Non-Financial Incentives for Lawyers

As the economy continues to struggle through the pandemic, law firms and companies are increasingly competing to acquire and retain top talent. Competitive compensation levels can be  important, but truly effective motivation requires a more in-depth approach and a real commitment to people. In many cases, other motivational non-monetary tools can be much more powerfulContinue reading “Non-Financial Incentives for Lawyers”

Consultant Spotlight: Sherry Xu

Consultant Spotlight: Sherry Xu Hughes-Castell is heavily focused on international legal recruitment and has a diverse cultural mix, possessing strong roots in China. Sherry is a Director at Hughes-Castell, based in our Shanghai office, and has eight years’ legal compliance recruitment experience partnering with in-house departments at Fortune 500, major Chinese multinational corporations, and top-tierContinue reading “Consultant Spotlight: Sherry Xu”

Hughes-Castell Internship Program 2021

Grow with Hughes-Castell Hughes-Castell, multi-award-winning legal recruitment and executive search firm, was established in London in 1985 and Hong Kong in 1986. We were the first legal recruitment consultancy in Asia, providing in-depth coverage of the Asia-Pacific region. Hughes-Castell has pioneered legal and compliance recruitment in Greater China, ASEAN and in developing markets and wasContinue reading “Hughes-Castell Internship Program 2021”

Let’s Link Up – Part 1

Compare the following two sample texts*. Which paragraph do you think reads more clearly? Why do you think this is so? VERSION A This case is not so much a contest between the United States Department of Justice and two defendant companies as a skirmish in a broader battle over the direction American economic lifeContinue reading “Let’s Link Up – Part 1”

Law firms & companies continued to hire despite the recurrence of Covid-19

We saw a good level of hiring activity in July despite the 3rd wave Covid-19 slowing lateral hiring in Asia, especially Hong Kong. As many reports stated that China is winning the Covid-19 economy recovery race, including the legal market, Chinese firms dominate the Asian legal recruitment market since Q2. Since Q3, Australia overtook SingaporeContinue reading “Law firms & companies continued to hire despite the recurrence of Covid-19”

Leaders in Law: Interview with Joseph Chan

Joseph Chan, Group Chief Legal Officer at Yum China, was the founding partner of the Shanghai office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and previously a partner of Sidley Austin, based in its Shanghai office. In June 2019, with an impressive law firm background, Joseph took up the top legal role at Yum China, a USContinue reading “Leaders in Law: Interview with Joseph Chan”

Lawyers Embrace The New Normal

As we near the end of what we can all agree has been a unique year, partners are being asked to sum up the challenges and lessons of 2020. Covid-19 has obviously had an effect globally, of varying degrees in different countries depending on the severity of the outbreaks and the levels of governmental interferenceContinue reading “Lawyers Embrace The New Normal”

Handy Interview Tips to Help You Succeed in a Job Interview

We have continued to see good levels of recruitment activity in Asia. Many companies and major law firms are actively hiring across the region. Early 2021 could be the right moment for you to plan your next career move and get prepared. It is essential to know what kinds of questions to expect so youContinue reading “Handy Interview Tips to Help You Succeed in a Job Interview”

Too many notes, too many nouns

In Miloš Forman’s film, Amadeus, Emperor Joseph II tells Mozart his latest work is excellent, except that there are “too many notes”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCud8H7z7vU None today would agree with His Majesty, but we can fairly accuse academics, scientists, lawyers, government officials and other writers of “too many nouns”. Nouns are to writing what fat is toContinue reading “Too many notes, too many nouns”

Legal Move Updates (October – December 2020)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. December 2020 23 Dec – White & Case (Tokyo, Japan) White & Case has hired a new partner, Clara Shirota, in Tokyo specializing in debt financing deals. (from http://www.law.com) 17 Dec – L&L Partners (Delhi, India) India’s L&L Partners has welcomed a third lawyer in as many months,Continue reading “Legal Move Updates (October – December 2020)”

HK Capital Markets resilient in challenging market

According to Reuters, a recent flurry of IPOs and secondary listings worth at least $4.5 billion due to launch in Hong Kong will put 2020 on track to be the second-busiest year for equity capital markets in the city. Against the backdrop of the turmoil created by the protests earlier in the year which ranContinue reading “HK Capital Markets resilient in challenging market”

What Makes You A Leader?

What adjectives come to mind when you think of the word “leader”? Passionate? Inspirational? And humble? Some people still hold mistaken thoughts that leaders must be in high-level positions, such as supervisors, partners, government officials etc., but these are not necessarily what defines a leader. Everyone may have their own interpretation of leadership, but ourContinue reading “What Makes You A Leader?”

Dummy Subjects for Dummies

Our world has no shortage of dummies. And they can be cute and amusing – think McDull or the Three Stooges. But you don’t want to be a dummy, and neither does the subject of your sentence. So what is a “dummy subject” anyway? As with many features of English, this is best explained byContinue reading “Dummy Subjects for Dummies”

Leaders in Law: Interview with Ronnie Luo

Today, we are happy to have Ronnie Luo, Senior VP/General Counsel, Government Affairs & Sustainability of Covestro, to join us to share with us her rocky career path and tips for young lawyers, as well as her insights about the changing legal landscape in China. As Bayer’s former Head of Corporate Legal, Ronnie was theContinue reading “Leaders in Law: Interview with Ronnie Luo”

How many tenses does English have?

How many tenses does English have? I’m sure you answered this correctly. But many people are surprised to learn that English has only two tenses. Many are also surprised that English has no future tense, unlike the romance languages (think of the song Que Sera, Sera or more recently Andrea Bocelli’s Con Te Partirò). OK, I’mContinue reading “How many tenses does English have?”

Do you dangle your participles?

The grammar scolds1­ say you shouldn’t use dangling participles or other modifiers. Before we consider their arguments, let’s look at a couple of examples of what we mean: Hopefully the judge will rule in our client’s favor. To summarize, unemployment remains the state’s major economic and social problem.2 Did you find either example difficult toContinue reading “Do you dangle your participles?”

5 stay home activities during social distancing

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, many corporations and organisations follow the social distance policy by allowing their employees to work remotely. With bars, gyms, sports centers, and other social gathering areas closed, an abundant amount of time is now being spent at home by all of us, so it is probably the right momentContinue reading “5 stay home activities during social distancing”

Group Hires Take The Summer Headlines

“As one door closes, another one opens,” may not be the most fitting idiom for this situation but as Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe closed the door on Hong Kong, a door opened for K&L Gates to snag a high-calibre private equity team. Scott Peterman, Sook Young Yeu and William Ho came on board the US-headquarteredContinue reading “Group Hires Take The Summer Headlines”

The other two “S’s”: Such and the Said

Earlier we had a look at the use and misuse of shall. Today we turn to the other two of the “three S’s”: such and the said (with its close cousins, the aforesaid and the aforementioned). Such “Such” is often used in legal writing in the place of determiners such as “the”, “this” or “these”.Continue reading “The other two “S’s”: Such and the Said”