Gall Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific’s 2024 Directory

Legal 500 has published its Asia Pacific 2024 guide and Gall is ranked as a Leading Firm for Litigation (Band 4), Labour & Employment (Band 4), Restructuring & Insolvency (Band 5). Litigation Summary and Testimonials Boutique law firm Gall focuses almost exclusively on dispute resolution, with the specialist Hong Kong practice remaining extremely active in the fields

Webinar on Business Trends Across India and Hong Kong

On Wednesday 11th October (5:30pm HKT), Senior Associate Ashima Sood will speak on a webinar on business trends across India and Hong Kong. She will address “Recruitment of Employees and Key Employment Regulations in Hong Kong” alongside speakers from RNM India and CW CPA who will explore: – ease of company set up in Hong Kong;– inheritance and

AsiaLaw Announces Latest Directory Rankings

AsiaLaw has published its latest edition and Gall has received the following recognition: Practice Area Rankings Industry Sector Rankings Nick Gall was recognised as an Elite Practitioner and Chris Wong and Evelyn Chan as Distinguished Practitioners.  Client feedback “Professional and efficient.” – Dispute resolution “Gall is reliable, dedicated and provides a quick turnaround time. It is

Pregnancy Discrimination is not Tolerated in Hong Kong

Pregnancy Discrimination Pregnancy discrimination occurs when an employer treats a woman less favourably on the ground of her pregnancy than he treats or would treat a person who is not pregnant. Under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (Cap.480) (“SDO”), it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a pregnant employee by dismissing her or subjecting

Labelling a Bonus as “Discretionary” doesn’t mean it is Absolutely Discretionary

Background It is common for Hong Kong employment agreements to describe a bonus as “discretionary” or “gratuitous’ in nature. The employer’s objective is to retain sole and absolute discretion to decide whether to award a bonus and if so, to decide the amount to be awarded. However, the line between discretionary and non-discretionary bonuses can

Repeal of Legitimate Vaccination Request

The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2022 (Commencement) Notice was published on 14 April 2023 and will take effect on 16 June 2023 to repeal the provisions under the Employment Ordinance (“EO”) relating to legitimate COVID-19 vaccination request provisions (“Vaccination Provisions”). The Vaccination Provisions were added to the EO pursuant to the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2022 (“Amendment Ordinance”)which

One Bad Apple can Spoil the Whole Bunch 

Phase 1 of the Mandatory Reference Checking Scheme (“MRC Scheme”) launched at the beginning of the month to stop “rolling bad apples”.  Background On 5 May 2022, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”), announced its endorsement of the Guidelines of the MRC Scheme issued by the Hong Kong Association of Banks and the DTC Association.