Hughes-Castell: ARA 2020 Hong Kong for Best International Recruitment Agency

We are excited to announce that Hughes-Castell has won Best International Recruitment Agency in the Asia Recruitment Awards 2020! We are honored to also receive awards in the following categories: the Best Candidate Experience-Agencies (Silver), the Best Client Services (Silver), the Best Professional Services Recruitment Agency (Silver), the Best Executive Search Agency (Bronze). These prestigiousContinue reading “Hughes-Castell: ARA 2020 Hong Kong for Best International Recruitment Agency”

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”

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”

Partner promotions amidst unprecedented conditions

In keeping with the tradition, UK law firms including the Magic Circle firms, announced new partner promotions for 2020 recently despite the industrywide uncertainty. A desire to retain the best talent has been cited as the driver behind. Although the current challenging conditions, the largest UK firms believe investing in people is the very coreContinue reading “Partner promotions amidst unprecedented conditions”

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”

Legal Move Updates (April – June 2020)

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing list. June 2020 26 June – Clayton Utz (Brisbane, Australia) Baker McKenzie nabs Kirkland partner in 3rd Hong Kong hire in 2 weeks. Derek Poon advises on private equity transactions. 27 May – Trilegal (Mumbai, India) Indian law firm Trilegal has boosted its corporate practice with the hire ofContinue reading “Legal Move Updates (April – June 2020)”

Hiring Trends in Infographics

Hiring Trends amidst COVID-19 Despite the impact of the COVID-19, firms are seeing opportunities for growth in certain practices in various regions. Our quarterly review provides an overview of the key appointments in the region: Locations: *Singapore market remains stable compared to other countries in the region. *China had a quiet January due to theContinue reading “Hiring Trends in Infographics”

Shifting sands in lateral hiring during the COVID-19 crisis

As the Western markets deal with steeply increasing numbers of infections and deaths from COVID-19 and its seemingly inexorable spread, and as a result governments in Europe and across the Atlantic finding it necessary to impose lockdowns on the public, it is difficult to envisage anything but lockdown in the laterals market. In Asia, theContinue reading “Shifting sands in lateral hiring during the COVID-19 crisis”

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”

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”

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”

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”

November Private Practice Review

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 firmContinue reading “November Private Practice Review”

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”