Q&A with Gall Secondee Takashi Ugajin

Registered Foreign Lawyer Takashi Ugajin was seconded to Gall from Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM), one of the Big Four law firms in Japan, last September. He shares how the opportunity to be seconded arose, what he enjoys about working at Gall and how the legal industry differs in Hong Kong to Japan. He also offers his advice to other Japanese lawyers exploring secondments.

Employment Update: Approval of the Anti-Epidemic Relief Fund by the Finance Committee

The Finance Committee of the Legislative Council has approved the anti-epidemic relief fund of HK$ 137.5 billion which includes about HK$81 billion for an Employment Support Scheme (“ESS”). The purpose of the ESS is to provide financial assistance in exchange for employers undertaking to retain their employees who could otherwise be laid-off or made redundant.

Employment Spotlight: The Importance for Employers to Seek Legal Advice on Reviewing a Candidate’s Post-Termination Restrictions

Post-termination restrictions (“PTRs”) are commonly found in employee’s contracts to restrict the activities of a former employee following termination of his employment. Courts in Hong Kong readily provide judicial relief to those seeking to enforce PTRs so long as it can be shown that the PTRs are (a) reasonable in the interests of the contracting parties and (b) reasonable in the interests of the public.

Gall’s Family & Divorce and Employment Practices Ranked in The Doyles Guide 2020, Caroline McNally Recognised as Preeminent Practitioner and Andrea Randall as Recommended Practitioner

The Doyles Guides to Family & Divorce and to Employment have been released with Gall named as a Tier 2 firm for Family & Divorce and a Recommended firm for Employment. Executive Partner Caroline McNally, who leads the firm’s Family & Divorce team, was recognised as a Preemminent Practitioner. Partner Andrea Randall, who leads the firm’s Employment Law practice, was recognised as a Recommended Lawyer.