Korea: Labour & Employment 2019

In this chapter we highlight the 20 leading lights of the Korean labour and employment market. They stand out for their work advising domestic and international clients in a range of matters including workplace and sexual harassment, cross-border employment, termination and collective labour relations matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Brendon Carr  Hwang Hong & Co, Seoul 
2. Sang Wook Cho Yulchon, Seoul
3. Chun Wook Hyun Kim & Chang, Seoul
   

Kim & Chang dominates the field this year, with 10 listings for its lawyers in the labour and employment group.  
Chun Wook Hyun is recognised by peers as “a very senior figure in the space”. He wields over 30 years of experience advising international and domestic corporations on the full range of labour and employment law.
Do-Hyung Lee earns extensive praise from clients as a part of the team that “always wins in tough lawsuits”. He has over a decade of experience in employment litigation and advisory work.
Ki Young Kim is “an excellent lawyer” say clients who effuse that they are “impressed with Ki-Young Kim’s professionalism and dedication”. He is recognised for his “experience in dealing with all kinds of labour and employment issues”.
Hye Yu is a well-regarded name in the market who is experienced in advising multinational corporations on sophisticated cross-border matters

Yulchon receives three listings in this year’s research.
Sang Wook Cho secures recommendations for his labour and employment practice from peers throughout Asia and Europe. He has over 20 years of experience in the space, especially in representing companies in dismissal, wage and compliance matters.
Hee-Chul Kang is a prominent name in the Korean market who is singled out by sources for his sweeping knowledge of labour, employment and compliance matters. 
Soojung Lee is endorsed for herprofessionalism and expertise and high market reputation” as well as her “diligent responsiveness”. She is experienced in executive termination, labour relations and sexual harassment matters.

Lee & Ko performs strongly with three listings here.
Sang Hoon Lee comes highly recommended by clients "due to his knowledge of both the labour law as well as an excellent track record that spans more than 10 years”.
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".
Changsoo Jin is lauded extensively by market commentators as “a specialist in labour lawsuits” who does “great work and provides an excellent service”.

Hwang Hong & Co’s Brendon Carr is a well-respected practitioner whose first-class practice encompasses the full range of labour and employment matters in Korean law.

Jeong Han Lee at Bae Kim & Lee sits among the very best specialists in the Korean market and possesses over 25 years of experience handling labour disputes involving wrongful dismissal, wage claims and employment contracts.

Young-Seok Ki of Shin & Kim is celebrated by sources as “a well-regarded” and “extremely good lawyer” who specialises in labour disputes and corporate governance matters.

Ji-Hyung Kim with Jipyong is “very renowned in this area” in Korea and is recognised as a distinguished authority on Korean labour and employment law.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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