Astana poised to become Central Asia’s legal tech innovation hub

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) recently established the AIFC LawTech Advisory Council.  In cooperation with the World Economic Forum, the AIFC has a plan to develop the first Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre in Central Asia.  As a part of this effort, the Leadership of the […]

Thailand Postpones Effective Date of Data Privacy Law

By Attorneys Naytiwut Jamallsawat & John Formichella Background The Thai Cabinet, on May 19, 2020, approved a Royal Decree on Organizations and Businesses which shall be exempted from compliance with the Personal Data Protection Act B.E. 2562 (2019) (“Royal Decree“) to delay the enforcement date of the Personal […]

India’s Economy Locked Down

The grim fallout of India’s self-imposed lockdown of more than 2 months is coming to the fore now. The economic growth has now dipped to zero or even negative leading to a contraction. While continuing the lockdown, the Government has relaxed restrictions on certain business activities, […]

How law firm partner remuneration may change post COVID-19. An interview with Rob Green, CEO of GRM

The coronavirus is impacting the legal services sector in a variety of significant ways.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Rob Green, CEO of GRM, examines how law firm partner remuneration may change post COVID-19. Will we see any changes to law firm Partner remuneration […]

The fastest-growing law firm in the Asia-Pacific region. An interview with Lachlan McKnight, CEO, LegalVision

Australia-based LegalVision has helped more than 150,000 businesses with cost-effective and efficient legal services since it was founded in 2012. Recently recognized by the Financial Times as the fastest-growing law firm in the Asia-Pacific region – LegalVision was also recently named NewLaw firm of the Year […]

A new model of international law firm. An interview with Vincent Birot, Co-Founder & CEO, Belaws

Online legal services provider Belaws was founded in 2017 in Bangkok before quickly expanding to neighbouring countries.  Belaws utilizes digital technologies to optimize the client-lawyer relationship. Clients enjoy fast, clear and transparent services while lawyers increase their productivity.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Vincent […]

Indonesia’s “One-Stop-Shop Legal Platform” for business: An interview with Irma Surya, CEO, PLATO

In 2018, Irma Surya founded PLATO, a “one-stop-shop legal platform” focused on helping small businesses navigate Indonesia’s legal landscape.  A lawyer with extensive experience assisting businesses expand in Indonesia, Surya details what inspired her to found PLATO and what’s in store for the company’s future in […]

Chance Bridge Partners Becomes Alliott Group’s First Law Firm Member in China

Alliott Group, the world’s sixth largest multidisciplinary alliance of professional services firms, has expanded its reach to China’s legal market. The appointment of Top 25 law firm Chance Bridge Partners in Beijing continues the alliance’s recent growth in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region which has included […]

Understanding The Force Majeure Clause – Corporate Law Team, IndusLaw

The businesses have been impacted by the lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19, raising the issue of performance of the contracts for them. They are considering invoking the ‘Force Majeure’ clause in the contracts to seek relief in these tough times. IndusLaw’s Corporate Law Team […]

New Courts, New Perspectives: Hybrid International commercial courts

Julien Chaisse & Anushka Tanwar[1] The concept of hybrid international commercial courts is peculiar and intriguing. It is neither arbitration nor litigation before a national court. Rather, it is a combination of both.[2] It provides the parties with the best of both worlds; state court proceedings […]

IP Prosecution and considerations for foreign companies doing business in India. An interview with Yashvardhan Rana, Intellectual Property Lawyer, New Delhi, India

Yashvardhan Rana, Editor – The Trademark Reporter, INTA and a recent recipient of the Top 50 Emerging IP professional in the world award—found inspiration at a young age to become an Intellectual Property Lawyer. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, this highly decorated IP Lawyer […]

The World’s Only Remote-First Flexi-Lawyer Service: An interview with Katherine Thomas, CEO, Free Range Lawyers

Free Range Lawyers was founded in 2019 to help empower remote working lawyers and law firms seeking flexible work arrangements.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Katherine Thomas, CEO of Free Range Lawyers, details the inspiration behind — and the future plans for — this […]

How Australian startup Sprintlaw is making legal services affordable for small business. An interview with Co-founder Alex Solo

