March 23, 2016

ASEAN Plus Group Firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners participating in an international conference titled “Partnering in Opening the Skies of East Asia, with Special Reference to the Position of Indonesia”

ASEAN Plus Group (APG) Firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) aviation team is participating in an international conference titled “Partnering in Opening the Skies of East Asia, with Special Reference to the Position of Indonesia”, held by the Indonesian Air Law Society. This event is in close collaboration with the International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL) of Leiden University and the Sarin Foundation. HPRP Partner Andre Rahadian, who is also Chairman of the Indonesian Air Law Society, will be leading this event. The conference will address issues regarding the ASEAN Open Skies, including competition under ASEAN Open Skies, the readiness of airports and meeting the challenges in aviation safety. Featuring distinguished experts across various institutions and countries, the conference will enrich your expertise and knowledge about the current situation related to the ASEAN Open Skies.  To register for the event, please click here.
March 16, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates Taylor Wessing UK on being ranked European Trade Mark Firm of the Year at the MIP Global Awards 2016

Taylor Wessing UK has won the award for European Trade Mark Firm of the Year at the 2016 Managing IP Global Awards, organised by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), a leading global resource for IP news and analysis. Now in its eleventh year, the Managing IP Global Awards are the culmination of MIP’s five month-long World IP Survey – using market research, client feedback and in-depth interviews to pinpoint the firms, individuals and corporations excelling in IP across Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. The Taylor Wessing IP team works with a number of high profile clients across a range of sectors including technology, fashion, retail and food and drink. This year, alongside winning Trade Mark Firm of the Year, Taylor Wessing was nominated for three other awards including UK Firm of the Year for Patent Litigation, European Patent Firm of the Year and European Copyright Firm of the Year. Olaf Gillert, head of the international Trade Marks team said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and it is an honour to be recognised by experts who research the market so thoroughly. This award is a testament to the hard work of our IP group across all of our offices and illustrates our high-quality service and continued innovation.”
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)
March 8, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies celebrate International Women’s Day

Today, 8th March marks the International Women’s Day. Observed since the early 1900’s, this day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. Here at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies, we hold the same beliefs and make it a priority to help our female colleagues achieve their ambitions. We respect and value women in the workplace, believe in gender-balanced leadership, and aim to develop a more inclusive and flexible work-life balance culture for women to root out workplace bias. Various measures have been set in place to support diversity and ensure that our work structure supports our female colleagues. For instance, we understand that being a young mother and balancing work can be a handful. Technologies embraced and implemented by our IS team, such as BlackBerry, PDAs and web-based email systems, allow young mothers to spend a portion of their time working from home. We have also implemented a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) policy which all female colleagues, other than young mothers, can apply for. With this policy set in place as well as the support of both the law firm and the group of companies, we are proud to say that some of our ambitious female colleagues have accomplished commendable achievements, being great role models to others despite their hectic work schedules. Partner Kaylee Kwok is currently the CompanySecretary of various Singapore public and private companies including Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship, Dr Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund and INSEAD. She also sits on the boards of directors of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Ltd and Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (Singapore) Limited. Partner Ch’ng Li-Ling sits on the Board of DeClout and is appointed as Independent Director of LHN Group.       Partner Michelle Woodworth is accredited as a Certified Mediator with the International Mediation Institute (IMI) – the first female IMI Certified Mediator in Singapore.   Partner Amita Dutt serves as a Secretary and Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House Charity, chairing the Board of Governance Committee.   CEO of RHT i-Assets Advisory, Dr Jasmine Kway serves as a Board Member of the Arts Fission Company, one of Singapore’s oldest professional contemporary dance companies.     COO of RHT i-Assets Advisory, Airani Ramli is passionate about the environment, ecology, biodiversity and heritage. She actively volunteers as a guide, trainer and senior coordinator of several volunteer programmes in Singapore.   In celebration of the International Women’s Day, we hosted our inaugural morning tea appreciation session yesterday in our offices for all female colleagues. Founding member and former president of the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Ms Zaibun Siraj graced the event as a guest speaker and gave an inspiring motivational talk on the important role women play in society today as a working woman, sister, daughter, wife and mother. As today marks the International Women’s Day, let us all take some time to reflect on the progress made and celebrate the acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of Singapore, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies.