Hugill & Ip, Solicitors Continues to Expand its Practice - Enhancing Private Client & Family and Employment Flagship Areas

October 09, 2019 - 02:06
Hugill & Ip, Solicitors Continues to Expand its Practice - Enhancing Private Client & Family and Employment Flagship Areas

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 9 October 2019 - In the past twelvemonths the firm has experienced tremendous growth, doubling its overallworkforce and expanded to six partners.

The firm's headcount has grown to thirty, with plans to add moresolicitors with a focus on the Family practice area. However, it still wishesto remain an extremely focused boutique firm which offers bespoke legalservices, while keeping a readily adaptable attitude, an innovative approachand a great value for its clients.

Jonathan Gray, a disputeresolution specialist, joined in September 2019.  Jonathan acts on a wide range of generalcommercial disputes covering both litigation and arbitration. He also adviseson both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters.

At the same time, Carmen Tang was promoted toPartner. Carmen has been with the firm since the start. After working asregulatory counsel for both the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and legalcounsel with the Hong Kong Law Society, she returned to private practice in2017 focusing on Dispute Resolution and Data Privacy.

Carmen has said: "Recently, the Economist reminds us that the world's valuableresource is no longer oil, but data.  Every single day people from allwalks of life explore ways on how to generate revenue from personal datacollected. That said, just because big data is now cheaper and easilyaccessible does not mean that data users can use personal data without respect.While we still have no idea when the Privacy Commissioner will be conferredwith direct prosecution power in Hong Kong, we are happy to see that Mr.Stephen Wong has embarked on a new approach to privacy and data protectionsince he was appointed around four years ago. Organizations that put dataethics as their highest priority will reap long term benefits."

Alfred Ip -- one of thefounding partners of the firm -- has commented: "We have seen a remarkableexpansion of our practice, particularly involving Family -- including prenups,separation agreements, divorce and child custody arrangements -- and EstatePlanning for individuals, including certain High-Net-Worth clients.  Everyone should be concerned about estateplanning which doesn't just mean dealing with money, but also making provisionfor children, families and loved ones -- even pets!

Critically,the demographic shift is in favour of setting-up trusts and carefully plannedestates, especially those that need to take into consideration generationalfamily business transitions".

Labour& Employment is a crucial area of development for the other foundingpartner of the firm - AdamHugill -- who hasseen tremendous growth in advisory work in the 'gig-economy' and novel businessstructures focused around new technology. He said: "In addition to workplaceissues, bonuses disputes, misconduct and terminations, issues regarding discriminationand harassment have increased largely due to increased social awareness aboutthese issues.

In thetightening economic environment, we have seen a greater willingness foremployers to aggressively protect their businesses, including through the rigorousenforcement of confidentiality obligations and restrictive covenants,especially when faced with high-profile defections and team-moves.

In HongKong, employment lawyers and HR advisors are expected to be able tohandle matters across multiple jurisdictions, so staying on top ofemployment-related legal developments within the Asia Pacific region andfinding creative solutions".


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