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Labour and employment – Foreign firms

Index of tables

  1. Labour and employment – Foreign firms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Laure de Panafieu - Linklaters

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Fatim Jumabhoy - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    • Christopher Tan - K&L Gates

Ashurst LLP acts for multi-national corporate clients on a comprehensive range of local and Asia-wide employment matters in sectors including  banking and finance, energy and resources. Its expertise spans the setting up of Asian operations, employee transfers, cross-border restraint of trade issues, workplace investigations and disciplinary issues. George Cooper, who is based in Melbourne, leads the Asian regional employment practice and has a focus on assisting multi-national clients with cross-border matters; he is advising a global technology company on its outsourcing of support functions involving eight Asia Pacific jurisdictions. Senior associate Karen Mitra was part of a team that advised a well-known, global corporate on the termination rights and the negotiation of separation packages for two of its most senior executives.

Clifford Chance's employment team provides a full range of expertise to its clients in conjunction with colleagues from the firm's corporate and dispute resolution practices. It assists clients with the employment law issues arising from mergers or reorganisations such as cross-border employment contracts and also handles all manner of disputes, including misconduct in the workplace such as harassment, bribery concerns or money laundering. A substantial team, including the experts at alliance law firm Cavenagh Law LLP, include Valerie Kong and Paul Sandosham. Other key members include Harpreet Singh Nehal SC and Janice Goh, who are acting for a major Singapore-based company in a range of issues including investigations and disciplinary proceedings relating to alleged corrupt practices and breaches of internal policies relating to the procurement of contracts.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's team is 'superb', 'provides swift response times and effective advice that is pragmatic and never over-done' and 'is also excellent at managing the strategic side of litigation in local jurisdictions'. The 'effective' Fatim Jumabhoy provides 'pragmatic advice' and senior associate Tess Lumsdaine is also a noted name. The team provides the full range of employment expertise including handling the issues associated with corporate restructures or integrations, the termination of employment contracts and investigations, as well as advising on adjunct areas including pensions and incentives. In highlight work, it is assisting a global client with a range of matters including the secondments and other movements of employees in various Asia countries; advising on flexible working conditions, particularly for females employees; and handling investigations into issues of misconduct.

Linklaters stands out for its ability to 'engage the relevant specialists' as and when needed. Laure de Panafieu is the highly experienced team head and other key names include managing associates Chaiyee Oh and Joel Cheang. It covers all aspects of employment and labour law from day-to-day employment matters to strategic planning through to disputes. De Panafieu leads a team that is assisting one international client with matters including the dismissal of senior employees, working hours and recruitment policies and health and safety matters. Clients include Anglo American, AIA, ANZ, Suez Environnement and BE Aerospace.

K&L Gates has 'a strong sense of commercial nous and business acumen' and provides 'outstanding customer service and demonstrates good commercial awareness by proposing practical solutions'. Christopher Tan  is 'particularly good and quite unique in his qualities' and 'has extensive and invaluable experience practising both international and Singapore employment law in a global firm context, and he also has a strong disputes and transactional background which is invariably useful'. Highlights included advising a well-known, international corporation on a workforce restructuring and several employee departures following its acquisition. It also handles high-level employee exits and trades union issues.


Labour and employment – Local firms

Index of tables

  1. Labour and employment – Local firms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Aran Alexander - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Allen & Gledhill LLP's team handles the gamut of employment and industrial relations matters especially those pertaining to cross-border and dual-employment arrangements and employee transfers and also has strength in areas such as pension schemes and employment disputes - particularly those involving senior employees. In recent work, it acted for Grab Inc, as it acquired the operations of Uber Technologies, on the transfer of the employees in Singapore and numerous other Asian jurisdictions. The team also advised on various complex, cross-border and Singapore law employment issues in connection with the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management. On the disputes side, it acted for Brightex Paints in a case concerning the theft of valuable industrial, confidential information by an employee. Kelvin Wong and Sanjiv Kumar Rajan jointly head the team; litigator Aaron Lee is recommended for his 'responsiveness and great industrial knowledge'; and Vincent Leow is another name to note.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow provides 'commercial advice that is tailored and reliable and its responsiveness is impressive'. Celeste Ang and Kelvin Poa, who jointly head the practice, 'are great - reliable, cost effective, responsive and to the point'. Local principal Aran Alexander is 'a great coordinator for regional projects' and, according to one client, 'his APAC-wide knowledge and coverage means we get consistently high-quality and integrated advice'. Associates Ng Zhao Yang  and Jingyi Wang also stand out for 'their practical approach'. The team covers the breadth of employment and labour relations laws and is able to draw on the firm's global network. Recent work includes advising on work injury compensation insurance issues under the Work Injury Compensation Act; assisting with a range of internal corporate investigations; and handling various employment terminations, as well as workforce reorganisations and collective bargaining matters.

