Company providing Tax and Financial advice

A number of Citibank traders

Managing Director of International Company

Global Transportation Company

Work highlights

  • Defending TFS Derivatives against a claim brought by its former employee (the Plaintiff) for wrongful and unreasonable termination, unpaid wages and bonus.
  • Representing Zhizhong Yang in respect of his claims against his former employer Nomura for, inter alia, breach of contract, non-payment of bonus and unreasonable dismissal.
  • Defending numerous individuals against claims that they breached their employment contracts by resigning on masse to join a competitor and allegedly taking and using their former employer’s confidential information.

Howse Williams

Independent Hong Kong law firm Howse Williams continues to pick up market share since its inception in 2012, acting for a balanced roster of employers and employees across a range of labour issues, including as it relates to immigration, remuneration, termination, and post-termination matters. As well as picking up an increased flow of work from the education and airline sectors, the practice continues to handle a considerable amount of financial services-related litigation for employers and employees, including on matters relating to unpaid bonuses and clawback provisions. 'Very sensible' team head Patricia Yeung is at the heart of many of the firm's financial services-related mandates, and as well as advising on employment litigation in the sector, also frequently negotiates exit packages in relation to high-level employees of banks, brokerages, and insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Yeung

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and professional, and able to explain concepts in layman’s terms.’

‘Patricia Yeung and Angela Wu are professional, dedicated, and a pleasure to work with. Nothing is ever too much trouble for them.’

Key clients

Mr. Tang Yi

BGC Securities Hong Kong Limited / Sunrise Brokers (Hong Kong) Limited

Mr. Bing Lin

China Everbright Securities (HK) Limited / Everbright Sun Hung Kai Company

L’Oreal Travel Retail Asia Pacific

Hong Kong Airlines Limited

Mr. Chad Holm

Linklaters

Headed by the 'very knowledgeable and responsiveSamantha Cornelius, Linklaters provides a wide range of employment advice to financial institutions, insurers, and multinational corporates, with expertise running the gamut from employment advice pursuant to M&A handled by the firm, through to standalone mandates, including as it relates to structuring incentive arrangements. Able to tap into the resources across numerous complementary practice areas, including financial services regulatory, litigation, and corporate, the team is able to add value to employers on multi-disciplinary mandates. As well as Hong Kong specific advice, the practice also regularly counsels clients on strategic employment projects impacting on operations throughout Asia Pacific and is aided in this regard by a strong offering in Singapore, as well as an enhanced presence in mainland China (following the establishment of a joint operation with Shanghai Zhao Sheng Law Firm in 2018). Former co-head Emma Pugh joined Baker McKenzie in October 2019.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Cornelius

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Li; Stephanie Lok

Testimonials

‘The team has great coverage across Asia, and is supported by the strong Linklaters platform in other practice areas. Employment issues often involve angles of regulatory, litigation, or other areas and their platform makes the employment practice stronger.’

‘The team provides commercial and pragmatic advice and, where appropriate, has engaged their global colleagues to provide advice for additional jurisdictions.’

‘The team is very client-focused, professional, and knowledgeable in the labour and employment areas.’

‘The Hong Kong team gives practical and responsive advice. If they need to look into something they tell you when they will get back to you and deliver on time. They are also very willing to consider fixed-fee billing arrangements and are conscious of how much the advice might be worth to your business.’

‘The team produces high-quality legal work. It understands what the client needs and this reduces a lot of back and forth communication.’

‘Samantha Cornelius is a star. She provides consistent, practical advice on matters large and small. Almost as importantly, she is a great person to work with and understands the drivers of in-house decision making.’

‘Samantha Cornelius is a very knowledgeable and experienced practitioner who is interested in learning about your business and its challenges. This enables her to give practical advice which is pertinent to your circumstances.’

‘Samantha Cornelius is very knowledgeable and responsive. She is very hands-on and pro-active in following up with the progress of each project.’

