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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Employment (International Firms)

2 ranked lawyersBand 1ChinaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Market-leading practice servicing clients out of offices in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Works with an enviable list of prestigious local and international clients. Reputation for first-rate advice to employers in relation to complex and cross-border misconduct investigations, disputes and compliance, as well as multi-jurisdictional employee transfers. Greatly respected bench highlighted for the depth of its cumulative experience and expertise. Represents clients in the media, banking and technology industries.

Strengths

"Simmons is standout," enthuses a source, going on to expand: "They are the number one in Hong Kong; I wouldn't go anywhere else. The quality of the team is excellent and I always get the answer we have been looking for."

Other clients praise the team as "experts" who are also "very personable," with one source explaining: "They know our firm, documentation and processes well, their advice is spot on, they are open to ideas and feedback, and they have a network that we trust if we need to seek advice beyond Hong Kong."

Notable practitioners

Senior practitioner Fiona Loughrey is regarded by sources as "at the top of her game" and "a formidable force" in the employment law market. She is consistently sought after by clients for her considerable experience in the field and her wide-ranging expertise, which covers handling discrimination and wrongful dismissal claims, industrial relations matters, and negotiating employment contracts and separations.

Moving up in the rankings, Sarah Berkeley is held in high esteem for her "very sensible, prompt and commercial" approach to employment law mandates, in addition to her "understanding of commercial elements" and "very strong management of client relationships." She advises on a broad remit of advice in relation to investigations into misconduct and harassment, as well as employee transfers and restructurings, and claims brought before the Labour Tribunal and High Court.

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Employment: Hong Kong Law (International Firms)


Fiona Loughrey
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Sarah Berkeley
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