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  • Legal Recruitment
  • Compliance Recruitment
  • Human Resources Recruitment
Founded 📆London UK (1985 (1985))
Founder 👔Helen Castell[1]
Headquarters 🏙️,
Hong Kong SAR
Number of locations
4 Asia
Area served 🗺️
Asia Pacific
Key people
  • Doreen Jaeger-Soong (Chairman & Managing Director)
  • Linda Wong (MD & Head of Singapore/ASEAN & S Asia)
  • Dora Cheung (Manager, Hong Kong)
  • Rosanna Pang (Finance Director)
  • Partner & Associate
  • General Counsel
  • Counsel
  • Compliance
  • Regulatory
  • Company Secretariat
  • Human Resources
OwnerDoreen Jaeger-Soong
Number of employees
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Hughes-Castell is a specialist legal and compliance recruitment company, formed in 1985 in London and headquartered in Hong Kong, with other offices in Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai. It was the first legal recruitment consultancy to specialise on placements in Hong Kong.[2]

Hughes-Castell is one of only a handful of wholly foreign owned recruitment firms fully licensed to operate in PRC. Hughes-Castell (Beijing) Ltd was founded in 2005 and the Shanghai office was established in 2011.


File:List of Solicitors' Firms, Hong Kong, June 1988.jpg
First issue of the Solicitors' Directory published by the Law Society of Hong Kong in June 1998

In 1985, Hughes-Castell Ltd was founded in Bolt Court, London by Helen Castell to provide recruitment and executive search services exclusively for lawyers in the United Kingdom.

In 1986, Hughes-Castell (Hong Kong) Ltd was established to extend legal recruitment and executive search service to clients and candidates in Asia.

In June 1988, the Law Society of Hong Kong has published the first Hong Kong LawList (formerly called List of Solicitors' firms). It is an annual publication of providing list of the registered solicitors and law firms in Hong Kong. Hughes-Castell was the main sponsor for supporting the project from that onward. The publishing of Hong Kong LawList has been stopped in 2015.

In 1995, Vedior NV purchased Hughes-Castell Ltd so since then Hughes-Castell (Hong Kong) Ltd became part of Vedior’s global recruitment network.

In 2001, Hughes-Castell's Singapore office was established as the regional headquarters for the ASEAN countries.

In 2005, Hughes-Castell (Beijing) Ltd was established. It is a fully licensed international recruitment firm to operate in China.

In 2007, Randstad and Vedior merged their operations. The combined group, known as the Randstad Holding, became the second largest recruitment agency in the world, of which Hughes-Castell (Hong Kong) then became a subsidiary.

In 2011, Hughes-Castell completed a management buyout[3] which resulted in the managing director, Doreen Jaeger-Soong,[4] becoming the owner and company Chairman.[5] Later in the same year, the Shanghai office of Hughes-Castell (Beijing) Ltd was established.


In 2014, Hughes-Castell was honored as the Best Legal Recruitment Consultancy, Asia, 2013 in the Award. [6]

In 2015, Hughes-Castell was selected as the "Best in Sector: Legal Recruitment" in the AI 2015 Sector Performance Awards. [7]

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  • Executive search
  • Employment agency
  • Sourcing (personnel)
  • Human resource consulting
  • Human resource management


  1. "History & Values". Hughes-Castell.
  2. "Hughes-Castell celebrates 30th anniversary with eyes on the future". Pacific Business Press.
  3. "In January, 2011, we sold Hughes Castell Hong Kong". Full Year 2010 Revenue up 14% and EBITA up 61%. Standstad.
  4. "A labour of love". Articles & Reports. In-House Community.
  5. "Rebranding for Hughes-Castell and Legal Eagles". News. Lawyers Weekly.
  6. "Hughes-Castell: CFI Award for Best Legal Recruitment Consultancy, Asia, 2013". CFI Awards Home.
  7. "Hughes-Castell: AI 2015 Best in Sector: Legal Recruitment". AI Best in Sector Awards Home. Acquisition Intl.

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