Welcome to Hughes-Castell


Recruiters of the best legal and compliance talent in Asia-Pacific since 1986. Founded by Helen Castell, a pioneer in legal recruitment, Hughes-Castell was the first legal recruitment consultancy to target Asia and began recruiting lawyers from London to Hong Kong.


Head of Legal (10+ yrs PQE) Hong Kong

Sector: In-House Legal

Industry: Financial Services, Information Technology and Services

Specialism: Commercial, Compliance, Corporate, Regulatory

Consultant: Sherry Xu

A unique opportunity has arisen for an entrepreneurial, commercial lawyer with solid financial services experience in Hong Kong! Our client, a fast-growing Fintech with strong funding, is seeking a Head of Legal.

Compliance Officer, Asia (5-8 yrs EXP) Hong Kong

Sector: Compliance

Industry: Financial Services

Specialism: Compliance

Consultant: Sharon Siu

World's leading institutional investment firm has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated professional to join their compliance team in Asia and provide day-to-day compliance support covering the Asia region.

Legal Counsel, Korea (5-9 yrs PQE) Seoul

Sector: In-house Legal

Industry: Luxury Goods & Jewelry

Specialism: Commercial, Compliance, Privacy

Consultant: Doreen Jaeger-Soong

Our client, a very prestigious luxury brand, sees Korea as fundamental to their business.

General Counsel, Greater China (15+ yrs PQE) Beijing

Sector: In-house Legal

Industry: Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing

Specialism: Compliance, Corporate, Corporate Governance

Consultant: Benjamin Wang

Take on a top legal position in Greater China at this Fortune Global 500 electronic company in Beijing.

Latest Jobs

General Counsel, Greater China (15+ yrs PQE) Beijing

Sector:In-house Legal

Specialism:Compliance, Corporate, Corporate Governance

Consultant: Benjamin Wang

Dispute Resolution Lawyer (4-6 yrs PQE) Hong Kong

Sector:Private Practice

Specialism:Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Arbitration

Consultant: Sam Kenworthy

Corporate Associate (3-5 yrs PQE) Seoul

Sector:Private Practice

Specialism:Corporate, M&A

Consultant: Charles Lo

IP Manager, SEA & Pacific (3-5 yrs EXP) Singapore

Sector:In-house Legal

Specialism:Intellectual Property

Consultant: Sherry Xu

Latest Insights

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01 October 2021

Mishcon de Reya doubles down in Asia with Hong Kong launch

30 September 2021

The Age of the Chief Legal Officer

30 August 2021

Legal Hiring Trends (Jan-Jun 2021)

30 June 2021

Singapore attracts attention from the US, UK and beyond

31 August 2021

Leaders in Law: Interview with Yang Guang

14 September 2021

Legal Move Updates (Oct – Dec 2021)

04 October 2021

Track Record

Oct 27, 2021

Representative Private Practice Placement: Vietnam

Hughes-Castell placed a Corporate Partner for an AmLaw 100 firm in Vietnam.

by Sam Kenworthy

Sep 30, 2021

Representative In-house Compliance Placement: Hong Kong

Hughes-Castell recruited a Head of Compliance JAPAC for a global biopharmaceutical company in Hong Kong, China.

by Sherry Xu

Oct 25, 2021

Representative Private Practice Placement: Hong Kong

Hughes-Castell recruited a Partner (Private Wealth) for a UK international law firm in Hong Kong, China.

by Vicky Liu

Oct 20, 2021

Representative In-house Compliance Placement: Brazil

Hughes-Castell placed a Head of Compliance for a digital financial services giant in São Paulo, Brazil.

by Doreen Jaeger-Soong

Accolades & Awards

Hughes-Castell: ARA 2020 Hong Kong for Best International Recruitment Agency
Hughes-Castell: 2016 CV Recruitment Award for Best Legal and Compliance Recruitment Consultancy
My hiring was only possible because of Doreen's great timing and understanding of both parts situation.
Head of Compliance and AML - Fintech
"Hughes-Castell has helped us to fill a managing director role and other qualified lawyer positions for our Legal in Vietnam, and I have always found them very professional and efficient"
Managing Partner(Vietnam & Cambodia) - MNC
Hughes-Castell has a deep understanding of the legal industry, its evolution in the different jurisdictions, as well as specific industry needs of the employer.
General Counsel - Luxury Fashion House