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Lee & Ko

Employment

4 ranked lawyersBand 1South KoreaAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Lee & Ko houses an outstanding employment law offering in South Korea and is recognised for its expertise in a variety of contentious and non-contentious issues, including collective bargaining and strikes, employee status, non-compete issues and workforce reduction. Its client base hails from a range of industries from technology and retail to automotive and manufacturing. Its key clients include Samsung Electronics and Citibank Korea.

Strengths

A pleased client comments: "Lee & Ko has gained our trust by managing our legal issues successfully over the years." This source praises the firm's "global network and experience."

An additional interviewee adds that "they have good knowledge of employment legislation in South Korea and have been helpful in ensuring that we understand the intricacies within Korea."

Work highlights

Lee & Ko represented Samsung Electronics in an unfair labour practice case relating to suppression of unionisation, which was brought by the prosecutor's office.

Notable practitioners

Chang Soo Jin in Seoul is highly active on employment matters including disputes involving terminations, worker dispatch and outsourcing. He is also known to have significant experience from his time as a judge.

Hyun Seok Song is well regarded in the Korean employment legal market, with particular experience advising on outsourced worker disputes. A client comments: "He actively contacts us and continues to provide discussions and ideas, producing comprehensive and excellent results not only for a single case, but also in relation to the overall context."

Sang Hoon Lee is a well-established employment lawyer in Seoul. He has over 25 years of experience in practice and remains active on a range of matters, including non-compete issues and investigations.

William Kim is a foreign attorney based in Seoul with strong employment expertise. He is especially involved in internal investigations compliance, non-compete and workforce restructuring matters. A market source comments: "He understands how international businesses work."

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Overview

The core of our Labor & Employment Practice Group is composed of over 30 attorneys who dedicate their practices to the employment and labor practice area.  Our members include attorneys with more than 20 years of experience, certified labor consultants, former prosecutors and presiding judges, former judiciary researchers for the Korean Supreme Court, public committee members, Labor Relations Commission committee chairpersons, and former senior members of the Ministry of Employment & Labor.  This rich range of experience and diversity, fueled by the effective collaboration between our members, results in a Practice Group with a collective strength that is even stronger than its parts, and this strength is transferred to our clients.

Our Practice Group’s expertise covers issues including: (1) wages/working hours, disciplinary actions, employee privacy and safety; (2) hiring structures, non-regular employees management, strategic implementation of reduction-in-force efforts; (3) strategic and legal advice on union relations and disputes, collective agreement negotiations; (4) general compliance audits and internal investigations; (5) representation in civil, criminal, and administrative matters; and (6) employment-related issues in mergers, spin-offs, and business transfers.

We are trusted advisors and a pillar of legal support for our clients so that they may focus on enhancing their business operations in a stable and sustainable labor-management environment.

Members

Choi, Jae-Hoon

Hahm, Seung-Wan

Kim, Yong-Moon

Lee, Sang Hoon

Song, Hyun Seok

Tae, Ji-Young

Employment

Lee & Ko

firm
Location

Hanjin Building

63 Namdaemun-ro

Jung-gu

Seoul

Seoul

South Korea

04532

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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.

South Korea

Employment


Chang Soo Jin
Band 2
Hyun Seok Song
Band 2
Sang Hoon Lee
Band 2
William Woojong Kim
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