"They provided lucid analysis of the legal issues in plain, simple terms as well as honest assessments of all the options."  Client testimonial in Chambers and Partners 2024


"Howse Williams has a deep bench of talent and resources and an experienced team. It is very client-focused and responsive as the matter requires."  Client testimonial in Chambers and Partners 2024


"The team works seamlessly and with outstanding efficiency. It has extensive knowledge and litigation experience of employment law, and each member (partners and juniors included) communicates well with clients." Client testimonial in Legal 500 2024


"They really strike a great balance between being empathetic and professional, and understanding the interests and concerns of clients."

Client testimonial in Legal 500 2024


"Howse Williams has a very good understanding of cross-cultural differences and knows how to deal with multi layered companies" Client testimonial in Chambers and Partners 2022


"HW has a great team, headed by Patricia Yeung. The team is very technically savvy but also practical and commercial."  Client testimonial in Legal 500 2022


Patricia Yeung heads Howse Williams' employment team, which provides contentious and non-contentious employment and immigration advice to both employers and employees in Hong Kong. We advise on all aspects of the fast changing contractual, common law and statutory employment law framework.


Key areas of practice include: 


  • Compromise agreements
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Corruption
  • Discrimination (marital status, disability, race and sex)
  • Employee incentive schemes
  • Executive bonus, share option and pension schemes
  • Health and safety
  • Hiring
  • Industrial espionage
  • Immigration
  • Internal disciplinary proceedings
  • Internal staff handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Investigations
  • Leave rights and entitlements
  • Mandatory provident fund
  • Minimum Wage Ordinance
  • Personal data
  • Post-termination restrictions (e.g. non-compete, non-solicitation, non-dealing, restrictive covenants etc.)
  • Prevention of Bribery Ordinance
  • Privacy
  • Regulatory
  • Reference letters
  • Retirement schemes
  • Springboard injunctions
  • Termination and redundancies
  • Transfer of business
  • Union activity


For assistance with employment matters please contact the Head of the Employment Practice, Patricia Yeung (direct line: 2803 3748; email:  [email protected]).


Key Partners:

Patricia Yeung; Michael Withington