Have We Instigated A Trend ?

About 2 years ago here at Practice  Source we saw that nobody was really bothering with providing daily updates about the Asia Pacific legal market.. yes and before ALB tell us otherwise ..yes we know you were already in the market of providing news about the region..

but the news mainly came out of Australia and if Asia connected it did tend to reflect the press releases of some of your clients.


Things have now changed.. ALB does provide a useful news and information  service for the region, we’d like to think our updates also do the same.


And now we learn that UK based Legal Week (part of the incisive group) have decided to put a full time correspondent on the ground in the region.


They write in a press release published yesterday:

Legal Week to gain full-time Asia correspondent

Legal Week is to gain its first dedicated Asia correspondent following the move by its parent division Incisive Legal to set up in the region.

Senior correspondent Anthony Lin will this week transfer to Hong Kong full-time to report on the wider Asian legal market. Lin, previously a correspondent with the New York Law Journal, takes up the new role of chief Asia correspondent for the Incisive Legal group, reporting across the stable of titles.

A Harvard law graduate and a practising lawyer in the US before moving into journalism, Lin will also act as a special correspondent for Legal Week, working directly with the magazine’s news desk.

The move, which gives Incisive its first journalist covering legal affairs in the Asian region, further builds on the cross-border platform created through Incisive Media’s $630m (£425m) acquisition last year of American Lawyer Media.

The launch of a Hong Kong desk is also expected to see further expansion of the legal group’s international coverage and lead to closer links between Legal Week and sister title The American Lawyer.

Legal Week editor Alex Novarese said: “The transfer of one of our group’s most able reporters to Hong Kong is an exciting move at a time when interest from international law firms in the Asia market has never been higher.”

Only a few weeks ago Practice Source was contacted by a local recruiter asking us to recommend on a managerial role for a "new publisher" starting in the region. Now we know that it’s Incisive the move does make sense. First up they can fill the gap left by Euromoney who have all but abandoned the region after being the main legal market information provider in the 90’s and early 2000’s. They also need more content on the region for their US print and web publications.


On the  gathering content side of things we’re sure they won’t be short of work. Selling advertising though is going to be a little harder.