Kathryn Weaver joined Lewis Silkin in 2007 and, after ten years in the London office, made the move to Hong Kong to head up the employment practice and then also took on the role of managing the office. She is dual-qualified in England & Wales and Hong Kong, listed as a recognised practitioner for Hong Kong employment law in Chambers & Partner, and recommended in Who’s Who Legal, with the Hong Kong employment team also being rated in Legal 500.
She has extensive experience of advising multinational employers in the Asia Pacific region on international employment law matters and act for a mixture of FTSE 100 companies, household-name brands, gig economy clients and start-ups. Her clients span various sectors including technology, financial and professional services, retail and advertising.
She advises on the full range of employment issues in Hong Kong, including complicated terminations, negotiated separation agreements, restrictive covenant disputes and litigation, defending claims in the labour tribunal and courts, discrimination issues, grievances and disciplinaries, performance issues, sickness absence, redundancies and restructuring, and data privacy.
Kathryn also undertakes a broad range of cross-jurisdictional work in Asia Pacific, such as implementing partnership programmes, coordinating global employee handbook reviews and the drafting of template employment documents, overseeing litigation, coordinating multi-country data privacy projects and cross-border restructuring, carrying out disciplinary and grievance investigations, and advising on senior ex-pat relocation packages.
Having worked in-house at a number of client companies in the financial services, technology and retail sector whilst on secondment, she has a solid understanding of what a client is looking for in external counsel and make it a focus to provide practical, no-nonsense advice in a personable and timely manner and to ensure costs are managed effectively throughout a piece of work.
Kathryn frequently delivers bespoke training to clients in the region on topics such as diversity and inclusion, sexual harassment, employment status and data privacy, and regularly draft articles and provide quotes on employment law topics for local media. She also regularly speaks at and chairs conferences in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the UK on a wide range of employment law topics.