Pinsent Masons to Launch Flexible Lawyering Service in Hong Kong

Flexible Lawyering Service

Vario, the flexible lawyering group within Pinsent Masons, plans to offer 50 to 100 freelance lawyers

Pinsent Masons has recruited former Axiom Asia head Kirsty Dougan to launch Vario in Hong Kong. Dougan was one of Asia’s early adopters of the flexible lawyering model. In 2009, she launched her own company, Asia Counsel, in Hong Kong with former Citigroup investment banker Serena Wallace-Turner. Asia Counsel was acquired by Axiom in 2010 and became the U.S. company’s Asia operations.

Before moving into alternative legal services, Dougan was a Shanghai-based in-house counsel at British wine and spirits giant Diageo from 2006 to 2009, and built the company’s legal function for Greater China.

At Vario, Dougan will launch operations in Hong Kong in the coming months. Vario’s London-based director Matthew Kay said the plan is for Dougan to build a team of about a dozen managers between Hong Kong and Singapore to support the Asia operations. Kay also said the Hong Kong operations will build a bench of 50 to 100 freelance lawyers during the next 12 months.

Hong Kong will be Vario’s second location in Asia. It launched in Singapore last year, and the Australia operations launched in 2017. Globally, Vario currently has more than 600 freelance lawyers. [read more]

Source: John Kang |

Pinsent Masons to Launch Flexible Lawyering Service in Hong Kong

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