How to: hire your first in-house lawyer in China

Author Heidy Zhou
september 7, 2023

Why recruit your first lawyer in China?

There are numerous reasons a company decides to recruit their first in-house lawyer in China. Traditionally the key driver was to reduce reliance on external law firms and the associated costs of briefing work out. However, the intangible aspects of bringing legal work in-house as well as heightened corporate governance and regular changes to local regulations are now often the main consideration for companies.

Our guide provides insights into how to hire your first in-house lawyer and gives answers to questions like:

  • When is the best time to recruit an in-house lawyer?
  • What is the role of an in-house lawyer?
  • What type of lawyer should you recruit?
  • Who should your first lawyer report to?


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VP Senior Legal Counsel

Leading global bank seeking an experienced banking lawyer to join their in-house legal department, overseeing the commercial team in London. This is a rare opportunity to join a dynamic global team to support the Head of Legal and provide legal, cross-border transactional, DCM, commercial and regulatory support to the organisation. The role involves leading on […]
  • Salary Generous benefits package
  • Posted 2 dagen geleden geplaatst
  • Financial Services (In-house)
  • Information Technology
  • Management Consulting
  • Technology (In-house)

In-House Legal Counsel – salary + share options

A unique opportunity to join a recently listed company going through its next stage of international growth. The successful candidate will be joining a small legal team of high calibre lawyers from magic circle and leading international law firms. This is a well established organisation but with a start-up culture encouraging entrepreneurship and to think […]
  • Posted 4 dagen geleden geplaatst
  • Accountancy
  • Financial Services (In-house)
  • Management Consulting

Senior Employment Counsel

Leading professional services company seeking a new senior employment lawyer to join their highly skilled in-house legal team in London. This is a unique opportunity to join a supportive and dynamic team, with an interesting and broad spread of contentious and non-contentious employment work on offer. They are looking for an adept and experienced employment […]
  • Posted 4 dagen geleden geplaatst
  • Asset Management

Derivatives Legal Counsel – NQ+

An incredible role at an asset management company for a derivatives lawyer as they undergo growth and significant expansion. Your responsibilities will include: – drafting, negotiating and advising on a range of derivative trading documentation including ISDA, GMRA, GMSLA, clearing and collateral agreements; – leading on regulatory change projects, advising on EMIR regulatory reporting agreements […]
  • Posted 4 dagen geleden geplaatst
  • Financial Services (In-house)

General Counsel

Leading Financial and Strategic Advisor seeking General Counsel to join the firm as the legal and compliance expert. Looking for an experienced senior lawyer to work in partnership with the CEO, CPO, Partners and Senior Advisers to provide legal and secretarial support across the business. In addition to discharging broad legal functions as the sole […]
  • Salary Generous benefits package
  • Posted 5 dagen geleden geplaatst
  • Insurance


The Opportunity Our client is global insurance business, headquartered in Sydney. They cater to M&A transactions of all sizes and in all sectors. This business is attracting market leading specialist underwriting teams, and the APAC team writes business across the entire Asia Pacific region. This is an opportunity for a solid M&A lawyer who is […]
  • Posted 6 dagen geleden geplaatst

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