Helen Liao
Helen Liao

Helen Liao

Partner

LOCATION:
Hong Kong
DIRECT:
+852 2825 9779

Helen Liao

Partner

LOCATION:
Hong Kong
DIRECT:
+852 2825 9779


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Helen Liao focuses on PRC employment law and has over 12 years of experience in the practice. She advises multinational companies on employment compliance issues involving employers in the PRC and Hong Kong. Her clients cover a broad range of sectors, including the airline, telecommunications, media, supermarket, fuel, construction, retail and financial services industries. As a dual-qualified lawyer in both the PRC and Hong Kong, Helen has a particular focus on cross-border employment arrangements, immigration and complex multi-jurisdictional labour issues arising from global talent mobility and commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing situations and other re-organisations.

Prior to joining the firm, Helen worked as a senior editor for a prestigious international online legal know-how service provider. Before that, she had been in private practice for nearly 10 years in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing and Hong Kong at the offices of both international and top-tier PRC law firms.

Helen is recognised by World Bank as an “expert” on China employment law for her regular contributions to the IFC-World Bank’s global “Doing Business” project. She has also been active in delivering public seminars in English, Cantonese and Mandarin to various HR management organisations and key MNC clients in respect of recent developments in the China and HK employment law practice.

Helen regularly advises employers on the drafting of employment contracts, reviewing employment related policies and handbooks, drafting benefit and incentive plans, holiday and leave entitlements, staff integration and employee transfer, termination of employment with senior executives, restrictive covenants, workplace safety, anti-discrimination and work visa issues. 

She has also advised cases associated with sexual harassment, data privacy, anti-corruption internal investigation and whistle-blower protection.

She acted for a leading listed HK conglomerate on cross-border secondment management in both Hong Kong and the PRC.

She acted for a prominent international oil and gas state-owned Chinese company on cross-border secondment arrangements and employee transfer as well as workforce reduction. 

Education

  • LL.B, China University of Political Science and Law, 2001
  • LL.M, University of Bristol, 2005

Speaking engagement and events

  • Selected client training, New work authorisation policies in China: what you should know?, 15 June 2017

Publications

  • Co-authored “Doing business in China” published in CCH (2012-2013)
  • Co-authored “Employment and Benefit Toolkit” published in Practical Law under Thomson Reuters Legal Media Group (2015-2017)

Recent Publications

  • Legal update, China implements new work authorisation policies on expats nationwide

Membership 

  • Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Member of Beijing Labour and Social Security Law Society
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