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Asia-Pacific South Korea Employment

Covers both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Includes employment litigation related to sex, race, age discrimination, as well as workforce redundancies and employee transfers and immigration issues. Also includes workplace health and safety matters, HR training and policy writing.

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Band 1
  1. Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
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    Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
    Employment
    2023 | Band 1 |
    Bae, Kim & Lee is a well-respected law firm in South Korea, noted for its ability in representing major conglomerates in labour and employment disputes, including in relation to terminations, subcontractor claims and labour dispatch. The team is also well versed in issues pertaining to restructuring, wage claims and employee status. It offers a specialist task force focused on industrial accidents, bringing together lawyers with expertise in both labour law and criminal law. The firm acts for an impressive roster of clients across the technology, healthcare and automotive industries. Its key clients include LG Electronics and POSCO and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.
  2. Kim & Chang
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    Kim & Chang
    Employment
    2023 | Band 1 |
    Kim & Chang is a top-tier law firm in the Korean market, with a deep bench advising on a range of labour and employment disputes, including employee status, wrongful dismissal and wage claims. The team is also well versed in employment advice relating to post-M&A and restructuring integration as well as compensation and benefit package design. It has additional experience on matters involving alleged illegal dispatch of workers and employment compliance advice to clients. The team draws strength from the firm's integration of practice groups and acts for an impressive roster of clients from the automotive, shipping, insurance and pharmaceutical sectors. Its key clients include Asiana Airlines, Hyundai Motors and eBay.
  3. Lee & Ko
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    Lee & Ko
    Employment
    2023 | Band 1 |
    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 GSK and Korea Electric Power Corporation and Hilti Corporation.
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Band 2
  1. Shin & Kim
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    Shin & Kim
    Employment
    2023 | Band 2 |
    Shin & Kim is an established Korean law firm that maintains a strong reputation for labour and employment litigation, including advice on employee status, ordinary wage cases, workplace accident claims and labour union disputes. Well equipped to advise on regulatory matters and labour inspections carried out by the Ministry of Employment and Labour, it regularly advises blue-chip domestic and foreign companies, banks and public bodies. Its key clients include SK Planet, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, and Walt Disney Korea.
  2. Yoon & Yang LLC
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    Yoon & Yang LLC
    Employment
    2023 | Band 2 |
    Yoon & Yang has a well-reputed Korean employment law practice advising on contentious matters, drawing on the firm's respected dispute resolution capabilities. The team is experienced acting on wrongful dismissal, wage and discrimination cases. It is also well positioned to advise on a number of corporate HR issues, ranging from implementing the performance-based incentive system to post-M&A integration and organisational transformation, as well as on industrial relations matters. Furthermore, its lawyers provide advice on reduced working hour regulations and illegal dispatch of workers. Yoon & Yang retains a strong international and domestic client following among pharmaceutical, IT, construction and car companies. Clients represented include SK Hynix, Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor.
  3. Yulchon LLC
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    Yulchon LLC
    Employment
    2023 | Band 2 |
    Yulchon houses a sophisticated Korean employment law offering, active on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Its broad-ranging practice extends from workforce reduction to internal investigations and HR issues relating to M&A. The firm has a strong reputation for employment litigation, including wage, worker dispatch and severance payment disputes. It is also well placed to handle workplace harassment questions, as well as occupational health and safety matters, advising clients on compliance issues. Clients represented include Volkswagen Group Korea, Woori Bank and Lotte Group.
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Band 3
  1. Jipyong LLC
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    Jipyong LLC
    Employment
    2023 | Band 3 |
    Jipyong has a robust employment law team in South Korea, especially advising employers on labour and employment matters, regularly assisting with employment termination, labour union, regulatory and restructuring issues. It represents companies in employment litigation up to Supreme Court level, including on ordinary wage, employee status and wrongful dismissal cases. The team acts for clients within a range of sectors, including finance, insurance, automotive and construction.