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”

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”

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?”

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?”

Social Media & Personal Branding for Lawyers

A strong personal brand can help you win trust and build relationships with clients. Eric Sim, former UBS Investment Bank Managing Director and one of social media’s most-followed keynote speakers and career coaches, helps executives build their online presence and brand. We are delighted to have Eric join us to share his tips on howContinue reading “Social Media & Personal Branding for Lawyers”

Thinking of making a move to an offshore firm?

There are more offshore law firms in service than ever before to meet these increasing needs in Hong Kong. In parallel, we have observed a growing number of lawyers expressing interest in moving into the offshore environment. Considering the rapid growth of the offshore firms’ presence in the Hong Kong market, we  are happy toContinue reading “Thinking of making a move to an offshore firm?”

Consultant Spotlight: Sharon Siu

Sharon is a Senior Consultant based in Hughes-Castell’s Hong Kong headquarters. Prior to joining Hughes-Castell, she led the In-house corporate and private practice recruitment at a global recruitment firm. Before joining legal recruitment in 2017, Sharon practised as a Barrister in Hong Kong. In this feature, Sharon shares her thoughts on the recruitment industry andContinue reading “Consultant Spotlight: Sharon Siu”

No Piling On

In American football, piling on occurs when players continue to jump on a player who is already down. In writing, piling on nouns is not a sanctioned offense, but it can definitely impede comprehension. A sentence from Dr. Seuss’s Fox in Socks illustrates the phenomenon: “When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with theirContinue reading “No Piling On”

“Perfect Storm” perpetuates in Hong Kong

As if Hong Kong’s market hadn’t withstood enough of a battering over the last 12 months, more questions were asked of its long-term viability with the introduction of the new National Security Law officially passed on 30 June 2020. While this has surely contributed to a significant reduction in public demonstrations of civil unrest thatContinue reading ““Perfect Storm” perpetuates in Hong Kong”

Working in Law: private practice or in-house?

For lawyers who have worked in private practice for several years, it is not uncommon for them to consider making a career change to an in-house position. Although working in private practice can be a rewarding experience for many lawyers (to gain deep knowledge and practical experience in a specific area of law and let’sContinue reading “Working in Law: private practice or in-house?”

Interview with Charles Chau, Graduate Recruitment Partner, Jones Day

We are delighted to have Charles Chau, a corporate Partner at Jones Day’s Hong Kong office, join us to share his insights on how to build a successful legal career. As the Graduate Recruitment Partner, Charles also shares his advice on what he looks for when recruiting and the importance of giving back through volunteerContinue reading “Interview with Charles Chau, Graduate Recruitment Partner, Jones Day”

A modest recommendation/suggestion

How often have you heard people say something like “I recommend you to see a lawyer”? This structure is very common in Asia but is never used by native speakers (unless they’ve soaked up too much of the local patois). Unfortunately no rule applies to this situation. The correct form is simply a matter ofContinue reading “A modest recommendation/suggestion”

5 tips to thrive in BigLaw

Throughout these years, a number of law graduates and junior lawyers have commented that international law firms, especially those renowned as the Magic Circle or White-Shoe firms, are so aggressive that even if you get a chance to work there, only the cream-of-the-crop will thrive and progress up the ranks. We believe that every drivenContinue reading “5 tips to thrive in BigLaw”

The Wednesday Writer with Bill Lawrence

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the first of what I hope will be numerous instalments of The Wednesday Writer. Just in case I get hit by a bus in the coming week, I want to go straight to the feature that affects comprehension more than any other. Did you think “long sentences”? Bravo, you areContinue reading “The Wednesday Writer with Bill Lawrence”

Interview with Mary Schaus, Attorney Recruitment & Development Regional Leader

We are thrilled to have Mary Schaus, an experienced leader in attorney recruiting and development from Skadden, to share her thoughts on legal recruitment, talent management, and diversity in the workplace. In the interview, Mary shares her insights about Skadden’s recruiting approach, successful workplace environments, lateral hiring integration, and the importance of grit, curiosity andContinue reading “Interview with Mary Schaus, Attorney Recruitment & Development Regional Leader”

Covid-19, cutbacks and closures

Covid-19 continues to hog the headlines as Hong Kong edges along in reducing social distancing rules and China moves more boldly towards returning its cities to normality. Every day seems to bring further news of international firms instigating cost-cutting measures and, officially or unofficially, freezing all hiring globally even as Asia looks to weather theContinue reading “Covid-19, cutbacks and closures”

Future Skills for Lawyers

For the 21st century, technology literacy is mandatory for many industries, including the legal profession. Lawyers must be technologically equipped to remain competitive in the quickly evolving legal sector. The digital transformation of firms has been boosted because of coronavirus; therefore, legal professionals with digital skills become even more important than they are now. ItContinue reading “Future Skills for Lawyers”

Interview with Adam Au, Former General Counsel pursuing an MBA

We are delighted to have Adam Au, former General Counsel of a Sino-American private equity fund, share his thoughts on pursuing an MBA as an experienced lawyer. A graduate of Brown University and Oxford law, Adam started off his career as a transactional lawyer at top-tier international law firms. In order to have a broaderContinue reading “Interview with Adam Au, Former General Counsel pursuing an MBA”

How to succeed in a video job interview

Video interviewing is becoming an essential part of the hiring process. During the coronavirus outbreak, companies are moving more and more interviews to video to reduce non-essential face-to-face meetings. Being able to communicate your value well to a prospective employer via video is, therefore, paramount. Here are four tips for managing your nerves and turningContinue reading “How to succeed in a video job interview”