15 Nov 2018

Rajah & Tann Wins Work-Life Excellence Award

Rajah & Tann Singapore has been recognised for a supportive culture that promotes work-life harmony for its employees. It has won the Tripartite Alliance (TA) Award 2018 for Work-Life Excellence, the fifth time in the last decade and the only law firm this year.

Among the firm’s initiatives to retain its talents are flexible work arrangements, overseas training, healthy lifestyle activities and open communication channels between management and staff.

The TA Awards were announced at a gala dinner and award presentation ceremony yesterday organised by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP), comprising Singapore National Employers Federation, National Trades Union Congress and the Ministry of Manpower.

The Awards are given to exemplary organisations that have implemented fair, responsible and progressive employment practices. The Work-Life Excellence category commends companies with strategies that maximise employee and business performance while helping them manage their work-life harmony.

Rajah & Tann Singapore Deputy Managing Partner Rebecca Chew said: “We are honoured to receive this award which reaffirms our continuing effort to constantly drive change to create work-life harmony for our colleagues while ensuring greater work efficiency and business continuity.

“Our policies and practices are premised on the belief that our people are our human capital rather than our human resource. We don’t want to lose talented people to whatever personal challenges they may encounter at different stages in life, so we constantly look at customising work arrangements for these individuals to retain them.”

Rajah & Tann’s emphasis on work-life strategy began more than two decades ago. The mindset of the firm at that time allowed a senior associate to take her child to weekday therapy appointments with flexible working hours. The flexibility allowed her to work as and when she could. She is today an equity partner and head of a practice group.

Another partner was able to work from overseas when her husband had to relocate for a temporary assignment. Japan Desk Manager Megumi Arima could work part-time offsite to pursue an overseas law degree, after being sponsored by Rajah & Tann for a diploma course in paralegal studies.

She said: “Rajah & Tann’s flexible work arrangement has helped me to pursue my passion in law while working part-time. I am grateful to the partners for their unwavering support in developing my career; the fact that they have made all these investments without requiring me to sign a bond, is itself a motivating factor for me to do well.”

Among other initiatives, the firm’s subsidiary R&T Asia Resources, which provides legal resource service, assists lawyers looking for contract work, short term or project specific roles, to secure such roles with the firm’s clients.

Being part of Southeast Asia’s largest legal network, Rajah & Tann is also able to second lawyers to Rajah & Tann Asia offices spread out in 10 regional cities, giving them valuable on-the-job training and exposure to new cultures, industries and jurisdictions.

Rajah & Tann was also commended for its dedicated in-house ombudsman, a rarity among law firms. The ombudsman, who is a senior partner, encourages freedom of expression and provides a safe channel of feedback for staff.

Gym allowances, movie nights, health and wellness workshops, sporting events, overseas trips and retreats for both staff and lawyers are also organised to promote team camaraderie. This coming Sunday, 18 November 2018, will see some 85 lawyers and staff participating in The New Paper Big Walk together.

Rajah & Tann is a member of TAFEP’s Human Capital Partnership Programme, a community of employers with progressive employment practices and policies to develop their human capital.

The TA Awards has a rigorous six-month judging process which includes site visits, interviews with senior management, as well as employee opinion surveys and focus groups. Winners are assessed by the extent and effectiveness of the various policies implemented, as well as management’s commitment to improve these strategies.

Rajah & Tann Singapore is a leading full-service law firm in Singapore and one of the largest in South East Asia, with market leading practices in dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, corporate & commercial, tax & trust amongst others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in Southeast Asia with over 700 fee earners.

Watch the live stream of the award presentation here

For more information about the TA Awards, please click here.

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About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capability to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With over 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

26 Oct 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore recognised at the fourth annual GIR Awards 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore has received the “Boutique or Regional Practice of the Year” award at the fourth annual Global Investigations Review (GIR) Awards 2018, which took place in Washington, DC, on 25 October 2018. The firm beat four other nominees from Brazil and France in the category to clinch the coveted prize, putting the Asian law firm on the world stage.  

