Michael Szeto


(852) 3906 9645


Principal Areas of Practice 
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Complex Commercial Disputes
Company & Shareholder Disputes
Regulatory Enforcement
Debt Recovery
Employment, Privacy & Discrimination

1997 LLB (Hons), City University of London, England
1998 PCLL, The University of Hong Kong

2000 Solicitor, Hong Kong

Michael is a litigation partner of ONC Lawyers and heads the firm’s Employment practice. Prior to joining the firm, he had practised with various prominent law firms in Hong Kong. He has many years of experience in handling complex commercial disputes, cases involving shareholders’ disputes and regulatory matters under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, debt recovery and mortgagee actions. He frequently advises on various contentious and non-contentious employment matters, covering contract reviews, termination disputes, injunctive relief, discrimination and harassment claims, data privacy matters, as well as advice on matters relating to team moves, remuneration packages and employee incentive schemes.

Michael has acted for a wide range of clients, such as listed companies, local and overseas banks and financial institutions, local and international corporations as well as statutory bodies. He is a frequent author of employment articles in industry publications and presenter to employers and human resource professionals.

“Dismissal of pregnant employee and employer’s liability”, Employment Practice Note of Lexis Advance® Practical Guidance platform of LexisNexis, November 2019
“Court of Final Appeal Finds in Favour of Gay Civil Servant on Benefits and Tax Assessment”, Human Resources, the official journal of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, September/October 2019 edition
“Amendments to an Employment Contract – Whether There is ‘Real Benefit’ to an Employer”, Hong Kong Lawyer, the official journal of the Law Society of Hong Kong, August 2019 issue

Speaking engagements
CPD seminar on “Tricky Issues in Hong Kong Employment Law”, July 2019
“Anti-corruption Enforcement and Compliance Update”, panel discussion moderator, Association of Corporate Counsel Asia-Pacific 2019 Annual Meeting, April 2019