HSF legal services strategy continues with launch in Shanghai


Herbert Smith Freehills has launched a legal services office in Shanghai, a first for China. The office will run low-cost legal services and support dispute and transactional matters in Asia, according to reports. The new office follows similar arrangements launched in Perth, Australia, and Belfast, in Northern Ireland, in the past 12 months.

The firm says the 13-strong legal team in Shanghai will offer legal expertise, process efficiency and client tech solutions for high-volume or document-intensive work that will complement the firm’s high-end operations in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and internationally.

“By equipping this new team with the technology and processes proven at our existing legal hubs in Belfast and Perth, we can offer clients a cost-effective way of tackling the document-intensive elements of these projects on the ground in China,” Libby Jackson, the firm’s Global Head of Alternative Legal Services, said in a statement.

“This innovation of a new centre in Shanghai helps us deliver on the firm’s commitment to providing innovative and cost-effective service delivery options to our clients,” added Global Co-CEO Sonya Leydecker. “It is part of our new strategy launched earlier this year, and continues the pioneering work we have done in the alternative delivery of our services to clients.”

Herbert Smith Freehills says its Alternative Legal Services global initiative has more than 350 lawyers, legal assistants and technologists working from centres in Belfast, Brisbane, London, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and now Shanghai.