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About Us

Agnew O’Brien is a boutique legal recruitment consultancy that represents high calibre lawyers in their job search across international jurisdictions, spanning the Asia-Pacific, Offshore Caribbean & Channel Islands and United Kingdom. 

Those we assist are offered a bespoke, consultative service of the highest professional standards, specifically tailored to address individual search requirements. Our approach is discreet yet pro-active,  offering candidates guidance throughout each step of the recruitment process. We do not shy away from difficult conversations, but rather offer genuine, strategic advice.

​As a result of our continued success we have developed strong relationships with senior decision makers at a host of major law firms globally, which we leverage to the benefit of our candidates. Many of the opportunities we are instructed on are "off market",  while we are also skilled in opening doors and arranging what are often discreet conversations.

Global Lawyers recruiment

Recent representative placements include:

  • Magic Circle finance associate to Offshore firm (Cayman)

  • Senior barrister to partnership with Offshore firm (BVI)

  • Employment partner to international firm (London)

  • Barrister to leading employment set (London)

  • Senior Indian banking lawyer to top flight law firm (Sydney)

  • Senior litigator to leading offshore firm (BVI)

  • Construction associate to leading regional firm (Abu Dhabi) 

  • Junior arbitration associate from Magic Circle to US firm (London)

  • Real estate partner (London/Paris) to international firm (London)

  • Corporate partner to international law firm (Dubai)

  • Senior banking lawyer to leading US law firm (London)

  • Senior litigation associate to leading firm (Christchurch)

  • Structured finance partner to US firm (Paris)

  • Senior insolvency lawyer to national law firm (London)

  • Junior barrister to Offshore firm (Hong Kong)

  • Mid-level corporate associate to international firm (Singapore)

  • Junior arbitration lawyer to international firm (Singapore)

  • Junior infrastructure lawyer to leading national firm (Auckland)


The team at Agnew O'Brien have been assisting lawyers locate positions both internationally for many years and understand fully what is required to successfully secure a new opportunity, whatever the prevailing market conditions. We have deep knowledge and experience of the jurisdictions within which we operate, and are able to support our candidates through each stage of the recruitment process. What we don't know immediately we are able to find out quickly, ensuring that those we represent have all the information required to make an informed decision.

Please follow the links below for further details on some of the jurisdictions in which we operate and feel free to contact us to discuss what each location is able to offer you in terms of quality of work, career progression, work/life balance and compensation. 


The offshore legal market is expanding with largest firms experiencing considerable growth across all practice areas and locations, spanning the Caribbean, UK Channel Islands, Europe and Asia. Applicants will need to evidence a strong academic pedigree and career history. Rewards are on a par with leading international law firms, often with the additional attraction of low or zero personal tax rates.


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Agnew O'Brien represents lawyers across the entire Asia-Pacific region, working closely with top flight international and domestic law firms that are looking to attract high calibre legal talent. Jurisdictions where we are particularly active include Hong Kong & PRC, Singapore and Japan. We have also placed numerous lawyers in locations including Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, and India.


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Domestic and international Australian &  New Zealand law firms are keen to secure the services of returning Antipodean lawyers as well as high calibre candidates hailing from other Commonwealth jurisdictions, such as England & Wales. Practice areas of interest include Corporate, Banking & Finance, Energy & Construction, Disputes and Competition.


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United Kingdom

The UK has always been a jurisdiction that offers ambitious international lawyers a superb platform from which to develop a long-term career. With London home to the majority of the worlds premier law firms that represent blue chip corporates and financial institutions, opportunities are also available across the regions that offer high calibre work, attractive financial packages and career progression.


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Please find below a selection of opportunities we are currently instructed on while further positions can be found advertised on The Lawyer Website at: or LinkedIn. 







Additionally, you can contact us in the first instance at to advise us of your particular search requirements before arranging an opportunity to speak and discuss how we can assist going forward. 


Competition / Antitrust (3-6pqe)


Commercial Litigation (3-5pqe)

Cayman Islands 

Leveraged Finance (2-7pqe)

Hong Kong

Construction (3-8pqe)

Sydney /Melbourne / Brisbane

Funds (3+pqe to Counsel/Partner)

British Virgin Islands

Structured Finance (3-10pqe), 

Cayman Islands

Banking & Finance (4-8+pqe)

Sydney & Melbourne

US Qualified ECM/DCM (2-6pqe)

Hong Kong

Regulatory & Risk (4+ pqe)

Hong Kong

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Contact us to discuss what each location is able to offer you in terms of quality of work, career progression, work/life balance and compensation.

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