Ashford Benjamin

Ashford Benjamin was founded by Ben Cooper, a Barrister, with the belief that legal search firms should offer a better service to clients and candidates. This means taking the time to provide a genuine partnership, understanding our clients’ and candidates’ needs, and pro-actively advising on the best course of action, utilising the decades of experience we have in the industry.


To do this, we employ recognised, award-winning, industry experts, with a reputation for integrity and a genuine passion for providing the best service in the market to our clients and candidates. Our people are judged on the quality of service they provide, and the number of successful placements they make. We belief our success stems from remaining passionate about upholding the beliefs and passions we have developed during our combined experience of over 40 years in the industry.


What we are


  • A niche, boutique executive search firm, focusing on legal and compliance

  • Highly selective, partnering with clients and candidates who share our core values

  • Recognised experts in our fields, advising on what we know

  • A personal one-on-one service to clients and candidates

  • Focused on achieving genuine, tangible results for our clients and candidates

Atticus Legal

Founded in 2010 by the Managing Director Sandra Godbold, Atticus Legal is a boutique legal recruitment firm specialising in the recruitment of qualified lawyers and business support professionals within the legal industry.
The core of our business has been built through market knowledge and a strong referral network and our client base includes top ranking international, UK, US & local law firms, MNC's and global financial institutions.
With an established office in Hong Kong, we opened in Singapore in 2017 under the trading name of Atticus Search, continuing our journey of successfully placing lawyers and business support professionals at all levels from a number of jurisdictions in leading organisations across South East Asia.
When tasked with hiring the best legal talent in the market, our clients receive a high-quality service, tailored to their specific needs. We focus on building and developing long-term relationships to ensure we understand the culture of the firm, the personality of the client and their unique requirements. We have made many successful placements across South East Asia and believe in delivering a transparent service that adds value to our clients and candidates.

Carlyle Kingswood Global

Carlyle Kingswood Global (CKG) is a leading legal search firm with an established network of offices across Asia, Australia and Europe.


The legal profession and the in-house legal market have always been central to our business.


Carlyle Kingswood Global is focused on acquiring high performing lawyers and practice groups for law firms and in-house legal departments across the globe.  As the legal profession has globalised, we have evolved our industry reach from Asia Pacific into continental Europe and North America. We offer insights to our clients on the global legal market, as well as access to an international pool of senior key performers.


Our established team have successfully completed a variety of partner, director and team moves for a wide range of law firms as well as leading investment banks, MNCs, funds and professional services firms. This includes retained/ exclusive searches, moving managing partners, setting up offices for several international law firms in the APAC and EU region, moving entire divisions/ practice areas/ law firm offices as well as recruiting Head of Legal/General Counsel/ country head and Asia heads for in-house clients.


Established in 1986, Hughes-Castell (Hong Kong) Limited was the first legal recruitment consultancy in Asia, providing in-depth coverage of the Asia-Pacific region. Currently with 4 offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai, and our network of associated consultancies around the world, we offer our clients unrivalled in-depth knowledge and advice on individual markets. Hughes Castell Limited has pioneered legal and compliance recruitment not only in Greater China and ASEAN, but also developing markets and was the first specialist firm to recruit lawyers in places such as India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.


Our strong reputation and our trusted brand name gives us unparalleled ability to engage top-level legal talent in a broad spectrum of industries and commerce, including top Fortune 500 corporations, banks and international law firms.


Our philosophy is to build long-term relationships and to add value beyond pure recruitment. At Hughes Castell, we define success by the quality and tenure of our placements.  We understand the importance and value of continuity to a company and our track record in placements exceeding 10 years tenure is unrivalled by any other legal recruitment  firm in Asia.




•    “Best Legal Recruitment Consultancy, Asia, 2013” in the CFI Award ;

•    “Best Legal Recruitment 2015” in the AI Award;

•    “Best Legal and Compliance Recruitment Consultancy” in the CV Recruitment Awards 2016.

Lewis Sanders

Lewis Sanders is a specialist legal and compliance recruitment consultancy based in Hong Kong offering clients and candidates a full range of recruitment solutions. Using our extensive market knowledge and expertise, we place legal professionals at all levels with international law firms, global financial institutions, government bodies and multi-national companies in Hong Kong, China and across Asia.
In order to provide results-driven recruitment solutions, we recognise the importance of gaining a true understanding of our clients' core values and specific recruitment needs. We have a proven track record of building strong and lasting relationships with both our in-house and law firm clients by consistently providing a professional yet personal level of service.
Lewis Sanders has built its reputation on its core values of integrity, trust and professionalism. This approach has positioned us as one of Hong Kong's leading legal recruiters. With in-depth market knowledge and 20 years of experience in Hong Kong, we pride ourselves on the breadth and depth of our long-term relationships with clients and candidates. It is who we know and the strength of our relationships that sets us apart.

Star Anise

Star Anise is a market leader in the legal recruitment and corporate governance area.  Our track record is in working on placements of lawyers (at all levels) as well as legal support (paralegals, corporate secretarial at all levels, compliance and risk management and legal secretaries).
Star Anise was born from an idea between siblings and former practicing lawyers, Annie and Chris Tang, to create a more enriching and personalised recruitment service in Hong Kong focusing on what and whom we know best, lawyers.


Having both gained invaluable legal experience with highly acclaimed law firms in the UK and Hong Kong, the seeds of a new recruitment service came to light in 2010.  Both Annie and Chris shared a desire to provide a fresh new approach to the Asia recruitment industry based on mutual understanding, respect and trust. Thus, the idea of Star Anise was created.
Prior to setting up Star Anise and subsequent to her legal practice with international law firms, Annie worked for a UK listed recruitment company and has built up an unrivalled reputation in the in-house legal recruitment market. Chris qualified in England & Wales and practiced as a corporate M&A lawyer at large city firms in the UK before joining forces with Annie to set up Star Anise.

Taylor Root

Taylor Root is recognised as one of the market leaders in the private practice search and recruitment market. We believe that the strength and quality of our relationships with our law firm clients is unmatched in the market.
Operating across Asia with dedicated consultants focusing on the China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore markets, our senior management team collaborate across our Asia offices and work with teams of experienced consultants and researchers ensuring that our shortlists for clients’ searches are both regional and represent the best talent available in the Asia markets. Our global reach extends across twelve offices including London, New York, Continental Europe, the Middle East  and Australia enabling us to provide our clients with not only a specialised local service but one that can leverage off a global network, providing a consistently high level of service.
We recruit lawyers at all stages of their career from Partners and Counsels through to Senior Associates and Newly Qualified. Our client base is diverse and includes international law firms, domestic law firms and small boutiques.

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