Elsie Chan

Partner | Employment and Pensions

elsie.chan@deacons.com
+852 2825 9604
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"'She is outstanding, her advice is clear and she is always available.' Elsie draws on over 15 years of experience advising on both non-contentious and contentious employment law matters."

"We highly recommend Elsie Chan. We have worked with her for years and she never disappoints us. Knowledgeble, abreast with the latest legal position and market trends. She solves problems and never over works matters. She has very strong bargaining power and represent us in many disputes and negotiations."

"Elsie Chan is the partner I go to for HK employee law issues. She is readily contactable, responds quickly to the point with practical solutions. She is knowledgeable both in terms of the laws and the market practice."

Elsie has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters in Hong Kong.

Her experience includes:

  • drafting, negotiating and advising on employment agreements and executive benefit packages;
  • advising on all aspects of employment law in Hong Kong including employee protection, benefits, maternity leave and sickness allowance requirements, severance and long service payments and termination requirements;
  • advising on employment matters upon mergers and acquisitions of companies, transfers of business undertakings and restructuring of corporate entities;
  • advising on the various discrimination ordinances (Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Disability Discrimination Ordinance and the Family Status Discrimination Ordinance) applying in Hong Kong and on claims at the Equal Opportunities Commission;
  • advising on employment disputes, including preparation of documents relating to Labour Tribunal actions;
  • advising clients in relation to industrial disputes; and
  • advising on rights and obligations under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, and access to employee data.

Highlights

  • conducting employee investigation concerning allegation of sexual harassment at an international pharmaceutical company. It was a very delicate and sensitive matter and we as outside counsel assisted in an independent and impartial investigation to help minimize the liability of the employer.
  • providing advice for a large food and beverage group in relation to sex discrimination and harassment complaint by one of its employee and worked on the defence of the claim brought by the complainant who had dropped and discontinued the case ultimately.
  • acting for the Hong Kong subsidiary of an international integrated chemicals and energy company in defending a case brought by an ex-employee for value of promissory notes and unpaid commission.  We assisted the client all to way through the whole Labour Tribunal hearing and the client succeeded in their case with costs awarded.
  • advising a large Hong Kong bank on a HK$30 million claim involving the withdrawal of an employment contract for a potential CEO.

Elsie frequently writes articles on topical matters in the industry and has been featured in China Law & Practice, Lexology, Conventus Law and Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management Journal.

She spoke on Hong Kong employment law in United Kingdom for several occasions for human resources professionals upon invitation. She also delivered employment law seminars for LexOmnibus, the Law Society, Trade Development Council, and her clients.

She was also one of the editors of the supplement of the Employment Law and Practice in Hong Kong published by Sweet & Maxwell.

More about Elsie Chan

  • Recognised as a Leading Lawyer in Employment (Hong Kong Law) in Chambers Greater China Region (2022 – 2024)
  • Recognised as a Leading Lawyer in Labour and Employment (Hong Kong) in Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2024)
  • Recognised as a Litigation Star in Labor and employment (Hong Kong) in Benchmark Litigation (2022 – 2024)
  • Recognised as a Recommended Lawyer in Labour Employment & Benefits in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR by Who’s Who Legal (2023 – 2024)
  • Recognised as a Thought Leader in the field of Labour & Employment in Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR by Who’s Who Legal (2024)
  • Recognised as a Thought Leader in the field of Labour Employment & Benefits in Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR by Who’s Who Legal (2022 – 2024)
  • Recognised as the Next Generation Partner in Labour and Employment (Hong Kong) in Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2021 – 2023)
  • Recognised as a Distinguished Practitioner in Labour and Employment (Hong Kong) in Asialaw Profiles (2023)
  • Recognised as a Leading Lawyer in Employment (Hong Kong Law) in Chambers Asia Pacific (2021)

  • LLB, PCLL, University of Hong Kong

Elsie frequently writes articles on topical matters in the industry and has been featured in China Law & Practice, Lexology, Conventus Law and Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management Journal.

She spoke on Hong Kong employment law in United Kingdom for several occasions for human resources professionals upon invitation. She also delivered employment law seminars for LexOmnibus, the Law Society, Trade Development Council, and her clients.

She was also one of the editors of the supplement of the Employment Law and Practice in Hong Kong published by Sweet & Maxwell.

"'She is outstanding, her advice is clear and she is always available.' Elsie draws on over 15 years of experience advising on both non-contentious and contentious employment law matters."

"We highly recommend Elsie Chan. We have worked with her for years and she never disappoints us. Knowledgeble, abreast with the latest legal position and market trends. She solves problems and never over works matters. She has very strong bargaining power and represent us in many disputes and negotiations."

"Elsie Chan is the partner I go to for HK employee law issues. She is readily contactable, responds quickly to the point with practical solutions. She is knowledgeable both in terms of the laws and the market practice."

Languages

  • English
  • Cantonese

Jurisdictions

  • Hong Kong

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