The legal market developing in Asia presents some of the most exciting international opportunities available.
In Hong Kong, the market continues to demonstrate a strong demand for Australian lawyers. This part of the world is a truly international and dynamic hub of legal work and culture. The work is first class cross-border work throughout Asia and remuneration in the large firms is at a market leading level. Work is available in a variety of practice areas, but there is particularly high demand for lawyers in the corporate teams, with a strong emphasis on M&A, private equity and corporate funds. There is also a strong demand for banking & finance lawyers in this exciting city.
Language skills are not necessarily a pre-requisite for Hong Kong, but those with fluent to business Mandarin language skills are at great advantage. Language skills are also a great asset to lawyers looking to work in nearby Shanghai. Moving slightly further south, international firms in the vibrant city of Bangkok are also seeking experienced corporate lawyers. A slightly smaller legal market than Hong Kong, opportunities in these areas are generally harder to come by and so this is a unique moment. As in many parts of Asia, language skills are not essential but are a definite bonus.
A notable practice area of growth across Asia is energy and resources. Due to continued growth in London, Asia and the Middle East in this market, there are roles for junior to mid-level energy lawyers looking to take their careers to Asia. With a particular strength in the oil and gas sector, lawyers with experience gained from leading Australian energy teams throughout Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth are particularly well received. If you are a lawyer with at least 3 years of experience in one of these areas, email Maciek Motylinski or Michael Bromley or call +61 2 9266 2900 for a confidential discussion. Alternatively, head to our live roles page to see a sample of the roles we have available.