Alternative Legal Services Providers

The ways in which lawyers in Hong Kong want to use their experience to gain career fulfilment is changing.  Our city’s lawyers want to have more control over their time, and have more career options than recording billable hours toward partnership in private practice or navigating internal politics for a promotion to head of legal/general counsel positions.  
 
At the same time, to accommodate ever shifting landscapes and near term priorities, the ways in which organizations hire legal expertise has already changed.  
 
Sizable markets have developed for consultant lawyers and other legal services delivery models in the US, the UK, parts of Europe and Australia.  Hong Kong is also beginning to embrace alternative legal services models.  
 
This page has information about the major alternative legal services providers in Hong Kong, so WILHK’s membership can easily access information about these platforms.  Whether you’re a lawyer exploring an alternative career path and embracing change and variety, or an in-house lawyer needing to find the right specialist to help with additional workload, we hope the information on this page is helpful.  

Hong Kong's Alternative Legal Service Provider Market – a first of its kind event in Asia

 

110 men and women from a range of roles and backgrounds gathered on 11 June to learn about the growing ALSP market in Hong Kong. Flexible and agile work options in Hong Kong's legal industry are often hard to come by and this event, organised by WILHK's flexible and agile working committee, sought to raise awareness about the options and hear from those who have taken the leap into consultancy.

 

The evening event, held at Allen & Overy's offices in Central, was a collaboration between fours ALSPs, Peerpoint, Axiom, Lawyers on Demand and Eversheds Agile. Through a panel Q&A moderated by WILHK committee member, Michelle Fung,  four consultants, Christina Ellerker, Sandy Grieve, May Lim and Kathy Thorpe explained what led them to leave their private practice / in-house roles and try consulting. They explained how, for different lifestyle and professional reasons, they had taken shorter-term positions in-house or within firms, arranged through their ALSP. This gave them new challenges and opportunities, exposed them to different management styles, practice areas and sectors, as well as improved their range of contacts, skills and credentials. The flexibility of consulting, which was generally more project focused, gave them more time, balance and freedom to pursue passions outside of work (whether that be setting up a new business, sports, travel or spending more time with friends and family).  Personal skills required for consulting, according to panelists, included adaptability, pro-activity and resilience. The panel discussion was followed by questions from the floor addressing issues like financial security, the types of legal work suitable to consulting and whether it really was possible to work 9am-6pm (answer: yes!). The networking session afterwards allowed delegates to mingle and ask more questions of the consultants and ALSP representatives present.

 

Many thanks to the event sponsors, Peerpoint and Axiom, all speakers, and WILHK committee members, Stephanie Szeto (Peerpoint) and Kirsty Mastores (Axiom) for organising such a successful event. Given the popularity of the topic, WILHK will continue discussion around flexible and agile work options in Hong Kong's legal industry, next surveying men and women in Hong Kong about their views and experiences of flexible and agile working in law. Watch this space! 

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Following its global survey of lawyers earlier this year, Peerpoint published its Future for Legal Talent report. We know many of you took part in the survey and so we wanted to circulate the report to the WILHK community.

Peerpoint conducted its research on lawyers’ perspectives on the legal profession earlier this year in recognition that most commentary on the profession was from the view of organisations, the industry and not individual lawyers.  The global survey of lawyers has resulted in Peerpoint’s Future for Legal Talent report which places lawyers’ voices at the centre of the discussion about the future of our profession.

Peerpoint is grateful for WILHK’s participation in the survey.  We hope you find the report interesting reading.

You can read and share insights from the report by clicking the 'Find out more' button below or by following this link: https://goo.gl/8DFrsW

The findings

The report shows that the concerns of lawyers are changing, with key findings including:

  • Achieving a fulfilling work/life balance is now the most important measure of career success

  • The experience of a legal career is changing with lawyers optimistic about technology but worried they are not prepared for the changes to come

  • Lawyers are satisfied with their choice of profession but frustrated with the career options available to them

  • Consulting has now entered the mainstream with 38% having actively considered consulting while 57% would recommend it

Platform name                       Peerpoint

Law firm affiliation, if any     Allen & Overy

Locations                               Amsterdam, Australia, Hong Kong, London, Singapore

Description                            Peerpoint is the global platform for self-directed consultant lawyers who want to access the best work, clients, bespoke                                                  support and resources.  Peerpoint consultants develop a portfolio of quality experience, working in-house with clients                                                      and with Allen & Overy.  More control, choice, challenge and calibre.  Peerpoint supports progressive lawyers in                                                              defining their careers. The Peerpoint panel is made up of lawyers with several years’ post-qualification experience,                                                          usually some of it spent in-house or on secondment.We work carefully to match Peerpoint consultants to clients’ legal                                                    resourcing and business needs, building upon long-term global relationships and an understanding of clients’                                                                  requirements.

