Baker McKenzie

Employment Department

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What the team is known for Dedicated employment practitioners on the ground in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, providing a full range of employment law services across Greater China, with its PRC expertise noted as being especially strong. Combines local expertise and international experience to assist global companies with mass layoffs and employee unrest issues, as well as advising on immigration, tax law, employee transfers and statutory obligations. Also assists with handling investigations into allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and contractual breaches. Represents clients from a diverse range of sectors, including technology, insurance, retail and commercial. Seamlessly offers clients local law capabilities through its partnership with PRC firm FenXun Partners.

Strengths A client is highly impressed with the level of service provided, reporting: "The calibre of the employment team is excellent; timeliness, pragmatism, and clear and succinct advice are their hallmarks."

Further clients praise the team's "practical and commercial" approach, noting that "the turnaround times are very impressive." One source notes: "They work very hard to see from our perspective to understand our business and our needs."

Notable practitioners

Market commentators recognise that
Jonathan Isaacs
is a "highly respected" and "very senior" lawyer who is "expert" in matters of employment law. He is a leading name in the market, handling advisory matters and the employment law aspects of transactions, as well as investigations and terminations on behalf of an impressive clientele of blue-chip companies. "Clients rave about him," confirms an interviewee.

Rowan McKenzie
has notable expertise in advising corporate clients on compliance, HR policy and contractual reviews, in addition to handling misconduct investigations and Labour Tribunal claims. A client appreciates his "depth of experience" and "ability to give a broader view of the Greater China landscape," finding he "covers difficult concepts in a simple way and is very easy to work with."

Market sources offer praise for
Lu Zheng
's handling of employment law mandates. She is well placed to represent clients in disputes and investigations, in addition to assisting with the employment law aspects of transactional mandates.