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Howse Williams

Employment (International Firms)

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What the team is known for

Highly regarded Hong Kong-based firm that acts for both employers and employees on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues. Regularly handles immigration, discrimination, remuneration, termination and post-termination matters, including springboard injunctions and enforcement of restrictive covenants. Additionally active advising on investigations for clients in the financial services sector. Frequently represents clients before the Hong Kong Labour Tribunal and the High Court.

Strengths

"They have experts and are very specialised here," confirm market sources, describing the group as a "strong" employment law practice.

A client reports: "The advice we received was excellent. It was well constructed, thorough, easy to follow, and received in a timely manner."

Work highlights

Acted for a fund manager in a High Court action brought against a France-based global fund manager, in relation to a performance fee arrangement.

Notable practitioners

"Expert" employment law litigator Michael Withington is held in high regard for his handling of contentious mandates, including claims of misconduct and wrongful termination, partnership disputes and trade union-related issues. "He provides excellent advice, both on the legal aspects of the issues as well as on the practical and tactical factors affecting matters," reports a client.

Head of department Patricia Yeung is described by interviewees as a "very dedicated,""client-centric and commercial" partner, who manages to be "detail-oriented and technical, while giving clear and succinct advice." She leads advice to employers and employees on claims brought in relation to alleged wrongful termination, discrimination and breach of contract, in addition to handling non-contentious matters.

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Overview

Patricia Yeung heads Howse Williams' employment team, which provides contentious and non-contentious employment and immigration advice to both employers and employees in Hong Kong. We advise on all aspects of the fast changing contractual, common law and statutory employment law framework.

Key areas of practice include: 

  • Compromise agreements
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Corruption
  • Discrimination (marital status, disability, race and sex)
  • Employee incentive schemes
  • Executive bonus, share option and pension schemes
  • Health and safety
  • Hiring
  • Industrial espionage
  • Immigration
  • Internal disciplinary proceedings
  • Internal staff handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Investigations
  • Leave rights and entitlements
  • Mandatory provident fund
  • Minimum Wage Ordinance
  • Personal data
  • Post-termination restrictions (e.g. non-compete, non-solicitation, non-dealing, restrictive covenants etc.)
  • Prevention of Bribery Ordinance
  • Privacy
  • Regulatory
  • Reference letters
  • Retirement schemes
  • Springboard injunctions
  • Termination and redundancies
  • Transfer of business
  • Union activity



Employment (International Firms)

Howse Williams

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Location

27F Alexandra House

18 Chater Road, Central

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

China

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

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Employment: Hong Kong Law (International Firms)


Michael Withington
Band 2
Patricia Yeung
Band 3