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Our ability to provide exceptional client service relies on effective teamwork between our lawyers and our legal support teams, who play a critical role in our continuing success. Deacons offers exciting career prospects for legal support specialists in a wide range of fields including:

Professional Support Officers/Assistants and Paralegals

 

Secretarial

Each legal department has its own valued secretarial team, which provides wide-ranging support to our fee earners, including liaising with clients, diary and document management and billing support. Our secretarial team is vital to our ability to deliver a first class service and often plays an important role as one of the first points of contact for our clients.

If you want an exciting and dynamic career at Hong Kong’s leading independent law firm and believe you have what it takes to be a successful member of our team then we would be delighted to hear from you. Please click on the link below for details of our current vacancies.

 

How to apply

Please send your full CV either by post to

The Head of Human Resources Department 

Deacons
5th Floor, Alexandra House
18 Chater Road
Central
Hong Kong 

or by email to "hresources@deacons.com"
or to private fax: +852 2810 9126. 

We will only consider applicants who apply directly to our firm and not through recruitment agencies. All applications will be treated in strict confidence. Personal data collected will be used for recruitment purposes only. Applicants who do not hear from us within 4 weeks may consider their applications unsuccessful and the applications will be destroyed within 6 months.

 

CURRENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Requirements:

  • Formal secretarial training
  • At least 3 years of legal secretarial experience
  • Excellent English and Chinese languages skills. Proficiency in Putonghua is an added advantage
  • Good English audio typing skill
  • Well versed in MS Word (English and Chinese word processing skills) and Excel
  • Attention to detail, organized and self-motivated
  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to work overtime

 

The primary objective of this role is to advise financial services clients, and in particular fund managers, in relation to their Hong Kong SFC licensing requirements and to handle the preparation, processing and follow up of SFC license applications. Some secretarial support will be available for the position.

Responsibilities:

  • preliminary assessments on the proposed activities of companies and individuals and provide advice on type of SFC licence required
  • new individual SFC licence applications and in due course new and other corporate applications
  • assistance in responding to SFC enquiries
  • notifications to and on-going regulatory filings with the SFC
  • advice on on-going regulatory requirements and business compliance related matters

The successful candidate will also need to be able to interact with clients and contacts as a “trusted compliance advisor” and to develop and maintain good relationships with relevant persons at the SFC.  

The successful candidate will need to maintain a flexible approach and be able to accommodate new and varied work flows. At times may be required to assist on other regulatory and compliance matters within the compliance unit. 

Applicants with experience in the following areas will be preferred: 

  • SFC licence applications
  • SFC licence maintenance including ongoing filings 

Requirements: 

  • a degree holder (in law or other business related discipline)
  • prefer at least 2 years of financial industry experience and preferably with an asset manager
  • prefer some knowledge of how the securities and asset management industries operate and familiarity with the relevant regulatory requirements
  • preferably have worked at the Licensing Department of the SFC and ideally at assistant manager level 1 or higher
  • a good communicator with good interpersonal communication skills
  • a bright and quick learner with careful attention to detail
  • a good team player with good team spirit
  • the ability to handle direct client communications and meetings professionally and competently, while always keeping their supervisors fully involved and informed
  • instill confidence in seniors, partners and clients
  • native spoken and written mandarin, and excellent English verbal and drafting skills

Job Description:

  • Handle a wide range of trade mark matters including trade mark searches, prosecution work, oppositions and portfolio management
  • Will work directly with partners and senior lawyers

Requirements:

  • Preferably have completed legal studies
  • At least 1-2 years of IP/trade mark experience
  • Candidates should be fluent in Chinese and English (both written and spoken)

We are seeking a high calibre and experienced paralegal to join our Construction Practice Group. The role is to provide legal support to lawyers within the practice group, including document review, research, preparation of court documents and bundles, drafting simple correspondence, liaising with clients and third parties and translation work. Although the work will be primarily construction litigation, it will also include some general commercial litigation.  

Requirements:

  • Holder of a law degree (LLB) or a diploma in law/legal studies or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a law firm/the legal industry
  • Excellent command of English and Chinese (both written and oral)
  • Proficiency in Putonghua is not necessary, but would be an advantage
  • Hard working, highly organised and enthusiastic
  • Analytical, with good attention to detail
  • Ability to work efficiently and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication (written and oral ) and proof-reading skills
  • A team player, but able to work independently
  • Computer literacy - well versed in MS Office, Word and Excel

Job Specifications:

  • Primarily handling compliance works in the Property Department of Deacons
  • Assisting sale of units in development projects including preparation of legal documentation and meeting with clients
  • Occasionally, preparing Chinese translation of documents
  • Providing general support to lawyers and project team in the Property Department of Deacons

Requirements:

  • Degree or diploma holder
  • Self-motivated, detail-minded and a good team player
  • Wiling to learn and take on extra duties
  • Good command in English and Chinese
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Immediate availability will be an advantage

We are looking for high calibre candidates to join our Insurance Litigation Practice Group.  The successful candidates will provide legal support to lawyers within the practice group and will be closely supervised by experienced lawyers.  This is a good opportunity for bright and enthusiastic candidates to gain legal and practical experience. 

The role will be involved working in different types of insurance litigation matters including but not limited to the following duties:

  • Interviewing witnesses and collating information for advising insurer clients
  • Conducting legal researches
  • Preparing court proceedings, documentation and bundles
  • Drafting simple correspondence and documents
  • Proofreading and translation work

Requirements:

  • Graduates/ diploma holders or equivalent (preferably in law)
  • Good oral and writing skills in English and Chinese  
  • Willingness to learn and proactive
  • A team player
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Previous work experience is advantageous but not essential

The role will be focusing on IPO projects and will include but not be limited to the following duties:

  • Review corporate and other legal and commercial documents
  • Conduct site visits and due diligence interviews with parties in Hong Kong and overseas
  • Prepare various documents in Chinese and English, including due diligence reports, minutes and notices of meetings, etc.
  • Conduct verification of prospectuses
  • Liaise with issuers and other working parties

 Requirements:

  • University graduate
  • Excellent English and Chinese language skills, proficiency in Putonghua
  • Attention to details
  • A team player
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Previous relevant work experience is advantageous but not essential

Immediate availability is definitely an advantage.

We invite applications for a Patent Executive in the Patent and Designs group.

The Patent Executive will be responsible for providing technical and administrative support in the prosecution and filing of Patent and Design applications in China and other countries under supervision and guidance of supervising Patent Attorneys.

Applicants should hold strong degree(s), preferably in electrical or mechanical engineering.  

Strong Chinese (Mandarin) and English language skills (both written and oral) are essential. Proficiency in spoken Cantonese and any experience in or familiarity with patent prosecution is an advantage.