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The coronavirus pandemic has forced the legal profession to make huge adjustments as it deals with the global health and economic crisis brought on by COVID-19. In this collection, Law.com International brings you stories about what global law firms, corporate law departments and others in the legal community are doing to adapt to a changing new world.

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On the back of political unrest in Hong Kong and the COVID-19 pandemic starting in Mainland China it was not surprising that the Asian legal services market had a rough start to the year.

A number of law firms imposed cost-cutting measures including layoffs and salary cuts. Many firms also put on hiring freeze and suspended expansion plans, resulting in a slow lateral recruitment market with few notable hires.

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Anna Zhang

Anna Zhang is the Hong Kong-based Asia Bureau Chief for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues across Asia. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

Vincent Chow

Vincent Chow is a reporter for Law.com International and China Law & Practice, based in Hong Kong. He writes about lawyers and legal issues in Hong Kong and China and covers the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. He can be reached at [email protected]

Jessica Seah

Jessica Seah covers Asia for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues in Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia, as well as in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and China. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, legal tech, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

Christopher Niesche

Christopher Niesche is the Australia correspondent for Law.com International. He covers the business of law in Australia and writes about lawyers, global and domestic law firms and in-house law departments. He also covers Australian regulatory matters. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter: @ChrisNiesche.

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