"He's not afraid to give a view and stand behind it, which is rare." (2015)
"What sets him apart is his skill to analyse facts and then come up with very sensible business solutions to legal problems." (2017)
Chambers Asia Pacific
Duncan Abate is a partner of Mayer Brown JSM. He is the Chair of the firm's Asia Board and also serves on the global Management Committee.
He advises on all aspects of employment and employee benefits law and regulation, including discrimination, labour relations, termination of employment, data privacy 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 been described as "the expert in employment law in Hong Kong" by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016. He has been "identified among the Top 25 Labour & Employment experts in the world" (The Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2007) and amongst "the world's top practitioners in labour and employment" (Euromoney Expert Guides 2017). He is consistently ranked as a Leading Employment Lawyer in Legal 500 Asia Pacific, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and Chambers Asia Pacific.
Duncan serves on a number of community and business organisations, including the Employers' Federation of Hong Kong, the British Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong Retirement Schemes Association and he has recently been re-elected to the Election Committee to select the next Chief Executive for Hong Kong.