Global Private Practice Market Report 2020-21

Sophie de Blauwe Market Update

2020 was a year without precedent – we could never have imagined the challenges and the disruption that arose as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The way that law firms and lawyers across the world have risen to these challenges evidences the resilience and the adaptability of the people in the legal profession.
The commentary in this report has been prepared, not only by contributions from our global team of consultants but also with invaluable feedback from you – thank you.
We hope you find the report relevant, insightful and useful, and of course, if you ever want to have a confidential discussion with one of our specialist consultants about your career, your team, or your hiring plans, please do look for your most relevant contact’s details at the end of this report.

Here is an extract of the Singapore market update from the Report: 

Having had an extremely busy start to the year, Singapore, like the majority of major financial centres around the world had been fairly quiet from a recruitment perspective whilst COVID-19 circuit breaking measures have been in place for almost the entirety of 2020. Many of our international law firm clients had temporarily frozen hiring or were only able to hire for business critical/replacement roles, meaning opportunities for overseas lawyers to relocate to Singapore were limited for much of the first half of the year.

Thankfully, as a result of effective circuit breaking measures, recruitment activity began to steadily increase in late June/early July 2020 with a much more dramatic uptick from September onwards. We are now extremely busy in terms of both new instructions as well as clients reactivating searches which had been temporarily paused earlier last year.


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