Reading Time: 3 minutesHow do you advise an Israeli high-tech company to balance its rapid expansion plans in Singapore with compliance with industry regulations? Cynthia Tang faced this dilemma at the Singapore EDB when advising MNCs expanding in Singapore. “Most times, the commercial stakeholders are focused on business expansion and see legal consideration as a constraint – a […]
Jonathan Foong, Managing Director of That.Legal LLC, on the past, present and future of That.Legal.
Reading Time: 5 minutesMr Jonathan Foong is the Managing Director of That.Legal LLC, a boutique law firm specialising in Intellectual Property (“IP”). He mainly handles non-contentious matters, which comprise two main areas. First, he looks after the IP portfolios of numerous clients (both local and foreign) – some of whom have trade marks, registered designs and/or patents in […]
James Ow Yong, Director of Kalco Law, believes that offenders can and should be rehabilitated holistically.
Reading Time: 5 minutesA few years ago, a young man was caught spraying expletives outside a HDB block. He was sentenced to probation, but the Prosecution found it too lenient a sentence. It was James’ first Magistrate’s appeal case. In the half a year during which this appeal took place, James – the young man’s representative – found […]
Low Lih Jeng, Senior Consultant at Sage Mediation, embodies the value of service.
Reading Time: 6 minutes“I promise to do my best,” Judge Low says. These words are not spoken thoughtlessly. In fact, they stem from the Girl Guide Promise, the values of which have long been impressed upon Judge Low’s personal beliefs and value system. They speak of a lifetime of service – from mediating disputes in the State Courts, […]
Anil Lalwani, Director of DL Law Corporation, is a master of his emotions.
Reading Time: 4 minutesAnil starts his day with gratitude, giving thanks for everything that he has. “No matter what happens, be it good or bad, it’s important to thank the universe for all I have. What matters is the present, and for us to stop dwelling on the past or the future.” In a work environment of high […]
Eugene Lim, founding Principal of Taxise Asia LLC and technopreneur, on how he fell into tax accidentally.
Reading Time: 6 minutesEugene starts his day at around 8 in the morning, just in time to catch the companies in the West Coast before they end work. Then, he checks in with his associates at WTS Taxise. “Especially in this Covid-19 period, it’s important to ensure that everyone is coping well,” Eugene says. In the afternoon, he […]
Gillian Tan, Of Counsel of That.Legal, believes that working from home as a new mother is empowering.
Reading Time: 4 minutesIf there is one good thing that arose out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be that it has significantly changed the way businesses, including law firms, work. Under the rules as at the date of writing, work from home (“WFH”) is the default mode in Singapore since disaster struck in late in 2019. While […]
Know Your Lawyer: Dawn Tan, Managing Director of Ashurst ADTLaw, is a practitioner of Sogetsu Ikebana and the law
Reading Time: 5 minutesOne of Dawn’s hobbies outside of work include Sogetsu Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. To draw parallels between Dawn’s pursuit of Ikebana and the law, their similarities include the high standards to which she practises both (having obtained her teacher’s diploma in Sogetsu Ikebana). The calm and contemplative nature of Ikebana, in which […]
Know Your Lawyer: Mark Teng, Executive Director at That.Legal LLC, on why he is That. lawyer.
Reading Time: 4 minutesMark is many things – it would be much easier if I started with what Mark is not. For starters, Mark is not your average lawyer. He is not a meek acceptor of his status quo and is certainly not a follower. “There’s a certain opportunity in the market right now, and I want to […]
Know Your Lawyer: Cephas Yee, Partner at Aquinas Law Alliance, deems creative problem solving essential for effective lawyering.
Reading Time: 5 minutesCephas vividly remembers a time when he acted on behalf of a wealthy businessman. His business partner had backed out of the deal at the last minute. Upset, the businessman had engaged Cephas to help him recover his monetary losses from the other party. However, after taking the case, Cephas got the feeling that it […]
Know Your Lawyer: Angelia Thng, Partner at Braddell Brothers, On Imposter Syndrome And Fear Of The Unknown
Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen Angelia’s boss first told Angelia that he wanted to promote her to the role of Partner, her first response was, “Are you crazy?” Although she had already been an Associate at Braddell Brothers for more than four years by that point, Angelia still didn’t feel ready to assume the responsibility of being a partner. […]
Know Your Lawyer: Adrian Tan, Partner at TSMP, On Why The Law Is A Society’s Operating System
Reading Time: 5 minutesNovelist, stand-up comedian, friend-for-hire — these are all names that Adrian Tan has been known by. However, his most profitable gig might actually be moonlighting as a lawyer. It is in his capacity as a lawyer that I am interviewing him today. At 3 o’clock, he waltzes into the conference room at TSMP with his […]