The Hong Kong Government recently opened the Covid-19 vaccination programme up to all adults over the age of 16 with the aim of safeguarding public health and helping to allow further easing of restrictions and a gradual return to normal life and activities.The vaccination programme raises important and unprecedented questions for employers, however, in terms of protecting their personnel, workplaces and businesses. Can (or should) an employer require an employee to have a vaccination?Registered Foreign Lawyer Matthew Durham from boutique dispute resolution firm Gall will provide his insights on how employers can approach this sensitive topic so that they are aware of specific legal issues as well as potential concerns individuals may have.
The employment team at Gall are pleased to share their new "Hong Kong Employment Law Handbook - Covid-19 Edition" which addresses your most asked queries including those relating to working from home (WFH), working from abroad, unpaid leave and annual leave, redundancies and restructurings, as well as occupational health and safety.
Executive Partner Caroline McNally and Associate Loretta Ho have written an article for Hong Kong Lawyer’s e-newsletter exploring parental disputes surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine. They explain how the question of whether a child can be vaccinated is a custodial issue and share two recent UK decisions which they conclude are likely to be followed in Hong Kong if parental disagreements over Covid-19 vaccinations arise in similar situations.
Partner Nick Dealy and Legal Analyst Kritika Sethia have written an article for the British Chamber of Commerce’s latest magazine issue on how to safely work from home. They explore security risks involved in working from home, explain new guidance from the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, and share key takeaways for employers and staff in protecting data.
Since the pandemic started, we have received a growing number of enquiries about cybercrimes including email scams targeting individuals or corporates in Hong Kong.Our Partner Kenix Yuen recently spoke to HK01 about the common types of cyber scams in Hong Kong and provided some suggestions for how citizens can avoid them.
January 11th, 2021 - Gall, a leading independent Hong Kong law firm focusing primarily on dispute resolution, announced today that Matthew Durham has joined the firm as an England and Wales qualified Registered Foreign Lawyer in the Employment practice. Matthew joins from Simmons & Simmons in Shanghai where he has lived since 1999.
2020 was an unprecedented year for everyone – for many a wake-up call, for some a write-off, for others an opportunity to learn and grow. Join Monica Browning, Leadership and Life Coach & Founder of Courage Through Coaching, and Caroline McNally, Executive Partner and Head of the Family & Divorce team at boutique dispute resolution law firm Gall, to learn more about how you can set realistic goals for your career and relationships as we move into 2021, and how to understand your core values so you feel empowered in the decisions you make and the way you live your life.
Senior Partner Nick Gall has been recognised in China Business Law Journal’s “China’s Elite 100 Lawyers (Foreign Firms)” list as part of the publication’s annual A-List. The A-List is based on extensive research conducted by China Business Law Journal, with researchers turning to thousands of in-house counsel in China and around the world, as well as partners at Chinese and international law firms, for guidance on who to include.
Partner Evelyn Chan has been quoted extensively in a The Standard article on insolvencies in Hong Kong. In the first 11 months last year, bankruptcy filings increased by 7.29 percent to 7,980 from a year ago, data from Official Receiver's Office showed. A total of 409 compulsory winding-up petitions were presented, rising by 7.63 percent year-on-year.Evelyn believes the effects of the pandemic have not yet been fully reflected in the figures, as Hong Kong Court hearings have been disrupted amid the pandemic, resulting in more delays.In the article, Evelyn also explains the process of provisional liquidation and explores soft-touch provisional liquidation – where the company's directors will remain in the management while the provisional liquidator is appointed for restructuring purposes only, and they work together on a restructuring plan.
Senior Partner Nick Gall has been featured in three Hong Kong Economic Times articles where he shares insights on the firm’s strategy, future plans and market trends, Gall’s involvement in the Cyberworks matter earlier this year (advising on Hong Kong’s first-ever telephonic court hearing), and insights on the firm’s approach to hiring and retaining staff.