All posts by John Grimley

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

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What is the current state of the legal recruitment market in Asia? A Q&A with GRMSearch

GRM was recently named the Best Legal Recruitment Agency of the Year in Hong Kong.  What did the awarding agency see in GRM as a unique competitive advantage? (Rob Green, CEO, GRMSearch) We actually retained the title! 2015 and now 2016 saw GRM crowned Best Legal […]

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How US Law Firms in Asia may be impacted by American trade protectionism

As the American Lawyer detailed in a recent article, US President elect Donald J. Trump has said he would impose a 45% tariff on goods manufactured in China and declare China a currency manipulator.  He also threatened to withdraw America from the World Trade Organization (WTO). […]

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Meisterline launched in Hong Kong: Seeks to “decode how legal experts think”

Hong Kong-based Dr. Peter Macmillan is the Founder & CEO of Meisterline Analytics, developer of the Meisterline Index™, a unique, science-based lawyer rating service that uses cognitive analysis to measure the expertise of legal specialists.  He recently founded Mesterline with an aim to decode (and measure) […]

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International lawyers of LexMundi briefed in Jakarta on how to grow their practices

This author briefed international lawyers of LexMundi law firm network in Jakarta on November 20th on how to grow their practices.  The briefing was attended by LexMundi member lawyers from around the world — and took place at LexMundi’s Asia-Pacific regional conference at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta.   […]

China poised to assume trans-Pacific trade leadership role

US Congressional leaders announced yesterday that they would not now consider ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty (TPP), effectively ending the accord.  The agreement, negotiated over a 7-year period between economies in Asia (not including China), Latin America, the United States and Canada — and which encompasses […]

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Why the future looks bright for online legal services in Asia

“Legal services utilising the internet and online technologies are here to stay”, according to a recent article by Peter Frankl in Legal Practice Intelligence. Frankl explains how categories referred to as “Online Legal Services, Online Law Firms and Online Lawyers are still nascent” — and that […]

Nominations now open for 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2017

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.  As 2017 approaches, Asia Law Portal is welcoming […]

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SingaporeLegalAdvice.com: A one-stop platform for lawyers and legal consumers

The Asia-Pacific region has seen much legal innovation in recent years.  And Singapore has been among the leading jurisdictions providing a venue for this innovation.  One of those legal entrepreneurs is Yuk Lun Chan, Founder of SingaporeLegalAdvice.com.  Here’s our recent Q&A interview with him about what […]

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Mills Oakley launches Asia-Pacific’s first legal startup accelerator

In a move that highlights the rapid expansion of the legal startup ecosystem in Asia-Pacific, Australia’s Mills Oakley has launched the region’s first legal startup accelerator.  Central to this effort is Mills Oakley’s CEO John Nerurker.  In our continuing coverage of the region’s legal startup scene – […]

AsiaLawNetwork.com launches online legal consultation service “Quick Consult” in Singapore

Singapore based legal startup AsiaLawNetwork.com has launched ‘Quick Consult’, a service which provides individuals and small businesses with easier and more affordable access to lawyers for S$49.  The service covers a broad range of legal issues both individuals and small businesses might encounter, including “divorce and commercial […]

Legal startup legistify seeks to make the law accessible in India

India’s legal market represents an enormous opportunity for legal startup entrepreneurs.  With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 1.877 trillion USD (2013) it ranks as “the seventh-largest economy in the world measured by nominal GDP and the third-largest by purchasing power parity.” As in other economies in the […]

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Indonesia to be Asia’s next digital powerhouse: Implications for legal services

According to the recently released e-conomy SEA 2016 report conducted jointly by Google and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings, Indonesia’s internet economy is growing at 26% annually.  And it “will be worth about US$81 billion in 10 years, or about 40% of the total Internet […]

The story of lexvoco: New Zealand’s first NewLaw firm

As Dr George Beaton of Australia’s Beaton Capital detailed recently: “lexvoco is the first NewLaw firm in New Zealand, entering by crossing the Tasman. While this might not necessarily be regarded as noteworthy, the speed with which lexvoco is spreading is truly remarkable.” In an effort to continue Asia […]

Australian Legal Startup Jurimetrics brings statistical big-data analysis to the legal system

Australia is among the leading jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region in the cultivation of startups focused on the legal services space.  And recently, a new Australian startup called Jurimetrics is bringing statistical big data to the legal system.  Here’s my recent interview with Managing Director Conrad […]

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NewLaw in Asia faces a hurdle in Malaysia

As the Star Online, Asian Legal Business and Marcus van Geyzel, lawyer and co-author of TheMalaysianLawyer.com — all detailed last month — Hong Kong-based legal startup Dragon Law is facing regulatory scrutiny by the Malaysian Bar after its recent entry into the local market. Dragon Law is […]

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Janders Dean to stage unique #LegalServiceDesign Jam in Sydney on 27/28 July

Janders Dean will be running a #LegalServiceDesign Jam in parallel to the Janders Dean Legal Transformation Conference in Sydney this coming Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and 28.  First conducted in London last May, LegalServicesDesign Jam adds a new dimension to the Legal Transformation Conference by, […]

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Colombia-Korea Free-Trade Agreement provides opportunity for lawyers

Lawyers in both South Korea and Colombia could be significant beneficiaries of a just-ratified free-trade agreement between the two nations.  As the Korea Herald detailed today: “Over the next 10 years, the two sides will knock down tariffs on over 96 percent of goods and roughly […]

What are the prospects for legal startups in Japan? An interview with Tim Romero, author of DisruptingJapan.com

Tim Romero is a Tokyo-based innovator, author, and entrepreneur.  He’s started several companies since coming to Japan more than 20 years ago — and he’s deeply involved in Japan’s startup community as an investor, founder and mentor.  He is the author of the widely-read blog DisruptingJapan.com […]

NewLaw expands in Asia with the addition of Hong Kong’s Korum Legal

As Australian legal commentator and analyist Eric Chin recently detailed, NewLaw in the Asia-Pacific is growing and its’ definition expanding to include alternative business models utilizing technology as a prime focus – above and beyond the traditional NewLaw secondment offer.  Too, a number of large international […]

FlySpaces offers lawyers flexible office solutions in the Asia-Pacific region

As the legal services sector continues to grow in the Asia-Pacific region, opportunities for lawyers to create their own career path by working in NewLaw or in flexible working arrangement with traditional law firms – is also increasing.   An important part of these changes includes opportunities […]

Asia’s legal recruitment market grows as more foreign firms expand

“Legal recruitment in Singapore and throughout the Southeast Asia region is picking up, driven by a growing number of lawyers who are flocking from the West to the stable and quickly growing economies of the East”, as Singapore legal recruiter jlegal detailed recently on their blog. […]

The New Normal Legal & Compliance Leadership Program debuts across Asia in May 2016

The New Normal Legal & Compliance Leadership Program will take place in Hong Kong (May 23 & 24), Shanghai (May 26 & 27), Singapore (May 30 & 31) and Sydney (June 2 & 3).  Conducted by Peter Connor, Founder & CEO of AlternativelyLegal, a newly established consulting and […]