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”.
New hire with specialist knowledge underscores Firm’s emphasis on leveraging the demand for legal advice on cross border transactions with both Chinese and Asian clients
Leading international law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing strengthens its Corporate Practice with the appointment of Mr Wee Jee Kin as a Partner, effective 4 July 2017.
Jee Kin joins RHTLaw Taylor Wessing from a China-based oil and gas / infrastructure conglomerate where he served as Group Head of Legal overseeing a team comprising lawyers from China, France and Singapore. Prior to his five-year stint in the China-based company, he was Head of Group Legal & Company Secretary of public-listed company, Hanwell Holdings Limited.
With a legal career spanning 25 years, Jee Kin has substantial merger and acquisition (M&A) experience in the international arena, and also has significant expertise in commodities, healthcare, petroleum products, technology and telecommunications. Many transactions he has handled were cross-border with geographical coverage in Asia, United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is also experienced in corporate governance and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) Listing rules.
Azman Jaafar, Head of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Corporate Practice and also its Deputy Managing Partner, added, “Jee Kin’s addition to the Corporate Practice is in line with our strategy of diving deeper into Greater China. Not only does he have fundamental credentials in the region, he brings with him the added perspectives of how business owners operate having headed various in-house legal teams. I look forward to working with Jee Kin as we continue to expand our presence in Asia. With his unique skill sets, Jee Kin will be an important asset for our ASEAN Plus M&A team as demand for legal services in cross-border transactions grow this year.”
Jee Kin has a broad range of experience in investment and development projects in China. He has acted as a point of liaison for Chinese subcontractors including State Owned Enterprises on infrastructure contracts for Africa, and led negotiations on property and commercial acquisitions in China. He has also been a Director of a China-based company, ASA Holdings Ltd since 2011.
Jee Kin’s arrival follows the appointment of Ben Constance and Gilad Shay, who joined the Firm’s Corporate practice in February 2017.
Jee Kin graduated from University of Hull in the United Kingdom in 1989. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Bar in Singapore in 1991. In 2003, he obtained his LL.M in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in the United Kingdom and was called to the Bar in Queensland, Australia in 2004.
This press release is featured in the following news reports:
"RHTLaw plucks corporate partner from oil and energy MNC" - Asian Legal Business, 1 August 2017
"Corporate Move" - The Edge, 14 August 2017
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Senior Partner Tan Chong Huat was invited to speak at The Law Society of Singapore’s Future Lawyering Conference 2017. The two-day conference was held from 20-21 July 2017 at The Joyden Hall, Bugis+.
Chong Huat was part of the panel discussing the topic “New Practice Models – Regionalisation and ‘Uberisation’ and Legal Services”. ‘Uberisation’ refers to the displacement of traditional retainers by more efficient system that matches supply and demand.
He gave insights on how the traditional way of providing legal services is no longer able to meet the demands of the increasingly sophisticated and demanding clientele, as legal services become even more accessible and affordable. Chong Huat’s view on ‘uberisation’ is that technology must work for us and that we not allow it to commoditise service. Technology should be leveraged and when properly applied to our specialty, show ostensibly our intellect, creativity and judgment. On regionalisation, Chong Huat shared that for a law firm to succeed, there must be a group of regionally-minded Partners and lawyers who are ready to invest time and commitment to look beyond Singapore to build their clientele, network and relationship.
Chong Huat added that RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s ASEAN Plus Group (APG) strategy, which the Firm launched in 2014, was a forward-thinking initiative as the Firm saw the necessity to gain a foothold in ASEAN. APG is a membership of top 10 law firms in ASEAN and North Asia, with offices spanning 12 jurisdictions in Singapore, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
The other panellist comprised Matthew Glynn, Managing Director of Global Legal Solutions Group; Chris Woo, Head of Tax at PwC Singapore; and Alex Wong, Co-Chairperson of the event’s organising committee was the moderator. Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah, SC gave the keynote address.
This conference is timely, especially as the Committee on the Future Economy was established to develop economic strategies for Singapore for the next decade.