Lewis Silkin > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Firm Profile

Lewis Silkin
1302, 13/F, Dina House, Ruttonjee Centre
11 Duddell Street
Central, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Hong Kong > Labour and employment Tier 3

The ‘very proactive, practical and very responsive’ team at Lewis Silkin has notable experience in immigration and visa matters, and handles other contentious and non-contentious issues for its clients. Noted for its strong profile among local and international companies, the firm has recently had a number of instructions relating to the National Security Law and the COVID-19 pandemic. Kathryn Weaver, who is dual-qualified in Hong Kong and England & Wales, is the head of the group. She acts for clients such as FTSE 100 companies, household-name brands, gig economy clients and start-ups. Catherine Leung is recommended for strategic advice on recruitment and terminations, discrimination and data privacy matters. The team is greatly boosted by Jezamine Fewins who joined from Stephenson Harwood in January 2022. Fewins’ expertise cuts across employment and IP law with a focus on litigation cases.

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Testimonials

Incredible personal service by Kat Weaver, the head of the Hong Kong office. Despite her leadership role, she took a personal interest in the content, personally drove the direction and quality of the engagement, and really made me feel as if I were the only client of the firm.’

Kathryn Weaver and Catherine Leung make a formidable partnership.

‘Kathryn Weaver has an amazing ability to balance challenges and provide support. She offers clear advice and can be relied upon to be be a sound critical friend.’

‘Kathryn Weaver is truly phenomenal – very knowledgeable and always available, and most importantly, very pleasant to work with.’

‘The team is very proactive, practical and very responsive. They are very up to date on the current legal landscape in their areas of specialty.’

Key clients

Deliveroo

Willis Towers Watson

LinkedIn

Hannover Re

Chandler Macleod

BSI Group

Grosvenor Group

Sainsbury’s

Bonhams

Work highlights

  • Advising a tech company on multiple Labour Tribunal claims relating to worker status.
  • Advising an international bank on an Asia-Pacific wide project regarding the employment law, immigration, tax, regulatory and data privacy issues involved in permitting its workforce to work abroad during Covid-19.
  • Advising a luxury fashion company on a complex and sensitive sexual harassment, disability discrimination and victimisation claim.

Hong Kong > Intellectual property

Lewis Silkin launched its Asia intellectual property practice with the hire of David Swain who joined from Deacons.  Swain advises on a range of non-contentious issues across all IP assets and has experience in data and privacy matters.
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THE FIRM Lewis Silkin works with leading businesses to protect and enhance their most important assets — their ideas, their people, and their future. They call it: Ideas. People. Possibilities.

A leading UK firm with offices in Hong Kong, London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Belfast, they are recognised by clients and industry alike as being distinct: for their strong, unique culture, market-leading practice areas, sector focused approach and for providing solutions to complex, multijurisdictional business challenges, with a pragmatic and human touch. They have two things at their core: people — both theirs and their clients’— and a focus on creativity, technology and innovation – ideas.

Renowned in the market for their strong culture, their own people sit at the heart of the business, united by a passion for creativity, technology and innovation. The culture is encapsulated by an ethos of bravery and kindness. It provides a supportive environment for its people, its clients and its community and embraces diversity, ensuring people are able to bring their full selves to work.

PRACTICE AREAS Lewis Silkin’s Hong Kong offices focuses on employment, intellectual property, litigation, data privacy, immigration and reward advice. The firm advises both businesses headquartered in, and those with operations in, Hong Kong on the full range of people and brand protection matters including:

Employment and immigration law

  • day-to-day HR support
  • employment documentation
  • separation agreements
  • employment disputes in the Labour Tribunal
  • restrictive covenants and team moves
  • whistleblowing and discrimination claims
  • transfer of business undertakings
  • restructuring
  • immigration applications
  • employee benefits sand incentives
  • worker status (including worker status claims)
  • advising senior executives

Intellectual Property

  • complex licensing
  • issuing and defending proceedings relating to IP infringement
  • assignment and manufacturing
  • lodging opposition, cancellation, rectification and invalidation proceedings
  • service and distribution agreements
  • IP aspects of corporate transactions (including IP due diligence and stock exchange listings)

Data Privacy

  • compliance with the Hong Kong Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO)
  • privacy policy documents
  • workplace data privacy issues
  • terms of business
  • performing audits
  • handling data breaches
  • subject access requests

Commercial litigation

  • disputes relating to commercial contracts
  • director and shareholder disputes
  • disputes relating to fraud
  • interim relief
  • arbitration
  • mediation

INTERNATIONAL WORK Whether it is providing global employment law advice, managing a global IP portfolio or coordinating the movement of people globally, the firm has the right people, in the right place, at the right time through a combination of its own offices, strategic alliances and expert desks,.

The Hong Kong office supports various multinationals on international projects across the Asia Pacific region as well as global project. The office also advises Asia Pacific-based companies on the setting up of operations in the UK, in particular working closely alongside the firm’s London-based Chinese, Japanese and Korean desks.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Employment Kathryn Weaverkathryn.weaver@lewissilkin.com+852 2972 7133
Employment/ Immigration Catherine Leungcatherine.leung@lewissilkin.com+852 2972 7188
Employment litigation Jezamine Fewinsjezamine.fewins@lewissilkin.com+852 2972 7114
IP/ Commercial David Swaindavid.swain@lewissilkin.com+852 2972 7121
IP litigation Jezamine Fewinsjezamine.fewins@lewissilkin.com+852 2972 7114
Data Privacy David Swaindavid.swain@lewissilkin.com+852 2972 7121
Reward and incentives Kenneth Leungkenneth.leung@lewissilkin.com+852 2972 7120
Senior Executive support Kathryn Weaverkathryn.weaver@lewissilkin.com+852 2972 7133
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Gladys Ching photo Gladys ChingGladys’s clients come from a broad range of industries including financial services, technology…
Jezamine Fewins photo Jezamine FewinsJezamine’s practice focuses on both employment and intellectual property matters and has…
David Kong photo David KongDavid’s clients come from a range of sectors, including start-ups, tech firms,…
Kenneth Leung photo Kenneth LeungKenneth has 22 years of experience advising financial services organisations, multinationals, government…
Catherine Leung photo Catherine LeungCatherine has been advising clients on all aspects of Hong Kong employment…
David Swain photo David SwainDavid Swain is the Head of Intellectual Property in Hong Kong and…
Kathryn Weaver photo Kathryn WeaverKathryn is dual-qualified in England & Wales and Hong Kong and heads…
Number of lawyers : 14
Number of other staff : 6
Cantonese
English
Mandarin
Ius Laboris
Contacts : Kathryn Weaver (Partner, head of Hong Kong office)
Contacts : David Swain (Partner, Head of IP)
Contacts : Jezamine Fewins (Partner, Head of Litigation(
Contacts : Catherine Leung (Partner)
Contacts : Kenneth Leung (Consultant)

CLIENT: Sebastian Gilbert – Head of Operations (Hong Kong)
COMPANY/FIRM: Deliveroo
TESTIMONIAL: As our Hong Kong business has grown we have relied on their support to assist our immigration requirements and visa applications. Increasingly we have been working with Lewis Silkin to aid us in the employment sphere, where Antonia, Kathryn and the team have been extremely helpful. We have received a consistently high standard of service, and we look forward to continue working with Antonia and the team in the future.


CLIENT: Lee Bressler, Associate General Counsel, Employment
COMPANY/FIRM: Willis Towers Watson
TESTIMONIAL: We use Lewis Silkin’s employment advice service in APAC for all of our APAC employment law needs. It works particularly well for us because we have a single point of contact to help manage multiple requests and ensure that our queries get answered quickly and effectively. The quality and timeliness of the advice is excellent. We also benefit from having a member of the Lewis Silkin team review and sense check the advice before it comes to back to us.


