RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Head of International China Practice Amanda Chen was invited to speak at the One Belt One Road Legal Services International Cooperation Forum 2017 in Chengdu, China. The two-day conference was held from 29-31 July 2017 at the Century City International Convention Centre.
On behalf of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, Amanda also signed the Cooperation Charter of the “Belt and Road” Legal Services Cooperative, along with 32 other law firms from 20 countries who attended the forum.
Amanda spoke about the economic development and legal services in the Maritime Silk Road, specifically covering the ASEAN economic development and the implementation of One Belt One Road initiatives.
Other prominent speakers comprised Bo-Sen Von, Partner and Senior Attorney of Lee & Li Attorneys-at-Law; Julia Charlton, Senior Partner of Charltons; Dang Ngoc Huong, Partner of DS-Avocats Vietnam and Michelle Dixon, Chief Executive Officer & Partner of Maddocks.
The forum seeks to launch an international, professional and open legal service platform to promote the implementation of China’s One Belt One Road initiative. Whereby, representatives across international borders are able to work hand in hand and render legal support to Chinese enterprises, share commercial information and business opportunities in investment, mergers & acquisitions, and trade.
300 representatives across notable law firms in Europe, United States and Asia, Senior Officials and various entrepreneurs attended this event.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Co-Head of Employment Practice Vernon Voon was interviewed by Channel NewsAsia on the new Tripartite Standard on Employment of Term Contract Employees. The interview was aired on Channel NewsAsia’s Singapore Tonight segment on 31 July 2017.
This interview makes relation to the new tripartite standard launched by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation. The new standard aims to let term contract employees obtain better benefits such as leave benefits, training and notice period.
Vernon’s view was that the new standard is only a guideline and thus, if breached, does not constitute an offence. However, he also noted that “the Ministry of Manpower takes breaches of guidelines seriously” and “reserve the right to take this into account whenever they need to exercise discretion regarding the companies’ requests on the employment front”.