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Nominee, Employment Firm of the Year
Nominee, Employment Lawyer of the Year

The Asia Legal Awards 2017 by The Asian Lawyer in association with Legal Week, China Law & Practice and The American Lawyer

« Local firm, well known and respected for its representation of individuals, banks and listed companies in both Hong Kong and cross-border disputes. Offers expertise in a range of issues, including insolvency, fraud and employment disputes. Experienced in securing major injunctions for high-profile clients. »

« Interviewees are quick to highlight the team’s focus on client service, saying: “It is a very strong team which is very client service oriented.” A further client adds: “They are very focused on meeting client demands and are very responsive to clients’ needs.” »

« Interviewees highlight Nick Gall for his long-standing experience and excellent contacts in the market. Clients say: “He is the most pragmatic and efficient of the lawyers I have worked with in Hong Kong. He is very meticulous, prompt, and drives the case rather than being told what to do.” »

« Caroline McNally of Gall is commended for her expertise in matrimonial, cohabitation and child-related matters. She is well regarded for high-stakes cross-border matters. One impressed interviewee states: “She is crystal clear in her approach and highly confident, approachable and reasonable, picking up on any key issues immediately.” »

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

« Gall is ‘extremely well regarded in the litigation field’, with Nick Gall at the helm. He is supported by the ‘responsive and efficient’ Chris Wong, who is head of China-related matters and ‘provides very clear and thorough advice’. Gall is highly regarded for its litigation capabilities, where it has a strong track record representing both employees and employers. The firm’s continued investment into the practice since earlier partner departures is illustrated by the promotion of Andrea Randall to partner in 2016, noted for her ‘great tactical acumen’, Randall ‘fights hard for her clients’. »

« Gall is highly regarded for its contentious insolvency capabilities. The ‘extremely sharp’ Chris Wong has a broad practice that takes in bankruptcy, insolvency, commercial disputes, fraud and asset recovery. He is frequently instructed by insolvency practitioners, often in cases with a cross-border element. »

« Noted for her ‘great tactical acumen’, Randall ‘fights hard for her clients’. »

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

« Nick Gall is well-respected by his peers. “Nick Gall is a very good communicator,” says a client. »

« Chris Wong has a strong focus on PRC matters. “Chris is thorough, reliable, quick and is a good communicator,” says a client. »

« Gall has established a good reputation in dispute litigation. The firm has worked on a variety matters, including commercial litigation, insolvencies, employment disputes and fraud. Gall has also been gaining referral work from local and international firms. “Gall is knowledgeable and experienced, and reasonable in terms of costs,” says a client. »

« Led by senior partner Nick Gall, the employment practice at Gall acts for both employers and employees on matters ranging from employee termination to negotiation of exit packages. Gall successfully acted for Sunny Tadjudin against Bank of America in the Court of Appeal in relation to her termination by the bank to avoid paying a bonus. Andrea Randall was promoted to partner in May 2016. “Andrea Randall has an impressive knowledge of HK and English employment law,” says a client. “Andrea offers creative legal strategies,” says another. »

« “Nick Gall is incisive, pragmatic and tenacious,” says a client. »

« Compact team with acknowledged strength in the contentious insolvency arena. Receives instructions from both domestic and overseas insolvency firms. »

« “Andrea Randall has an impressive knowledge of HK and English employment law,” says a client. “Andrea offers creative legal strategies,” says another. »

Asialaw Profiles 2017

Winner, best in Restructuring and Insolvency

2016 China Business Law Awards

« Local firm, well known and respected for its representation of individuals, banks and listed companies in both Hong Kong and cross-border contentious commercial issues. Especially well known for its skill in quickly securing injunctions for clients in sensitive cases. »

« Their commerciality is excellent. The firm has a good grasp of when certain courses of action may not be practically helpful and will give clear guidance in that respect. »

« The fees are reasonable, the senior staff responsive and accessible and the work is invariably thoughtful and of good quality. »

« Compact team with acknowledged strength in the contentious insolvency arena. Receives instructions from both domestic and overseas insolvency firms. »

« They are efficient and always provide a quick turnaround. »

Chambers Asia Pacific 2016

Winner, Disputes Boutique of the Year

Winner, Best in Labour & Employment

Asialaw Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution 2016

Highly Recommended Firm – Dispute Resolution

« Proven litigation experience and reputation »
« A boutique firm that provides more personalized and closer service. All the lawyers have decent experience and commercial sense and give solid advice. »

Asialaw Profiles 2016

Dispute Resolution: The four-partner, disputes-focused team at Gall has expertise spanning employment, insurance and insolvency. Founding partner Nick Gall is an established name in the. Matrimonial lawyer Caroline McNally, the ‘thorough, reactive’ Chris Wong, recommended for disputes with a mainland China element, and the recently promoted Brooke Holden are also recommended.

