15 April 2017

Herbert Smith Freehills adds first dedicated employment partner in Asia

Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has announced its first dedicated employment partner in Asia as part of its annual global partnership promotions.

New partner Fatim Jumabhoy will lead a regional practice that draws on employment law expertise from across the firm's eight Asian offices. Her practice focuses on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional employment advice, working with local and international clients to create regionally consistent yet locally compliant approaches across Asia. The promotion is effective 1 May 2017.

The firm's Global Head of Practice, Employment, Pensions and Incentives, Alison Brown, said: "Fatim has already overseen the successful expansion of our Southeast Asia employment practice. Her promotion reflects both growing demand from clients and the firm's intention to continue investment in this area of law."

"We are confident that under her leadership the wider Asia practice will also grow to meet client demand."

"Lean Asian legal and HR teams are dealing with complex employee issues across multiple countries and laws," said Jumabhoy. "As economic conditions tighten, more clients are seeking our advice on complex company restructures across countries."

"The number of employment disputes and employee investigations has also increased in the last year, triggered by changes in a number of Asian countries to a range of regimes, from foreign worker rules, benefits and health and safety, to anti-bribery, anti-discrimination, whistleblower regimes and diversity," said Jumabhoy.

"Our position as a truly regional practice, working alongside some of the best corporate and disputes lawyers in Asia, makes us the ideal choice for multinational and regional employers in these situations."

A law graduate of the University of Birmingham, UK, she is admitted to practice in England & Wales and as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore.

Herbert Smith Freehills has some 1,500 lawyers in the Asia Pacific region, advising clients on complex corporate, disputes and finance matters, currently from offices in Thailand, mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia*, Korea, Singapore, Japan and Australia. The firm is due to open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in May 2017.

*In Jakarta, Herbert Smith Freehills' international counsel practise alongside affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, a commercial and corporate law firm.

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