October 19, 2017

Senior Partner Mr Roderick Martin SC is on the Disciplinary Tribunal appointed for a case of breach of confidentiality, as published in The Straits Times

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Senior Partner Mr Roderick Martin SC was featured in The Straits Times article titled "Lawyer faces fine for leaking client data to lover". The article was first published in The Straits Times on 19 October 2017. Lawyer faces fine for leaking client data to lover Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Date: 19 October 2017 Author: K.C. Vijayan A lawyer who leaked confidential client information to his then lover admitted to professional misconduct before a disciplinary tribunal, which has called for him to be fined. Mr Ryan Lin, an associate director at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC at the time, had communicated with the woman via WhatsApp from October 2015 over two months, which formed the subject of 14 charges against him. The Disciplinary Tribunal (DT), comprising Senior Counsel Roderick Martin and lawyer Tan Gee Tuan, noted in its report issued in August that this appeared to be the first case involving breach of confidentiality to have reached the tribunal. It recommended that Mr Lin pay a penalty of between $15,000 and $20,000 for all the charges. The amount is to be decided by the Law Society's governing council. According to the DT report, the pair entered into an intimate relationship after they met through Tinder, an online dating mobile application, in October 2015. The woman complained to the Law Society in February last year about his disclosures after the tryst ended. A few months later, Mr Lin's employer, Morgan Lewis Stamford, followed suit. Given that the two complaints arose from the same facts, the Law Society pressed charges against Mr Lin, who is in his 30s, based on the woman's complaint. The DT said Mr Lin was fortunate there was no evidence that any of the clients whose confidential information was passed had suffered loss or damage. It found that the disclosures were restricted to personal communication, which meant negligible likelihood of damage or loss, and that there was no fraudulent or dishonest conduct by Mr Lin. "(He) was a foolish young man who has, in the pursuit of a woman, forgotten his duty to keep matters of his professional engagements confidential," said the DT. Among other breaches, Mr Lin sent to the woman a photograph of a draft circular to shareholders on Nov 13, 2015, in relation to the proposed disposal of companies to an entity. The proposed disposal by a client of the law firm had not then been made public. Like the other charges, the disclosure of the draft circular amounted to misconduct unbefitting of a lawyer, said the tribunal. Lawyer Sanjiv Kumar Rajan, in prosecuting for the Law Society, did "not seek the harshest of determinations but measuredly" argued that Mr Lin should be punished with a substantial fine and pay legal costs. Defending Mr Lin, lawyer Sim Chong pointed out at the hearing in June that the woman was "his closest confidante" when they were in a relationship and the information, being part of ongoing text messages, was not data that either could profit from or meant for such purpose. He argued that references by Mr Lin to his clients were made in the context of him sharing his day with the woman or to justify to her why he could not see her. Said the DT: "(It was) something which a solicitor would do without batting an eyelid when informing his wife that he is not able to go back for dinner because of some client or other... "Alas, (the woman) was not (Mr Lin's) wife and what could happen has happened when the falling out occurred." It ordered Mr Lin to pay $7,000 in costs to the Law Society. A spokesman for parent firm Morgan Lewis, which is based in the United States, declined comment when contacted via e-mail last week. Mr Lin, who began practising in 2008, is understood to be no longer with the law firm.
October 19, 2017

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and Taylor Wessing UK organised Asia Tech Roadshow uncovering “Tech Trends and Predictions in Asia and Beyond”, supported by SGInnovate

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and Taylor Wessing UK organised an Asia Tech Roadshow covering the key technology trends in Asia and the region. The event was supported by SGInnovate, a government agency tasked to develop Singapore’s start-up ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs with industry mentors, venture capitalists and research talent. The highlight of the event was the panel discussion featuring legal experts and key industry players with significant experience in the technology sector. Head of Intellectual Property & Technology, Jonathan Kok, moderated the panel discussion titled ''Tech Trends and Predictions in Asia and Beyond''. The panel members comprised Robert Fenner, Partner at Taylor Wessing; Saufung Ma, Senior Associate at Taylor Wessing; Manoj Sharma, Founder and CEO of CusJo and Mohan Belani, Co-founder and CEO of e27. The Panel shared their insights on trending topics including artificial intelligence, data analytics, Internet-of-Things, sharing economy, fintech and cryptocurrency. They also explored possible legal implications and government regulations that may shape the development of these technologies. The Panel closed with an engaging Q&A session and a networking session over drinks and light bites. The session saw a turnout of close to 100 representatives across various industries including Healthcare & Life Sciences, Technology & Communications and Media & Entertainment. This session is timely in view of Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative to apply digital and smart solutions aimed at improving services and living and working conditions for citizens and businesses.
October 16, 2017

RHT Rajan Menon Foundation proud to sponsor the construction of bridges in Lombok, Indonesia

14 October 2017 marked a momentous occasion in the calendar of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation (“Foundation”) as its representatives travelled to Lombok, Indonesia, to participate in an opening ceremony of three bridges totalling 49 metres, sponsored by the Foundation. This is the Foundation’s first corporate social responsibility project out of Singapore. Why are we doing this? Who are we helping? Helping the disadvantaged is one of the goals of the Foundation. A rural village in Lombok had to rely on makeshift bridges to get across different river sections from their village to the mainland. These bridges were unstable and collapsed at each monsoon season, presenting dangerous situations for both adults and children. After various discussions with both Singaporean and Indonesian contacts, the Foundation was pleased to support the construction of the bridges, benefitting 15 farmers and 75 of their family members whose main source of income come from the farming of chillis, vegetables and rice. The objectives of this project are to: Present safety passage for the villagers to cross from their village to the mainland Allow mini trucks to travel across the sturdy bridges, opening up economic opportunities for the villagers and future generations Allow the villagers to earn an income even during the monsoon season The Foundation’s Associate Director Christabel Lim was in Lombok and in her opening remarks said, “We are very happy to be here in this beautiful country and hope the bridges will be a blessing to you and your families. Now that the bridges are built on strong foundations, you can travel to and fro your village and the mainland with a peace of mind. Thank you to everyone who helped to build the bridges under the hot sun, sometimes working late into the night as well. Your skills and perseverance to complete the bridges in a short span of time before the monsoon season are admirable.”
October 13, 2017

Official Launch of SMU Pro Bono Centre, supported by RHT Rajan Menon Foundation featured on Channel NewsAsia

The official launch of SMU Pro Bono Centre, supported by RHT Rajan Menon Foundation was featured on Channel NewsAsia’s PrimeTime Asia segment on 6 October 2017. This feature included the unveiling of the Centre’s signage by Chan Sek Keong, Former Chief Justice and current Advisor for SMU Pro Bono Centre; Tan Chong Huat, Chairman of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation and Senior Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing; Rajan Menon, Founder-Senior Consultant of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing; Professor Lily Kong, Provost of Singapore Management University; Goh Yihan and Rathna Koman, Associate Professors of Law, Singapore Management University. Please watch the video for the full interview.