The managing partner of a China-based boutique legal consultancy has been made an OBE in the Queen’s 2012 New Year’s Honours list, in recognition of his services to UK business and legal services in China.
Based in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong province, Jeremy Sargent is the founder and managing partner of 11-member law firm JS Associates. He is admitted to practise law in England and Wales and Hong Kong.
Prior to establishing his own firm in 2007, Sargent practised at Stephenson Harwood for eight years, mostly as a partner in the firm’s Guangzhou and Shanghai offices.
“It came as a surprise but I’m very happy with this honour. It’s a recognition of the niche services we’ve provided to our clients,” said Sargent.
“Given that the Chinese legal system has a high level of uncertainty and complexity and is changing very quickly, it can be very confusing to Western clients. They need quality legal advice with a real practical and hands-on approach,” he said.
Sargent has worked with many multinational corporations and small and medium-sized companies from the US, UK and Europe, providing corporate and foreign direct investment advice and services. Most recently, he helped a Fortune 500 company with the establishment of a sourcing company in Shenzhen.
In addition to advising corporate clients, Sargent is also an advisor to the British Embassy and Consulates in China and chairs the British Chamber of Commerce in Guangdong.
Sargent is among the 984 people to be named in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list, including 241 OBE awards.
Others in the legal profession to be named in the list are:
Order of the Bath – CB
Catriona Laing, international director, Justice Policy Group, Ministry of Justice
Carol Moore, former director, Justice Policy, Northern Ireland Executive
Rachel Sandby-Thomas, solicitor and director general, legal, people and communications, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Royal Victorian Order – CVO
Mark Bridges, partner, Farrer & Co, private solicitor to the Queen
Kenneth Caley, chief crown prosecutor, Eastern region, Crown Prosecution Service
Alexander Charles Lord Carlile Of Berriew QC, independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, UK, former head of chambers, 9-12 Bell Yard (for services to national security)
Neil Caves, prison capacity programme manager, Ministry of Justice
Hugh Davies, legal adviser, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (for services to children and young people)
Kathleen McQuillan, former vice chair of the Parole Board for Scotland (for services to justice)
Linda Urquhart, partner and chairman, Morton Fraser (for services to business in Scotland)
Douglas Walters, head, Government Legal Service Secretariat, Treasury Solicitor’s Department
Prof Diana Woodhouse. former pro vice-chancellor (research), Oxford Brookes University (for services to legal scholarship and higher education)
John Coulson, prison officer, HM Young Offenders’ Institution Wetherby, Ministry of Justice
Stephen Edwards.prison officer, HM Prison Stafford, Ministry of Justice
Anthony Isaacs, former president, Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal and former senior partner, Stephenson Harwood (for services to the legal profession)
Glenys McDonald, senior judges’ clerks’ manager, Royal Courts of Justice, Ministry of Justice
St Vincent and the Grenadines: Order of of St Michael and St George – CMG
Stephanie Jones-Morgan, attorney general, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (for services to the administration of Justice and the development of Law)