Elsie Chan

Elsie Chan


Hong Kong

Elsie is a partner at Deacons and specializes in advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters in Hong Kong.

In the Legal 500’s inaugural ranking of Next Generation Lawyers, Elsie was ranked as the “ones to watch” in the Employment Area in 2016. This is a recognition of her professionalism and leading market status in the Hong Kong employment law field. 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.

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 the United Kingdom on 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.