Michael Szeto

Michael Szeto

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3906 9645


1997        LLB (Hons), City University of London, England

1998        PCLL, The University of Hong Kong



2000        Solicitor, Hong Kong

2018        Civil Celebrant of Marriages



Michael Szeto is a litigation partner of ONC Lawyers and heads the firm’s Employment practice. He has over 20 years of experience in handling complex commercial dispute resolution, shareholders’ and joint venture disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, debt recovery and mortgagee actions. He also routinely deals with regulatory actions and compliance matters under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, the Hong Kong listing rules and anti-money laundering laws and guidelines.

On the employment side, Michael often 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.  He is an author to Hong Kong employment law manual and frequently publishes employment law articles in industry publications. He frequently gives talks to legal and human resource professionals. Michael has been recognised as a Lexology Legal Influencer in Employment & Immigration (Individual Expert) for Q1, Q3, Q4 2021 and Q1-Q4 2022.

Professional Activities

·           Member, Lexis Advance® Hong Kong Practical Guidance Employment Editorial Board

Speaking Engagements

·           勞資審裁處裁定物流平台配送工屬僱員”, RTHK’s “自由風自由PHONE, 11 July 2023

·           “Overview of Employment Ordinance and Talent Retention”, Hong Kong Institute of Directors, 18 March 2023

·           “Legal Intricacies in M&A Due Diligence: Employment and Fraud/Corruption”, Association of Corporate Counsel, 15 December 2022

·           “With Great Salary There Must Come Great Responsibility… and Restrictions and Legal Obligations”, ONC Lawyers,  26 August 2022

·           “COVID-19 Special: Latest Changes to the Employment Ordinance that Employers Need to Know”, ONC Lawyers and LexisNexis, 13 April 2022

·           “COVID-19 5th Wave from an Employment Law Perspective: Vaccine Pass, Mandatory Lockdowns, Compulsory Quarantine, Testing and More”, ONC Lawyers,11 March 2022


·           Contributor, Hong Kong Employment Law Manual (Issue 47), LexisNexis, April 2023

·           Contributor, Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong Current Service Issue 121 – Employment (Second Edition), LexisNexis, October 2022

·           Contributor, ‘Employment’ (Volume 13), The Hong Kong Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, LexisNexis, March 2022 (Reissue)

·           Author, ‘Can employers dismiss unvaccinated employees?’ Lexology, January 2022

·           Author, ‘Hong Kong employment law 2021 review, Lexology, January 2022

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