Chusert Supasitthumrong

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Thai, English

Education

LLB, Chulalongkorn University

Chusert Supasitthumrong, a partner at Tilleke & Gibbins, is a trial and appellate lawyer specializing in labor and employment law. An expert in this field and the go-to lawyer for Thailand’s largest employers, Chusert excels at solving critical employment disputes, from labor strikes to layoffs to contested for-cause terminations.

A formidable advocate with extensive experience litigating complex employment matters before the Labor Court and the Supreme Court, Chusert is equally successful in securing favorable settlements and contract terms for his clients. His labor practice includes advising clients in multiple-party labor disputes and collective bargaining negotiations. Chusert is one of just a handful of private practice lawyers in Thailand licensed as a Labor Relations Advisor with the Thai Ministry of Labor, which enables him to engage directly with labor unions in negotiations on behalf of corporate clients.

Chusert also handles commercial disputes related to product liability, customs, maritime, international trade, company reorganizations, tax, and white-collar crime. He is a regular speaker on these topics, presenting at regional legal conferences, for corporate clients at in-house seminars, and on televised programs. He is also a frequent contributor to the Bangkok Post and other leading periodicals.

Chusert was the exclusive winner for Thailand of the International Law Office Client Choice Award 2012 for Employment and Labor.

  • Planned and executed the layoff of 1,900 employees. Thereafter, 279 of the affected employees submitted claims against the client in the total amount of THB 300,000,000. We successfully proved that our client had cause to terminate its employees and that such was done fully within applicable Thai law, resulting in judgment in our client’s favor. This was a high-stakes matter because, if we had lost the labor cases, the approximately 1,600 additional employees would have filed claims totaling approximately THB 2,000,000,000. We also act as ongoing labor compliance counsel.

  • Prevailed in a highly publicized termination case wherein the client sought court permission to terminate the president of a labor union based on her television appearance while wearing a controversial T-shirt. The president maintained that she had given such interview on her own time and that her actions were protected by the Constitution. Although she was supported by many NGOs, the court ruled in favor of our client.

  • Negotiated a favorable settlement of a highly contested termination of a company director involving our client, the director, and the company of the spouse of the director. The dispute included two criminal cases and two civil cases (one of which involved a claim of THB 20,000,000). We successfully gathered evidence of the director’s misconduct and leveraged that evidence to secure a favorable settlement for our client.

  • Planned the layoff of approximately 1,000 persons and created a multifaceted strategy to manage the response of the employees and the labor union. The labor union mounted a strong challenge to our client’s activities. Nonetheless, we successfully responded to the opposition and completed the downsizing of the company without any employee claim.

  • Helped a manufacturer respond to the creation of a labor union and the lodging of a labor demand. We advised the client and created a plan of action for managing all issues. Ultimately, the employees stopped the process of the labor demand and withdrew the application for registration of the labor union.

  • Represented a manufacturer in negotiations with a labor union on strike. We successfully negotiated the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and, thus, expedited the conclusion of the strike. In the CBA, we secured favorable terms for our client and the return of certain management rights.

  • Defended a leading apparel company in a THB 50,000,000 labor claim and in a criminal case brought against the client’s director. We prevailed in both claims brought by the client’s former HR manager.

  • Represented a well-known Japanese manufacturer in the prosecution of both civil and criminal matters related to use of confidential trade secret and theft of client property. Our client reached a favorable settlement in the civil claims. In the criminal matter, we worked with the police and the public prosecutor and successfully secured sufficient evidence to support prosecution of the criminal claims.

  • Represented one of the world’s most recognizable fashion and luxury goods retailers in several commercial real estate disputes in Thailand arising from the disputed termination of a 30-year franchisee relationship. This representation includes negotiation and settlement of lease hold and commercial franchisee contracts with both the outgoing franchisee and the incoming franchisee partner, one of Southeast Asia’s largest and most successful commercial retailers.

  • Represented the precious metals division of a large Japanese multinational corporation in claims it filed against its shipper and freight forwarder for the loss of gold dram.

  • Consulted on union negotiations, process and procedures under Thai law, and applicable standards and contract terms.

  • Advised a large American supplier and manufacturer of semiconductors on employment issues for its Thai subsidiaries arising from flooding. More specifically, this dealt with restructuring employment, outsourcing arrangements, recovery planning as floodwaters receded, and laying off over 1,600 employees.

  • Defended a multinational manufacturing company and its subsidiary in unfair termination lawsuits (after operations were withdrawn from Thailand following the 2011 floods) by 100 former employees. The plaintiffs' claims total USD 17.6 million in damages.

  • Successfully represented global automobile manufacturers and other large multinational companies in high-value product liability cases.

  • Successfully represented numerous global manufacturers in customs cases.

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November 4, 2016

Asialaw Profiles 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Leads All Firms in Rankings in Thailand

Asialaw Profiles 2017, a guide to the leading domestic and regional firms in the Asia Pacific, has awarded top rankings to Tilleke & Gibbins in Thailand. The rankings, which are determined...

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October 27, 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins Annual Employment Law Forum 2016: Focus on Termination

Chusert Supasitthumrong, Kitti Thaisomboon, Nuanchun Somboonvinij, Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut

For this year’s Annual Employment Law Forum, Tilleke & Gibbins will present a Thai-language seminar focusing on termination of employment—a topic that is always a top concern for corporate...

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September 28, 2016

Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Named Law Firm of the Year in Thailand

Placing our firm at the top of the legal market, Tilleke & Gibbins has received the “National Law Firm of the Year – Thailand” award at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016,...

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September 7, 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins Client Seminar – Product Liability: Managing Risk and Protecting Your Company

Chusert Supasitthumrong, John Frangos

Product liability is an issue of utmost concern to many companies. When consumers encounter an unsafe product, a wide range of businesses throughout the value chain—from manufacturers to importers to...

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August 29, 2016

HR Law Summit 2016: Chusert Supasitthumrong to Speak on Resolving Labor Disputes

Chusert Supasitthumrong

Chusert Supasitthumrong, a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution and litigation group, will speak on the topic “Labor Dispute Resolutions: Discover How to Resolve Disputes Effectively...

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May 12, 2017

Disciplinary Actions in Thailand: What Employers Need to Know

Chusert Supasitthumrong

When an employee commits an offense against an employer or violates company work rules, the HR department usually plays a central role in advising management on how to proceed or take disciplinary...

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May 5, 2017

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2017

As part of its membership in Lex Mundi, Tilleke & Gibbins has published an updated edition of its Guide to Doing Business in Thailand for 2017.This guide offers a broad introduction to all of the...

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August 30, 2016

Business Reorganization in Thailand: Steps and Procedures

Chusert Supasitthumrong

In order to repay debts, many flailing companies allocate additional resources to uncover new sources of income. In turn, these companies incur more debt, and this can lead to a vicious downward...

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August 19, 2016

Product Liability: Recalls and Business Impact

Chusert Supasitthumrong

A number of well-known companies have recently recalled their products from the market to fix problems or defects. Whenever a recall occurs, business suffers. First, there is the cost of implementing...

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July 8, 2016

Creditors’ Claims for Debt Repayment in Reorganization

Chusert Supasitthumrong

Thailand’s economy does not paint an image that befits the country’s reputation as the “Land of Smiles.” Politics, drought, floods, and conflict in the Deep South have taken their toll on Thai...

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