RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Litigation and Dispute Resolution Partner Michelle Woodworth was invited to speak at The Litigation Conference 2017, organised by the Civil Practice Committee of The Law Society of Singapore. Michelle was part of the panel discussing on the topic “Modernisation of Law Firm Models and Impact on Litigation”.
She shared her insights on how the progressing legal landscape, especially one that is geared towards digitisation and artificial intelligence, would impact Litigation. She also spoke about the necessity to go cross-border in order to remain relevant to clients. With the increasingly successful development of Singapore as an international dispute resolution hub, law firms have enthusiastically developed, modernised, rebranded, re-connected and diversified their structures, models and services.
The two-day conference from 20-21 April 2017 was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. It aims to bring together the judiciary, senior practitioners and industry experts across various jurisdictions to provide fresh insight on the latest developments in this area of practice. The theme of the conference is “50 years on – Thinking Forward”, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of The Law Society of Singapore. International, regional and Singapore speakers were invited to take part in various panel discussion sessions to exchange and share ideas and experiences on the evolving litigation landscape and what the future holds for litigation lawyers, both the young and the senior.
The keynote address was given by Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has been nominated as a finalist in seven categories by Asian Legal Business Southeast (ALB SE) Asia Law Awards 2017.
The nominated categories are:
Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year
Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year
Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Singapore Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Singapore Managing Partner of the Year
Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
This year's awards mark the brave move of ALB towards transforming the prestigious event into a regional platform to foster friendly ties and mutual support among the finest legal practitioners. New categories and mechanics were introduced to make the contest more inclusive, engaging and truly reflective of the stellar leadership and expertise that have changed and influenced today's legal landscape. The event promises to bring together the elites from the different sectors of the legal profession across the SE Asian region and India, including the crème de la crème from the country awards in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates Senior Partner Tan Chong Huat on his appointment as Deputy Chairman of Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) Disciplinary Committee.
Chong Huat will be joined on the committee by senior executives with experience in corporate finance, legal, accounting, directorship and market experience whose skills, expertise and knowledge provide sound and authoritative decision-making. The committee is established to enforce the highest standards in regulation and governance in Singapore’s capital markets.
As a front-line regulator of Singapore’s capital markets with a duty to operate fair, orderly and transparent markets, SGX relies on its independent Disciplinary Committee and Appeals Committee to adjudicate on breaches of SGX’s listing, trading and clearing rules governing the activities on SGX’s markets. The members of the Disciplinary Committee are appointed by SGX, in consultation with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Ch’ng Li-Ling, Head of the Firm’s Capital Markets, said of Chong Huat’s appointment, “I’m delighted to congratulate Chong Huat on this appointment. It demonstrates the high regard in which Chong Huat is held within our legal profession and among our regulators, and is also a testament to the unique mix of business savvy, intellectual contribution and professional integrity that he brings to the wider business community.”
The Firm has been named for the fourth consecutive year as one of Singapore’s best law firms to work for, testimony to its people-centric approach to nurturing talent.
International law firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has once again been recognised as one of Singapore’s best law firms to work for. The Firm has been named Employer of Choice by Asian Legal Business (ALB), a leading legal industry publication, in its April 2017 issue.
This is the fourth consecutive year that RHTLaw Taylor Wessing has emerged as the Employer of Choice among local and foreign law firms in Singapore. This is an encouraging outcome for the Firm, who had just celebrated its fifth anniversary last year, as it represents a vote of confidence in the Firm’s people-centric approach to human resource development.
Commenting on its latest ranking, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Deputy Managing Partner Azman Jaafar said, “It is our belief that attracting and retaining talents is paramount to an organisation’s success. Our people are the ones who drive success. Without the right people in place, we would not have been able to achieve all that we have for the past five years. I will like to thank our Partners, lawyers and staff for all their contribution and good work.”
“This ranking is a testament of not only the Firm’s commitment to continually invest in our people and create a nurturing environment for them to excel and reach full potential; but also our people’s dedication to their good work. Regular training and development courses are conducted to ensure our lawyers are kept abreast of the latest changes in the law and industry. We are grooming them to become industry experts, developing useful skills in them that will stay throughout their career. Our Partners also see it as their responsibility to guide and impart their expertise downwards, as we recognise this is key to sustaining the flow of knowledge from one generation to the next,” he added.
He added, “Our lawyers and staff are also receiving training in leadership and management throughout the year as part of their self-development. This is an important component of our Firm’s human resource strategy. Investing in our people will bring out the best in them.”
The ALB Employer of Choice Rankings were compiled taking into account results of an Asia-wide survey of more than 3,500 private practice lawyers as well as ALB’s own market knowledge. These law firms were assessed on the basis of job satisfaction, remuneration, work-life balance, career prospects, mentorship and job security to determine the best law firms to work for in each jurisdiction.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing's latest ranking comes just after it was ranked the sixth largest law firm in Singapore by headcount, in a survey by the Singapore Business Review publication.
The Firm's position by headcount remains unchanged from a year ago, based on the publication’s annual listing of Singapore’s 25 largest law firms.