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Collas Crill recruits for legal counsel jobs overseas as firm expands Singapore offices

Posted by: Laurence Simons 17/08/12

Firm continues trajectory with a round of staffing changes.

A round of legal recruitment for in-house legal jobs in Singapore has strengthened both the legal scene in the city-state as well as providing a boost to one of the fastest growing legal firms in the UK.

Guernsey and Jersey-based Collas Crill has celebrated the recent one-year anniversary of the opening of its Singapore branch by recruiting former fund management group Prosperity Capital Management director and legal counsel Leon Santos. Santos will join the Singapore jurisdiction, headed by Sean Cheong, at group partner level.

Collas Crill is a leading legal firm on Guernsey and Jersey, providing Channel Islands structures and legal services to both international institutions and high net worth individuals overseas. The firm's move to Singapore, finalised in August 2011, has seen them slowly grow and improve in the city-state as well as the entire Asia region.

"Since we opened in Singapore nearly 12 months ago we have steadily increased the capabilities and strength of our offering there, due to the achievements of Sean Cheong," said managing partner Jason Romer. "Sean has done a fantastic job in establishing the Collas Crill office and brand in Singapore and the Asian region more widely."

And the firm looks to build on those strong foundations with a kind of Guernsey-Singapore merry-go-round: Cheong will return to Guernsey later this year, while Channel Islands-based partner Marcus Hinkley will jet out to Singapore to head up the office from September. He'll be joined by Santos, a funding specialist with years of experience in providing offshore and onshore private funding advice, who in turn joins Paul Wilkes and Mark Rawlins as part of the firm's experienced funds team.

"This appointment is the latest development in our plans to increase the capabilities and strength of our offering in Singapore," said Romer. "This is an exciting expansion of the firm's Singapore team and will ensure that we are able to continue to provide both Fiduciary and Corporate/Funds experience at a high level to our clients in Asia. Leon's significant on and offshore funds experience will also boost Collas Crill's fund practice more widely."

Strengthening ties in overseas locations seems pretty du jour at the moment, with firms such as Linklaters hoping to establish a partnership with local firms in Johannesburg while London-based law firm Eversheds prepares to launch a Beijing office. Which is A Good Thing for those in legal careers: a recent survey has shown that the opportunity to live and work abroad is a major factor in the career moves of over a third of young lawyers.