Legally speaking

Chris Roberts, Asia managing partner, Allen & Overy reveals exactly how the Asian legal market works.

These are difficult times for everyone in the markets. Are they difficult times for Allen Overy as well

Roberts Yes and no. Yes in that we are not doing what we have done for almost my entire professional career, which is to go on an ever-expanding upward track. No, if you look at it objectively, in that we have marginally increased our turnover for the year ending April 30th 2003 in our Asian offices Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok. So we are very lucky. There are firms that have clearly had significant downturns in turnover and we have not. The finance practice has generally maintained itself well, especially on the more...

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