Emily Duncan

Emily Duncan

Lead Counsel - Hong Kong Employment Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Emily is the Lead Counsel of Kennedys’ Hong Kong Employment Group. She is qualified to practice in Australia (2002), England & Wales (2005) and Hong Kong (2009).

Emily has over 18 years of experience in advising high net-worth individuals, interbroker firms, law firm and accountancy firms, financial institutions and senior bankers in a wide range of employment and employment litigation matters. She has constantly named by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific as a Leading Individual for Employment.

Emily is a member of the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Emily Duncan is described by a client as ‘always diligent and efficient, with an excellent grasp on Hong Kong employment law.’ She is held in high esteem for her work on employment disputes, with a penchant for acting on the employee side.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

Market recognition

  • A Recommended Lawyer for 'Employment (Hong Kong)'
    "Emily Duncan is the primary contact for employment work and is particularly noted for her ‘excellent advice to individuals’."
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018
  • Emily Duncan is "very active" and is "a good lawyer, and very sensible to deal with."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018
  • A Leading Individual for 'Employment (International Firms) (China)'
    "Emily Duncan is described by a client as ‘always diligent and efficient, with an excellent grasp on Hong Kong employment law.’ She is held in high esteem for her work on employment disputes, with a penchant for acting on the employee side."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

Work highlights

  • Acting for a senior banker in proceedings brought against his former employer for breach of contract; Deutsche Bank AG (Hong Kong Branch) v. Daniel Mamadou Blanco; HCA 1514/2011 (23 December 2011)
  • Acting for an international news corporation in proceedings brought by a former employee for misrepresentation and conspiracy; Wong Angie Sie Ying v. Dow Jones Publishing Co (Asia) Inc. [2013] HKCFI 440; HCA 349/2011
  • Drafting contracts of employment and associated documents for employers, including a global investment banking firm and international interbroking firms
  • Representing employers in proceedings against employees for breach of restrictive covenants / misuse of confidential information (including successfully applying for injunctive relief)
  • Advising employers on high-level terminations and managing under-performing partners and employees
Market recognition
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    Leading Individual

    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

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    Leading Individual

    Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019