Today, 8th March marks the International Women’s Day. Observed since the early 1900’s, this day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. Here at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies, we hold the same beliefs and make it a priority to help our female colleagues achieve their ambitions. We respect and value women in the workplace, believe in gender-balanced leadership, and aim to develop a more inclusive and flexible work-life balance culture for women to root out workplace bias.
Various measures have been set in place to support diversity and ensure that our work structure supports our female colleagues. For instance, we understand that being a young mother and balancing work can be a handful. Technologies embraced and implemented by our IS team, such as BlackBerry, PDAs and web-based email systems, allow young mothers to spend a portion of their time working from home.
We have also implemented a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) policy which all female colleagues, other than young mothers, can apply for. With this policy set in place as well as the support of both the law firm and the group of companies, we are proud to say that some of our ambitious female colleagues have accomplished commendable achievements, being great role models to others despite their hectic work schedules.
Partner Kaylee Kwok is currently the CompanySecretary of various Singapore public and private companies including Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellowship, Dr Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund and INSEAD. She also sits on the boards of directors of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Ltd and Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation (Singapore) Limited.
Partner Ch’ng Li-Ling sits on the Board of DeClout and is appointed as Independent Director of LHN Group.
Partner Michelle Woodworth is accredited as a Certified Mediator with the International Mediation Institute (IMI) – the first female IMI Certified Mediator in Singapore.
Partner Amita Dutt serves as a Secretary and Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House Charity, chairing the Board of Governance Committee.
CEO of RHT i-Assets Advisory, Dr Jasmine Kway serves as a Board Member of the Arts Fission Company, one of Singapore’s oldest professional contemporary dance companies.
COO of RHT i-Assets Advisory, Airani Ramli is passionate about the environment, ecology, biodiversity and heritage. She actively volunteers as a guide, trainer and senior coordinator of several volunteer programmes in Singapore.
In celebration of the International Women’s Day, we hosted our inaugural morning tea appreciation session yesterday in our offices for all female colleagues. Founding member and former president of the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Ms Zaibun Siraj graced the event as a guest speaker and gave an inspiring motivational talk on the important role women play in society today as a working woman, sister, daughter, wife and mother.
As today marks the International Women’s Day, let us all take some time to reflect on the progress made and celebrate the acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of Singapore, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing and the RHT Group of Companies.
RHTLaw Taylor Wessing is pleased to present the RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Subhas Anandan Pro Bono Award today at the inaugural NUS Law Pro Bono Awards Ceremony 2016. The Ceremony was held at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus with Guest of Honour, Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State gracing the event.
A tribute to Subhas Anandan, the Firm’s late Senior Partner and Singapore’s most illustrious criminal lawyer, the Award will provide $25 000 over a period of 5 years to fund worthy projects. The first winner of the Award is the NUS Law Criminal Justice Club (CJC). The CJC advocates positive change in Singapore’s criminal justice landscape, most notably on the issues of wrongful convictions in Singapore and on developing a stronger military justice system for our servicemen.
In awarding the CJC the Award, the Firm celebrates Mr Anandan’s legacy of pro bono work, especially in criminal cases. He along with the other Founders of the Firm believed in not just being a good law firm, but also in doing good for the community.
Mr Chua Eng Hui, Partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, agreed and said, “The Firm recognises the importance and value of pro bono work. We are proud that many of our lawyers make time to be actively involved in pro bono efforts, and support our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and pro bono activities.”
In his speech, Mr Rajan Menon, Senior Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing also encouraged NUS Law students to continue with pro bono work after graduation. He shared, “For myself, 45 years of satisfying work has shown me that notwithstanding many personal and other challenges, it is possible to combine a fulfilling law career and also be actively involved in community efforts and pro bono work in line with the fundamental essence of Law as a higher and noble calling.”
“The Firm has seen the good work done by NUS Law students over the past two academic years and we hope that as Singapore’s future lawyers, all of you will continue to be torchbearers for pro bono work, and carry on with greater gusto the pro bono spirit even after graduation.”
Thanking the Firm in his remarks, Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of the NUS Faculty of Law, said, “I’m deeply grateful to RHTLaw Taylor Wessing for supporting this initiative. Students do pro bono not for money or glory or high grades but because it’s important. Nevertheless, it is wonderful that we are able to recognize some of the most outstanding pro bono work that our students have done. I’m particularly pleased that they are building on the legacy of Subhas Anandan, who inspired a generation of law students through his criminal defence work and the example that he set.”
The media articles featuring the launch of the RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Subhas Anandan Pro Bono Award can be found as per below:
"NUS law grad, students recognised for pro bono work", TODAY - 3 March 2016
"Recognition for outstanding pro bono legal work in helping the vulnerable adults", Lianhe Zaobao - 3 March 2016
"7 NUS law students recognised for pro bono work", Channel News Asia (Online)
"Seven law students recognised for pro bono work while at NUS", Straits Times (Online)
The full stories can be read on each respective publication on their websites.