RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Partner (Foreign Lawyer) Erwan Barre was invited to speak at the Financial Times (FT) Asia Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit: Shaping the future of healthcare. Erwan was interviewed by FT’s Singapore Correspondent on his expert opinion regarding the “Legal implications of health tech”, as health technology is a rapidly growing industry in Asia, with more and more investments across the region. RHTLaw Taylor Wessing was the only law firm to be represented at the Summit. With technological innovations increasingly shaking up the practice of healthcare, this raises legal concerns among stakeholders about intellectual property rights, data privacy, and the legal ramifications of financing health tech products and services, among other issues. He discussed about the legal stumbling blocks for health tech companies, regulators and investors, and shared how the relevant stakeholders can best protect themselves. The Summit on 25 April 2017 was held in Singapore. Various industry experts from the government as well as private sectors convened to address the latest developments of the transforming healthcare landscape and what the future holds for Asia. Chief Executive Officers, Chief Medical Officers and other senior business and government leaders were invited to examine how initiatives taken today will change the healthcare geography of tomorrow. The keynote address was given by CEO of Integrated Health Information Systems and CIO of Ministry of Health, Bruce Liang.
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.