Employment & Industrial Relations
WONG KEAT CHING is a partner in the Employment & Industrial Relations
practice group. She graduated from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and subsequently obtained her Certificate in Legal Practice in Malaysia.
She was admitted as Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya on 20 November 1998. In
August 2004, Keat Ching was selected by the Bar Council of Malaysia to serve a short stint with
Melbourne law firm, Maddocks, where she was placed in the Workplace Services department. Keat
Ching now serves on the Bar Council’s Industrial Law Committee. She is listed in Chambers Asia as
well as the Asialaw Profiles under Labour and Employment.
At ZUL RAFIQUE & partners, Keat Ching handles a litigation portfolio of civil and industrial relations (IR) matters. In IR, she mostly handles employers’ cases. However, her initial experience in representing employees and trade unions at the Labour Court, Industrial Court, High Court and Court of Appeal has enabled her to effectively advise on IR matters from the perspectives of both the employer and employees. She has appeared in the Federal Court to argue issues such as the High Court’s supervisory powers over the Industrial Court’s decisions, proportionality of punishment and gender discrimination in retirement age. Keat Ching’s field of expertise is not limited to litigation. She has advised on various corporate restructuring matters affecting employees / union’s interests, for instance conducting IR due diligence in merger and acquisition exercises; advising on the transfer of employees in the sale of business; voluntary separation scheme (VSS); restructuring of senior management positions; establishment and closure of business of foreign companies in Malaysia; the change of business ownership and the effect of collective agreements on successors, assignees or transferees of the business. To add value to her legal services, Keat Ching also conducts seminars and training on IR / employment issues for her clients.
In November 2013, Keat Ching was selected by the China Law Society to attend the 7th China-ASEAN Legal Training Course, after which she was appointed as Visiting Research Fellow of the ChinaASEAN Legal Research Center at Southwest University of Political Science & Law, Chongqing. Keat Ching is the co-author of the Malaysia chapter of Global Legal Insights Employment & Labour Law, 2nd Edition.
In her spare time, the mother of two is active in the Malaysian Bar netball team. In 2008, she received the Sports Personality award from the Bar Council.