April 4, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Partner Wun Rizwi featured in a Singapore Business Review article titled “Is there a need for new cyber security bill?”

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Intellectual Property & Technology Partner Wun Rizwi was featured in the March edition of a Singapore Business Review article titled “Is there a need for new cyber security bill?”. The article highlights the Singapore government’s initiatives to pass a legislative cyber security bill which aims to strengthen the country’s information infrastructure from possible cyber-attacks designed to target governments, industries and individuals. To read the full article, please visit www.sbr.com.sg.
March 23, 2016

ASEAN Plus Group Firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners participating in an international conference titled “Partnering in Opening the Skies of East Asia, with Special Reference to the Position of Indonesia”

ASEAN Plus Group (APG) Firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) aviation team is participating in an international conference titled “Partnering in Opening the Skies of East Asia, with Special Reference to the Position of Indonesia”, held by the Indonesian Air Law Society. This event is in close collaboration with the International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL) of Leiden University and the Sarin Foundation. HPRP Partner Andre Rahadian, who is also Chairman of the Indonesian Air Law Society, will be leading this event. The conference will address issues regarding the ASEAN Open Skies, including competition under ASEAN Open Skies, the readiness of airports and meeting the challenges in aviation safety. Featuring distinguished experts across various institutions and countries, the conference will enrich your expertise and knowledge about the current situation related to the ASEAN Open Skies.  To register for the event, please click here.
March 16, 2016

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing congratulates Taylor Wessing UK on being ranked European Trade Mark Firm of the Year at the MIP Global Awards 2016

Taylor Wessing UK has won the award for European Trade Mark Firm of the Year at the 2016 Managing IP Global Awards, organised by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), a leading global resource for IP news and analysis. Now in its eleventh year, the Managing IP Global Awards are the culmination of MIP’s five month-long World IP Survey – using market research, client feedback and in-depth interviews to pinpoint the firms, individuals and corporations excelling in IP across Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. The Taylor Wessing IP team works with a number of high profile clients across a range of sectors including technology, fashion, retail and food and drink. This year, alongside winning Trade Mark Firm of the Year, Taylor Wessing was nominated for three other awards including UK Firm of the Year for Patent Litigation, European Patent Firm of the Year and European Copyright Firm of the Year. Olaf Gillert, head of the international Trade Marks team said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and it is an honour to be recognised by experts who research the market so thoroughly. This award is a testament to the hard work of our IP group across all of our offices and illustrates our high-quality service and continued innovation.”
March 14, 2016

Family & Matrimonial Partner Michelle Woodworth featured in The Straits Times

RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Family & Matrimonial Partner Michelle Woodworth was featured in The Straits Times article titled “Less combative ways to resolve matrimonial disputes”. The article was first published in The Straits Times dated 13 March 2016.   Less combative ways to resolve matrimonial disputes Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Date: 13 March 2016 Author: Michelle Woodworth I wish to provide an additional perspective and alternative avenue to families caught in matrimonial disputes ("Protecting children caught in divorce"; last Sunday). Let me begin with a scenario in a court setting: Party A breaks down in tears, describing vividly details of Party B's (the spouse) trysts with a lover. In rebuttal, Party B mounts an arsenal of allegations, claiming that Party A had neglected the family while being preoccupied with work. A divorce on the grounds that the marriage has broken down irretrievably is granted. Their child is now faced with new childcare and living arrangements. More often than not, parties who are conflicted in divorce proceedings cannot agree on various issues and will eventually expose themselves to more cost, stress and acrimony in the process of inviting the court's adjudication. Is there an alternative solution? The answer is yes. Collaborative family practice (CFP), an interest- based approach to negotiations dealing with matrimonial disputes, involves specially trained CFP lawyers and other family specialists assisting parties to reach an agreement that suits the needs of all. Compared with "traditional" litigation in court, parties of matrimonial disputes will stand to benefit from CFP because of its less confrontational and non-existent tactical approach. There is also a greater likelihood of parties maintaining a civil relationship, which is crucial where children are involved. Other attractive points of CFP include confidentiality of the process and the rule that CFP lawyers cannot represent their clients in future litigation if settlement is not reached. Parties who choose an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process, such as CFP, as a first step rather than the combative litigation route, display a mindset of managing conflict. With that as a starting point before a writ for divorce is filed, it is my hope that more divorcing couples turn to various ADR options such as CFP and mediation to resolve their marital issues. This will be the foundation of facilitating successful co-parenting in a reorganised family structure. A change in mindset, a motivation to raise a generation better than ourselves and a goal to strengthen the fabric of society by reducing conflict can start where the objective of a less painful divorce process for the family can be realised before proceedings are commenced - a goal supported by our family justice system. Michelle Woodworth (Ms)