What is Driving Change in Asia’s Legal Profession?

The famous American jurist Clarence Darrow once said, “The trouble with law is lawyers.” And, when it comes to changing the way lawyers and law firms operate, some of the speakers and panellists at the Legal Inno’ […]

5 ways your law firm can win new work from the new Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement

Japan and the European Union have just announced what the Japan Times has called “a broad agreement…on free trade”.  As the European Commission detailed in a press release — “an agreement in principle on the main elements […]

When will the legal industry have its Napster moment?

“I like to think (it has to be!), Of a cybemetric ecology, Where we are free of our labors, And joined back to nature, Returned to our mammal brothers and sisters, And all watched over By machines of loving grace.” Thus wrote the […]

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 […]

India: Fast Tracking FDI approvals

India is moving towards a fast track regime for FDI approvals. The Government has initiated the process for creating standard operating procedures in this regard. FDI, being a critical factor, has contributed to improving India’s balance of […]

The Impact of third party funding on Hong Kong as a centre for International Arbitration

As recently as 14th June 2017, Hong Kong became the latest jurisdiction to permit third-party funding in international arbitration by passing legislation to amend the Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609). The amendment is likely to take effect later […]

NewLaw shows progress in Association of Corporate Counsel Australia 2017 Benchmarks and Leading Practices Report

The Association of Corporate Counsel Australia recently launched the 2017 Benchmarks and Leading Practices Report, an in-depth and extensive study of trends in the Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) in-house legal profession. The report also features 13 […]

12 questions to ask before joining an international law firm network

A recent study conducted by Stephen McGarry, President of the Association of International Law Firm Networks (AILFN), predicts that by 2020: “law firm networks will be recognized as the mainstream model for global legal services”.   Emma Ryan, […]

Legal Innovation and Tech Forum to take place in Hong Kong, June 8, 2017

Leaders in legal technology from around the world are poised to gather in Hong Kong for the Legal Inno’ Tech Forum.  The Forum will take place at ESPACE in Central Hong Kong on Thursday, June 8, 2017 between […]

The International Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Conference will take place October 8-13 in Sydney, Australia

The International Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Conference will take place October 8-13 in Sydney, Australia.  Notably, the conference takes place as the IBA celebrates its’ 70th anniversary. Widely regarded as the central event of the international legal […]

Modi’s Third Anniversary Achievement – India Retains Top FDI Recipient Rank

India was able to retain its top position in greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) by beating China and the United States for the second year in a row. The Government’s continuous efforts to improve the FDI climate […]

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 […]

Second Annual Asia Private Equity-Venture Capital Summit set for Singapore, Sept 21-22, 2017

For the second year in a row, the Asia PE-VC Summit will be held in Singapore. The event is an unprecedented global meeting place for top investors to discover companies in Asia’s fast growing economies.  Set to […]

India’s Law Commission Frames Rules to Recognise Foreign Lawyers

The Supreme Court has expressed its concern over unsatisfactory regulatory mechanism governing the advocates and observed in a case that there was an urgent need to review the provisions of the Advocates Act, 1961. The Law Commission […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Facilitating cross-border trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific: An interview with Babita Ambekar of Duane Morris & Selvam

Babita Ambekar is Head of Duane Morris & Selvam’s India and Japan Practice Groups. She advises multinationals on transactions involving India, Indian companies on their global expansion, in Singapore and abroad. She regularly advises Japanese companies on regional […]

First ever Asia Law Firm Management Congress to take place in Mumbai, April 20, 2017

The first ever Asia Law Firm Management Congress (ALFMC) will take place in Mumbai, April 20, 2017.  Presented by ThomsonReuters and curated by IDEX Legal.  The St Regis Hotel will be the conference venue. As LegallyIndia has detailed […]

India Beats Demonitisation to Remain Fastest Growing Economy

India remains the fastest growing economy notwithstanding the predicted contraction due to demonitisation last November. This fact was also recognized in the recent elections in five states, where BJP was a winner in four states. The party […]

How legal startup CanLaw is helping the Malaysian public find lawyers

Founded in 2016, Malaysian legal startup CanLaw was established as “a FREE service that makes finding the right lawyer a quick walk in the park”, as the company website details.  As part of Asia Law Portal’s continuing […]

Asia-Pacific law firms: Become a thought leader on emerging issues to attract new clients

A June, 2016 article by James Bliwas, Toronto-based business development consultant to law firms, details how firms can attract the attention of clients with strategic publishing efforts.  The concepts Bliwas details can and should be applied to […]