Types of work opportunities available

Examples of engagements include, with:

Allen & Overy

  • Deal/matter teams (traditional private practice work without billable hour targets)

  • Knowledge-related or other ad-hoc projects

 

Clients

  • Cover extended leave, or gaps between permanent employees

  • Provide increased resources for limited term, major internal projects (e.g., compliance exercises or readiness implementation)

  • Provide increased internal support of major institutional transactions

  • Provide remote or on-site project management or multi-jurisdictional coordination

Exclusive / non-exclusive     Non-exclusive, subject to requirements of The Law Society of Hong Kong

For more information            www.peerpoint.com


                                                Stephanie Szeto

                                                Peerpoint Senior Business Manager, Hong Kong 

                                                +852 2974 6978

                                                stephanie.szeto@allenovery.com 

Platform name                       ES Agile

Law firm affiliation, if any     Eversheds LLP

Locations                               United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore

Description                            

Types of work opportunities available

Eversheds Sutherland Agile was born out of our innovative approach to client services. Initially created through                Eversheds Sutherland Consulting, it has been specially designed to meet the need for high-quality interim legal                professionals and to provide peace of mind by offering the full support of an international firm.Since its inception in 2011,  Eversheds Sutherland Agile has worked closely with clients and the wider firm to offer a dynamic and flexible temporary  legal resource that will instantly add value to any organization. Whether it is for an urgent new project or regulatory        change, to cover absence, or to bring in outside knowledge to bolster legal teams, our pool of lawyers, paralegals and    project managers will hit the ground running and can work with our clients at their premises, remotely or from an              Eversheds Sutherland office.

(1)   Financial Institution is looking for a mid-level lawyer with derivatives experience to be seconded to their legal team for 6 months due to an temporary increase in the uptake of work.


(2)   Financial Institution is looking for a junior lawyer with banking and finance experience to cover for one of their legal counsels who is going on maternity leave for 5 months.


(3)   A global supply chain management company is seeking an IP specialist lawyer for a 5 month maternity cover.

Exclusive / non-exclusive    Exclusive

For more information           Website: http://www.eversheds-sutherland.com/global/en/what/practices/agile/index.page

                                                Email: MardiWilson@eversheds.com

                                                Phone: Office +852 2186 4953 / Mobile +852 6135 2932

Platform name                       Axiom

Law firm affiliation, if any    None

Locations                              New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Minneapolis, Boston, Houston, Washington DC, Atlanta,                                                         London, Belfast, Frankfurt, Zurich, Wroclaw, Hong Kong, Singapore

Description                           

Axiom is the leading provider of tech-enabled legal, contracts, and compliance solutions for large enterprises. A                recognised leader in the business of law, Axiom offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional legal career path. Our      team of Consultants, professionals, process engineers and technologists work with over half the FTSE/Fortune 100 to      unlock opportunities to do things more efficiently and effectively, improving the way legal, compliance and contracts          work is done.

Types of work opportunities available

Flexible - Full time, part time, remote

Exclusive / non-exclusive   Exclusive (employment model) 

For more information          Website: http://www.axiomlaw.hk/

                                              General business enquiries:

                                              Kirsty Dougan

                                              General Manager, Asia

                                              kirsty.dougan@axiomlaw.com

                                              +852 3189 2900

                                              Applications:

                                              Kirsty Mastores

                                              Senior Manager, Attorney Talent

                                              kirsty.mastores@axiomlaw.com

                                              +852 3189 2909

Platform name                      Lawyers on Demand

Law firm affiliation, if any    None

Locations                              Hong Kong, Singapore, London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane

Description                           LOD – Lawyers On Demand is a NewLaw pioneer. Over the past decade, we’ve transformed the way in which lawyers,                                                         consultants and legal teams work. Today, we’re one of the largest and fastest growing flexible legal services businesses in                                                   the world, continuing to lead in the market we created.

Types of work opportunities available

Full time, part time, on-site (secondments) or remote working

Exclusive / non-exclusive    Exclusive 

For more information           Website: www.lodlaw.com

                                                Haaron Bokhari haaron.bokhari@lodlaw.com, +852 5721 6321

Platform name                      GPS Flex

Law firm affiliation, if any    GPS Legal LLP

Locations                              Hong Kong

Description                           

GPS Flex forms part of GPS Legal’s resourcing model, providing clients with experienced and qualified teams and high degrees of price certainty.

 

GPS Flex has been developed to respond to client demands for hands on partner support and appropriate staffing on client matters. GPS Flex has removed the inefficiencies and inevitable cost overruns resulting from downward delegation to inexperienced personnel. We focus on delivering top quality legal services based on innovative fee structures.

 

GPS Flex aims at lawyers interested in alternative career path with immense personal flexibility. Our members can work remotely while still enjoying a sustainable and rewarding career.

Types of work opportunities available

  • Private practice without billable hour targets

  • Ad-hoc projects

  • On-site or work remotely

Exclusive / non-exclusive    non-exclusive 

For more information           Website: http://www.gpslegal.asia/

                                                

Telephone Number: +852 3758 2428

Brett Stewien

Partner
E: brett.stewien@gpslegal.asia

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