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Top-Tier Recognition for Gall by Benchmark Litigation

May 10th, 2021 – Gall, a leading independent Hong Kong law firm focusing primarily on dispute resolution, has been ranked a Tier 1 firm for Commercial and Transaction Disputes in Benchmark Litigation’s 2021 rankings. The firm was also recognised in Tier 2 for Family & Matrimonial and Insolvency, and was “Recommended” for Labour & Employment.

Gall Co-Hosts Webinar with the British Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong

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.

Employer’s Guide: Reimbursement of Maternity Leave Pay Scheme

The Employment Ordinance, Cap. 57 was amended with effect from 11 December 2020 to increase statutory maternity leave from 10 weeks to 14 weeks. Once the maternity leave pay (“MLP”) for the entire period is paid, employers are entitled to apply for reimbursement capped at HKD80,000 for the MLP corresponding to the 11th to 14th weeks under the Reimbursement of the Maternity Leave Pay Scheme (the “RMLP Scheme”). The RMLP Scheme announced by the Labour Department is now open for application.

Gall Publishes Hong Kong Employment Law Handbook

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.

Gall Receives “Employer of Choice” Recognition from ALB Magazine

Gall has been recognised for a second straight year as an “Employer of Choice” in Hong Kong by Asian Legal Business (ALB) magazine. The survey was open to all employees, from paralegal to partner, and also included non-legal roles with more than 1,800 respondents from eight jurisdictions participating.

Gall Co-Hosts Family Law Webinar with AlixPartners

The division of finances and assets of parties can be one of the most stressful, emotional and daunting parts of a divorce. The pandemic has further complicated the financial aspects of divorce proceedings due to the dynamic economic environment.In some matrimonial disputes, family lawyers find it beneficial to engage forensic accountants who can help provide the court with a clearer picture of the parties’ financial positions, especially during these unusual times.Join Kajal Aswani and Chantelle Woo from boutique dispute resolution firm Gall, and Edward Boyle and Selena Tsang from global consulting firm AlixPartners in this informative webinar to learn more about how to manage financial disclosure in a divorce.

Can an Employer Require its Employees to Test for COVID-19 in Hong Kong?

The rise in Covid-19 cases has left many employers in Hong Kong contemplating whether they can lawfully require their employees to undergo testing for Covid-19. In times like these, employers find themselves trying to balance their business interests and continuity on one hand, with employees’ concerns and sensitivities on the other. In this article we discuss factors that employers should consider when requesting or directing employees to undergo Covid-19 testing.

Caroline McNally and Loretta Ho Write Article on Parental Disputes and Child Vaccinations for Hong Kong Lawyer

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.
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