Employment (International Firms) - China
Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Offers experience and expertise in both China and Hong Kong. The China team is well regarded for investigations and anti-corruption work, together with advising new and long-standing clients on developments in employment law. The Hong Kong practice offers a strong full service to leading companies in sectors such as financial services, life sciences, technology and media.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "A very impressive, dedicated team with excellent strength and depth."
Negotiation skills: "I like dealing with them: they are very reasonable, professional and knowledgeable."
What's new? There are three new lawyers in the China team and five more in Hong Kong, including partner Tom Fyfe and managing associate Sarah Berkeley.
Lesli Ligorner is widely regarded as a leading authority on PRC employment law, and stands out particularly for her work on anti-corruption employment issues. One client commented: "She is the FCPA guru, and able to explain it to laypeople." A peer reported: "You can trust her and I am happy to refer work to her."
Fiona Loughrey heads the China employment group and receives outstanding praise from sources. One peer enthused: "She is the standout lawyer in town – she has the breadth of experience and is very calm, very professional and very hard-working." Loughrey leads on major contentious and non-contentious work, acting for multinational corporations, hedge funds, insurers, investment banks and charities.
Robert Lewington is a contentious work specialist with over 30 years of experience in Hong Kong employment law. He generally represents employers, and has expertise in partnership disputes, restrictive covenants and team moves.
Associate Johnny Choi typically advises multinationals on a wide range of PRC employment law concerns, including workplace policies, M&A-related issues, terminations, downsizing and restrictive covenants. He is based in the Beijing office and is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Som Leung is based in the Hong Kong office and is described by clients as being "very good for quick, practical and correct advice, in both Hong Kong and the PRC." He is particularly well versed in executive employment matters in the PRC and cross-border M&A employment matters.
Significant clients Moody's, Warner Bros., MTR, Standard Chartered, Adveq.