Key clients

AlixPartners

Allegis Group

AXA

Blackhawk Network

BNY Mellon

Guotai Junan

Jardine Technologies Holdings

Savannah College of Art and Design

Uber

Work highlights

  • Advised AXA on various matters relating to their employees, including new hire arrangements, and provided their staff with training on Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.
  • Advised a global technology company on numerous complex, sensitive and strategic matters affecting their employees in APAC.
  • We advised an international organisation on the contentious termination of one of its senior executives.

Tanner De Witt

A well-established presence in the local market, independent Hong Kong-based firm Tanner De Witt picks up direct instructions from employers and employees, as well as receiving a considerable amount of law firm referral work, across a wide range of labour law matters, from employment handbook drafting and advice on severance packages, through to unfair dismissal claims/defences. Co-headed by Kim Boreham and Russell Bennett, the six-strong team has gained most acclaim in the market as a result of its work in the financial services space, including on employment-related disputes at the nexus with white-collar investigations/prosecutions. As part of her wide-ranging practice, Boreham has scored numerous high-profile successes for senior executives resisting attempts by former employers to invoke restrictive covenants and non-compete clauses.

Practice head(s):

Kim Boreham; Russell Bennett

Allen & Overy

Led from Hong Kong by of counsel Susanna Ng and aided by a presence on the ground in mainland China, Allen & Overy is well-equipped to advise financial services entities and multinational corporates across a range of employment issues associated with their Asian operations, either in a discrete standalone context or as part of a broader global project. This frequently manifests itself through the employment law-related advice pursuant to M&A handled by the firm in the region, including recent high-profile advice to Thomson Reuters on the employment issues relating to the multi-jurisdictional sale of its Global Financial and Risk business. Ng is also noted for her contentious employment expertise

Practice head(s):

Susana Ng

Key clients

Societe Generale

Agoda

TripAdvisor

Thomson Reuters

Google

China Unicom

Feld Entertainment Inc.

Ferrero

BMW

Work highlights

  • Representing Ferrero on the employment issues associated with its substantial expansion of its operations in PRC since 2012 following detailed business and employment analysis by A&O and the structuring of its workforce in PRC to streamline its operations.
  • Representing Thomson Reuters and Refinitiv on employment issues following the completion of the multi-jurisdictional sale of Thomson Reuters’s Global Financial and Risk business to a consortium led by the Blackstone Group.    
  • Advising China Unicom on a wide variety of employment matters, ranging from employment contract and internal HR policy review, disputes before the Labour Tribunal and settlement negotiation; advice on anti-bribery related matters and investigation, employee investigations, employee monitoring, HR data privacy matters, restrictive covenants work arrangement of freelancers.

Clifford Chance

Led by senior consultant and solicitor advocate Anita LamClifford Chance is particularly focused on handling contentious employment matters for an impressive client base that includes many major financial services clients. The scope of litigation is broad, running the gamut from incentives-related disputes and termination cases, through to #MeToo investigations and misuse of confidential information. On the non-contentious front, the team also frequently provides the necessary employment law expertise pursuant to M&A handled by the firm in the region.

Practice head(s):

Anita Lam

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Cheng; Sincere Chiu

Testimonials

‘Anita Lam provides hands-on senior lawyer involvement.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a financial services multinational in fending off a high-profile court case brought by its former senior executive for incentives.
  • Following extensive internal investigations, the firm assisted a global bank in summarily dismissing a team of licensed individuals for gross misconduct, in managing the exit of certain senior executives and advising on compensation adjustments for other executives.
  • Assisted this global financial multinational with various employment issues throughout the year, including termination cases, #me too investigations, complaints to the Privacy Commissioner, complaint to the regulator, labour tribunal cases.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Led from Hong Kong by commercial litigator Gareth ThomasHerbert Smith Freehills has a particular sweet-spot advising financial services clients across a range of employment litigation, including as it relates to bonus disputes (involving clawback provisions) and misuse of confidential information. Given the highly regulated nature of work in this sector, many of the mandates involve considerable interaction with regulatory bodies, including the Securities and Futures Commission, and the team is well-equipped to handle this multi-faceted work, in part due to its ability to leverage complementary expertise within the firm, including a standalone regulatory function. 'Responsive, practical, clear and thoughtful' senior consultant Tess Lumsdaine handles much of the day-to-day work handled by the team, and benefits from a strong insight into employment matters within the financial services sector gleaned through many years' in private practice, as well as several secondments in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Tess Lumsdaine

