Firm Profile > Baohua Law Firm > Shanghai , China

Baohua Law Firm

Labour and employment: PRC firms Tier 2

Boutique labour and employment firm Baohua Law Firm has an established track record in assisting prominent multinational corporates and Chinese state-owned entities (SOEs) with a broad spectrum of work, including employment litigation, employee transfers, human resources matters, and compliance and investigatory instructions. The client roster includes entities drawn from the telecoms, oil and gas, food, automotive, electronics and pharmaceuticals sectors. Weixin Sun leads the team, which includes Jie Yang, Jay Chen and John Dong; senior consultant Baohua Dong is highly experienced across a range of labour law cases.

The firm

Baohua Law Firm is based in Shanghai and was established in May 2010. The firm provides legal advice to a variety of domestic and international clients. The firm focuses on providing top-quality legal services in the area of labour and employment law. Its aim is to provide the best service to its clients in an efficient, cost-effective and practical manner.

The founder of the firm is Professor Baohua Dong. Prof Dong is not only a famous labour law professor in PRC, but also one of the best lawyers with experience in labour law practice of more than 25 years. Baohua Law Firm is staffed with partners and PRC attorneys trained abroad, including the United States. It fully knows how its international clients like to be served. Its team is equipped with extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of China’s labour and employment legal issues and legal issues concerning labour dispatch and human resources.

Areas of practice

The professional fields of the firm include several aspects such as: daily affairs in the labour field, solving problems in relation to labour law which a company faces in its daily business operation; labour disputes – the firm has extensive experience in helping companies to deal with labour disputes, and has resolved hundreds of arbitration and litigation cases between companies and employees; large projects in relation to personnel settlement – these projects involve a large number of employees and an extensive range of areas, and some projects also involve multiple plans for options among various employees.

Number of lawyers : 12

Runqing Dong (John), Partner

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Baohua Law Firm from your competitors?

We are one of the few law firms in China that specialises only in labour and employment. Without a certain level of commitment, professionalism and confidence, the partners of a law firm won’t make such decision to limit practice area. Furthermore, we are no doubt a local law firm with a strong international background, such background gives our clients or potential clients (particularly international companies) a strong impression.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Within the labour and employment regime, I believe the major growth of practice would come from 3 parts, namely design of new model of employment, foreign investment by Chinese companies and anti bribery or corruption from local subsidiaries of international companies.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

During the past 2 years, we have kept adding more internet elements into our traditional off-line service, making our entire service more cost-effective and response more quickly. For example, we have developed one software that can help our clients do various calculation with relation to labour and employment matters.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Yes. In the future, each law firm must adapt itself to the great technological revolution. Baohua Law Firm is in the frontier of such revolution by adding internet related elements into traditional service.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We once were engaged by an international company which has decided to close a plant in China with more than 800 people. Once the employees were informed of such message, they stopped working but remained present at their positions. The production rate then dropped dramatically, endangering the entire operation of the plant. At that moment, the inventory of the plant could only endure for around 1 week. Namely, if the work stoppage had lasted more than 1 week, the plant would not be able to provide any parts to the assembly line of the company, and the entire production of the company will be forced to pause. Tremendous loss was at risk at that time. We immediately worked out a plan to help the company restore its production. During the planning, we helped the company analyse what wrong had there been with their communication style and what they needed to do to persuade employees and regain their trust, and we helped the company identify the key people who were leading the work stoppage and coordinate the group communication. After 2 days of fierce stoppage the momentum of the employees started to cool down as we carried out plan gradually and the full production was restored on the 4th day. With our quick response, thoughtful plan, we helped the company avoid a fundamental loss.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

I believe so. As a leading law firm specialised in labour and employment area, clients are actually expecting more from us than other regular law firms. So we must hold ourselves to a level that is leading the market and be able to guide our clients through various difficulties. Our clients also expect from us prediction of labour market in the future years and suggestions from us how they need to react to such trend. After 3 years, by utilising all kinds of hi-tech tools, a leading law firm must be capable of prediction and subsequently guide the clients through all kinds of obstacles.