Legal markets improve, but the shadow of Covid-19 lingers

New and more contagious Covid-19 variants continue to penetrate the world’s major economies, but overall the Asia Pacific legal market continues to grow. We have seen a good level of hiring activity in the first quarter, particularly in January. The massive disruptions of 2020 uncovered both challenges and opportunities for all legal practitioners. It isContinue reading “Legal markets improve, but the shadow of Covid-19 lingers”

Leaders in Law: Interview with Yang Guang

It is rare for high-profile lawyers to rise to a senior non-legal position of their organization. Yang Guang is one of the few hybrid lawyer-CEOs, Vice President & General Counsel of Johnson Controls Asia Pacific, and formerly President-Asia Pacific at Westport Fuel Systems, General Counsel at TRW Automotive, and Vice President & General Counsel atContinue reading “Leaders in Law: Interview with Yang Guang”

Hughes-Castell: 2019 Leading Adviser Award for Leading Specialist Legal and Compliance Recruitment Consultancy of the Year, Hong Kong

Hughes-Castell was honoured as “Recruitment Consultancy of the Year, Hong Kong” in the AI 2019 Leading Adviser Awards. No matter how successful a business or individual may be, it goes without saying that away from its own assemblage of talent and expertise, there will always be a network of trusted lawyers, advisers and consultants behindContinue reading “Hughes-Castell: 2019 Leading Adviser Award for Leading Specialist Legal and Compliance Recruitment Consultancy of the Year, Hong Kong”

Hughes-Castell: 2016 CV Recruitment Award for Best Legal and Compliance Recruitment Consultancy

Hughes-Castell was honoured as “Best Legal and Compliance Recruitment Consultancy” in the CV Recruitment Awards 2016. The CV Recruitment Awards are designed to focus on the firms, and the people behind them, that have driven the industry to this enviable reputation. The program is looking to reward and recognise the very best consultants, recruiters andContinue reading “Hughes-Castell: 2016 CV Recruitment Award for Best Legal and Compliance Recruitment Consultancy”

Hughes-Castell: 2015 Sector Performance Awards for Best in Sector – Legal Recruitment

Hughes-Castell was honoured as “Best in Sector: Legal Recruitment” in the 2015 Sector Performance Awards. The AI award is run by AI Global Media, a monthly magazine that seeks to inform, influence and shape global corporate conversation. The Sector Performance Awards honour the businesses and individuals at the top of their game in their sector,Continue reading “Hughes-Castell: 2015 Sector Performance Awards for Best in Sector – Legal Recruitment”

Clifford Chance Loses Seoul Glow

Clifford Chance’s decision to close its Seoul office is not necessarily a surprise since the Magic Circle firm had had no resident partner in the city for some time but it may also be indicative of a wider trend of global firms reducing their Asia footprints. Upon liberalisation of the South Korean market in 2012Continue reading “Clifford Chance Loses Seoul Glow”

How to ace your partner interview

Partner recruiting in general is a complex and lengthy process. It can take anywhere from a couple of months to over a year. At the core of the process are the interviews with prospective colleagues and leaders at other firms. In preparing a partner-level interview, you have to be able to present a compelling appraisalContinue reading “How to ace your partner interview”

Firms look to go green in 2021

As firms continue to strive to look beyond the core strategies of improving client service, profitability, market share expansion, talent acquisition, and so on, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria are becoming increasingly promoted, with firms appointing dedicated senior staff members to oversee multi-pronged programs and initiatives that fall under this banner. Hughes-Castell spoke withContinue reading “Firms look to go green in 2021”

How your firm can stand out and hire the “right” lawyers in the post-Covid-19 period?

The competition for legal talent remains fierce, even with the pandemic still hampering the economy globally. While approaching the post-pandemic period, law firms, alongside companies across all industries and sectors, in need of new talent will have to hire externally to support their anticipated quick recovery. Therefore, finding the “right” talent is a core driverContinue reading “How your firm can stand out and hire the “right” lawyers in the post-Covid-19 period?”

