Category: Law Practice Management

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 […]

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 […]

Webinar: Can you use NewLaw methods to boost your Law Firm revenue?

In recent years NewLaw firms and Big4 accounting firms have increasingly taken legal market share away from traditional law firms.  NewLaw leader Axiom, for exam, is projected to overtake BigLaw’s DLA Piper in total revenue by 2018. Ever-increasing competition is forcing law firms to battle for […]

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Remaking Law Firms: Why and How: New book provides invaluable guidance for law firm leaders

A new book entitled Remaking Law Firms: Why and How shows BigLaw firm leaders why they must start their remaking journey now and then sets out the ways in which change can be made and the tools to use. Authored by Dr George Beaton and Dr Imme Kaschner, […]

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What opportunity do law firm mergers in Asia create for foreign law firms?

Local law firms in China remain the most attractive merger partners in Asia for foreign law firms, according to Hong Kong-based Ben Cooper, Managing Director, GRMExecutive.  Cooper outlines the reasons why these mergers remain so attractive in this interview: What opportunity do law firm mergers in Asia create […]

Australian law firm LegalVision is generating 20 new customer leads per day from their blog

Australian online law firm LegalVision is generating 20 new customer leads per day from their inbound content strategy, according to their CEO and Founder Lachlan McKnight.  McKnight outlined the firm’s strategy in an interview this week with the Australasian Law Practice Management Association (ALPMA). The interview was […]

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Legal Innovation takes center-stage in Asia-Pacific

The months of July and August have seen a flurry of conferences and news coverage dedicated to legal innovation in the Asia-Pacific legal markets.  And this trend will continue into September.  Here’s a list of what’s happened so far and what’s coming next: On July 30th, […]

Acritas publishes second annual Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index

UK-based market research firm Acritas has just published the second annual Asia-Pacific Law Firm Brand Index, with Baker & McKenzie placing first – and King & Wood Mallesons, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fullbright, and Kim & Chang rounding out the top 5. As Acritas outlined […]

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For some foreign law firms, not being in Asia is an Asia strategy

Another foreign law firm has chosen to not maintain a physical presence in Asia – while instead focusing on foreign direct investment from Asia into the jurisdictions where they practice. This strategy is employed by firms primarily as a means to secure work around Asia’s growing […]

More law firms in Asia add consulting services

News last week that Singapore-based RHTLaw Taylor Wessing (@RHTLawTW) had bolstered its consulting practices underscores a trend that appears to be gaining significant pace in international legal markets.  The RHT Group of Companies, which are wholly owned companies of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP,  now have consulting divisions ranging from […]

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Law firms turn to strategy directors for competitive advantage

In recent months two international law firms with operations in the Asia-Pacific region have appointed directors of strategy with an aim to gaining competitive advantage in crowded and competitive legal markets. In May, global law firm Baker & McKenzie appointed Julia Hayhoe Global Director, Strategy Implementation. […]

Legal Leaders Asia Forum: A preview Q&A with Nick Seddon of Beaton Capital

The 2nd Legal Leaders Asia Forum is set to take place March 24-25, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong.  The event will provide an opportunity for both international and independent law firms already established in Asia or with an eye towards the path to […]

Are public listings a path to global success for Asia’s law firms?

Singapore-based law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has announced it plans to publicly list a company offering a suite of professional services on the Catalist Board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in the first quarter of 2016, according to a recent report in Channel News Asia.  This planned […]

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Law Firm Sales Team vs ‘Salesy’ Fee Earners

Recently, I visited a law firm partner whose firm has great ambitions for 2015. Namely, this prominent Legal 500 firm plans to turn all or most of their fee earners into sales force. Naturally, this firm aims to continue to grow in the coming years. And […]

Asia’s Legal Leaders to gather in Hong Kong, March 24-25, 2015

The 2nd Legal Leaders Asia Forum is set to take place March 24-25, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong.  The event will provide an opportunity for both international and independent law firms already established in Asia or with an eye towards the path to […]

Asia-Pacific Region General Counsel: Their preferences when selecting outside counsel

Sydney-based legal business development professional Richard Smith (@RWS_01) has outlined in a blogpost this week — what Asia-Pacific Region In-House Lawyers are looking for from their outside counsel.  Smith based his post on an article by “Legal Week’s Elizabeth Broomhall (@ELBroomhall) [who] wrote up a very succinct account of […]

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Foreign law firms facing unique challenges in Asia

As has been widely reported, the Asia-Pacific region has become the new focus of attention for international law firms.  At the same time, international competition in the region is accelerating.  In the recently published book: A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets — I outline […]

Wolters Kluwer Hong Kong: Making law readily accessible on one online platform with PrimeLaw

The idea that “The law should be readily accessible” lies “at the heart of the development” of PrimeLaw — Wolters Kluwer Hong Kong’s major product in the making for the past year — according to Chloe Lau, Head of Publishing and Product Development for the company.  Here’s […]

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New Report: “Rapid evolution facing Asia-Pacific’s law firms”

