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Hyun Seok Song

Hyun Seok Song

Lee & KoHanjin Building63 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-guSeoulKorea04532

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

Korea - Labour & Employment

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Hyun Seok Song wins acclaim as “one of the outstanding labour lawyers in Korea”. One client imparts that they are “deeply impressed by Mr Song’s thoroughness in developing and analysing new legal principles and theories; his persistence in proving facts; and his efficiency in proceeding various legal procedures involved".


Hyun Seok Song is a senior partner at Lee & Ko’s labour and employment practice group. Prior to joining Lee & Ko in 2008, Mr Song worked for Jisung Law Office for four years where he honed his skills and developed his expertise across a wide array of employment and labour issues, including wrongful termination, wage claims and unfair labour practice.

Throughout his career, Mr Song has found himself at the forefront of the fast-changing labour landscape in Korea and has shown his prowess in proactively identifying and handling the most critical issues facing clients. After working extensively on non-regular worker issues in the early stages of his career, Mr Song successfully shifted his focus to ordinary wage disputes in 2012 upon their emergence as the key labour issue; he quickly emerged as one of the leading practitioners on the issue of ordinary wage. Similarly, in 2016, when public institutions first adopted the performance-incentive wage system, Mr Song proactively responded to clients’ needs and became the leading practitioner with the highest volume of cases in this practice area. Because of his successful track record in navigating complex labour issues in Korea, clients from the public and private sectors alike sought to engage Mr Song and his expertise in the wake of the new administration’s initiative. in 2017, to convert non-regular workers into regular workers. In turn, Mr Song successfully delivered practical solutions for clients in their strategisation and implementation of large-scale employee conversion projects.

A seasoned and versatile litigator, Mr Song has dealt with high-profile clients across various industries, including manufacturing, logistics/services, finance, public institutions and government. Notably, Mr Song’s practice has been particularly well regarded by clients in the manufacturing and logistics industry where Mr Song has distinguished himself with his wealth of experience as well as client-centric approach.

Outside his practice Mr Song has also been active in public interest endeavours, and has taught employment law at Korea University – Mr Song’s alma mater – and served as a member of the adjudication panel at the Seoul Regional Labour Relations Commission from 2013 to 2016. Mr Song currently serves as a member of the legislation committee in the National Assembly of Korea.

In recognition of his outstanding work, Mr Song has been ranked as leading practitioner by Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment for three consecutive years (2017–). Mr Song was also selected as the top labour lawyer by Hankyung Business Weekly (December 2018) and a recommended practitioner for employment by Chambers Asia-Pacific (2019).

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