RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Family & Matrimonial Partner Michelle Woodworth penned an article about The Primary Justice Project (PJP) for the Community Justice Centre’s 2014 Annual Report.
The PJP is a joint collaboration between the State Courts, the Law Society, the Community Justice Centre (CJC) and other justice stakeholders, with the CJC administering the scheme. This scheme encourages the public to explore this self-help option as an interim step to an affordable and amicable settlement of disputes before taking legal action in court which can be very costly.
Michelle highlighted that legal proceedings through the courts are often times contentious, stressful and can be a traumatic experience for participants. Alternative dispute resolution provides an alternative for stakeholders where legal disputes can be resolved in an efficient and non-contentious manner. The PJP is one such recourse.
In understanding the challenges of the “self-help” approach, the financial and emotional challenges of formal court proceedings, the local legal community has implemented a third option for potential litigants. They will be assisted by trained lawyers who will provide basic legal services for a fixed fee. Lawyers on the PJP panel have at least three years of post-qualification legal experience and have been trained in mediation or mediation advocacy skills. The current panel have 61 lawyers.
The PJP was official launched on 9 May 2014 and there have been 56 cases administered under the scheme to date.
The full story can be found on the CJC’s 2014 Annual Report.
Partner Azman Jaafar authored an article entitled “Embracing Diversity in the ASEAN Economic Community” for the July edition of the Asian Legal Business (ALB).
Azman shared how the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has too often been the subject of unfair comparison to the European Union (EU). He highlighted that the motives of the AEC are different from the EU and at the time of the AEC’s inception, the leadership valued the diversity and inequality that already existed within ASEAN.
He added that the establishment of the AEC reflected the importance placed on ASEAN’s continued relevance in the global economy. With the AEC, ASEAN will become an important marketplace for Singapore SMEs. To stay competitive in the larger global economy, Singapore SMEs must move their businesses up the value chain and with the attraction of new foreign investments into the AEC market, there will also be opportunities for Singapore SMEs to plug themselves into a more integrated global marketplace.
The full article can be found in the July 2015 edition of ALB.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the addition of Mr Chong Eng Wee as a Partner in our Capital Markets and Corporate Practice with effect from 1 July 2015.
Eng Wee is a corporate practitioner whose areas of practice include corporate and securities laws, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, corporate and commercial contracts, regulatory compliance, corporate governance advisory and corporate secretarial work.
Prior to joining RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, Eng Wee practised at a leading joint law venture firm and a leading local law firm in Singapore and worked as in-house legal counsel at several major companies listed on the main board of Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. Eng Wee was also the Representative for the Shanghai Representative Office of the joint law venture and possesses a good working knowledge of foreign investment laws in China. Eng Wee was also the joint Company Secretary for 3 main board listed companies.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to announce the promotion of Ms Suleen Ding as a Partner in our Corporate Practice with effect from 1 April 2015. Suleen specialises in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign direct investments across the ASEAN region. She has assisted clients in putting together various legal documentation such as investment agreements, subscription agreements, shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements and sale and purchase agreements. Suleen has also led legal due diligence teams and coordinated cross-border transactions with professional advisors located in other jurisdictions.