CLIENT: Alice Hall, Global Head of HR
COMPANY/FIRM: YouGov
TESTIMONIAL: Lewis Silkin is now my number one go-to for all our employment law queries in APAC. Managing multiple counties in this region can be a challenge when it comes to employment law, but Lewis Silkin make it easy; they are responsive, professional, and provide excellent advice. No matter what query it is, I find they are always on hand to support, guide and provide pragmatic advice. I would not hesitate to recommend them, and look forward to working closely with them in the future as our APAC employment law partners.


CLIENT: Brian Foley – Global head of Aircraft Trading
COMPANY/FIRM: Avolon
TESTIMONIAL: We initially worked with Lewis Silkin a number of years ago when setting up our business in Hong Kong. Over the last twelve months we have been building out our Hong Kong presence. The decision to rehire partner Antonia Grant and the team at Lewis Silkin was an easy one given our previous experience with the quality of their work around the immigration processes involved in building out our team. Once again, they did not disappoint and maintained a consistently high level of performance and delivery. We look forward to continuing that relationship into the future.


CLIENT: Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: High end international retailer
TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with Lewis Silkin in the UK for years now – we worked with Antonia whilst she was in the Lewis Silkin London Branch – when she relocated to the Hong Kong Branch we had no hesitation in using the expertise of Lewis Silkin there. Antonia and the team have been extremely helpful with all the immigration assistance we have required and in assisting in processing visa applications.  The service we have received has been of a high standard and very professional.  We look forward to continuing our relationship with Antonia and the team going forward


CLIENT: May Szeto – Head of HR, Asia
COMPANY/FIRM: Grosvenor Group
TESTIMONIAL: We have no hesitation in recommending Lewis Silkin to any employer in APAC.  In the past 2 years, our company has reviewed our employment handbook and a number of internal policies for HK, China and Japan. Lewis Silkin was heavily involved in these reviews and their inputs to the process were highly valued.  Their advices are consistently of high standard and commercial, which helps us to strive for a balance between business needs and legal requirement. The team at Lewis Silkin has been extremely helpful, professional and responsive.  I look forward to continuing our relationship with Lewis Silkin in the future.


CLIENT: Head of Legal, Asia
COMPANY/FIRM: Luxury sales company
TESTIMONIAL: We enjoy working with the young and energetic team of Lewis Silkin.  They are very experienced in employment and immigration law matters and could share their global and regional experience in these areas which are very useful for inhouse lawyers who have to look after these issues from an APAC perspective.  They are also good at staying in touch with their clients and understanding the latest development and needs of their clients


CLIENT: Head of Employment Law and Commercial Litigation
COMPANY/FIRM: Deliveroo
TESTIMONIAL: We work with Lewis Silkin in Hong Kong, the UK and Ireland.  The team are fantastic.  They have a deep understanding of their subject matter and our business.  Their advice is practical, and delivered in a timely manner.  We would be happy to recommend their services across each of these markets. 


Client: Head of HR, Hong Kong
Company: Grosvenor
Lewis Silkin has been our trusted legal partner for the past few years. We found it much more efficient to have a single point of contact in the region to manage issues or requests from different countries.  The timeliness of the response and quality of work of Kathryn’s team has been impressive.  We have also been benefited from the regular seminars that Lewis Silkin organized for clients, to help us to stay abreast of the latest development of employment law of the jurisdictions we operate.  We look forward to continue our partnership with Lewis Silkin in the future.


CLIENT: In House Employment Lawyer
COMPANY/FIRM: Willis Towers Watson
TESTIMONIAL: We use Lewis Silkin’s employment advice service in APAC for all of our APAC employment law needs. It works particularly well for us because we have a single point of contact to help manage multiple requests and ensure that our queries get answered quickly and effectively. The quality and timeliness of the advice is excellent. We also benefit from having a member of the Lewis Silkin team review and sense check the advice before it comes to back to us.


Client: In House Employment Lawyer
Company: LinkedIn
Kathryn and team are my go-to for prompt and practical employment law advice across Asia Pacific. It’s no small feat to boil down complex regulations into business-friendly advice, but they deliver time after time.