According to a new report authored by Dr George Beaton and Eric Chin of Australia’s Beaton Capital — which appears in the new book:  A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets — Asia-Pacific’s indigenous law firms face a rapidly evolving landscape requiring concerted action to […]

K&L Gates Asia-Pacific Strategy: An Exclusive Report

An exclusive report by US-based international law firm K&L Gates on its Asia-Pacific Strategy are among the highlights of a new book by this author entitled “A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets“.  Integral to the book was the participation of the regions lawyers and […]

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New book provides “A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets”

A new book entitled A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets has just been published.  Authored by this writer and published by London-based Ark Group, the book begins with an introduction analyzing whether projections for dramatic growth in the region are realistic.  Some of the […]

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Mayer Brown launches Asia trade consulting arm in Singapore

International law firm Mayer Brown, the world’s 22nd largest law firm, has launched an Asia trade consulting arm in Singapore, according to a media release issued by the firm last week.  Richard Smith (RWS_01), Australian business development professional, also noted the event on Twitter. The new […]

New research outlines Asia-Pacific regional opportunities for international law firms

Eric Chin (@EricJYChin), Senior Analyst to the professions on strategy, structure, capital, acquisitions and disposals at Beaton Capital in Melbourne has just published new research outlining opportunities for international law firms in the Asia Pacific region. As Chin outlines: “The Asian Century is upon us and […]

India, Philippines legal process outsourcing (LPO’s) to experience rapid growth to 2020

The global market of Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) was estimated to be USD 1,085 million in 2012 — and is expected to reach USD 8,568.5 million by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 29.6% from 2014 to 2020, according to a report published this month by […]

The Asian Legal Marketplace by 2025

Dear law or pre-law students in Asia, Many of you reading this post decided to enter the legal profession based on only the vaguest notions of what the practice of law is actually like; a notion perhaps formed by TV shows or, more likely, the views of your […]

Japanese law firms continue Asia expansion drive

Japan’s top law firms are continuing an Asia expansion drive in an effort to assist Japanese companies in their expansion drive in the region – as well as to capture market share from high growth economies in China and the ASEAN region. In January, The Global […]

Five critical strategies for US law firms to succeed in Asia

Professional services providers around the world have much opportunity in the Asia-Pacific region – should they approach the market with 5 critical strategies, according to a new report by Eric Chin, Senior Analyst at Beaton Capital in Australia. Chin first outlines 5 key opportunities for professional […]

When Will NewLaw Firms Be Relevant In Asia?

With the NewLaw business model gathering pace in many developed economies it’s time to ask ‘When will NewLaw firms be relevant in Asia? To date the spread of the many types of NewLaw firms has been mainly confined to north America, the UK and Australia. When will […]

US law firms likely to continue to follow clients to Asia

Anthony Lin, writing in The Asian Lawyer last week, outlined the prospects for American law firms in Asia for the foreseeable future.  The bottom line of Lin’s article comes down to Lin’s prediction that the Asian marketplace will continue to grow, continue to attract US business, […]

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US law firms in renewed focus on Asia market

DLA Piper and Duane Morris have in recent months both initiated new drives to capture more work out of the Asia-Pacific region. Last December, DLA Piper announced “the appointment of [a] new three-strong Asia advisory committee…designed to create more synergies between the firm’s US and Asia […]

It’s Time for Large Firms to Look Over the Horizon

A recent London-based publication carried a range of opinions about the shape and destiny of large law firms in 2018. For partners in these firms articles such as these can’t make comfortable reading. But I think they miss the real point by not looking over the horizon. What […]

Pointers to change and opportunity for law firms in Hong Kong

This post is based on recent research that provides pointers to change and opportunity for law firms in Hong Kong. Much is changing in the Hong Kong legal profession. Our research amongst law firms and their clients reveals several insightful trends.  This post is the first […]

U.S. Law Firms Facing Competitive Challenges in China

As Yun Kriegler outlined recently in The Lawyer, after spending ten years in Asia, U.S. law firm Vinson & Elkins decided to close its Shanghai office. In July 2013, the Houston-based firm announced that it will shut down its three-partner office to consolidate its China practice […]

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How to find clients for your new law practice

If you are just about to start your first law firm / practice, one of the first questions probably is how to approach potential clients and get them onboard.  The principles laid out bellow, proven and borrowed from the start-up world, are also applicable if you […]

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Malaysian legal market opening to foreign firms

As the Star Online reported from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Parliament [The Dewan Rakyat] passed the Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill of 2012, which will soon allow foreign lawyers to open offices and practice law in Malaysia. What practices will foreign law firms be permitted to establish? Lee Shih, Partner […]

Hong Kong, China gateway: An interview with Deacons Executive Partner, Jeremy Lam

Introduction Hong Kong’s is both a gateway into China, but also as a superb conduit for Chinese outbound foreign investment, as the China Daily reported recently, echoing a sentiment expressed earlier this year by Deacons Executive Partner Jeremy Lam in an interview in BusinessWeek.  During the first half of […]