Asia Pacific Region
Lewis Silkin is highly renowned for employment and immigration law and has received global recognition with Who’s Who Legal awarding us ‘Law Firm of the Year for Labour, Employment & Pensions’.
Our locally licenced Hong Kong office offers high quality and cost-effective employment and global mobility support in both Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
In Hong Kong we advise businesses and individuals on the full range of employment and immigration issues from the initial employment offer to departure and everything in between.
Additionally, many of our clients have an established or growing presence across the wider APAC region and need integrated support on employment and global mobility issues, which we are able to assist with by liaising with our locally qualified colleagues across the region.
Our Hong Kong office can also provide a first contact point for APAC-based businesses and individuals seeking advice on UK and European employment law and global mobility issues.
Our Hong Kong office won Immigration Law Firm of the Year in both the 2018 and 2019 Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards as well as being shortlisted for both the Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year and Rising Law Firm of the Year categories for the third year running.
Hong Kong HR Breakfast Club: H1 Round-Up – the impact of National Security Law on the workplace and more05 August 2020
In our latest session for HR professionals and in-house legal counsel, we will be discussing the main Hong Kong employment law, data privacy and employment-related tax updates from the first half of 2020.
A Hong Kong legal perspective: The cost of ignoring employees’ mental health - Kathryn Weaver speaks to Human Resources Online02 July 2020
Kathryn Weaver speaks to Human Resources Online on how employers can manage the mental wellbeing of their employees returning to the office in Hong Kong after months of lockdown isolation.
The British National (Overseas) visa scheme and migration from Hong Kong to the UK02 July 2020
On 1 July 2020 the UK government announced its commitment to establish a new visa scheme for all British National (Overseas) persons and their dependants. This will provide a readily available opportunity for millions of residents of Hong Kong to move the UK far more easily than those routes currently open to them.
Dealing with redundancy in Hong Kong: Kathryn Weaver comments for South China Morning Post24 June 2020
In an article in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post (SMCP), Kathryn Weaver discusses trends by employers in Hong Kong in dealing with redundancies as well as a redundancy checklist for employees to discuss with their employer should they feel redundancy is on the horzon.
Applying for Hong Kong’s Employment Support Scheme on 25 May? Are you liable for any penalties?22 May 2020
Hong Kong’s long-awaited Employment Support Scheme will be open for application starting Monday, 25 May 2020.
Hong Kong’s Employment Support Scheme: further updates and expansions13 May 2020
On 12 May 2020, the Chief Executive announced further details on the newly implemented Employment Support Scheme as well as further expansions.
Update on Hong Kong’s Employment Support Scheme (ESS) under the Anti-Epidemic Fund: what we know so far20 April 2020
On 18 April 2020, the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council gave funding approval for the second round of the anti-epidemic fund. This HKD$137.5 billion fund is set to be spread out over a variety of industries, with one of the main aims being job retention and job creation.
Case summary on payment in lieu of notice: Catherine Leung writes for The Hong Kong Lawyer18 February 2020
Catherine Leung summarises the recent Law Ting Pong Secondary School v Chen Wai Wah case for The Hong Kong Lawyer concerning the interpretation of the terms in an employment contract and payments in lieu of notice when an ‘employee’ backs out of their employment prior to commencing.