Employment & Immigration

We offer pragmatic and tailored solutions to our clients, adding value beyond pure employment and immigration law knowledge

Labour and employment law in Hong Kong and China is rapidly increasing and becoming more complex, especially with the implementation of further anti-discrimination legislation.

Our Employment practice is constantly developing to keep pace with the law and has gained a respected position with employers, employees and among our peers as being at the forefront of providing practical and straightforward advice in a complex and developing area of law.

Whether we are advising individuals or companies, we provide advice that is results driven.  With extensive knowledge and experience of employment law in Hong Kong, we are able to advise on all options but also come off-the-fence and offer advice that achieved a practical solution.

A key function of our Immigration practice is to ensure that all business immigration processes are completed as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Advice for Employers

We strive to gain a deep understanding of our client’s businesses, culture, people and needs.  As such we are on hand as an extension of our client’s HR team to provide practical legal advice in a timely fashion to avoid a small problem escalating into something much greater. If necessary, we continue to be on hand to take robust and urgent action to prevent damage or disruption to a business.

From an employer’s perspective we pride ourselves in being on hand to provide practical legal advice in a timely fashion to avoid a small problem escalating into something much greater. If necessary, we continue to be on hand to take robust and urgent action to prevent damage or disruption to a business.

Advice for Employees

From an employee’s perspective we recognize both the legal and emotional stress that employment issues often cause and work together with the individual employee to provide practical advice to address their immediate concerns while continually planning to ensure that they remain protected, as far as the law allows, going forward.

International Employment and Labour Law

We are experienced in advising both employers and employees in employment disputes with cross border and multi-jurisdictional aspects including SE Asia, China, Australia, EU and the USA. We also provide invaluable strategic legal advice in relation to “team moves” between high profile employers.

Our Employment practice advises and acts in the following matters:

  • Drafting contracts of employment, senior executive service agreements and staff handbooks including MPF issues
  • Drafting consultancy agreements
  • Summary dismissal, termination of employment and severance packages
  • Employee resignation and “constructive dismissal”
  • Redundancy programmes, redundancy and long service payments
  • Maternity issues and dismissal during maternity leave
  • Enforcement of restrictive covenants, including obtaining and defending urgent and ex parte injunctions
  • Employment aspects of corporate deals
  • Bonuses including non-payment of “discretionary” bonuses
  • Claims of discrimination and avoiding potentially discriminatory practices

Business Immigration services include advising on the following matters:

  • Obtaining work visas and extensions
  • Advising on the effect and consequences of visitors visas
  • Obtaining spousal and dependent visas
  • Advising on visa status following the termination of employment
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