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Michael Withington

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Howse Williams 何韋律師行

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Michael is a Partner in HWB's dispute resolution practice. He is experienced in a wide range of commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes involving both listed companies and high-profile private companies (many of which involve a cross-border element). He has also acted in litigation involving financial services institutions (including mis-selling claims and negligence claims), claims involving directors, and disputes over asset acquisitions. He recently led the team which achieved a successful settlement of a trust dispute involving one of Hong Kong's wealthiest families. A large part of Michael's practice at Howse Williams Bowers involves contentious employment matters (acting for both employers and employees), including claims over termination and remuneration, enforcement of post-termination restrictions, discrimination claims and partnership disputes. He advises employers and statutory bodies on internal investigations and disciplinary proceedings, and has represented a number of individuals in SFC investigations. He also has significant experience in conducting and defending judicial review proceedings. Michael also has extensive insurance experience, particularly in relation to the defence of professional negligence claims and advising on coverage issues. He has been a panel solicitor for the Hong Kong Solicitors Indemnity Scheme since 1998, and has represented both local and international law firms in connection with a broad range of claims.


2015 Howse Williams Bowers; 2012 Gall; 2002 Herbert Smith Freehills; 1998 Wilkinson & Grist; 1994 Haldanes

Hong Kong

Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

Active across the full range of employment, regulatory and immigration matters, independent Hong Kong firm Howse Williams Bowers has strong ties with many local businesses, and provides 'practical, responsive and solutions-oriented advice' to both employers and employees. Recently promoted partner Patricia Yeung has a core focus on employment matters, and is the go-to practitioner for many clients' highest-profile strategic and advisory employment matters, including advice relating to high-level terminations, discrimination claims and team moves. Michael Withington handles employment litigation for both employees and employers, and has experience in handling termination, remuneration and discrimination claims. Kevin Bowers is now a consultant at Tanner De Witt.

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