SJ Berwin dangles Asia MP role as recruitment carrot

SJ Berwin has decided to retire its Asia managing partner position temporarily and hold it back to lure in a senior hire in the region.

The firm has been without an Asia chief since Hong Kong partner Daniel Liew quit to join SNR Denton late last year (6 December 2011). It now has only three partners left in the region, of which one is a lawyer at Hong Kong associate firm Kwongs.

The most senior figure in the region is now Hong Kong chairman Peter Anderson, who heads the China practice.

But the firm has chosen not to re-appoint anyone to the Asia managing partner position for the time being and will instead use the title to entice a major lateral recruit.

An SJ Berwin spokesperson said: “Our China practice is led by Peter Anderson, chairman of SJ Berwin Hong Kong. We are examining options for growing our China practice including the appointment of further senior figures.”

SJ Berwin has had an office in Hong Kong since 2009 (23 March 2009) and a representative office in Shanghai (30 October 2009).

The firm is also eyeing Singapore, but the firm has not applied for a licence to practice there and is a long way off launching in the hub.