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”

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 (April – June 2021)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. June 2021 21 Jun – MinterEllison (Sydney, Australia) Australia’s largest law firm, MinterEllison, has chosen property law partner Virginia Briggs to replace Annette Kimmitt as the firm’s chief executive and managing partner. Ms Briggs has been acting CEO since Ms Kimmitt left the firm in March in theContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (April – June 2021)”

India In-house Legal Market Overview – 2020

India has one of the largest legal profession set-ups in the world, fittingly sitting alongside the world’s largest democracy. Which means disruption, doubts, and delays caused by Covid-19 were exacerbated in this market more than most others. Hiring activity remained busy throughout, however, and it will be fascinating to see whether such activity continues inContinue reading “India In-house Legal Market Overview – 2020”

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”

Are you ready? Legal hiring trends to look out for in 2021

Markets expect the world’s economy will bounce back once vaccination programs are underway. Once economic activity increases in the post-vaccine period, we believe that hiring activities will go back to the pre-Covid-19 level.  We have continued to see good levels of recruitment activity in Asia since Q4 2020. Both recruiters and jobseekers should be well-preparedContinue reading “Are you ready? Legal hiring trends to look out for in 2021”

Legal Move Updates (January – March 2021)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. March  2021 31 Mar – Linklaters (Hong Kong, China) Linklaters has appointed William Liu as its new Regional Managing Partner, Asia for a period of four years from 1 June 2021. William succeeds Nathalie Hobbs who has completed her term in the role and will work closely withContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (January – March 2021)”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

“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”

Legal Move Updates (July – September 2020)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. September 2020 30 September – Mills Oakley (Perth, Australia) Mills Oakley has again looked to Norton Rose Fulbright for a partner hire, a workplace relations-focused lawyer with three decades’ experience in Perth. (from http://www.iclg.com) 28 September – Dechert (Beijing, China) Dechert has appointed partner Yang Wang to headContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (July – September 2020)”

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?”