CC recruits litigators for China assault

Clifford Chance has boosted its China litigation presence by 25 per cent with further plans for growth in Greater China within the next three months.

The magic circle firm has hired six lawyers to its Hong Kong office in as many weeks and is actively recruiting for PRC-based lawyers to bolster the Shanghai and Beijing litigation and dispute resolution teams.

Clifford Chance Asian head of intellectual property Ling Ho will co-head the PRC disputes team with current head Martin Rogers.

Rogers commented: “This is part of a targeted recruitment drive Clifford Chance has launched to support plans to significantly grow our litigation and dispute resolution business across the Greater China region.”

As first revealed on thelawyer.com (30 September) the firm has ambitious plans to double in size in mainland China within the next five years to more than 100 lawyers, particularly targeting native Chinese lawyers who have gone abroad to study and work before returning home.

The firm also has long-term plans to team up with a Chinese law firm as soon as the Chinese government allows it.