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.
Our latest Hong Kong articles are below and our full blog here.
Lewis Silkin’s Hong Kong team win Immigration Firm of the Year award for the third year running27 November 2020
Market-leading employment and immigration law specialist Lewis Silkin has won the ‘Immigration Law Firm of the Year’ award for the third consecutive year at the Macallan ALB (Asian Legal Business) Hong Kong Law Awards 2020.
Immigration Rules confirmed for Hong Kong British National (Overseas) citizens19 November 2020
From 31 January 2021, two new immigration routes will be introduced for British National (Overseas) (‘BNO’) citizens and for their adult children, who are born on or after 1 July 1997. These two routes are BN(O) Status Holder and BN(O) Household Member.
When working from home means working abroad (HK)26 October 2020
Covid-19 is causing many employees to ask if they can work from “home” for an extended period in an overseas country - for example, because it is their home nation, or their family is based there. This article explains the potential legal issues and how to avoid the traps.
Lewis Silkin shortlisted for five HK legal awards20 October 2020
Market-leading employment and immigration law specialist Lewis Silkin has been shortlisted for five awards in the Macallan ALB (Asian Legal Business) Hong Kong Law Awards 2020.
Hong Kong Lawyer case summary: Music Holdings Property v. Ooi Lean Choo14 September 2020
In a case summary published by the Hong Kong Lawyer, Catherine Leung looks at a recent case concerning an employee committing fraud.
Are employees in Hong Kong required to take Covid-19 tests? Key employer considerations02 September 2020
In order to detect and cut any invisible transmission chains of COVID-19 in the community, the Hong Kong Government launched the Universal Community Testing Programme (the “UCTP”) on 1 September 2020, providing one-off free testing services to all Hong Kong residents.
Legal update: It’s a T8 – should employees have the day off when WFH? Katy Lee and Tanya Mirchandani comment for Human Resources Online27 August 2020
Many employers in Hong Kong follow the Labour Department’s “Code of Practice in Times of Typhoons and Rainstorms”, companies have put in place extreme weather policies that explain what employees are expected to do in the event of an extreme weather warning. Katy Lee and Tanya Mirchandani comment further in this article for Human Resouces Online.
The Hong Kong Court of Appeal affirms employees’ unfettered statutory rights to be paid their entitlements.27 August 2020
In this Court of Appeal case of Xu Yi Jun v GF Capital (Hong Kong) Limited (CACV 502 & 577 / 2019), the Court considered whether an employer can withhold a bonus payment after the payment due date for reasons of alleged gross misconduct that had occurred prior to, and whether an employer can offset its unliquidated claim for damages against the bonus in legal proceedings.