In 2017, lawyer and entrepreneur Alex Solo co-founded Sprintlaw, a tech-enabled legal startup based in Australia – whose focus is providing cost effective and efficient legal services to small businesses and startups.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Solo explains the inspiration for Sprintlaw’s founding […]

LawWiser, a Knowledge Platform for Lawyers in India, forms Video Partnership with Asia Law Portal

LawWiser, a Knowledge Platform for Lawyers in India, was recently founded by Aman Abbas, a veteran marketing advisor to the legal services sector.  Asia Law Portal is now partnering with LawWiser to provide high-quality video services to lawyers. The platform is primarily video driven – and […]

60% of US companies in the Mekong region plan to expand operations

According to a recent study by the East-West Center in Washington and the Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program, more than 1,000 US Companies are active in the five Mekong countries and more than half are planning expansion in the region. The Mekong Region As the report […]

India’s Economy Wilting Under Covid-19 Headwinds

India’s self-imposed near total lockdown of 21 days has been further extended to May 03, 2020. This 40-day shutdown has derailed the economy as per reports of global financial institutions. There has been marginal lifting of the restrictive measures in select areas for some essential services […]

How Australia’s Hall & Wilcox has adapted to the changing legal services landscape. An interview with Managing Partner Tony Macvean

Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent Australian law firm that’s been in business for more than 100 years.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, the firm’s Managing Partner, Tony Macvean, outlines the unique ways the firm has adapted to the changing legal services landscape. […]

Webcast: Proactive management of COVID 19 related risks and disputes

On 31st March, 2020, In-House Community, together with LC Lawyers LLP (Hong Kong law firm member of the global EY network), hosted a webinar for over 270 in-house counsel. The webinar covered Proactive management of COVID 19 related risks and disputes, and was presented by Kareena Teh, Partner; […]

Who knows what the future will hold?

Looking at the past to work through the Covid-19 crisis

The current state of legal innovation in New Zealand. An interview with Andrew King, Founder, LegalTechHub

Andrew King is one of the core connectors of the legal tech industry in New Zealand. The founder of LegalTechHub (a portal for legal tech in NZ), the founder of e-discovery and legal innovation consultancies, and the organizing force behind LawFest NZ.  In this interview with […]

Black Swan Alert! – Covid-19 and what senior partners should be doing right now to survive

As a senior leader in the industry I hope you will find the article below by Paul Smith, former Chairman of Eversheds Sutherland and co-author, helpful. Its intention is to assist law firm executives at a time of crisis with some tried and tested tips regarding […]

Executing your law firm business development plans during the coronavirus outbreak

Like a hurricane that swept across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our lives. It is fair to say that most of our lives right now are different when compared to the start of 2020. Case in point: Most of you are probably reading […]

Hong Kong’s legal job market: Predictions for the coming year

In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Rob Green, CEO of GRM, provides his analysis of the past 12 months in legal recruitment in Hong Kong, and what we might expect for the rest of the year. Given the past 12 months, how has Hong Kong’s […]

India Battles to Survive Covid-19

A slipping economic growth in India was compounded with a rude jolt by the WHO declared pandemic which is threatening to wipe out many global economies. Covid-19’s sudden spike in March is wreaking havoc and in order to contain the fast spreading outbreak, India has decided […]

The story of Malaysia’s #1 Legal App. An interview with June Low, Founder, EasyLaw

In 2016, June Low Founded EasyLaw.  The app is now used by 1 out of 4 lawyers in Malaysia.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Low details the story of this remarkable legal startup and what inspired her to pursue a career in legal tech. […]

COVID-19 Legal Workflow to help legal teams manage pandemic-related issues

Australian law firm Gadens and legal-tech company Lawcadia are releasing the COVID-19 Legal Workflow in response to the deluge of legal issues corporate and government teams are now facing, and will continue to face, as a result of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The massive legal […]

New online community for legal marketing and business development professionals launched. An interview with William McLaughlin, Managing Member, BD Roundtable

In February, 2020, Bangkok-based legal business development professional William McLaughlin launched BDRoundtable.com, a private online community for legal marketing and business development professionals. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, McLaughlin details what inspired BD Roundtable’s creation and what’s in store for its’ future.  He also […]