Testimonials

‘I have been very impressed with the practical and thoughtful nature of the advice I have received, particularly from Tess Lumsdaine.’

‘Tess Lumsdaine is very responsive, practical, clear, and thoughtful. She understands our level of risk tolerance and is able to guide and steer us in a way that makes us feel comfortable with the tough decisions we ultimately have to make. I am very impressed by her and she’s become my go-to employment counsel in Hong Kong, despite the fact that I have others on my roster who have years’ more experience than her.’

Key clients

Collins Aerospace

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Marriott

Mitsubishi Corporation

Société Générale

Sony

Toll Group

Work highlights

  • Representing US financial services company in two proceedings before the High Court to recover sign-on compensation and bonus awards paid to a number of former employees under their contract of employment and the claw-back provisions of the award agreements.
  • Assisted a European Bank on the recovery of incentives paid to several former employees under the claw-back provisions of their bonus scheme.
  • Represent a joint venture entity of Collins Aerospace in defending breach of statutory duty, and negligence claims arising from the fatality of a contractor’s employee and the injury of another employee following an explosion on premises adjacent to those operated by our client.

Hugill & Ip

Employment law is a core area of focus for Hugill & Ip, and since its establishment in September 2018, under the guidance of 'knowledgeable and responsive' name partner Adam Hugill, the team has rapidly made inroads into the local market on behalf of both employers and employees. Work covers the waterfront of issues facing companies and individuals, including advice on employee transfers and team moves, data privacy, immigration, and discrimination. Hugill has an excellent track record guiding individuals and employers in Labour Tribunal matters, including representation in any pursuant High Court litigation, and has established a strong reputation in advising on high-profile equal opportunity/discrimination cases. The arrival in June 2020 of Jade Tang from Oldham, Li & Nie strengthens the firm's capacity on the non-contentious front, in particular, and adds further weight to a team that also includes Christopher Hooley, who regularly handles strategic employment advice as an offshoot of his corporate and commercial practice.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hugill

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Hooley; Jade Tang

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a fast and professional turnaround.’

‘Adam Hugill is very professional, knowledgeable, and responsive.’

Key clients

 

Charles Taylor B.V.

Hargreaves Services

Daniel Wellington

Elevate

The Omerta Group

Nicklaus Design LLC

Paccaya Resources Limited

Alton Aviation

 

Work highlights

  • Defending claims on behalf Charles Taylor B.V. and nine other defendants against allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and unlawful conspiracy.
  • Providing ongoing employment law advice to Hargreaves Industrial Services and advising on Human Resources issues and strategy.
  • Successfully defending attempted injunctions and claims against former Managing Director for breach of contract (post-termination restrictions), conspiracy and negligence.

Kennedys

Overseen by the head of corporate Richard Bates and Asia Pacific managing partner Rupert SkrineKennedys advises employers and employees across a range of work, from handbook drafting and advice on redundancy programs, through to internal investigations and discrimination-related litigation. As well as handling a sizeable amount of work within the financial services sector, the firm also picks up a raft of employment-related liability disputes work for insureds of insurance clients of the firm. Emily Duncan has a 'very strong reputation' in the market and is the day-to-day contact for much of the employment work handled by the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bates; Rupert Skrine

Other key lawyers:

Emily Duncan

Testimonials

‘Emily Duncan has a very strong reputation.’

