"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


"The advice we received was excellent. It was well constructed, thorough, easy to follow, and received in a timely manner."  Client testimonial in Chambers and Partners 2021


"The team is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and professional, and able to explain concepts in layman’s terms."  Client testimonial in Legal 500 2021


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