2 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – APRIL 2024 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM Asian Legal Business is available by subscription. Please visit for details. Asian Legal Business has an audited average circulation of 11,402 as of 30 September 2016.Copyright is reserved throughout. No part of this publication can be reproduced in whole or part without the express permission of the editor. Contributions are invited, but copies of work should be kept, as Asian Legal Business can accept no responsibility for loss. MCI (P) 004/02/2024 issn 0219 – 6875 KDN PPS 1867/10/2015(025605) Thomson Reuters Alice @ Mediapolis, 29 Media Circle, #09-05, Singapore 138565 / T (65) 6775 5088 10/F, Cityplaza 3, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong / T (852) 3762 3269 CARE IN A TIME OF CHANGE The past few years have seen incredible upheavals in the way we work, but one thing we know for sure is that there is an imperative need for law firms across Asia to prioritize their associates’ welfare and professional development. As our Employer of Choice highlights, law firms need foster a supportive and enriching environment for their legal talent. Associates form the backbone of any law firm, driving its success through their dedication, expertise, and commitment to excellence. However, the legal profession is renowned for its demanding nature, often subjecting associates to rigorous work schedules, high-pressure environments, and intense client expectations. Creating a positive workplace culture is the cornerstone of becoming an employer of choice. Law firms must cultivate an atmosphere of respect, collaboration, and inclusivity, where associates feel valued and motivated to perform at their best. Moreover, nurturing the wellbeing of associates is not just a moral obligation but also a strategic investment. Providing resources for physical and mental health, implementing work-life balance initiatives, and offering avenues for stress relief are essential components of a supportive work environment. Mentorship is another indispensable aspect of professional growth within law firms. Seasoned partners and senior associates must actively engage in guiding and nurturing the next generation of legal talent. Through mentorship programs, junior associates can benefit from valuable insights, constructive feedback, and opportunities for skill development, ultimately fostering a culture of continuous learning and advancement. As we showcase Asia’s leading law firms in this issue, we urge the legal community to recognize the significance of prioritizing the needs of associates. By championing a culture of support, mentorship, and wellbeing, law firms can not only attract top talent but also cultivate a resilient and thriving workforce poised for long-term success in an ever-evolving legal landscape. RANAJIT DAM Managing Editor, Asian Legal Business, Thomson Reuters HEAD OF LEGAL MEDIA BUSINESS, ASIA & EMERGING MARKETS Amantha Chia MANAGING EDITOR Ranajit Dam ASIA JOURNALIST Sarah Wong ASIA WRITER Nimitt Dixit RANKINGS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS EDITOR Wang Bingqing COPY & WEB EDITOR Rowena Muniz SENIOR DESIGNER John Agra TRAFFIC/CIRCULATION MANAGER Rozidah Jambari SALES MANAGERS Hiroshi Kaneko Japan, Korea (81) 3 4520 1192 Jonathan Yap Indonesia, Singapore (65) 6973 8914 Krupa Dalal India, Middle East, Singapore (91) 22 6189 7087 Romulus Tham Southeast Asia (65) 6973 8248 Simon Wan Hong Kong (852) 3462 7730 Steffi Yang South and West China (86) 010 5669 2041 Steven Zhao China Key Accounts (86) 10 6627 1360 Yvonne Cheung China Key Accounts, Hong Kong and Korea (852) 2847 2003 SENIOR EVENTS MANAGER Julian Chiew SENIOR EVENTS MANAGER, AWARDS Tracy Li