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Kathryn Weaver

Kathryn WeaverHead of Employment Law, Hong Kong

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I head up our employment law practice in Hong Kong.

I have extensive experience of advising multinational employers in the Asia Pacific region and the US on international employment law matters.

I am in my tenth year of working for Lewis Silkin and act for some of the firm’s major clients in the technology, finance, retail and advertising sectors.  I have gained significant international in-house experience while on secondment at four large multinational employers –  two technology companies, a financial services firm and a household name brand-owner.  This experience has provided me with a solid understanding of client needs with regard to employment law and training issues, from a commercial perspective, in a global setting.

I also have a strong individuals practice, advising senior level employees, largely in relation to negotiating their terms and conditions on entering or exiting employment.

I have sat on the Employment Lawyers Association Training Committee for over four years, which organises briefings, lectures and courses throughout the year for its 6,000+ employment lawyer members across the UK, and am a member of the IBA’s Global Employment Institute. I regularly speak at and chair conferences, and provide client and peer training on a wide range of employment law topics.

In my spare time, I am a trustee of Queen Mary University of London Students' Union.

Employment

I undertake a broad range of employment-related work across Asia Pacific, such as implementing partnership programmes in several jurisdictions, coordinating global employee handbook reviews and the drafting of template employment documents, overseeing litigation and restrictive covenant disputes in various Asia Pacific countries, coordinating multi-country reviews and projects, carrying out disciplinary and grievance investigations, advising on senior ex-pat relocation packages, handling dismissals and negotiating settlement agreements.  The Hong Kong office works closely with local lawyers to ensure that their advice is practical, commercial and easy to understand for our clients.

In addition, I regularly advise on UK employment law and undertake EMEA employment-related projects.

Technology & Communications

I sit on the firm’s steering committee for the development of our technology practice. I act for an increasing number of technology firms by providing in-house support, advising them on their international projects and policies, guiding them through organisational change and dealing with any litigation that may arise. 

Financial Services

With my financial services work, I advise in-house legal, compliance and HR teams in the UK and globally on the application of the FCA Remuneration Codes, Senior Managers and Certification Regime, whistleblowing policies and practice, international employee transfers, performance management programmes and data protection issues.

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