Drew & Napier LLC 'distinguishes itself with its extensive knowledge of employment matters and the quality of its advice' and it 'provides sound business advice that can be swiftly implemented'. The team's comprehensive expertise spans both contentious and advisory matters, including employment terminations, enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants, breaches of directors’ and fiduciary duties, and the employment aspects of corporate reorganisations. Kelvin Tan is a key name, as is Jason Chen, who 'understands complex situations very quickly'. Lim Chong Kin, Benjamin Gaw , Elizabeth Tong and senior associate Chng Hu Ping are also noted.

The 'very impressive and cost-effective' team at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP acts for local and global corporates, banks and government bodies, including Procter & Gamble Europe, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore and WorldQuant Singapore. Desmond Wee and Jonathan Yuen jointly head up the team; the latter stands out for 'offering commercially practical and sound advice' and for 'not over-lawyering the issues'. K Muralidharan Pillai is also well regarded for his extensive employment-related litigation expertise. The group is handling a number of matters for Starwood, part of the Marriott Group, including representing the client in the successful defence of allegations by a senior ex-employee of wrongful dismissal and defamation. It was also engaged by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices to provide  employment law training across a range of topics for stakeholders from the Ministry of Manpower and other organisations.

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP's team provides 'very timely advice and the foundation of its knowledge in employment law is very strong but its real value lies in the sound advice it offers towards resolving some very tricky HR matters'. Consultant Susan de Silva is 'a guru on union matters and expert in all other employment areas' and her 'foresight and calmness are truly valuable in manoeuvring through complex matters'. Goh Seow Hui, who is 'an expert in most employment areas', and senior associate Rachel Lim Xiu Zhen acted for Orient Corporation in an action against a former executive who had misappropriated highly valuable company information that was disclosed to competitors in China. The matter involved both arbitration and court proceedings in China. In addition to handling contentious work, the team assists clients with cross-border matters concerning executive compensation and benefits, employee transfers and workforce reductions.

CNPLaw LLP 'is very strong in this area'. The team, which is jointly headed by Bill Jamieson and Pradeep Kumar Singh, advises employers and employees on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law including aspects of immigration law. Recent work includes acting for an employer client in a matter pertaining to allegations of breach of a confidentiality and a non-compete and non-solicitation clause by a former employee. Other work includes advising on the employment ramifications of corporate restructures and the transfers of workforces. Senior associate Michelle Chan is another name to note.

Dentons Rodyk's team 'knows how to resolve matters'. Key names include Ray Chiang, who 'makes time to listen to clients and keep their interests in mind when dispensing advice'; Edric Pan  and Lim I-An. Recent work includes acting for International SOS, an international medical and concierge services provider, in a High Court action against a rival company and a former senior employee for inducement of breaches of contract,  breaches of confidence and misuse of confidential information. Other highlights include acting for a life sciences and biotech company on the consolidation of its workforce in Singapore and ongoing reviews of its employment practices. Sumitomo Chemical and Panasonic Healthcare are also clients.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP handles all aspects of employment law from advising on employment contracts, organisational restructuring issues, redundancy exercises to matters concerning misuse of confidential information, employment disputes and restrictive covenants. The team also advises on the issues arising from mergers and acquisitions. Teo Mae Shaan, Joseph Tay and Probin Dass have a wide range of expertise handling advisory and contentious matters, including assisting a multi-national client with restraint of trade and non-compete provisions in the employment contracts of potential hires. Pradeep Pillai left the practice in mid-2017 to establish PRP LAW LLC.

