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”

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”

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”

Embracing 2021 with positivity and aspirations

Dear Friends, Candidates and Clients, I hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. We all have experienced the challenging year of 2020, globally or locally, personally or professionally. Pay cuts, layoffs, furloughs, and compensation freezes were everywhere last year. Many in the legal industry were unclear whether things will return toContinue reading “Embracing 2021 with positivity and aspirations”

Consultant Spotlight: Eve Liu

At Hughes-Castell, our most valuable asset is our people, so creating a culture of an open, inspired, and rewarding working environment for consultants to grow and thrive is our ultimate goal. With a marketing background, Eve recently joined Hughes-Castell as an experienced recruitment consultant specializing in compliance and corporate governance recruitment for international law firms,Continue reading “Consultant Spotlight: Eve Liu”

Leaders in Law: Interview with Xiangjun Kong

Today, we are happy to have Xiangjun Kong, a former Head of Legal for Sanofi China, to join us to share his legal healthcare/pharmaceutical experience and tips for young lawyers as well as his thought on the fast-changing healthcare law landscapes in China. Kong has extensive experience in the field of healthcare and life science and servesContinue reading “Leaders in Law: Interview with Xiangjun Kong”

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”

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”

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”

Consultant Spotlight: Paul Chan

Consultant Spotlight: Paul Chan With a longstanding reputation for excellence over the last 35 years in Asia, Hughes-Castell also offers a lively, dynamic, and innovative professional working environment where young talent can grow their careers. Graduated in 2017 from the London School of Economics, Paul is an Associate Consultant in our Hong Kong office specializingContinue reading “Consultant Spotlight: Paul Chan”

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”

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”

Consultant Spotlight: Mudita Valakati

Hughes-Castell is an international legal recruitment agency with a diverse cultural mix of Australian, British, Chinese, European, and Indian colleagues. Mudita is an Associate Consultant in our Hong Kong office specializing in sourcing legal professionals as part of our In-House and Private Practice recruitment team and is fluent in English and Hindi. Come and getContinue reading “Consultant Spotlight: Mudita Valakati”

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”

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”

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”

What law firms can learn from the CEO of Airbnb

Lessons in Leadership and Communication – What law firms can learn from the CEO of Airbnb Given the current economic outlook, law firms have been attempting to manage their expenses via salary freezes, cuts and reduction in benefits. Some firms, for example Goodwin Procter and Faegre Drinker, have also conducted layoffs.  Similar to the legal industry, other sectors haveContinue reading “What law firms can learn from the CEO of Airbnb”

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”

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”