Interview with Beryl Sit, Head of IBD Legal, CLSA

We are delighted to invite Beryl Sit, Head of IBD Legal at CLSA to share her tips on how to sustain a successful legal career. After graduating from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Beryl returned to Hong Kong focusing on corporate law at international law firms. Before joining CLSA as Executive DirectorContinue reading “Interview with Beryl Sit, Head of IBD Legal, CLSA”

Conversation with Dr. Frances Cheng, Specialist in Psychiatry, OT&P Healthcare MindworX

As a lawyer, have you ever experienced anxiety or moments of depression? You are not alone. Dr Frances Cheng, Head of Mental Health, Specialist in Psychiatry at OT&P Healthcare MindworX, shares her insights on mental health amongst lawyers in Hong Kong. KF: Katherine Fan (Managing Director, Hughes-Castell) Dr. Cheng: Dr. Frances Cheng (Specialist in Psychiatry,Continue reading “Conversation with Dr. Frances Cheng, Specialist in Psychiatry, OT&P Healthcare MindworX”

The Legal Industry Commits to Improving Mental Health but Still a Long Way to Go

Legal practice is a demanding profession. It requires extremely long working hours, large workloads, and often unrelenting client requirements. The increased accessibility facilitated by new technology development further intensifies workplace stress among lawyers. Stress, emotional, and physical exhaustion, as a result, causes burnout, adversely contribute to anxiety and mental health issues. Awareness around mental healthContinue reading “The Legal Industry Commits to Improving Mental Health but Still a Long Way to Go”

COVID-19 Has Ripple Effects Across the Market

The post-Chinese New Year period is invariably a time of high activity in Hong Kong. The markets emerge from the extended lull of the Christmas holidays running into the Lunar festivities before a surge as many firms rush to close off billings before the end of the financial year (or at least one iteration ofContinue reading “COVID-19 Has Ripple Effects Across the Market”

China’s Legal Market: Trends and Observations in 2019

China has experienced a high level of instability throughout the year due to domestic crises and international disputes. However, global players and the country’s leading law firms have continued to expand in China. The Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) and the Greater Bay Area have contributed to the growth. The rise of joint operation inContinue reading “China’s Legal Market: Trends and Observations in 2019”

2010-2020 – A Decade of Development

2010-2020 – A Decade of Development Closing out a decade is a fitting opportunity to stop and reflect on our paths, where we are and where we want to go. Ten years ago, we were emerging from a global financial crisis but who knew that we were headed into a new golden age of boomingContinue reading “2010-2020 – A Decade of Development”

Legal Move Updates (January – March 2020)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. MARCH 2020 30 March – Dentons (Melbourne, Australia) Dentons has hired a commercial litigation partner from DLA Piper for its Melbourne, Australia, office to quickly meet client demand for recovery and restructuring advice. 25 March – Bowers (Hong Kong, China) Disputes lawyer Kevin Bowers, a co-founder of theContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (January – March 2020)”

How Hughes-Castell Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

2020s: A New Generation Of Leaders By Katherine Fan It was exactly January 4, 2010 when I first joined Hughes-Castell, initially as a Researcher and then promoted to Consultant. I had just moved to Hong Kong from Sydney a few months earlier, joining a number of my law school friends who had moved to HongContinue reading “How Hughes-Castell Can Help You Achieve Your Goals”

India’s evolving legal services market points to a busy road ahead for 2020

Overview India houses the world’s second largest legal professionals market with more than 600,000 lawyers. Although the Indian legal services sector is one of the most restricted of the largest markets, initiatives are now being taken to gradually open it up, for example by allowing foreign lawyers to visit India on a ‘fly in /Continue reading “India’s evolving legal services market points to a busy road ahead for 2020”

Hughes-Castell Perspective: Asia Legal Markets Preview 2020

China-US trade conflict escalation, GDPR, and new technology will continue to influence developments in the legal industry. Our market insights team has monitored various industry developments and summed up some of the top trends will shape the legal industry by 2020: 1.China-US Trade Conflict Continues The trade conflict between China and the United States isContinue reading “Hughes-Castell Perspective: Asia Legal Markets Preview 2020”

Innovation and Resilience the keys to the Asia markets in 2020

Despite footage of ongoing civil unrest in Hong Kong dominating news coverage and the economy plunging into recession at the end of Q3, the legal market remained remarkably steady, although the China-USA trade war continues to foment uncertainty and caution and with no resolution in sight to the protest movement the outlook for 2020 wouldContinue reading “Innovation and Resilience the keys to the Asia markets in 2020”

Conversation with Pallavi Anand, Head of Talent Acquisition, HKEX

Scouting for talent is no easy task. However, successful people breed success, and Pallavi Anand is excellent at hiring and developing the best talent for Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX). Katherine has caught up with the insightful team builder and leader to find out her thoughts on career, female leadership, gender equality, andContinue reading “Conversation with Pallavi Anand, Head of Talent Acquisition, HKEX”

The Recruiter’s Role in the Recruiting Process, and How to Work with Them

For those who are looking for a new job, many candidates might be wondering whether they should consider working with a specialist recruiter. Good recruitment consultants should be experts in terms of knowledge of the areas they cover and can provide invaluable insight into the market and how your career would fit into that. ConsiderContinue reading “The Recruiter’s Role in the Recruiting Process, and How to Work with Them”

Insurance firms take different routes to growth in Asia

Kennedys has been quietly strengthening across Asia in recent times. A two-partner team hire in Singapore from Withers KhattarWong in November came a year after a similarly sized team arrived from Kelvin Chia Partnership in the city state. This itself came a year after the firm opened in Bangkok with a two-partner team hire fromContinue reading “Insurance firms take different routes to growth in Asia”

Vietnam market heats up on the back of renewable energy drive

The inaugural Hanoi In-House Congress on 19 November 2019 brought together a number of in-house lawyers, CEOs, compliance professionals, company directors and private practice lawyers for series of discussions on the current state and future projections of the growing Vietnamese market. With various senior lawyers flying up from Ho Chi Minh City to attend thereContinue reading “Vietnam market heats up on the back of renewable energy drive”

Insights by Hughes-Castell with Katherine Fan

We’re delighted to announce that Katherine Fan has rejoined Hughes-Castell as Managing Director. Katherine first joined Hughes-Castell in 2010 and rejoined after working as Head of Legal Talent and Recruitment of a US law firm and setting up the recruitment function for another global law firm. In a welcome back interview with the Hughes-Castell team,Continue reading “Insights by Hughes-Castell with Katherine Fan”

October 2019 Private Practice Review

The headline hire in the Hong Kong market this month is undoubtedly Eversheds Sutherland’s snaring of Mark Hughes from Slaughter and May. Hughes joins fellow Slaughters alumnus Mark Yeadon at the US/UK giant, although their history is curious in that Hughes arrived at the Hong Kong office of the Magic Circle firm just as YeadonContinue reading “October 2019 Private Practice Review”

Assessing the ‘right job’ for you

Even the definition of “the right job” is a hugely personal issue. No two people will ever agree on it, and even one person will view the same role in a different light at different stages in their career. Salary, working hours, the size of the team, the proximity to a senior figure, location, levelsContinue reading “Assessing the ‘right job’ for you”