James Candappa

My experience allows me to offer detailed career and hiring advice to lawyers in specific areas of the law that can be incredibly nuanced. Spearheading our expansion to Singapore has given me both a deeper understanding of the Asian markets and first-hand insights to share with people making an international move.

 

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Master Mariner
Salary Details Available on Request
Singapore

A longstanding client is looking to expand their wet-shipping team in Singapore with the addition of a master mariner with experience working with law firms.

This is your chance to join a leading law firm in one of their fastest growing offices. You will be working in a fast paced yet dynamic office and be involved with the company’s wider international matters.

Some of the key draws of this role include:

  • Prestige. Our client has a stellar reputation in the shipping market.
  • Good remuneration. Our client pays above market.
  • Exposure to high quality legal work. Our client attracts instructions from some of the biggest players in the shipping market.

You will be giving technical advice on specialist wet shipping matters including collisions, general average, accidents at sea etc.

Due to the niche nature of this role, you will be a master mariner with a background of working with lawyers. It will be highly advantageous if you are also admitted as a lawyer in a common law country.

If the above role is of interest, do get in touch for more information.

Claims Executive
Salary Details Available on Request
Hong Kong

We have just been instructed by a well-regarded IG P&I Club looking to grow their Hong Kong office with a Claims Executive.  

This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced and collegiate team in a vibrant and dynamic city.

You will primarily be doing P&I focused work, advising members on wet shipping matters.

From our discussions with the hiring manager, some of the key draws include:

  • Quality of work. The Hong Kong office is long established meaning they have a team of experts on the ground that can handle complex claims in house.
  • Good remuneration. Our client pays above market.

Due to the complexity of the work, you will have between 3 to 5 years of marine claims experience. While our client will consider qualified and unqualified candidates, business proficiency in mandarin is imperative, given the nature of their clients.

If the above role is of interest, do get in touch for more information.

Senior Claims Manager
To be advised
Japan

With in-house opportunities becoming increasingly rarer in the market, Wadkins Associates is excited to support a leading P&I Club as they look to grow their Japan office.

 

The position is for a Senior Claims Manager, with your responsibilities split between handling complex legal P&I / FDD work and managing a team of junior claims handlers.

 

On the claims side, you will be responsible for investigating, assessing, negotiating and resolving some of the more complicated and high value P&I or Defence claims.

 

However, the bulk of your work will be providing leadership, coaching and member management. Your main responsibility will be building a team that is professional, efficient and able to deliver market leading claims and advisory services to Club Members. In addition to that, you will represent the Club when meeting new Members or working with existing ones.

 

The key draws of this position include:

  • Leadership opportunity. Senior positions in Clubs are rare and highly sought after due to the low staff turnover.
  • Prestige. Our client is well-regarded in the market and boasts a significant global tonnage.
  • Member facing. This opportunity allows for significant involvement alongside the underwriters in terms of business development and Member retention.

 

Due to the complexity and leadership requirements of the work, you will need to be common law qualified, with at least 5 PQE with a shipping focus. An ability to display leadership experience will be a strong advantage.

 

If the above position has caught your interest, do get in touch.

Ship Finance and Offshore Non-contentious Lawyer
SGD 174000 to SGD 214000
Singapore

A longstanding client is looking to grow their ship finance and offshore non-contentious practice in their Singapore office. We have successfully supported this practice previously and will be happy to assist you throughout the interview process.

 

You will be joining an international law firm with deep roots in the shipping industry. The hiring partner is looking for associates who have a genuine interest in the shipping and offshore industry and a desire to be client facing. From a practitioner’s angle, our client appreciates commercial minded, independent, lateral thinkers who never stop learning and ask the right questions.

 

You will be doing an even mix of ship finance and offshore non-contentious work. On the ship finance side, you will be advising leading shipowners and occasionally banks. On the offshore non-contentious side, you will be advising construction companies, funds, offshore support companies, drilling companies and FPSO providers. You will be doing project financing, chartering, sale and purchase agreements and the occasional restructuring/ insolvency work.

