24 Feb 2020

Minister lauds Rajah & Tann Singapore as exemplary employer

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T) was lauded as an exemplary employer at an engagement session with Human Capital Partners and Tripartite Alliance Award winners recently.

Minister of Manpower Josephine Teo cited R&T as an example of a fair, responsible and progressive employer that promotes work-life harmony through flexible work arrangements and hiring older workers, among other measures. She noted that despite the demanding and fast-paced nature of the legal industry, R&T believes in supporting employees’ lives outside of work through flexible work arrangements, which include the option of telecommuting or working from home one day a month.

R&T has seen an increasing number of employees taking up such arrangements. At present, about 60% of the firm’s workforce, or more than 300 employees, regularly telecommute, and 10 are on flexi work-week arrangements

R&T is a five-time winner of the biennial Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) Work-Life Excellence Award, later relaunched as the Tripartite Alliance Award (TA Award).

The TA Award is a tripartite initiative of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), NTUC and Singapore National Employers Federation that recognises organisations with fair, responsible and progressive employment practices. R&T has also received the Human Capital Partner Mark in 2017, a status that allows it to enjoy faster response and higher service standards from MOM in addition to getting better advice and access to government resources such as human development schemes and grants, for the next three years.

R&T Deputy Managing Partner Rebecca Chew said: “We are delighted to be honoured for our human capital practices. We believe that our evolving policies and practices serve to bring out the best in our employees at every stage of their career. We see this as an important means to grow our business which recognise employees as the greatest asset.

“Our approach provides support for all employees including working mothers who have family commitments, and hopefully, everyone can enhance their capability in an engaging environment in our workplace.”

One employee who has benefitted from such work arrangements is Ms Chou Ching, who joined the firm in 2017 on a four-day work week. Thanks to a flexible work schedule, the mother of three young children is able to pick them up from school, volunteer at their school and attend their school events while performing well at work. Ms Chou was recently promoted to Equity Partner in recognition of her exceptional work performance.

Ms Chou said: “I am very grateful for the flexible work arrangements at Rajah & Tann that has allowed me to have that bit more time with my children during their formative years, while still being able to pursue a very fulfilling career in a job which I enjoy. It’s an ideal arrangement for working mothers and is also an indication of the trust that the firm puts in its employees.”

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 800 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

07 Jan 2020

Rajah & Tann Singapore partner Murali Pillai appointed Senior Counsel

Murali Pillai, a partner at Rajah & Tann Singapore, has been appointed a Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Mr Pillai is also a Member of Parliament (MP) of Bukit Batok SMC.

His appointment was made public by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the opening ceremony of the new Legal Year 2020. It brings the total number of Senior Counsel in Rajah & Tann Singapore to seven, the most of any law firm in Singapore.

Senior Counsel – Singapore’s equivalent of Britain’s Queen Counsel – are an elite group of advocates who have top-tier advocacy skills, professional integrity and are learned in the law. They have a duty of leading and being an example to the rest of the Bar, especially younger members.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann, said: “On behalf of all my colleagues at Rajah & Tann, I extend my heartiest congratulations to Murali Pillai on his appointment as Senior Counsel. We are very happy for him for this well-deserved appointment.

“He is an excellent role model, an outstanding practitioner who achieves successful outcomes for clients, a dedicated mentor to young lawyers and a public servant who tirelessly works to improve lives in the community.”

Mr Pillai has been in commercial and white collar crime litigation practice for 24 years and has handled cases in employment, fraud and directors’ disputes, and financial services. He also advises financial institutions on contentious regulatory matters. Prior to pursuing a career in law, he served as an Assistant Superintendent of Police in the Singapore Police Force.

Commenting on his Senior Counsel appointment, Mr Pillai said: “This appointment as Senior Counsel is an honour which I share with my clients and colleagues. They have been instrumental in shaping my practice and I am indebted to them for their support and guidance.

“As Senior Counsel, I will continue to devote my skills and effort to serve clients’ needs with excellence and exemplary ethics. To the young lawyers who may wonder if it is all worth it, the hard slog, long hours, I wish to say, ‘yes, lawyering is deeply fulfilling because we serve the cause of justice and the public good. Also, please do contribute to the community that we serve too’.”

Rajah & Tann Singapore is one of the largest full-service law firms in Singapore and South East Asia, with market leading practices in M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, shipping, insolvency, restructuring, capital markets, competition law, corporate & commercial, among others. Through Rajah & Tann Asia, it is a member of one of the largest legal networks in ASEAN with some 750 fee earners.

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 750 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

01 Jan 2020

Rajah & Tann Singapore sets up Brunei Desk

Rajah & Tann Singapore (R&T), the city-state’s leading law firm, has set up a Brunei Desk in Singapore to serve clients who require reliable legal advice covering the spectrum of commercial law outside the sultanate.