The unique value proposition of document automation platforms for law firms and the general counsel. An interview with Malik Anwar, Director of Asia operations, Clarilis

Legal technology business Clarilis recently opened an office in Singapore, appointing industry veteran Malik Anwar as Director of Asia operations. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Anwar outlines the value proposition of document automation platforms to law firms and the general counsel, Clarilis’ future plans […]

Meet the Team at GRM: Asia’s Most Decorated Legal Recruitment Agency

GRM was born in Hong Kong in January 2009, when Rob Green, GRM’s CEO, moved to Hong Kong from the Cayman Islands, with no prior knowledge of the city or the Asian legal market. In the middle of the global financial crisis, GRM was born. The aim […]

The current state of legal innovation in Singapore. An interview with Josh Lee Kok Thong, Chairperson, Asia Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA)

Josh Lee Kok Thong is Chairperson of the Asia Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA). In this interview with Asia Law Portal, he provides his unique insights into the current state of legal innovation in Singapore and what’s in store for the future. Based in […]

The current state of legal innovation in Malaysia. An interview with Daniel Lui, Co-Founder, LawTech Malaysia

Malaysia has long been a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in the legal services sector in the Asia-Pacific region. In this wide-ranging interview with Asia Law Portal, Daniel Lui, Co-Founder of LawTech Malaysia, explains the state of legal innovation in Malaysia in 2020. What is LawTech […]

India’s Finance Budget and slipping economic growth

The Union Finance Budget was announced without much in it for foreign investors. The economy remains a point of discussion with global financial institutions as recovery does not appear in the horizon. While India has not been directly hit by Coronavirus, it is feeling the effect […]

Lawyer-to-lawyer document marketplace launched: Lexub

New shared-economy legal document marketplace offers lawyers democratisation of precedents and monetisation of documents

Singapore’s first online personal legal services platform. An interview with Alvin T’ng, Founder, WillCraft

WillCraft (WillCraftNow.com) is Singapore’s first online personal legal services platform.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, Founder Alvin T’ng explains what motivated WillCraft’s founding, its’ services offer, how it works with local law firms, how customers find the service, T’ng’s transition from legal practice to […]

Neota Legal Tech networking event set for Singapore, Thursday, March 19

Neota invites their valued customers, partners and anyone with an interest in Neota and the LegalTech space, to a chance to network and learn from each other, as well as the Neota team at their Neota Network (N²) event in Singapore on Thursday 19th March. Neota aims […]

Law firm marketing – Making sense of puzzling propositions

In the legal profession, traditionally a lot of business ‘walked-in’ based on the reputation of the Firm or due to equity created by some prominent lawyers in the firm. However, with intense competition among Firms that have similar kinds of talent pool and increased pricing pressure, […]

Cambodia’s Startup Scene: Young, Vibrant and Promising. An Interview with Sreypeou Chaing, Managing Partner, CSP & Associates

Sreypeou Chaing is Managing Partner of CSP & Associates and Legal Advisor with Cambodia Startup Advisers.  In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she details the current startup environment in Cambodia, including what venture capital investors should be thinking about when investing in Cambodian startups, the work of […]

Will 2020 be make or break year for India’s economy?

The Government of India should be ready with its new year resolutions and timelines to achieve the same, as 2020 ushered in the lowest GDP forecast in the last 11 years, continuing the year-end gloomy economic situation in the country. The Government has an opportunity to […]

Insights on Marketing a Hong Kong Barrister’s Chambers. An interview with Aparna Bundro, Director of Practice Development, DesVoeux Chambers

Aparna Bundro is Director of Practice Development for DesVoeux Chambers in Hong Kong. In this interview with Asia Law Portal, she explains how her background as a lawyer helped her transition into legal marketing and business development, the difference between marketing for a barrister’s chambers versus […]

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The unique role of the legal startup CMO. An interview with Sacha Kirk, Co-Founder, Lawcadia

Sacha Kirk is Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Australia-based legal startup Lawcadia.  Named to Asia Law Portal’s 12 legal tech startup founders to follow in the Asia-Pacific region in 2020 – Kirk explains in this interview with Asia Law Portal what inspired Lawcadia’s founding, […]