LEAVING THE CITY - Lawyers who work at international law firms in Hong Kong continue to leave the city—once considered a vibrant hub for global law firms and ex-pat lawyers, Law.com International’s Jessica Seah reports. According to research by Law.com International, 24 more law firm partners have left Hong Kong in the past 12 months, adding to the 22 departures first reported in April. The exits reflect the number of people leaving Hong Kong overall. The city’s population has dropped considerably: More than 113,000 residents have left the city over the past 12 months, according to recent figures released by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department. Many of the lawyers who relocated said their decision was driven by Hong Kong’s zero-COVID policy. However, some also retired from practice, including Deacons banking and finance partner Philip Gilligan; King & Wood Mallesons corporate partner Neil Carabine; Pinsent Masons construction partner Peter Clayton; and Ropes & Gray private equity partner James Lidbury. “Hong Kong forced my retirement,” said one of the partners who left the city. “Better golf than this,” he said, trying to make light of his decision to retire and leave what he called his “second home.”


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