Search our online database for Hong Kong lawyer vacancies available now. Burgess Paluch specialises in assisting lawyers keen to secure roles in Hong Kong, working within leading global law firms or in-house legal teams. Our broad client base, local contacts and networks include leading law firms and in-house corporateteams. We offer access to a broad range of lawyer vacancies in Hong Kong.
Under its “one country, two systems” status, Hong Kong retains a unique and vibrant place among the world’s financial and commercial centres. Always heavily dependent on entrepôt trade, the years since it reverted to Chinese possession have if anything seen its influence rise. Hong Kong has a thriving legal community, not just serving in the many international law firms that make Hong Kong their regional headquarters, but as junior and senior in-house legal counsel in Hong Kong’s business sector. English is one of the official languages of Hong Kong, and is used for legal discourse.
A Fresh Approach to Legal Recruitment in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is unlike any other commercial powerhouse in the world, and successful legal recruitment in Hong Kong demands a unique approach. Our recruitment team consists of lawyers who have had successful careers in Hong Kong, and are deeply engaged in its legal and commercial life. Our network embraces the upper tiers of the international law firms, but includes the many smaller and boutique houses that occupy the many important niches in Hong Kong’s legal scene. From the outset, Burgess Paluch determined to make a difference. Because we spend more time learning about the strengths and needs of our candidates and employer clients, our shortlists for law jobs in Hong Kong are shorter, but more tightly focussed, leading to swifter and more accurate matching. Under its unique status within China, Hong Kong remains heavily dependent on expatriate personnel, and it welcomes them. However, it’s a small territory and residential accommodation is scarce. Burgess Paluch assists its candidates with all aspects of expatriate relocation, including housing, schools and a host of other issues. That enables our candidates to settle in and become productive members of their new team in record time.
We are also able to assist with salary advice, the cost of living, the cultures of particular firms and even the nuances of individual partners. Our vacancy list reflects a blend of UK, US, Australian and large local firms and in-house corporate legal teams. Search our vacancies on this page or email a CV to email@example.com or call Paul Burgess on +61 3 8676 0372 to find out more.
Why Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is an ideal destination for an Australian lawyer looking for overseas experience. The strong presence of good Australian and UK law firms, the economic opportunities of China and the vibrant culture and social life mean that Hong Kong can appeal on all levels. It is Asia's preeminent city state, with an economy experiencing strong growth since its emergence from the GFC, benefiting from its high level of trade with mainland China and the premier place of its stock market for internationalising Chinese firms. It is a hub of international trade and finance, dominated by the service sector, and enjoys a position as a global convention, exhibition and tourism capital. The economy is one of the freest and fasted growing in the world and enjoys an excellent trade relationship with Australia, and there are many well established and active Australian businesses in the country.
Lawyers working in Hong Kong
Being an entrepreneurial city on the edge of the growing Chinese economic superpower, with particular proximity to the prosperous southern cities, as well as its historical and cultural links to the West, Hong Kong is by nature well placed for those with ambitions in international business. This is fertile ground for lawyers, and has one the largest number of law firms present in the world, including the top Australian firms as well as the top UK, American and strong local firms. Opportunities for Australian law firms on mainland China are increasing as well. The career advantages of having knowledge and experience within this business environment, with such important trade and investment links to Australia, are undeniable.
Living in Hong Kong
The word most frequently used by expats describing life in Hong Kong is “buzz." Seven million people working hard and playing hard makes for a high energy urban lifestyle, including a variety of unique shopping experiences, from high-end, brand-focused malls to eclectically stocked street markets, earning Hong Kong its place as a premier destination for retail tourists. There is a large international community, easing the development of a social life. The strong culinary and restaurant culture mirrors this blend, including both award-winning fine-dining and exciting traditional fare. The waterfront is a particular attraction, with its traditional fish markets and gateways to Hong Kong's island whose natural and historical heritage has yet to be lost to development. Living in Hong Kong also provides opportunities to explore a side of the region away from the city buzz, as its greener surrounds include secluded beaches, islands and hiking trails.
Hong Kong holds a relatively low income tax rate when compared with Australia and has the advantages of English as an official language (along with Cantonese), a world-class transport system, low levels of crime and a mostly mild subtropical climate. And there's always the temptation of short flights to Thailand and Vietnam!
Requalifying in Hong Kong
Australian lawyers must apply for a work visa to work in Hong Kong. As in England, the employer will often take care of this for the lawyer by sponsoring them. Every adult intending to reside in Hong Kong for more than 6 months must apply in person to the Immigration Department for a free Hong Kong Government Identity Card.
Most law firms in Hong Kong will encourage overseas lawyers to be admitted in Hong Kong. However, exams are only held once a year, so it is normal practice to be first registered as a foreign lawyer, provided you have a current practicing certificate from your current jurisdiction, without needing to sit exams.
Unless you are admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, you will need to take the overseas qualification examination if you have more than two years post admission experience in the jurisdiction in which you were originally admitted, but less than 5 years. If you have more than five years in the practice of law, you will be able to apply for exemptions. It is very difficult for lawyers with less than 2 years of Australian experience to obtain work in Hong Kong.
The cost of living in Hong Kong is generally considered to be quite high relative to Australian prices, but extremely low tax rates and high salaries make Hong Kong a very attractive destination. While spouses of sponsored lawyers have the right to live and work in Hong Kong, de facto partners do not. The cost of schooling and family accommodation is relatively high.
Thomas from BPLR is highly recommend. He was professional and responsive throughout the placement process and I appreciate his advice and assistance.
06:17 16 Jul 18
Can't thank Thomas Hobbs enough for the time and effort he's gone to in helping me get my dream job. I hadn't been through a recruiter before, and never realised how helpful it could be to have someone in your corner every step of the interview and job offer process. It's been a pleasure dealing with Thomas; highly recommend.
07:19 09 Jul 18
I highly recommend Thomas Hobbs at BPLR. He provided valuable insights into the legal industry, and focused on achieving my career objectives. He also put significant time and effort advocating on my behalf! Thanks Thomas!
06:02 04 Jul 18
Melissa Cohen is a gun recruiter at BPLR. She's really nice and positive and will go into bat for you to obtain the best opportunities. Highly recommend!
04:38 25 May 18
Paul and his team were a pleasure to deal with, they were timely in their responses to communications, gave good advice and honest feedback. Paul’s industry knowledge was exceptional. Overall the recruitment process was made straightforward and rewarding. Thanks to all the team, particularly Paul, I can’t recommend you all highly enough.
19:37 30 Mar 18
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