The Legal 500 APAC 2021 Summary Of Results.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific

15 February 2021

The 2021 edition of Legal 500 Asia Pacific confirms that the firm’s reputation across the region continues to strengthen.

Highlights from this year’s rankings include:

  • Insurance: A strong performance across the board that highlights the depth of talent in the team, including Tier 1 rankings in Australia and Hong Kong, ‘Leading Individuals’ Matt Andrews and Raylee Hartwell (Australia), Joanie Ko and Rupert Skrine (Hong Kong) and Suraphon Rittipongchusit (Thailand); Next Generation Partner Ian Johnston (Bangkok) and Rising Star Llinos Kent (Australia).

  • Leading firm: The firm has been ranked in 13 practice areas across the four APAC countries in corporate/M&A, dispute resolution, insurance, labour and employment, media and entertainment, regulatory, shipping, and TMT. Leading Individuals include Patrick George (Media and Entertainment Australia) and Suraphon Rittipongchusit (Dispute Resolution, Thailand) and Rising Star Emily Duncan (Labour and Employment Hong Kong).

  • Recommended lawyers: An impressive 34 individuals have been named in the Guide as key lawyers for their practice and jurisdiction.

Full practice area and individual rankings are listed below:


  • Top Tier in Australia and Hong Kong

  • A leading firm in Thailand and Singapore

Individual Rankings

  • Matt Andrews and Raylee Hartwell (Leading Individuals, Australia)

  • Rupert Skrine and Joanie Ko (Leading Individuals, Hong Kong)

  • Suraphon Rittipongchusit (Leading Individuals, Thailand)

  • Ian Johnston (Next Generation Partner, Thailand)

  • Llinos Kent (Rising Star, Australia)

Other recommended lawyers

  • Chris Finn, James Melvin, Jane Kupsch, Anjali Woodford and Jonathon Lees (Australia)

  • Richard Bates and Meiling Yip (Hong Kong)

  • Julian Wallace, Ben Nicholson, Peng Lim, Patrick Yeo and Hui Ying (Singapore)

Dispute Resolution

  • A Leading Firm in Thailand, Hong Kong and Australia

Individual Rankings

  • Suraphon Rittipongchusit (Leading individual Thailand)

  • Ian Johnston (Next Generation Partner Thailand)

Other recommended lawyers

  • Chris Finn, Patrick George, Raylee Hartwell, Chris Molnar, Persephone Forster and Lucy Reade (Australia)

  • Rudy Chung and Rupert Skrine (Hong Kong)


  • A Leading Firm in Singapore

Recommended lawyers

  • Nick Francis and Karnan Thirupathy (Singapore)

Labour and Employment

  • A Leading Firm in Hong Kong

Individual Rankings

  • Emily Duncan Rising Stars (Hong Kong)

Other recommended lawyers

  • Richard Bates and Rupert Skrine (Hong Kong)

Media and Entertainment

  • A Leading Firm in Australia

Individual Rankings

  • Patrick George (Leading Individual, Australia)


  • A leading firm in Hong Kong

Recommended lawyers

  • Richard Bates and Nicholas Blackmore (Hong Kong)


  • A leading firm in Hong Kong

Recommended lawyers

  • Kevin Yam and Rachel Yuen (Hong Kong)

Corporate /M&A

  • A leading firm in Thailand

Recommended lawyers

  • Supreedee Nimkitul and Tassanu Chutikanon (Thailand)

For further information, please contact:


Matt Andrews, Kennedys

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