 

The key highlights of this role include:

  • Variety of work. This is an opportunity to broaden your specialisation and get a deeper commercial understanding of the shipping and offshore sector.  
  • Collegiate work environment. The team is large but work collaboratively.
  • Work life balance. The hiring partner is keen for his associates to have a life outside of the office.

 

Common law qualified lawyers of between 3 to 4 PQE with shipping or offshore experience will be considered. Due to the nature of the work, England & Wales qualified lawyers will be preferred.

 

If the above position catches your interest, do get in touch for more information. 

Aviation Finance Lawyer
SGD 140000 to 160000
Singapore

We are supporting a leading transport law firm with the hire of a mid-level Aviation Finance Associate into their Singapore office.

 

The partner you will be working with has a good reputation in the market and has cultivated a collaborative working attitude amongst his team.

 

Your primary scope of work will be aviation finance. You will mainly be advising lessors but will occasionally do work for banks and airlines.

 

The key draws of this opportunity include:

  • Opportunity to business develop. The practice has always adopted a client facing approach and is supportive of business development efforts.
  • Transparent bonus structure. Our client awards bonuses for hours exceeding their billable hours target. That target is slightly below the market average.
  • Resistance to market downturns. The asset finance practice has diversified their focus enough to secure work despite economic downturns.

 

England & Wales qualified lawyers will be at an advantage; however, common law qualified lawyers will be considered. You will also have had between 3 to 4 years of aviation finance experience.

 

If the above position has caught your interest, do get in touch for a discreet conversation.

Senior Claims Executive
HK$ 1,000,000 to HK$ 1,800,000 (dependent on experience)
Hong Kong

Senior in-house positions are rare and highly sought after. Accordingly, we are very excited to present an opportunity to join an IG P&I Club as a Senior Claims Handler in their Hong Kong Office.

 

Our client has significant tonnage from China. As a result, you will be advising charterers and traders within that market. Your scope of work will primarily be dry shipping, specifically FD&D with some exposure to P&I work. You will also be expected to train newer members in this regard.

 

Additionally, due to the seniority of your role, you can expect significant exposure to major members of the Club. Your job is to manage those relationships while traveling with and working with underwriters to develop new relationships.

 

From our discussions with the hiring manager, the key highlights of this role include:
 

  • Prestige. Even amongst the IG Clubs, our client stands out in terms of tonnage and reputation.

     
  • Significant remuneration. Our client pays at the top end of the market.


As the position is relatively senior, you will have at least 5 years of experience in dry shipping law, with a proven track record of operating within the Chinese market and across shipping. Our client has also shown a preference for England & Wales, Hong Kong or PRC qualified lawyers. Proficiency in mandarin is a prerequisite considering our client’s members.

 

If this position is of interest, do get in touch for a discreet discussion about this opportunity.

Shipping or Trade Litigation In-House Lawyer
To be advised
Singapore

Wadkins Associates has been instructed by a major player in the commodities trading industry to find an experienced shipping and or trade litigation lawyer for an in-house counsel position in their Singapore office.

 

Your primary scope of work will be to provide legal advice relating to shipping and trade litigation.

 

This is also an opportunity to broaden your skill set with more general commercial responsibilities. These include providing advice on legal and regulatory compliance issues for a variety of internal departments. You will also be drafting, reviewing and advising on contracts related to shipping and trade

 

From our discussions with the hiring manager, the key highlights of this role include:

 

  • Prestige. This is an opportunity to do some truly international work for one of the biggest commodities traders in the world.

 

  • Greater commercial focus. This job allows you to develop a more commercially focused outlook working alongside various business units within the company.

     
  • Work life balance. In this role, you will not have billable hours targets or related Private Practice demands.
     


Singapore qualified lawyers will be at an advantage, although our client will consider common law qualified lawyers. Due to the relatively independent nature of the work, you will need at least 3 years of contentious shipping or trade law experience.

 

If this position is of interest, do get in touch for a discreet discussion about this opportunity.

Energy and Projects Lawyer
SGD 180000 to 215000
Singapore

A long-standing client has retained our services in their search for a junior associate to join the Oil and Gas Practice in their Singapore office. Business has been thriving and the Oil and Gas team are looking to position themselves for future instructions.

