The long read: What future for Hong Kong’s legal market?
For decades, Hong Kong has been at the centre of Western law firms’ strategies, with its long history as one of the world’s key financial centres. However, times have changed since the first firms set foot in the region.
The University of Law (ULaw) has handed control of its new Hong Kong campus to one of the legal education world’s most well-known figures. Peter Crisp, who served as dean of BPP from 2003 to 2017 before becoming pro vice chancellor external at ULaw, will take on the role of dean at the new campus, […]
A deputy judge in Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance has slammed K&L Gates’s request for documents as “vague”, “inconsistent” and “convoluted” in an ongoing fraud dispute involving a former partner. A judgment dated 29 March shows that the US firm requested a number of documents, including some protected by confidentiality agreements, in a bid […]
Slaughter and May has landed the lead corporate role for the Hong Kong stock exchange as it puts forward a £32bn bid to purchase the LSE Group, The Lawyer understands. Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX), one of the world’s most active boards for IPOs and listings, has offered to buy the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in […]
Cooley is in the process of expanding its Asia presence, with the firm hiring a Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner to spearhead its planned Hong Kong launch. Cooley has hired Skadden partner Will Cai in Hong Kong. Cai was made up at Skadden in 2014 and has a focus on China-related capital markets […]
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has updated its statement to students in relation to the difficulties some faced when taking an online exam this week. Some students attempting to take the ethics exam for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) were dismayed with glitches in the system, while others revealed on social media that they […]
A total of 27 staff from BT Legal, which was acquired by DWF last year, have been made redundant. The group left in June seven months after moving from the company’s claims and corporate property team to the law firm. The reason, stated in a Communications Union release, boils down to the fact that the […]
For the first time, The Lawyer has put together a comprehensive list of global disputes being heard in 2021, with six of the top 20 held in London. The list of cases, which features as part of the Global Litigation 50 report, covers all manner of disputes whether it is a commercial tussle in London’s […]
Parties from the United States and Switzerland are competing over a six-figure sum sitting in Stephenson Harwood’s bank account, with the firm taking up a bit-part role in an ongoing High Court clash. A total of $570,000 is at the heart of the scrap between the estate of late US lawyer, Irving Kagan, and Swiss […]
Charles Russell Speechlys new managing partner Simon Ridpath has put forward a series of objectives for his tenure, as the firm revealed a dip in profits and rise in revenue for 2019/20. In the financials, net profit and profit per equity partner (PEP) dipped by 3 and 5 per cent respectively, from £29.6m to £28.7m […]
Goodwin has orchestrated a rota system to slowly bring back lawyers to its London office. The UK arm of the US firm has kept its London outpost open for about two weeks for a limited number of employees and on a voluntary basis. It followed a thorough risk assessment that gave the greenlight for the […]