Yesterday saw the publication of The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150, the annual ranking of the largest law firms by lawyer numbers across Asia Pacific.
Growth across the international firms in Asia Pacific has slowed, while domestic firms are pushing forward. The Top 100 independent firms in the region increased lawyer headcount by 12 per cent in 2013, from 33,495 in 2012 to 37,575 a year later.
All but two Chinese firms reported a rise in headcount in last year. The largest lawyer jump came from Beijing-headquartered firm Dacheng, where the number of lawyers rose from 2,190 to 3,257. Dacheng is the largest firm in the Asia Pacific region by lawyer numbers.
It isn’t the only independent firm in growth mode. Singapore-based Rajah & Tann and Malaysia-based ZICOlaw are both emerging as contenders for the pole position in the region.
For insight into how the independent firms are taking on their international counterparts register at The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150.
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