 

Our client has one of the largest and most established Oil and Gas practices in Singapore. The team is experienced across the board and receives instructions from leading lenders, sponsors and government entities.

 

Your work will focus on pure projects and project finance with the LNG and Oil and Gas your primary focus. You will be exposed to market leading transactions, fast paced sale and purchase contracts and complex multi-jurisdictional work.

 

The key draws of this job include:

 

  • Prestige. Our client’s branding and capabilities means that you will do some of the best work available in the market globally. 

 

  • Mentorship. The hiring partner has a reputation for training and developing associates.

 

  • Remuneration. Our client pays above the market average.

 

England & Wales qualified lawyers with at least 2 years PQE will be at an advantage but our client will consider common law qualified lawyers. The hiring partner is keen to talk to candidates who can demonstrate an understanding of projects-based work and who has an interest in LNG, Oil and Gas and Petrochemicals. 

 

If the above position has caught your interest, do get in touch for a discreet discussion about this opportunity.

Aviation Litigation Lawyer
£120000 - £150000
Hong Kong

A longstanding client is looking to grow its aviation litigation practice in their Hong Kong office with the addition of a senior associate. We’ve been working with this client for a number of years and have an in-depth understanding of their working practice and office culture. We can use this knowledge to guide you throughout the application process.

 

The Hong Kong team is market leading and in a growth phase. You will be working closely with a highly experienced and well-respected partner within the aviation sector. The work will be an even mix of contentious and non-contentious aviation law.

 

On the contentious side, your cases will involve aviation casualties, fatalities and incidents. On the non-contentious side, you will be providing regulatory advice relating to commercial disputes, health and safety as well as airport construction and development. You may also to be exposed to some aviation finance work.

 

From our conversations with the hiring partner, the key draws of this job are:

 

  • Support for Business Development. Ambition and a passion for forging and maintaining client relationships will be supported and encouraged by our client. The Partner does not look to hold on to client relationships personally, instead they encourage direct contact between Associate and client. They also involve the Associate teams heavily in pitching for new business.

 

  • Wide variety of work. In the words of the hiring partner, “the work will be interesting, complex and diverse”. This is a fantastic opportunity to broaden your practice and be exposed to different areas of aviation law.

 

  • Being a part of a highly reputable international practice. You will be receiving instructions from leading airlines, lessors, financiers, airports, national aviation agencies, and more.

 

Hong Kong qualified lawyers with at least 5+ PQE with a background in aviation litigation are welcome to apply. Proficiency in written and spoken English is imperative while fluency in Chinese and Cantonese will be an additional advantage.

 

If the above position has caught your interest, do get in touch for a discreet discussion about this opportunity. 

Claims Executive
£70000 - £120000
Hong Kong

We are working with an established client, an IG P&I Club, that is looking to welcome a Claims Executive into their Hong Kong office. We have previously recruited lawyers into this team and have an in-depth knowledge of their work culture and hiring preferences.

 

You will be advising members on FD&D with some exposure to P&I work and the focus will be on the Chinese charterer market. The team has developed a collegiate, friendly and open atmosphere. They will guide you through your transition from private practice to in-house.

 

From our discussions with the hiring manager, the key advantages of this opportunity include:

 

  • An opportunity to be closer to the market. You will be the first port of call for our Client’s members handling matters in ‘real-time’.

 

  • Competitive Remuneration. While the Hong Kong office is one of the busier offices within the Club market and is responsible for a significant tonnage, the job pays above market and provides benefits commensurate with the level of work and prestige of an IG P&I Club.

 

  • Supportive work environment. You will be working closely with a friendly, diverse and collegiate team in one of the largest P&I Clubs in Hong Kong. Furthermore, our client has an established framework for training and development avoiding the pitfall of slow or stagnant career development seen in so many other Clubs.
     

You will be PRC, Common Law or Hong Kong qualified with between 2 to 6 PQE in shipping law. Fluency in English and Mandarin is essential.

 

If the above position is of interest, do contact us for a discreet conversation about this opportunity or the market in general.