In its coverage on the 2018 winners, GIR stated that Rajah & Tann guided ship-builder Keppel Offshore & Marine to a foreign bribery settlement with authorities in Singapore as part of a global resolution that also included Brazil and the US. The US$422 million settlement was unique, as it involved not only the regulators and authorities in three jurisdictions - Brazil, Singapore and the US (in most cases, such settlements would only involve one or two jurisdictions) - it was the first time that the Singapore authorities have entered into such a settlement deal and led to the Singapore Parliament changing the relevant legislation to better facilitate such settlements in the future. The Keppel settlement was also nominated in the category of “Most Important Development of the Year”.

For the third consecutive year, Rajah & Tann was recognised as one of top 100 firms from around the world that are able to handle sophisticated cross-border government-led and internal investigations.

Our Fraud, Asset Recovery, Investigations & Crisis Management (“FICM”) team includes former prosecution lawyers and legal advisers to the Commercial Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force. With the wealth of experience gathered by our partners in dealing with complexcross-border government-led and internal investigationsacross a multitude of industries ranging from banking and finance, shipping, building and construction and natural resources, we are dedicated to delivering the very highest standards of service.

For more information about our Fraud, Asset Recovery and Investigations Practice, please click here.

For more information about the GIR Awards 2018, please click here.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With over 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

24 Sep 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore clinches two awards at the Asialaw and Benchmark Litigation Dispute Resolutions Awards 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore has been named best Asian law firm for Shipping & Maritime, beating six other regional law firms to win the award. The firm has also been named in Matter of the Year for its work in the US$1.8 billion investment treaty arbitration award against the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The accolades aptly reflect the consistent strong performance of the firm. Despite the rough seas faced by large sectors of the shipping industry, our leading Shipping & International Trade team secured a large number of significant instructions in the past year, including Ezra-Emas, Swiber, Swissco and the team saw engagements in significant casualty work in the region. Our core strength in shipping and commodities remains active, backed by institutional clients such as banks (both local and foreign) and an international clientele made up of P&I Clubs, shipowners, charterers and commodity houses.

In Matter of the Year, we represented the Kingdom of Lesotho in arbitration-related proceedings before the Singapore High Court which raised novel points of law, and eventually scoring two precedent-setting wins in the process. Our team members from the International Arbitration practice coordinated with multiple legal teams from the United Kingdom (three barristers from three sets of chambers who were initially involved in the arbitration), South Africa (where the investors are from) and Lesotho. Given the increasing multidimensional aspect of cases, our International Arbitration practice can call on over 150 lawyers with industry-specific arbitration expertise from within our market leading practices, including shipping, insolvency & restructuring, TMT, insurance & reinsurance, projects & infrastructure and commercial litigation practices.

The fourth annual Asialaw and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards was held on 20 September 2018 in Hong Kong. The event celebrated the progress of litigation and dispute resolution in the legal profession across 14 jurisdictions in the region. For more information about the awards, please click here

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With over 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.  

 

17 Sep 2018

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s Thea Raman appointed Co-Chair in the Young International Construction Practitioners Group

Rajah & Tann Singapore’s partner Thea Raman has been appointed as the first woman co-chair of an under-40 group, known as Young International Construction Practitioners (YConstruction). She is the first woman and fourth co-chair to be appointed, as YConstruction aims to expand its reach in Asia.

With close to 10 years of dispute experience in the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction & Projects Practices, Thea has acted for and advised a broad range of clients, including developers, specialist contractors and various government bodies in Singapore and across Asia.

On her appointment as co-chair at YConstruction:

“Technology has changed the way lawyers and law firms operate. As a young practitioner who grew up with technology and social media, we are hoping YConstruction will create a helpful and attractive platform for young practitioners to come together socially and professionally. I believe my peers and I are in a unique position to shape the future of the construction industry for young practitioners today and I am excited to lead the charge in Asia, where construction arbitration has been and continues to be fast-expanding.”

For more information on Thea’s appointment, please click here.

Founded 4 months ago,YConstruction is a circle of young lawyers and other construction professionals (including engineers, quantity surveyors, delay experts, and project/contract managers) with an interest in international construction arbitration.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With over 700 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.