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London-based employment specialist firm Lewis Silkin has launched a local law practice in Hong Kong with former lawyers from Clifford Chance and Baker McKenzie.

Kenneth Leung

Kenneth Leung and Catherine Leung, both dual-qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales, join as senior consultant and legal director (equivalent to of counsel), respectively.

Kenneth Leung specializes in tax, pension and employment law matters in Hong Kong. He was most recently a senior tax consultant at Clifford Chance, which he left in 2017 after two decades. Catherine Leung joins from Baker McKenzie, where she was an associate, focusing on contentious and noncontentious employment law matters. Previously, she practiced at local firm Howse Williams Bowers, Reed Smith Butler, DLA Piper and Clyde & Co.

Catherine Leung

Lewis Silkin’ Hong Kong law practice also joined global employment law network Ius Laboris as its Hong Kong member. The firm’s U.K. arm has already been a member. “Hong Kong is a critical jurisdiction for our global client base, operating as a significant gateway location for business between [Asia Pacific] and the rest of the world,” said Ius Laboris executive director Sam Everatt in a statement.

The U.K. firm launched in Hong Kong in 2015 as a foreign law firm and recently converted to a Hong Kong partnership. The office has five lawyers, including partners Kathryn Weaver—who serves as Hong Kong head—and Antonia Grant.

In 2017, Chicago-based employment law specialist Seyfarth Shaw opened an office in Hong Kong to help the firm meet its global clients’ increasing demand for specialist employment assistance in the Asia Pacific. Seyfarth currently operates in association with Wong, Wan & Partners, a Hong Kong law firm set up by Seyfarth partners Wan Li and Raymond Wong.

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