Key clients

Hospital Authority

Lewis Silkin

Employment law heavyweight Lewis Silkin continues to be 'very active in the market' since its conversion into a Hong Kong partnership at the beginning of 2019. Led by 'excellent' dual UK and Hong Kong-qualified partner Kathryn Weaver, the 'client-oriented' team excels at representing multinational employers across a range of international and local law-related employment matters. Recent highlights include advice to a global professional services firm on all the Asia Pacific aspects associated with its desire to harmonize, as far as possible, its global employment contracts and benefits packages. Catherine Leung is also recommended and combines 'detailed Hong Kong employment law knowledge with common-sense, practicality, commerciality and empathy'.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Weaver

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Leung

Testimonials

‘It is a “go-to” practice because of its strong local knowledge and experience and broad international exposure.’

‘The firm provides a great client-oriented service.’

‘Kathryn Weaver simply fills the room. She knows what she is talking about and somehow always manages to make you smile.’

‘The excellent Kathryn Weaver stands out as practical in a market where advice can be quite risk-averse.’

‘Catherine Leung is a really good non-contentious employment lawyer – combining her detailed Hong Kong employment law knowledge with common-sense, practicality, commerciality, and empathy.’

Key clients

Deliveroo

Willis Towers Watson

The LEGO Group

LinkedIn

BSI Group

Oxford University Press

YouGov

Grosvenor Group

Credit Suisse

Work highlights

  • Defending multiple complaints and claims brought against a delivery business by riders asserting de-facto employment status and claiming employment entitlements at the Labour Department and Labour Tribunal.
  • Defending a claim brought against a manufacturer by an ex-employee for wrongful termination where the employee was summarily dismissed. This is a multi-million HK$ claim that has now been transferred from the Labour Tribunal to the District Court.
  • Advising an international investment bank across the APAC region on data privacy issues regarding an employer’s legal obligations to disclose identities of its employees who have contracted Covid-19 and other related data privacy issues.

Minter Ellison

Headed by the 'responsive and knowledgeableDesmond Liaw and Jonathan Green, following their arrival from Reed Smith Richards Butler at the beginning of 2019, Minter Ellison's nascent employment team provides an 'outstanding, efficient and cost-effective service' across a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including as it relates to employment terminations, data privacy and the enforceability of restrictive covenants. The team is also well-equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional mandates, by dint of the firm's broad-ranging network of Asia Pacific offices, particularly across Australia.

Practice head(s):

Desmond Liaw; Jonathan Green

Testimonials

‘The team provides an outstanding, efficient, and cost-effective service.’

‘A great team that blends top-tier expertise with an approachable, human style.’

‘Desmond Liaw is an excellent lawyer who is very knowledgeable in the area of employment law. He is approachable, easily accessible and his advice is well analysed and always practical. He is highly recommended.’

‘The very responsive and knowledgeable Desmond Liaw provides timely and commercial advice on strategic matters.’

‘Jonathan Green and Desmond Liaw have seen everything over the years and quickly grab the issues in play. Great lawyers who get stuff done and done well.’

Key clients

TransAsia Lawyers

Guotai Junan (Hong Kong) Limited

Anglo Chinese Corporate Finance, Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Anglo Chinese Corporate Finance, Limited in a claim for substantial damages in the High Court against two former employees who diverted a valuable line of business (a specialised bond programme) to a private company owned and controlled by them.

Reed Smith Richards Butler

Housed within the firm's broader commercial litigation function, Reed Smith Richards Butler's employment team is particularly well-positioned to represent employers in contentious matters, both in the context of risk management advice, as well as responding to formal claims. Leveraging the firm's international network, the office is also well-versed in handling multi-jurisdictional mandates and regularly forms part of a multi-office service to multinational corporates on the employment issues associated with large-scale M&A transactions and business reorganisations. 'Very knowledgeable and efficient' team head Asha Sharma has significant experience bringing and defending claims of discrimination to the Equal Opportunities Commission and advising on data privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Asha Sharma

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Chan; Steve Tam

Testimonials

‘The excellent team provides very detailed advice and is very thorough in case management.’