Legal Move Updates (Apr – Jun 2021)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. June 2021 30 Jun – McDermott Will & Emery (Singapore, Singapore) McDermott, which is launching an office in Singapore a year after it shuttered its offices in China and two years after closing its operation in South Korea, has added projects partner Merrick White from the Singapore officeContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (Apr – Jun 2021)”

Singapore Flings Back in Style

In the wake of closures of several international firms’ offices in Beijing and Hong Kong over the last 12-24 months it is interesting to observe how firms in this sector recalibrate their Asia strategies. By far the most notable positive recent activity has been seen in Singapore, the City State having previously been a hotbedContinue reading “Singapore Flings Back in Style”

Leaders in Law: Interview with Sarah Wang

When the AstraZeneca vaccine was first introduced, it was hailed as a milestone in turning the tide on the coronavirus and now is a global gamechanger. In this interview, Sherry talks with Sarah Wang, Deputy General Counsel, International & Japan for AstraZeneca, about her secrets to success in this UK-headquartered pharmaceutical giant. Highly respected inContinue reading “Leaders in Law: Interview with Sarah Wang”

IWD 2021: Celebrating Women in Law Firms’ Leadership

In these troubled times of pandemic and market turmoil, we have striven to look for positive news. In one example, last year saw more female lawyers take on leadership roles for top international firms in Asia. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer made history by appointing Georgia Dawson as their first female Senior Partner in September, and MorrisonContinue reading “IWD 2021: Celebrating Women in Law Firms’ Leadership”

Conversation with Natalie Kernisant, Chief D&I Officer, Morrison & Foerster

Diverse and inclusive workplaces have proven to earn deeper trust and more commitment from their employees and clients. With research showing the many benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace (including higher revenue growth, greater readiness to innovate, increased ability to attract talent, higher employee retention), law firms now more than ever are prioritizing diversityContinue reading “Conversation with Natalie Kernisant, Chief D&I Officer, Morrison & Foerster”

Tackling Gender Diversity in Law in the Covid-19 Era

We should recognise that diversity and equality matter as a point of principle in the workplace, but we can now draw conclusions that they have an uplifting effect on business performance. The legal profession has spent years wrestling with gender diversity but, for all the progress made, we still have some way to go. LawContinue reading “Tackling Gender Diversity in Law in the Covid-19 Era”

Firms eye return to Capital Markets boom times

As the world awaits the roll-outs of the various vaccines at varying rates of distribution, variable according to region, optimism is returning to the Asian markets. In some minds cautious optimism is being favoured following the devastating consequences of the global pandemic and its ongoing fallout, others report a return to regular compensation distribution levelsContinue reading “Firms eye return to Capital Markets boom times”

Tips To Take You To The Top

For many law students and attorneys, becoming a top law firm partner is the ultimate career milestone. What does it take to make partner? Certain things you can learn in law school, but the path to partnership is forged in the workplace. Nowadays, delivering very high-quality legal work and being a rainmaker may no longerContinue reading “Tips To Take You To The Top”

Asia LegalTech Overview, Singapore

Singapore has a thriving LegalTech industry more advanced than most of its Asian neighbors, as LegalTech startups and programs have received substantial government backing in the past few years. We believe nowhere else in Asia has the same level of sovereign investment in LegalTech and innovation as Singapore. LegalTech initiatives are supported as part ofContinue reading “Asia LegalTech Overview, Singapore”

Leaders in Law: Interview with Lian Lian

Lian Lian is the Managing Director, APAC at Kobre & Kim, an international law firm specializing in cross-border disputes and investigations.  She started out as an associate at international law firms focusing on cross-border transactions and corporate practice, then worked her way up as in-house counsel at Honeywell through various APAC General Counsel roles untilContinue reading “Leaders in Law: Interview with Lian Lian”