I am in the midst of reading books relating to law firms. I am now re-reading the book Rodyk: 150 Years, published in 2011. An excellent read.
The book documents the 150-year history of the Singapore heritage law firm, Rodyk & Davidson. The firm lost some of its lustre and then entered a historic merger with HelenYeo & Partners, a mere 10-year old law firm. It was a merger of equals and transformed the firm.
In a series of posts, I will feature some of the extracts from the book of Rodyk: 150 years. I weigh in with lessons for law firms, professional practices and for businesses.
I start with the book’s introduction penned by Chan Sek Keong, who was then the Chief Justice of Singapore. It was also published in the Singapore Business Times.
LAW firms with a long historical lineage during the period of colonial rule in Singapore are a rarity. Singapore became a British territory in 1824, and English law was introduced into the colony in 1826 through the Second Charter of Justice. From 1826 to 1963, Singapore was the legal capital of the Straits Settlements in terms of the volume and quality of legal work and disputes. Many law firms were born and died. Many ceased to exist because of the Japanese Occupation in 1942 and were never revived after the British returned. Many others did not survive their founding partners, who did not care to let their names continue as brand names for the sake of their partners. Continue reading →
This is our third year listing the largest law firms in Malaysia. You can also read the 2019 edition and the original 2018 edition.
Like in our previous editions, we take the number of lawyers based on the Malaysian Bar legal directory website as at the time of writing. We total up the number of lawyers for the law firm, including its branch offices. Continue reading →
Last year, we featured the largest law firms in Malaysia. We continue with this feature this year and update the numbers for 2019. We total up the number of lawyers of each law firm, including the firm’s branch offices.
LinkedIn is a social media platform geared towards professionals and professional networking. It has more than 645 million members. In a survey conducted in 2018 by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, it was estimated that there were about 24.6 million social networking users and 13.3% of these users had a LinkedIn account.
Malaysian law firms are also utilising LinkedIn as a way to reach out to fellow lawyers and to clients. It is an additional platform to market and to engage with readers and clients, and can also be a additional channel for recruitment of talent.
This list covers some of the Malaysian law firms that are active on LinkedIn and have been gaining followers. Continue reading →
[Note: The 2019 edition of the largest law firms in Malaysia has now been posted up here.]
The year 2018 saw some mergers and consolidation among the larger Malaysian law firms in Kuala Lumpur. Other firms have seen organic growth and has started to overtake other established large firms in terms of number. The foreign law firms, Herbert Smith Freehills and Trowers & Hamlins, also appear to be slowly boosting their headcount in Malaysia. It also remains to be seen whether the Dentons combination with Zain & Co will lead to a bigger Dentons’ presence in Malaysia.
Here, we rank the size of the largest Malaysian law firms. We first cover the domestic firms and then make some observations on the foreign firms. The headcount is based on the Malaysian Bar directory listing at the time of writing. All images are from the firms’ website and the number of partners are also based from the firm’s website. Continue reading →