Duncan A. W. Abate

Employment & Benefits

“The best employment guru in Hong Kong,” and “I think his track record is brilliant; he is extremely decisive and gives clear advice.” 

“[Duncan is] good at identifying the main legal issues and providing practical solutions to the client, even when the problem is very sophisticated.”

Chambers Asia Pacific


Employers turn to Duncan Abate for counsel on all aspects of employment and employee benefits law and regulation. He provides guidance on discrimination, labour relations, termination of employment, data privacy and the structure of employment relationships. Duncan 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 served clients such as Cathay Pacific Airways Limited and Bank of Communications.



  • Cathay Pacific Airways Limited on industrial relations issues
  • Bank of Communications on its restructuring of MPF and ORSO products


  • Preeminent - Leading Employment & Labour Lawyers, Hong Kong – Doyle's Guide
  • Leading - Leading Employment & Labour Lawyers, Hong Kong – Doyle's Guide
  • Eminent Practitioners - Employment: Hong Kong-based (International Firms), China – Chambers Greater China Region
  • Band 1 - Employment: Hong Kong-based (International Firms), China – Chambers Greater China Region and Chambers Asia Pacific
  • Hall of Fame - Labour and Employment, Hong Kong – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific


  • Hong Kong
  • England and Wales


  • English

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Hong Kong Election Committee
  • Employment Law Sub-Committee, Law Society of Hong Kong
  • 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
  • Hong Kong Retirement Scheme Association
  • Management committee member, Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children