27 Mar 2020

Message From Managing Partner - Rajah & Tann Singapore COVID-19 Update: Working from Home

As efforts are stepped up to battle the COVID-19 outbreak, we at Rajah & Tann have been closely monitoring the situation and implementing measures as appropriate for providing a safe environment for our lawyers, staff and clients to continue delivering our professional services.

Our Business Community Plan (BCP) went into effect in early February and provided for the immediate segregation of lawyers and staff into two teams, each either working in-office or from home with weekly rotations.

In further enhancement of our BCP, with effect from 30 March 2020 (Monday), the firm will be adopting a full work-from-home arrangement with the exception of a core group of support personnel who will be present in the office. The office premises will be closed during this time and as such, until further notice, we will not be hosting physical meetings at our office premises.

Most of you would have already been communicating and meeting our lawyers virtually using our technology. My own experience and that of my colleagues have been that this manner of interaction has been extremely effective in these extraordinary times. We are therefore confident that we are more than equipped with the necessary secured IT infrastructure to continue to be responsive to your needs and to provide you with the high level of service that you have come to expect of us.

We have also stepped up our use of technology to conduct meetings, trainings and webinars. We will therefore continue to provide all latest updates and developments that are relevant and crucial to you.

I would also like to share with you our RTA COVID-19 Resource Centre, which gathers views from our lawyers across the region on some of the common issues and legal implications of this pandemic. You may access the site here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/covid-19-resource-centre/. We hope you will find this resource useful. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our lawyers should you have any queries on these topics.

As our valued client, we want you to know that your wellbeing and safety are important to us and we wish you and your families good health in these uncertain times.

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to your usual Rajah & Tann contact or you can email our taskforce at taskforce@rajahtann.com.

Patrick Ang 
Managing Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore

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.

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.