Duncan A. W. Abate: Lawyer with Mayer Brown JSM

Duncan A. W. Abate

Phone+852 2843 2203

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Practice Areas

  • Employment & Benefits
  • Employee Benefits
  • Equity & Incentive Plans
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Employment Litigation & Counseling
  • Executive Compensation
  • Pensions
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Contact InfoTelephone: +852 2843 2203
Fax: +852 2103 5066
Admitted1991, England and Wales; 1994, Hong Kong


Employment Law Sub-Committee, Law Society of Hong Kong

General Committee Member, British Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong

Manpower Committee Member, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Executive Council Member and Honorary Secretary, Employers' Federation of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Institute of Human Resources Management

International Pensions and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association

Steering Committee, Insurance Intermediaries Quality Assurance Scheme

Hong Kong Retirement Scheme Association

Guidelines Committee, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority

MPF Schemes Operations Review Committee

Hong Kong Election Committee

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, China Staff Magazine


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Chambers Asia Pacific (2013)

Duncan Abate is a partner of Mayer Brown JSM and serves on the Partnership Board. He advises on all aspects of employment and employee benefits law and regulation, including discrimination, labour relations, termination of employment and the structure of employment relationships. He also advises on the establishment, maintenance and restructuring of occupational retirement schemes and mandatory provident fund schemes, as well as related documentation and services. Duncan has solid experience in advising on employment and retirement scheme issues in the context of regional and local corporate acquisitions, disposals and reorganisations.

Duncan has been described as the expert in employment law in Hong Kong and his clients have every confidence that he will best represent [their] interests by Chambers Asia Pacific 2013. He has been identified among the Top 25 Labour & Employment experts in the world and received more nominations than any other Labour & Employment expert in Hong Kong (The Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2007). Duncan has been consistently ranked as a Leading Employment Lawyer in Asia Pacific Legal 500 since 2006 and also in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2009-2011, and Chambers Asia since 2008. Prior to joining the firm, Duncan was with another large international firm from 1989-1994.


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Employer Vicariously Liable for Assault by an Employee on Another
Duncan A. W. Abate,Marina O. K. Fung,Hong Tran, April 8, 2015
In Yeung Mei Hoi v Tam Cheuk Shing and Another [2015] HKCA 109, the Court of Appeal reversed the decision from the Court of First Instance and held that the employer was vicariously liable for an assault committed by its employee to another employee.

New Sexual Harassment Provisions in Hong Kong
Duncan A. W. Abate,Hong Tran, February 26, 2015
On 12 December 2014 the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (“SDO”) was amended to make unlawful the sexual harassment of a person by a customer in the course of seeking to be provided with or being provided with goods, facilities or services by that person.

Ebola and Employer Obligations
Duncan A. W. Abate,Hong Tran, December 5, 2014
The outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (“Ebola”) in West Africa has received considerable media attention as it begins to spread outside of Africa. In August 2014, the Government of Hong Kong confirmed that Ebola is grouped under Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (“VHF”), which is...

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Duncan A. W. Abate

10 Chater Road, Central
Hong Kong 

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