April 21, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing participating in Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce Breakfast Briefing – ‘Legal Action and Enforcement in Singapore for Debt Recovery Claims’

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Partners Vernon Voon and Patrick Dahm will be speaking at a Breakfast Briefing organised by the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC) titled 'Legal Action and Enforcement in Singapore for Debt Recovery Claims' on 24 May 2016 at Orchard Hotel. The SGC is one of the largest National Business Chambers of Europe in Singapore. This briefing will cover issues regarding the legal enforcement regime in Singapore to recover debts and what you can do to protect yourself from recalcitrant debtors. Given today’s slowing global economic conditions and political uncertainties, companies need to keep abreast of their cashflow situation and know what systems there are to put in place to recover their account receivables. To find out more about the event and to register, please click here.
April 6, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Partner Vernon Voon and Legal Manager Ian Li featured in World Golf article titled “Addressing legal issues at Business Management Institute Course”

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Litigation & Dispute Resolution Partner Vernon Voon and Corporate Legal Manager Ian Li were featured in a World Golf article titled “Addressing legal issues at Business Management Institute Course”. The article highlighted the Firm’s participation in an educational event organised by the Asian Golf Industry Federation titled “BMI Asia Pacific”. Held in conjunction with Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), the event focused on various management competency areas defined by the CMAA's Certification and Club Management Institute Committees that are required in club managers across the Asian region. Both Vernon and Ian addressed legal issues that club managers needed to know such as the Tripartite Alliance on Fair Employment Practices, sexual harassment and workplace bullying, and legal employment matters in China. Other notable speakers included Jeffrey Kreafle, General Manager of America’s Congressional Country Club and Dr Larry Ross PHD, Professor of Florida Southern University. The full article dated Monday, 4 April 2016 can be found on www.worldgolf.com.
April 4, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Partner Wun Rizwi featured in a Singapore Business Review article titled “Is there a need for new cyber security bill?”

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Intellectual Property & Technology Partner Wun Rizwi was featured in the March edition of a Singapore Business Review article titled “Is there a need for new cyber security bill?”. The article highlights the Singapore government’s initiatives to pass a legislative cyber security bill which aims to strengthen the country’s information infrastructure from possible cyber-attacks designed to target governments, industries and individuals. To read the full article, please visit www.sbr.com.sg.
March 14, 2016

Family & Matrimonial Partner Michelle Woodworth featured in The Straits Times

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Family & Matrimonial Partner Michelle Woodworth was featured in The Straits Times article titled “Less combative ways to resolve matrimonial disputes”. The article was first published in The Straits Times dated 13 March 2016.   Less combative ways to resolve matrimonial disputes Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Date: 13 March 2016 Author: Michelle Woodworth I wish to provide an additional perspective and alternative avenue to families caught in matrimonial disputes ("Protecting children caught in divorce"; last Sunday). Let me begin with a scenario in a court setting: Party A breaks down in tears, describing vividly details of Party B's (the spouse) trysts with a lover. In rebuttal, Party B mounts an arsenal of allegations, claiming that Party A had neglected the family while being preoccupied with work. A divorce on the grounds that the marriage has broken down irretrievably is granted. Their child is now faced with new childcare and living arrangements. More often than not, parties who are conflicted in divorce proceedings cannot agree on various issues and will eventually expose themselves to more cost, stress and acrimony in the process of inviting the court's adjudication. Is there an alternative solution? The answer is yes. Collaborative family practice (CFP), an interest- based approach to negotiations dealing with matrimonial disputes, involves specially trained CFP lawyers and other family specialists assisting parties to reach an agreement that suits the needs of all. Compared with "traditional" litigation in court, parties of matrimonial disputes will stand to benefit from CFP because of its less confrontational and non-existent tactical approach. There is also a greater likelihood of parties maintaining a civil relationship, which is crucial where children are involved. Other attractive points of CFP include confidentiality of the process and the rule that CFP lawyers cannot represent their clients in future litigation if settlement is not reached. Parties who choose an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process, such as CFP, as a first step rather than the combative litigation route, display a mindset of managing conflict. With that as a starting point before a writ for divorce is filed, it is my hope that more divorcing couples turn to various ADR options such as CFP and mediation to resolve their marital issues. This will be the foundation of facilitating successful co-parenting in a reorganised family structure. A change in mindset, a motivation to raise a generation better than ourselves and a goal to strengthen the fabric of society by reducing conflict can start where the objective of a less painful divorce process for the family can be realised before proceedings are commenced - a goal supported by our family justice system. Michelle Woodworth (Ms)