February 18, 2015

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing recognised for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts by Asian Legal Business

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has been recognised as a firm set on giving back to society in Asian Legal Business (ALB) 2015 Inaugural CSR List. As our nation’s 8th largest law firm, we are thrilled to celebrate the Singapore spirit of resilience and our collective sense of identity. Like our island nation, we have grown from strength to strength. To mark SG50, the Firm has launched the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, named after our Senior Partner, where all CSR efforts will be channelled from. The Foundation seeks to achieve three goals: To support the educational pursuits of underprivileged children Offer assistance to disadvantaged groups Support environmental conservation efforts In addition, to show our appreciation for our fellow Singaporeans, we are pleased to kick off a year-long of community engagement programmes: Engaging our Community Free legal clinics in the heartlands of Singapore. Provide pro-bono services to charities and non-profit organisations. Helping our Youth Education fund for underprivileged Singaporean school children. Embracing ASEAN In line with our ASEAN Plus Group strategy, we have mission trips planned to the ASEAN region to embark on poverty alleviation projects. A firm believer that CSR is an integral function of a law firm, Chief Operating Officer Jayaprakash Jagateesan commented, “We have a responsibility to the community that we belong to. It is our duty to inculcate the spirit of generosity among our people. Years ahead, we want to not only be recognised for being a great law firm, but also remembered for the good we have done. We realise that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean but if the drop was not there, the ocean will be missing something.”
February 12, 2015

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing announces the addition of Mr Chua Eng Hui as Partner

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the addition of Mr Chua Eng Hui as a Partner in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice with effect from 5 February 2015. Eng Hui started his legal career in the Attorney General’s Chambers where he served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor for 5 years from 1987 to 1993. In 1993 he was transferred to the judicial service where he served as a District Judge for just under a year before moving on to private practice. Eng Hui has extensive experience in Criminal legal practice, having handled numerous crime law cases all the way up to Court of Appeal level. Eng Hui is also the Chairman of Institutional Discipline Advisory / Review Committee 6 (IDAC/IDRC IV). This is one of 6 sub-committees formed under the Singapore Prison Service that renders an opinion to the Director of Prisons on whether the corporal punishment ordered by a Superintendent on any inmate for committing an institutional offence in penal institutions / DRCs is excessive. Besides criminal practice, Eng Hui who also has a degree in Civil Engineering is also familiar with construction law and claim disputes. He is also experienced in private prosecution in Copyright and Trademark infringement matters.
February 2, 2015

RHT Comms & Relations announces the addition of media veterans P.N. Balji and Woon Tai Ho as senior media consultants

Singapore, 2 February 2015 – RHT ARC Comms & Relations Pte Ltd (“RHT Comms & Relations” or “the Firm”) announces the appointment of two of Singapore’s leading media professionals, Mr. P.N. Balji and Mr. Woon Tai Ho, as senior media consultants to the Firm. As senior consultants, Mr. Balji and Mr. Woon will be instrumental in advising the Firm’s clients on issues related to public relations, reputation management, media engagement, thought leadership, and crisis scenario planning and management. The two bring extensive media experience to the Firm, having each played major roles in the founding and expansion of landmark media institutions in Singapore. Senior Consultant Mr. P.N. Balji brings over four decades of journalistic experience to the position and is one of Singapore’s most accomplished and recognized media personalities. Having worked in journalism in Singapore since 1970, Mr. Balji played a vital role in the launch of two of Singapore’s leading daily newspapers, The New Paper and Today, of which he served as its Chief Executive Officer cum Editor-in-Chief. He has been a leading media personality and is much sought after to provide insights on the changing media scene in Singapore and its impact on consumers of news. Mr. Balji is currently an editor of the digital newspaper The Independent Singapore, and is an active contributor for The Edge Review as well as Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. He is also well-known in the public relations industry, having previously started two communications companies and provided consulting services to a wide range of government and private sector organisations. Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Balji said, “I am looking forward to working with RHT Comms, as this young company not only brings to the table a team of highly capable PR practitioners, but also top legal professionals who view media as an important and strategic component of their work.” Senior Media Consultant Mr. Woon Tai Ho brings with him a deep knowledge of traditional and digital media with first-hand media and marketing experience working across Asia, principally Southeast Asia, India and China. He is highly sought after for developing brand positioning and brand values, as well as designing media and marketing plans. He is best known for starting the Asian-wide news channel, Channel NewsAsia in 1999, and was an instrumental figure in the creation, production and marketing of award-winning broadcast channels, programmes and documentaries. He also served as CEO of MediaCorp News from 2004-2009. Mr. Woon said, “In Singapore, the media landscape is changing faster than any other area. I am excited to stay in the media space as it is the best way to stay relevant in this digital media era.” RHT Comms & Relations CEO Mr. James Allan said, “The addition of Mr. P.N. Balji and Mr. Woon Tai Ho – two of Singapore’s most acclaimed and recognized media professionals – will further strengthen RHT Comms & Relations’ abilities to provide highly-sophisticated media consulting services to its growing portfolio of clients. With decades of regional knowledge and experience, and established networks with Singapore’s leading media institutions, these two individuals will provide our clients with unparalleled access to media both in Singapore and across the ASEAN region. RHT Comms & Relations is a subsidiary of RHT Lex Ultra Pte Ltd, the ultimate holding company of the RHT Group of Companies, The Leading Professional Services Group. For more information please contact: James ALLAN Chief Executive Officer RHT Comms & Relations (+65) 6381 6799 james.allan@rhtcomms.com
January 30, 2015

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing announces the addition of Mr Vernon Loh as Partner

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the addition of Mr Vernon Loh as a Partner in our Banking & Finance Practice with effect from 29 January 2015. He is qualified to practice law in Singapore, England and Wales and New South Wales. His areas of practice include banking and finance, general corporate, and mergers and acquisitions. He was previously with an international bank where he assumed various legal and compliance roles across both corporate and retail banking segments and also corporate finance products, transaction banking products and retail banking products respectively. He was instrumental in its regional legal and compliance initiatives across South East Asia, most notably managing legal and compliance matters for the bank’s representative office in Myanmar, and most recently in the area of privacy laws. Prior to that, Vernon worked in the corporate practice of an international law firm in Sydney where he acted for and advised clients in the banking and funds industries, as well as the corporate practice of one of the largest law firms in Singapore where he handled matters involving corporate insolvency, corporate restructuring and debt rescheduling as well as schemes of arrangement and composition. He has also served as executive legal counsel with one of the world’s largest port operators where he was charged with the management of strategic acquisitions and divestments.