IEL Elite

Bae, Kim & Lee

Pre-eminent standalone practice

South Korea


Bae, Kim & Lee’s employment offering draws praise for its practical approach and high level of responsiveness.

Led by Wookrae Lee, the team is a go-to for leading international firms seeking advice in South Korea, and is adept at taking on both inbound work and acting on outbound cross-border matters.

Clients benefit from several US-qualified experts based in Seoul – such as Florida Bar-qualified HC Elizabeth Yu and New York Bar-qualified Mark M Cho – further supporting the teams multi-jurisdictional capabilities.

Litigator and former commissioner of the National Labor Relations Commission Jeong Han Lee is another name of note.


Advisory work regularly includes assistance with the employment law issues relating to M&A, joint ventures, and other types of market entry. In addition, the team is well-versed in assisting clients with the implementation of alternative staffing, such as outsourcing, and issues arising over worker status.

Labour relations are a key area of expertise. For example, the team is adept at assisting companies with union negotiations in the context of workforce restructuring operations, as well as lockouts.

The department has a notable track record in contentious work – and regularly represents clients at various courts and before the Labor Relations Commission. Experience extends from criminal issues relating to violation of collective agreements or health and safety legislation, through to wrongful termination claims and assistance with workplace investigations.

The practice also provides training on key issues facing HR teams, including workplace harassment and sexual harassment.

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