WEN would like to applaud Members who have had great wins, overcome obstacles, used innovative approaches or made other strides as an entrepreneur and who are ready to share their tips with you!
We are delighted to showcase Felda Yeung, Partner at Gall Solicitors.
Business Nature: Law Firm
Business Start Date: 2011
Best Achievement to Date: Co-heading the firm’s employment practice.
How is your company unique?
Gall is a boutique disputes resolution law firm that help clients navigate and resolve their legal disputes.
My motto is to help clients understand the legal issues and resolve the dispute in a manner that best suits their objectives. I will tailor the litigation strategy to each client’s individual needs, whether they are corporate clients or individuals, with the aim that they can reach an expeditious resolution (whether it be through litigation or settlement) so that they can focus on growing their business.
How do you transform a challenge into an opportunity?
I had a big trial that was scheduled to be heard in 2020 during the start of the COVID pandemic when the HK Courts were shut. The case started 14 years ago (the underlying dispute involves the royalties payable for the production of VCDs and DVDs!) and the legal team had spent a lot of time and effort to get the case ready for trial. For the longest time it looked as if we would have to adjourn the trial (and all our efforts will be wasted) since all Courts were closed but we pulled through! My case became the very first case in HK to have a telephone directions hearing so that the Judge could finalise directions for the trial, and this laid down the foundation for the Court to now regularly have telephone and video conference hearings.
Where do you see your company in the next 3 years?
Our practice keeps getting stronger and stronger with more high-profile cases, such as acting for a group of ad hoc bond holders in the recovery of funds from Luckin Coffee after their collapse in Mainland China and the US stock market. I think the firm, especially the employment practice, will continue to grow and flourish.
What are your top tips to share with other women entrepreneurs?
- A fellow female partner gave me this tip when I first became a working mother. She said that every day there are balls to juggle. Some balls are glass, some are plastic. It’s okay to drop a plastic ball, it will bounce. The key is to know – for that day what is the plastic and what is the glass. This is something I think about on hard days and it helps me prioritise my goals for that day.
- Appreciate that the last 10% time needed to finalise any piece of work will always take much longer than 10% of the time needed for the overall project and plan accordingly.
- Always proof-read!
One thing women should do more of?
Speak up more often!