Employment: Gall’s ‘professional, efficient’ team advised a global wealth advisor on its claims against two former employees for misuse of confidential information arising from a team move.

Insolvency: Chris Wong has maintained the firm’s presence in this sector with a series of insolvency-related cases. Contentious specialist Nick Gall provides further senior-level credibility.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016

Winner, Disputes Boutique of the Year 2015

« The boutique disputes firm of the year is a compact powerhouse specializing in dispute resolution, with huge volumes of large cases across finance, employment, matrimonial and insolvency. Some of the largest firms trust them as their referrals, and some of the largest names make up their clientele. »

Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2015

A popular choice for large international firms as a point for referrals. Involved in high-profile litigation covering a wide range of matters, most notably commercial and private client disputes.

« They are extremely meticulous and focus on the details of the case »

« Renowned litigation practice serving a substantial client base of employers and employees in a variety of complex and highly sensitive employment law matters »

« They are smart, give good advice and are very experienced. I attribute our good record in not being sued to them! »

« They are very professional and responsive – that’s why I keep going back! »

« They are well-known specialists for restructuring and insolvency work »

Chambers Asia Pacific 2015

« They’re able to think outside the box. They showed great flexibility and were able to adapt the legal strategy quickly and achieve the results we wanted »

« Clients were impressed with Gall’s particular ability to adapt to a changing legal situation very quickly »

« An independent HK practice, often seen by other lawyers as the first port of call for conflict of interest referrals »

« They give you clear, consistent, timely and accurate advice »

« Traditionally strong in dispute resolution, the firm is well recognized by the market for its contentious insolvency practice »

Chambers Asia Pacific 2014

« Dispute resolution boutique Gall has consolidated its position, benefiting from a number of key lateral hires. The firm is frequently engaged in many of Hong Kong’s leading cases »

« Gall is highly recommended for contentious insolvency matters. Extremely competent, very knowledgeable with considerable technical expertise »

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014

Benchmark Asia-Pacific: Recommended Firm 2013, 2014

« Gall has built up a very strong following for its local disputes work, garnering extensive feedback from peers. “Gall has a very good reputation in Hong Kong,” a peer contends. With only about a dozen lawyers, the firm is still considered a force in the legal community. As a peer attests, it is known for its strong local practice and gets referrals for Hong Kong court work. »

« Its legal team is no stranger to multimillion- and even multibillion-dollar cases. “We have had nothing but great experiences with Gall,” says a client. They are very client-service focused, practical, and efficient. They are very strong and our go-to firm for local work. »

« Regarding the outfit as a whole, a lawyer at an international firm attests: We give a lot of conflict work to them, because of the nature of their practice and the cases they handle. »

Benchmark Asia Pacific Guide 2014

« This compact team has formidable experience in the litigation scene. Amongst its many areas of expertise, a key specialism is its claims work against financial institutions, though SFC and Hong Kong stock exchange matters are also strengths. The team is also active in relation to white color crime investigation and shareholder disputes. Peers recognise it to be a fast-developing practice in the sector »

« Their advice takes into account clients best interests, not how much money can be made »

« This firm enjoys a great reputation in the market. It is particularly skilled in obtaining injunctive proceedings for clients »

« They are very professional, responsive and always available »

« They are assertive, realistic and strongly protective of my interests. They identified the key issues quickly »

« This firm is well regarded among industry experts for its dedicated contentious insolvency practice »

« A specialist firm and a widely respected practice here in Hong Kong. »

« Their advice takes into account clients best interests, not how much money can be made »

Chambers Asia Pacific 2013

« Dispute resolution firm Gall is one of the leading names in Hong Kong, and a regular choice for referrals from international law firms. Founding partner Nick Gall is a popular figure, and is gaining a fine reputation for his roles in commercial and financial institutions disputes »

« continues to be well respected in the market »

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013

« They were more strategic than other firms I’ve worked with; much more to my speed »

« They punch well above their weight »

« Lawyers don’t always listen to their clients, but they listened well. They were very responsive. I expected high-quality work, and that’s what I got »

« you often find lawyers that write letters to each other, but I need people who can rattle the cage for us: the lawyers from Gall are not afraid to do that »

« This trusted practice stands out as a leading firm for representing high-level executives in contentious situations »

« They have built a strong brand in representing individuals »

« The team is known for its’ expertise in contentious insolvency matters »

Chambers Asia Pacific 2012

« Dispute resolution firm is now the first choice for referrals for many for many of its local and international peer firms »

« clients highlight “exceptional service, experienced litigators, ability to tune into business concerns of the client »

« high quality and timely legal services »

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2012

« ALB Hong Kong Law Awards Finalists for Boutique Law Firm of the Year, Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year, Employment Law Firm of the Year, Insolvency & Restructuring Law Firm of the Year, Insurance Law Firm of the Year and the BDO Limited Award for Matrimonial Law Firm of the Year »

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