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  • 20 April, 2015

    Why NewLaw in Asia should seek to define itself

    . Asia. Disruption. Law. Strategy

    NewLaw in Asia is an emerging phenomenon and one to watch closely. This post by John Grimley first appeared on Asia Law Portal and is re-published with John’s kind permission. In April of 2013, Richard Granat (@rgranat) asked: Is Axiom Law a Law Firm? in a blogpost which appeared on his widely-read eLawering Blog.  And Granat is well qualified […]

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  • 8 January, 2015

    2015 outlook for legal services in Singapore

    . Asia. Law

    I’m off to the Lion City next week and wonder what I will find as I assess the 2015 outlook for legal services in Singapore.   At the beginning of last year the market seemed to echo the opening words of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities – “It was the best of times, it was […]

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  • 10 September, 2014

    Book review – ‘A Comprehensive Guide to the Asia-Pacific Legal Markets’ by John Grimley

    . Asia. Law

    The rapid economic growth in Asia, particularly South East Asia, in recent years, has led experts to claim that the 21st century is the ‘Asian century’. As a result of this economic growth, the legal market in the Asia-Pacific region is predicted to double in size and become one of the most important legal markets […]

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  • 31 March, 2014

    Let’s face it, big professional services firms are difficult to tell apart

    . Accounting. Asia. Consulting engineering. Law. Other professional services. Strategy

    My colleague George Beaton recently blogged on the subject of “Crofting” as a metaphor for how to differentiate a professional services firm. Patrick McKenna of Canada commented and included a link to his Six Elements of Meaningful Differentiation article. This all got me thinking. As the former head of two international law firms in the […]

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  • 24 February, 2014

    5 opportunities for professional services firms in the Asian Century

    . Accounting. Asia. Law. Management consulting. Strategy

    ‘I have not told half of what I saw’ – Marco Polo The Venetian explorer was the first to reveal Asia to the Christian West in his infamous book, Livres des merveilles du monde written during the 13th Century. The book, which is the first documented account of Asia, triggered the Age of Discovery. The Asian […]

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  • 20 February, 2014

    What’s happening in China? Implications for professional services firms

    . Accounting. Asia. Consulting engineering. Law. Strategy

    The streets of Beijing no longer appear to be paved with gold, so one has to ask What’s happening in China? Not so long ago professional service firms seemed to regard China as the panacea for all their Western-centric financial difficulties. Now look. The Big Four’s local PRC offices have, subject to appeal, been banned […]

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  • 28 January, 2014

    How relevant are NewLaw firms in Asia?

    . Asia. Law. Strategy

    It’s timely to ask how relevant the NewLaw business model is in Asia. To date the emergence and proliferation of NewLaw firms have been largely confined to developed economies. Will the trend come to Asia? Or is the better question when will the NewLaw trend come to Asia?

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  • 23 November, 2012

    Law firms jockeying for position in the Asian Century

    . Asia. Law. Mergers & Acquisitions. Strategy

    “Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War Asia the battlefield… The Australian government recently released its white paper on Australia in the […]

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