Welcome to Hughes-Castell


Hughes-Castell is a premier search firm with expertise in legal, compliance, risk, and regulatory for both law firms and corporations. With 35 years' experience sourcing top legal and compliance talent in Asia, our search experts understand your industry and recognize your business's growing needs; we believe our thoughtful, nimble approach will help you achieve the goals you set. We have a peerless placement track record with our clients. Our strong industry reputation enables us to access and engage the best and brightest talent in multiple jurisdictions, and we maintain these relationships over many years.

Having supported law firms and major institutions over three decades, we have built an extensive network of regional business leaders and law firms' HR management, including Board Directors & Chairs, C-Suite professionals, and heads of functions. Having a strong reputation as the preferred legal search agency for many of the foremost law firms and multinational corporations, we have successfully expanded our expertise to Executive Search and Business Support Professionals Search.

  • Legal
    • Law Firms
    • In-house Legal
  • Compliance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Executive Search
  • Business Support Professionals

Law Firms

Law firms face an evolving set of pressures, as firm economics are challenged by new legal service providers. They are also regularly confronted by varying client expectations, forcing them to redefine the value they add, their structures, and fee arrangements. Partners in law firms must be able to evolve and executive committees must have a higher level of strategic capability than ever before. This is why bespoke, expert legal consultancy for executive positions has never been more important to businesses. Hughes-Castell’s consultants have, and continue to, advise on:

  • Partners and team-moves
  • New office launches
  • Associate hires
  • Law firm support staffing

In-house Legal

Extensive legal expertise is, for now, merely a starting point for legal executives working both in-house and at major law firms. Internal legal teams face a host of new responsibilities thanks to changing business models, a global marketplace, more aggressive shareholder activism, and rising concern over cybersecurity and data privacy. A business’s general counsel must now be as nimble and innovative as the rest of its executive committee, moving the business forward with a commercial mindset while mitigating any risks. Hughes-Castell advises on all levels of in-house hiring including:

  • Chief Legal Officer
  • General Counsel
  • Legal Director/Head of Legal
  • Senior Legal Counsel/Regional Counsel
  • Legal Counsel/Legal Consultant
  • Legal Manager
  • Paralegal


In today’s world of business, many companies find themselves operating in highly regulated environments with increasingly complex rules and regulations. Failure to meet these requirements can have significant financial and reputational repercussions. Hughes-Castell understands that our clients strive to attract high-calibre compliance professionals to ensure their businesses remain at the forefront of the ever-changing regulatory landscape.

Our experienced search team has a wealth of experience recruiting for financial regulators, banking, financial services, law firms, and a number of other regulated industries in Asia. We provide talent search for all levels with a focus on mid-to-senior level. We can knowledgeably, professionally, and cost-effectively recruit compliance professionals in any of the following areas:

  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Anti-Bribery & Corruption
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Corporate Governance & Ethics
  • Data Privacy & Protection
  • Financial Crime
  • Internal Audit & Information Security
  • Risk

Corporate Governance

Hughes-Castell’s corporate governance team focuses on mid-to-senior level hirescompany secretariat and governance search for a wide range of organisations in the banking, financial services, commercial, and professional services sectors across Asia. We assist companies with the effective resourcing of their corporate governance functions and provide candidates with support through the different stages of their career and professional development.

Executive Search

Having supported major institutions in their growth over the last 35 years, we have built an extensive network of regional business leaders including Board Directors and Chairs, C-Suite professionals, and heads of functions. Again and again our longstanding clients, who have been impressed with our service on the legal/compliance searches, will engage us on bespoke, highly specific searches. Recent examples of success include placements in positions of CFO, Director of Investment Department, and Director of Back Office into financial institutions. Currently we are handling searches for Directors of Business Development, Directors of HR and COO level roles. Recently, targeted searches include Global Head of Sustainability and Head of Pro-Bono roles.

Business Support Professionals

We have a large network of HR, talent acquisition, office manager and director of administration contacts at all levels within the funds, asset management and professional services sectors. Currently we are also running searches for HR managers, law firm business development roles and office managers. 

Latest Jobs

Paralegal, Public Companies (1+ yrs EXP) Hong Kong

Sector:Private Practice

Specialism:Paralegal, Public Companies

Consultant: Vicky Liu

Corporate Associate (1-4 yrs PQE) Hong Kong

Sector:Private Practice

Specialism:IPO, M&A, Securities

Consultant: Vicky Liu

Senior Compliance Manager (5+ yrs EXP) Mexico

Sector:In-house Compliance

Specialism:Compliance, Regulatory, Investigation

Consultant: Doreen Jaeger-Soong

Paralegal/Legal Manager (1-4 yrs EXP) Hong Kong

Sector:Private Practice

Specialism:Paralegal, Capital Markets

Consultant: Vicky Liu