‘Asha Sharma is very efficient, professional, and prompt in providing legal advice. She has strong professional ethics, serves her clients with her heart and considers what would be best for the client.’

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood advises a compelling mix of multinational corporates, SMEs and executives, across a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, ranging from advice on trade secrets and restrictive covenants, through to general employment contract drafting, and strategic counselling on team moves. 'Highly responsive, practical and knowledgeable' team head Jezamine Fewins is a seasoned litigator, who is equally as comfortable representing large multinational employers, as she is senior executives. This balanced offering ensures that Fewins has an excellent perspective for both respondents and plaintiffs across a range of labour disputes, including as it relates to the misuse of confidential information, the enforcement of restrictive covenants, and discrimination.

Practice head(s):

Jezamine Fewins

Other key lawyers:

Ian Childs; Karis Yip; Nathalie Sit

Testimonials

‘The firm has the ability to explain complex legal jargon to HR functions in an approachable and practicable manner, allowing non-legal colleagues to understand the position and what actions need to be taken.’

‘Jezamine Fewins is highly responsive, practical, and extremely knowledgeable of the civil litigation procedure in Hong Kong and definitely the counsel you would like in your corner.’

 

Key clients

China Singkong Investment Holdings Limited and China Singkong Mentougou Cement Inv’t Limited

Jet Aviation Business Jets (Hong Kong) Limited

Phillips Fine Watches Limited

Utmost Worldwide Limited

Alcohol Countermeasures Systems (HK) Limited

Emirates Shipping (Hong Kong) Ltd

Bonhams (Hong Kong) Limited

Mango (Hong Kong Limited)

Formia Airline Supplies Limited

FlightSafety International Limited

Christie’s Hong Kong Limited

FFP (BVI) Limited

BVI Financial Services Commission (HK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Thomson Reuters in a disability discrimination case brought by a former employer.
  • Representing an employee of Banco Santander who complained of discrimination by the bank after he started taking sick leave. After a complaint was filed with HR and the whistleblowing hotline, the client’s  employment was terminated.
  • Advising the client in respect of its obligations as an employer after the business formerly known as Generali Worldwide Insurance Company Limited was acquired by the utmost Group of Companies.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's team head Simon McConnell regularly handles employment disputes for employers as part of his broad-ranging commercial litigation offering. As well as being well-versed at representing international, local and regional corporates in disputes relating to discrimination claims, restrictive covenants and data breaches, McConnell also has expertise advising clients on risk management strategies, to mitigate against any future potential disputes. The firm's PRC joint venture also ensures that it is able to provide clients with a one-stop-shop proposition on litigation with a nexus to mainland China.

Practice head(s):

Simon McConnell

Testimonials

‘The firm provides nuanced, practical, and workable solutions.’

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's 'very strong' team head Jennifer Van Dale has a long-established reputation in the market as a result of her ability to provide 'very commercial' advice to employers across a range of primarily non-contentious matters, including advice on the employment aspects of multi-jurisdictional projects handled by the firm, training and HR compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Van Dale

Oldham, Li & Nie

Oldham, Li & Nie is in somewhat of a transitory phase in relation to employment work, following Jade Tang rejoining her former colleague Adam Hugill  at Hugill & Ip. Nevertheless, the firm still has some capacity from within the broader commercial litigation function of the firm, with de facto employment team head Anna Chan not only well-versed across a range of contentious matters but also well-placed to structure corporate tax-efficient remuneration packages, by virtue of her ancillary tax advisory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Anna Chan

Other key lawyers:

Victor Ng

Key clients

The estate of Sir David Tang, deceased (LBTC 3233/2017 and 3387/2017)