All posts by John Grimley

John Grimley edits & publishes Asia Law Portal. An independent writer & editor to the international legal services sector, he's the author of A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets.

China announces plans to further liberalize its’ legal market

China Daily reports today that China “will further open up its services sector by expanding a pilot program for innovative development of trade in services.”  The decision was taken yesterday at an executive meeting of China’s State […]

Asia ADR Week 2018: A platform for Asian-centric ADR trends and economic developments

The Asian International Arbitration Centre will present its inaugural edition of the ASIA ADR WEEK 2018, from May 05, 2018 – May 07, 2018 at the AIAC at the Bangunan Sulaiman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In this Q&A article with […]

Why Malaysian Law Firms Should Publish about Belt and Road

Malaysian law firms would be wise to consider publishing insights about local market and legal conditions surrounding Belt and Road infrastructure development for both domestic and foreign companies. Malaysia is poised to receive more Belt and Road […]

NewLaw firm Vario to expand into Singapore

Pinsent Masons will launch its NewLaw flexible consulting service, Vario, in Singapore in mid-2018. Vario was first established in the Asia-Pacific region in Australia in July 2017.  The firm reports it is witnessing increased client demand for […]

NewLaw expands in Asia with the addition of Cognatio Law in Hong Kong

NewLaw industry veteran Lesley Hobbs announced in February the launch of her own firm Cognatio Law to “satisfy the growing demand within Hong Kong’s legal market for flexible and cost-effective legal services [for large and small companies]. […]

Singapore’s Maxwell Chambers becomes the world’s first smart hearing facility

Maxwell Chambers recently announced that it is set to become the world’s first smart hearing facility by the end of 2018, in a bid backed by the Ministry of Law to boost Singapore’s position as an international […]

3 essential social media channels for small law firms

Small law firms operating in competitive local, regional and international markets can gain an advantage should they adopt and properly manage 3 key social media channels. As Daniel Decker explained last year in Law Technology Today (LTT), […]

Inaugural Asia ADR week set for Kuala Lumpur, May 5-7, 2018

The Asian International Arbitration Centre will present its inaugural edition of the ASIA ADR WEEK 2018, from May 05, 2018 – May 07, 2018 at the AIAC at the Bangunan Sulaiman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ASIA ADR WEEK […]

Asia Law Firm Management Congress set for Mumbai, April 12, 2018

The second annual Asia Law Firm Management Congress (ALFMC) will take place April 12, 2018 at The St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai, India. Following up on a successful inaugural event last year where over 70 lawyers and management professionals from law firms across […]

2 challenges facing international law firm marketing alliances

A recent article by Alex Berry in LegalWeek detailed another new law firm marketing collaboration involving London-based DAC Beachcroft (DACB) and Hong Kong headquartered Oldham Li & Nie (OLN).  As Berry reported, DACB is an international law […]

TechLaw.Fest to take place in Singapore, April 4-6, 2018

TechLaw.Fest, scheduled to take place in Singapore, April 4-6, 2018, will bring together more than 3000 attendees, including leading thinkers in the space of Technology Law and Legal Technology. Jointly organized by Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) […]

Big4 vs BigLaw in Asia: What makes Deloitte Legal unique?

Competition in legal services in Asia is acute.  Among the competitive pressures traditional law firms face in Asia is the drive by Big4 accounting firms to gain legal market share.  In this Q&A interview, Asia Law Portal […]

Stefanie Yuen Thio of Singapore’s TSMP Law explains how to build a successful boutique legal practice

Stefanie Yuen Thio is Joint Managing Director of TSMP Law Corporation in Singapore, leads the firm’s M&A and corporate practice and co-manages the firm. TSMP is regarded as one of Singapore’s handful of “go to” independent firms for cutting […]

Innovating in-house legal in Asia Pacific

Peter Connor is Founder and CEO of AlternativelyLegal.  The Australia-based former in-house counsel conducts ‘Everything But The Law’TM innovation sessions for in house lawyers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  He recently delivered the keynote speech at the InHouse Community Annual Congress in Hong Kong […]

A Guide to Asia-Pacific Region Arbitration Hubs

As Asian Legal Business recently detailed:  “Arbitration as an ADR mechanism has been steadily gaining traction across the Asia Pacific region. This is in particularly accelerated by the several recent legal developments and regulatory changes such as […]

30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2018

As we approach the beginning of 2018 — Asia Law Portal continues its’ tradition begun in 2015 and followed up in 2016 and 2017 — of naming 30 people to watch in the business of law in […]

What makes Sports Law unique? A Q&A with Richard Wee of Malaysia’s MahWengKwai

Richard Wee joined Kuala Lumpur-based MahWengKwai & Associates in 2016, where he  established and now heads the firms Sports Law Practice Group.  Recognized locally and regionally for pioneering this niche, in this Q&A with Asia Law Portal […]

Key takeaways from the 2nd Singapore Law Firm Management Forum

The Second Regional Law Firm Management Forum took place Friday November 3, 2017, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore.  This year’s Forum focused on how non-legal professional in law firms can become critical contributors to firm strategies. […]

Nominations now open for 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2018

In January of 2015 Asia Law Portal published the inaugural annual: 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015 and in 2016 published: 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2016.  […]

Southeast Asia’s legal tech innovators to gather in Kuala Lumpur Nov 4-5, 2017

Kuala Lumpur is set to host an important South East Asia regional legal tech conference next month, hosted by Malaysian legal startup CanLaw.  We asked Lee Su Wen, CanLaw’s Event Director, to tell us more about the […]

What opportunities exist for foreign investors in the Maldives?

As the Maldives Mission to the European Union details on its’ website:  “Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) has always played a crucial role in the economic development of the Maldives. The Government acknowledges the importance of foreign investment […]

Second Regional Law Firm Management Forum set for Singapore, Nov 3, 2017

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA), along with the Law Council’s Australian Law Management Group, held its inaugural Regional Law Firm Management Forum in Singapore late last year.  The Second Regional Law Firm Management Forum is […]