All posts by John Grimley

John Grimley edits and publishes Asia Law Portal. An independent writer & editor, he's the author of: A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets (Ark Group 2014).

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Reed Smith and Resource Law Managing Partners explain the strategy behind their Singapore alliance

Reed Smith formed an alliance with Singapore’s Resource Law in 2016 to strengthen its local expertise and client offering of a one-stop-shop service, and to help it stand out amid a highly competitive environment for both international and local firms in Singapore. The alliance has also allowed the firm […]

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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 Council, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang. As a result […]

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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 its flexible lawyer solution globally, including in Asia. In […]

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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]. ”  As the firm details in a press release: […]

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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 dispute resolution hub.  In this Q&A interview with Asia […]

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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 asks Mark Schroeder, Senior Legal Consultant with 勤理 China […]

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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 edge Wall Street work and was named SE Asia’s […]

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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 to over 600 attendees on the evolution of the […]

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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 Third Party Funding legislations and Investment Treaties. In addition, […]

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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 the coming year.  In retrospect — if 2017 were […]

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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 he describes what makes Sports Law unique, what motivated […]

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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.  In 2017: 30 people to watch in the business […]

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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 and continues to recognize its importance for economic development […]

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Indian legal startup Lawyered.in: Helping people find lawyers in Asia’s 3rd largest economy

As the world’s sixth largest economy and Asia’s third largest economy, India represents a significant opportunity for any legal services sector entrepreneur.  In Asia Law Portal’s continuing coverage of the Asia-Pacific region’s NewLaw and legal startup economy, here’s our recent interview with Raghav Shekhar, Co-founder and […]

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US law firms face possible roll-back of South Korean legal market access

As the Washington Post reported last week, U.S. President Donald Trump is contemplating withdrawing the United States from the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).  As the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) details on its website, KORUS entered into force on March 15, 2012, with […]

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: What’s the view from Australia?

The numbers can be overwhelming.  The expected investment from China and other participants in the One Belt One Road (OBOR) infrastructure initiative between 2015 and 2025 could hit US$ 5.3 trillion, and in 10 years will represent approximately 60% of global infrastructure investment. Too, Asia will likely represent […]

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Artificial Intelligence (AI): A new-frontier in legal services competition in Asia

In a news release issued last week – leading international NewLaw firm Axiom announced “the market launch of AxiomAI – a program that leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the efficiency and quality of contracts work. As part of AxiomAI, Axiom will accelerate the use of […]

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Hong Kong is emerging as a Belt and Road legal and dealmaking hub

Hong Kong is emerging as a Belt and Road legal and dealmaking hub, as a series of recent reports reflects.   ABS-CBN News, for example, has reported that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, speaking last week at the Wharton Global Forum, outlined how the special […]

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Big4 accounting firms emerge as Belt and Road thought leaders

Belt and Road growing in size and scope The growing impact and importance of China’s Belt and Road international infrastructure development initiative was on display last week in Beijing as leaders from 28 nations gathered to discuss enhancing cooperation on the initiative.   During the Summit […]

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NewLaw firm lexvoco enters the Japanese market

NewLaw firm lexvoco, which is based in Australia and which also operates in New Zealand, has begun operations in Japan.  Lexvoco is the first NewLaw secondment business to do so.   Japan has the world’s third largest economy with a GDP or 4.41 Trillion USD.  Law […]

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Asia’s NewLaw leaders explain their strategies for a more competitive 2017 market

International law firm Pinsent Masons is expanding its NewLaw secondment business Vario into Australia later this year, as The Journal of The Law Society of Scotland reported last month. As the article detailed, Vario has a pool of 300 professionals and revenue growth was more than […]

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Legal services disruption in India: Risks and opportunities

For those lawyers and legal services sector professionals about to gather in Mumbai for IDEX Legal’s Asia Law Firm Management Congress (ALFMC) April 20th – thoughts of legal market liberalization and change hastened by technology are taking center-stage. But what do these things mean?  And what […]