The latest initiative means that the firm through Rajah & Tann Asia will be comprehensively represented in all 10 ASEAN countries. The Brunei practice will be international arbitration, particularly infrastructure, construction and complex commercial disputes, and on investments in the region, said Kendall Tan, a partner in R&T and a Brunei-law qualified practitioner who heads the Brunei Desk.

Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of R&T, said: “The Brunei Desk completes the last piece of the Southeast Asia puzzle for us. Our clients will now enjoy a panoply of legal services across the widest geographic representation through Rajah & Tann Asia.

“In particular, our Brunei Desk is led by lawyers with extensive experience in the region with an excellent track record in international arbitration and investment work.”

Mr Tan added: “In the past five to six years, with Brunei seeking to diversify its economy, we have noticed an upward trend in outbound legal work from Brunei firms due to our regional presence and the broad spectrum of expertise we offer. We feel that now is an opportune time to have a dedicated Brunei Desk. We intend to continue working very closely with Bruneian lawyers who know the local terrain better than us.”

As the economy expands, Mr Tan believes that more multi-national corporations will look towards Brunei to set up operations, and more Bruneian firms will venture outside the sultanate to diversify their revenue base.

R&T has been assisting clients in Brunei since 1996 in a range of practice areas including corporate and commercial dispute resolution, intellectual property, insurance, international arbitration, shipping, technology, and media and telecommunications. Some of the clients have included the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam, and Bruneian companies who have business and trading activities outside Brunei.

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 750 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

14 Nov 2019

Rajah & Tann Technologies, Singapore Institute Of Management partner Jyvaskyla Technology Group and Finnish university JAMK University of Applied Sciences to raise cybersecurity capabilities in Singapore

At a time of heightened global concern over cybersecurity, Rajah & Tann Technologies (RTT) and the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) have inked a proposed collaboration with leading Finnish institutions, JAMK University of Applied Sciences (JAMK), and Jyvaskyla Technology Group (JTG – JAMK’s sole and exclusive Singapore-based partner), to help build capacities and capabilities for addressing cybersecurity risks in Singapore.

Under the MOU signed today, the partners will explore both the provision of sophisticated cybersecurity simulation services to businesses and companies as well as the offering of higher education programmes and training to boost the knowledge and competencies of cybersecurity professionals. The provision of cyber exercises, simulation and/or training services or products will be done through the setting up of a state-of-the-art cyber range to meet emerging and increasing national and transnational cybersecurity needs of the private and public sectors. SIM, Singapore’s leading institution in private education and executive training, will also explore introducing degree programmes and professional training to elevate the standard of cybersecurity expertise.

The Finnish university JAMK besides being known for its state-of-the-art academic programmes in the field, also operates Finland’s National Cyber Range through its cybersecurity research, development, and training center, JYVSECTEC - Jyväskylä Security Technology. It is well known for its cyber exercises which help organisations to integrate people, processes and technology to protect their critical information, services and assets. These exercises take place in JAMK’s Realistic Global Cyber Environment (RGCE), a next-generation, hyper-realistic live cyber range environment where cyberattacks are simulated.

The collaboration comes in the wake of several high-profile cyber-attacks in Singapore, highlighting the need for organisations to remain vigilant and strengthen their cybersecurity defences to combat increasingly targeted and sophisticated threats.

Her Excellency Katri Kulmuni, Minister for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Finland, was the Guest-of-Honour at the MOU signing. The event was also attended by His Excellency Antti Vanska, Ambassador of Finland to Singapore, and representatives from the Embassy of Finland.

Mr Patrick Ang, Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore, said: “We are excited to be working with some of the leading academic and technology organisations in the world to provide solutions that address real-world needs of our clients.

“We are confident that the expertise and experience that our Finnish partners have built up over the years will help Rajah & Tann to be at the cutting edge of technology for cybersecurity simulation training and education.”

Mr Steve Tan, Director at RTT, said: “This proposed partnership will enhance our suite of offerings to clients who are concerned about mitigating cybersecurity risks and minimising disruptions to their business. Cybersecurity simulation exercises and training are a much needed service for organisations operating in a digital economy while navigating compliance with data protection and cybersecurity laws.”

Commenting on the collaboration, Mr Seah Chin Siong, SIM’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The proposed collaboration is significant in that it offers a holistic approach to addressing increasingly sophisticated cyber security threats. Besides the technical and practical aspects of helping companies bolster their security, it is critical that we build and maintain a constant pipeline of cybersecurity talent through education and training. Finland is a reputed pioneer in both the education and innovation of smart technologies, particularly in information and cyber security. We are very proud to be partnering its leading institutions, JAMK and JTG in this important initiative.”

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 750 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.

About Rajah & Tann Technologies – www.rttechlaw.com

Rajah & Tann Technologies, a unit of law firm Rajah & Tann Singapore, provides tech-enabled services including electronic discovery, cybersecurity, data breach readiness and response, and other legal tech and regulatory technology services, to clients and the member firms of the Rajah & Tann Asia network.