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Asia-Pacific

We have assisted lawyers relocate to and throughout Asia for many years. Some key facts on jurisdictions in which we work regularly can be found below, while we have also placed candidates into law firms across China, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and India. For more detailed information on a particular location, please contact us in confidence.

Hong Kong

 

Status: Autonomous Territory

Population: 7.4m (approx.)

Size: 2754 km²

Currency: Hong Kong Dollar            

Income Tax: 15% (standard rate)

  • Hong Kong is sub-tropical, autonomous territory and former British colony. Its sovereignty was transferred to the PRC in 1997 and is now a special administrative region of China. Home to a vibrant, densely populated, multi-cultural urban centre, Hong Kong is a major port and global financial hub that retains a strong ex-pat community.

  • Lawyers looking to relocate to Hong Kong from on overseas jurisdiction will ideally need to be common law qualified. Chinese language skills are increasingly important, given the importance of the PRC on the local economy, but are not always required depending on the practice area / demand for a particular skill-set.

  • As a major global jurisdiction there are law firms of all shape and size, from local Hong Kong to larger international firms, including the Magic/Silver Circle and top US. Candidates with experience in Corporate, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Shipping, Energy & Resources, Litigation & Arbitration, TMT and Intellectual Property are of particular interest.

  • Salaries can vary widely, depending on the individual firm and your own skill set, while most firms will also offer a full benefits package & bonus in addition to relocation assistance, temporary accommodation. Salaries are usually paid in Hong Kong dollars.

  • Non-residents wanting to work in Hong Kong will need to be sponsored by an employer. Legal spouses and children will be issued dependent visas.

Singapore

 

Status: Autonomous City-State

Population: 5.8m (approx.)

Size: 721.5 km²

Currency: Singaporean Dollar        

Income Tax: 15% (standard rate)

  • Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sub-tropical city-state and island country in Southeast Asia which is home to a major international port and global financial hub. A former British colony, Singapore remains a key destination for ex-pats offering excellent career prospects, life-style and culture suitable for families and individuals.

  • Lawyers looking to relocate to Singapore from overseas will need to be common law qualified.  Asian language skills are increasingly important given Singapore’s importance as a gateway to countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and India. That said English remains a main language with leading regional, joint-ventures and international law firms often recruit high calibre lawyers from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand as well as the United States.

  • Practice areas of particular interest to law firms include Corporate, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Shipping, Energy & Resources, Arbitration, TMT and Intellectual Property.

  • Salaries can vary widely, depending on the individual firm and your own skill set, while most firms will also offer a full benefits package & bonus in addition to relocation assistance and temporary accommodation. Salaries are usually paid in Singapore Dollars while the standard tax rates sits at 15%. 

  • Non-residents wanting to work in Singapore will need to be sponsored by an employer. Legal spouses and children will be issued dependent visas.

Japan

 

Status: Country 

Population: 127m (approx.)

Size: 377,973.89 km2

Currency: Japanese Yen   

Income Tax: 5-45% (standard rate)

  • Japan is an island country in East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean. Possessing a temperate climate and the 3rd largest economy in the world. Japan has long been an attractive destination for lawyers keen to experience its culture and vibrant capital city, Tokyo, which is home to plethora of international companies and financial institutions.

  • Numerous international law firms have offices in Tokyo, given the economic importance of Japan globally, though they are much smaller than in other Asia hubs such as Hong Kong and Singapore. Conversely lawyers in Japan generally benefit from a greater variety of work and increased responsibility that their counterparts in other international offices.

  • Lawyers looking to relocate to Japan will usually be Commonwealth (England & Wales, Australia and New Zealand) or US qualified with experience in core areas such as corporate, banking & finance, project finance, projects/energy & resources, TMT, IP & IT, Competition and disputes. Japanese language skills are of course beneficial, but overseas lawyers are often hired without such skill sets in practice areas of high demand.

  • Financial packages are very competitive but will vary depending on the firm and candidate while all firms will offer a full benefits & bonus and relocation package and will take care of temporary accommodation and visas. Firms sometimes offer a full ex-pat package (full time accommodation, school fees etc) but this is becoming less common.