Michael Szeto

Partner, ONC Lawyers

Michael Szeto 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 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 a frequent author of employment articles in industry publications and presenter to legal and human resource professionals.

Michael’s broad clientele includes listed companies, directors, shareholders, local and overseas banks, financial institutions, local and international corporations as well as statutory bodies.

“Men can be victims too…Men also suffer from domestic abuse… especially verbal and emotional abuse… and may be even more ashamed to seek help…” - Abused Men Introduction Whilst films and fiction…
October 2021
“Synthetics find it disgusting that we have been created by you… We will just wait until you destroy yourselves and then take over from there.” - RealDoll AI on an anti-human rant INTRODUCTION…
June 2021
“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.” —Oscar Wilde INTRODUCTION Agalmatophilia is a term that describes an individual who exhibits sexual attraction towards inanimate…
June 2021
“Ransomware is unique among cybercrime because in order for the attack to be successful, it requires the victim to become a willing accomplice after the fact” - James Scott Ransomware, What Am I?…
March 2021
With a robust legal system and a diverse pool of international legal talent, Hong Kong enjoys a world-renowned reputation as a legal and dispute resolution service hub. To attract more institutions…
March 2021
“Mark my words - A.I. is far more dangerous than nukes” - Elon Musk Introduction Whilst the idea of a human apocalypse being brought about by artificial intelligence (“A.I.”) has been in Hollywood…
February 2021
“Blackmail threats are e-mail from a madman.” - Michael Bassey Johnson, Master of Maxims Introduction The age of the internet and social media has brought about the evolution of a new class of…
February 2021
Key Legal / Contractual Issues for Employers to Consider “Survey: Who is the driver of the digital transformation of your company?  a) Chief Executive Officer b) Chief Technology Officer c) COVID…
December 2020
Introduction In Wu Kit Man v Dragonway Group Holdings Limited HCLA 15/2016, the Court of First Instance (“CFI”) held that amendments to an existing employment contract were unenforceable due to lack…
August 2019