Our Story & Values

Welcome to Hughes-Castell

Our Story

Hughes-Castell (Hong Kong) Ltd. was the first legal search firm to target Asia and began recruiting lawyers from London to Hong Kong in 1985, with our Hong Kong office opening in 1986. We work with Hughes-Castell’s affiliated offices in Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, and San Francisco to offer our clients unrivalled in-depth knowledge and advice on individual markets.
Over the years, we have maintained our status as Asia's premier search firm, providing broad coverage of the Asia-Pacific region. Hughes-Castell has pioneered legal and compliance search not only in Hong Kong and the PRC, but also in Singapore, Japan, Thailand and India. We have also undertaken assignments in Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, and the Middle East.
We are led by passionate recruitment industry experts, many of whom have successfully risen through the ranks at Hughes-Castell. Our leaders provide decades of invaluable insight and understanding to those we serve. Our clients include major international law firms, Fortune 500 companies, leading global banks, and leading regional corporations.
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Our Values


We are 100% client focused, always


We seek to deliver a timely, highly selective and professional service that exceeds expectations


We take pride in, and are focused on, long-lasting, strategic legal and compliance placements


Expert and ethical recruitment advice based on knowledge and understanding of our markets


  • 1985
    London office opened to serve HK market
  • 1986
    Opened HK, placing lawyers in HK and UK law firms;
    First placement in Hong Kong (Law Firm)
  • 1988
    First placement in Taiwan (Law Firm)
  • 1991
    Hughes-Castell 5th Anniversary
  • 1992
    Broadened practice to include corporations and US law firms;
    First placement in Singapore (MNC)
  • 1993
    First placement in China (MNC);
    First placement in Australia (MNC)
  • 1996
    Hughes-Castell 10th Anniversary
  • 1997
    First placement in Thailand (MNC)
  • 1999
    First placement in Japan (MNC)
  • 2001
    Opened Singapore to meet the increasing demand from APAC clients;
    First placement in South Korea (MNC);
    Hughes-Castell 15th Anniversary
  • 2003
    First placement in India (MNC);
    First placement in Cambodia (Law Firm)
  • 2004
    First placement in Malaysia (MNC)
  • 2005
    Opened Beijing to build on extensive client relationships as China practice saw record growth;
    First placement in Indonesia (MNC);
    First placement Switzerland (MNC)
  • 2006
    Hughes-Castell 20th Anniversary
  • 2008
    First placement in Vietnam (MNC)
  • 2010
    First placement in Philippines (MNC);
    First placement in UAE (MNC)
  • 2011
    Opened Shanghai to react to growing business demands;
    Hughes-Castell 25th Anniversary
  • 2016
    Hughes-Castell 30th Anniversary
  • 2019
    First placement Czech Republic (MNC)
  • 2021
    Hughes-Castell 35th Anniversary

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