Practice head Mohammed Reza, senior associate Justin Kwek  and associate Marcus Teo are the names to note at Simmons & Simmons JWS. The team handles employment advisory matters and disputes and has notable expertise acting for clients in the banking, insurance and funds sectors. In recent work, it assisted a client with its obligations under Singapore’s Retirement and Re-employment Act and acted for an international bank throughout its investigations into alleged misconduct by its regional head of human resources. It is also advising various clients on training staff on best practices pertaining to allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace.

TSMP Law Corporation's team provides 'an excellent service' and is 'very responsive and commercial in its approach'. It combines employment and labour law with dispute resolution and corporate expertise and its broad client base includes an impressive contingent of financial institutions. The team advised Liberty Mutual on Singapore employment law issues arising from its $3bn acquisition of Ironshore from Fosun, including assisting with statutory and contractual consultations and the transfer of employment contracts. Ian Lim is not only 'knowledgeable in this area' but also 'pleasant to work with' and he is ably assisted by Jamie Chin  and Grace Chan, who were recently promoted to senior associates. Associate Nicole Wee left the firm in November 2017 to move to an in-house role.

At Virtus Law LLP - Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance, experienced trio Terence Seah, Arthur Loke and Jason Yang act for clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals to multinationals. The team has an established Japanese client base and close ties with Mori Hamada & Matsumoto in Singapore. Its work spans all types of contentious and non-contentious work, including acting for both employers and employees on senior executive exits and employment-related disputes and its growing white-collar crime practice dovetails with regulatory investigations, whistleblowing and fraud. Senior associate Christine Ong is another name to note.

WongPartnership LLP's practice is led by Vivien Yui and Jenny Tsin, who have a wide range of employment, corporate, compliance and disputes expertise, as well as experience in ancillary areas including health and safety. The team acted for the ex-CEO and the Rothschild Trust Guernsey in a multimillion-dollar claim against Noble Resources and the Noble Group for unpaid dividends, bonuses, stock options and shares owing during the CEO's employment. It is also advising SMRT on its review of its HR disciplinary procedures and guidelines relating to its employees who number some 9,500. Other work includes assisting with exit packages for senior executives.

Braddell Brothers LLP specialises in labour and employment work and has a wide range of experience across disputes and advisory matters, including handling wrongful dismissal claims, pension scheme disputes and advising on contracts and workforce transfers or employment terminations. The practice is led by Elaine Seow, with managing partner Edmund Kronenburg  who is another experienced practitioner, particularly on the dispute resolution side. Kronenburg defended a number of individuals against allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties, duties of good faith and fidelity, and conspiracy to injure initiated by their ex-employer.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore provides 'excellent service, expert knowledge and practical, proactive timely guidance'. Practice head Thomas Choo has a 'friendly approach and can pre-empt queries', and Junxiang Koh and associate Bernadette How are also noted names. The team assists Air Hong Kong with keeping on top of employment law changes and data protection and also undertakes training for the client's employees. It also provides advice on cross-jurisdictional matters including immigration issues as well as a range of contentious matters such as salary disputes.

Eversheds Harry Elias handles the gamut of employment matters from the drafting of employment contracts and advising on the transfer of employees to disputes relating to wrongful terminations, workplace harassment and data protection. Recent work includes acting for the Law Society of Singapore in disciplinary proceedings relating to sexual harassment and advising another client on visa requirements for foreign staff and restraint of trade issues. Practice head S Suressh, who is highly experienced, handles various mandates for corporate clients, including issues concerning employee benefits, executive compensation and restraint of trade.

Daniel Chia heads the practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, which provides 'an impeccable service'. The group advised Printronix on the transfer of its manufacturing operations and a number of employees from Singapore to Malaysia. It also assisted Blink Entertainment and Events with matters such as the drafting of employment contracts, especially in respect of protecting its IP rights, as well as non-compete clauses and is also acting for the client in commencing litigation against ex-employees and shadow  directors concerning the alleged misuse of IP assets. Associate Amarjit Kaur is another name to note.

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP's practice is led by Vernon Voon and Kaylee Kwok. The team acted for a former key executive of a leading financial institution in a High Court action claiming damages for wrongful termination of employment as a result of his whistleblowing. Kwok is advising Specsavers on the setting up of a subsidiary in Singapore including handling the various employment law matters. The team acts for a wide range of clients, including international and domestic corporations, government statutory boards and government-funded organisations, charities and family foundations.


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