03 Jul 2020

Rajah & Tann Launches ReadyDocs Digital Platform for Managing Legal Services in Real Time

Rajah & Tann Asia, a leading full-service legal network in Southeast Asia, announced today the beta launch of ReadyDocs, a platform that enables clients to remotely create, edit, digitally sign and manage Rajah & Tann contracts from any device at any time.

This law-as-a-service (LaaS) platform provides real-time access to legal services for Rajah & Tann’s clients. ReadyDocs empowers small- and medium-sized business owners, startup founders and general counsel to work on time-critical contracts as soon as the need arises, with the security that all documents generated on the platform come with the quality assurance of Rajah & Tann Asia.

Abdul Jabbar, Head of Corporate and Transactional Group of Rajah & Tann Singapore said: “As new technological innovations become available, law firms must leverage them to meet the evolving demands of our clients.

“Rajah & Tann is excited to launch this platform as a much-needed solution, especially during this time when remote interactions are becoming the norm and clients need to be able to access their documents on the go,”

Rajesh Sreenivasan, Head of the TMT Practice at Rajah & Tann Singapore adds: “As a firm, we are looking beyond providing legal solutions. We are offering business solutions to help our clients better manage their legal costs by integrating technology with our services. ReadyDocs is one such solution that will empower our clients to take control of their legal workflow,”

ReadyDocs is powered by Zegal, a software solution which puts the client at the heart of the platform. Clients can use the platform to generate commercial contracts; entire suites of contracts built as easy-to-follow workflows; or even automate their existing contracts and processes.

Daniel Walker, Zegal’s founder, said: “Rajah & Tann Asia is leading the adoption of LegalTech in Asia, and we could not be more excited that they have chosen our platform.

“Legal technology is not just limited to improving lawyers’ efficiency. It can and should make clients say ‘wow!’. By deploying a client-facing platform, Rajah & Tann Asia is recognising the importance of delivering that amazing experience.”

The ReadyDocs platform will target the Singapore market first with plans to quickly roll out to all jurisdictions being served by Rajah & Tann.

Terence Quek, Partner of the M&A Practice at Rajah & Tann Singapore said: “Our clients are becoming increasingly savvy and there is a growing demand for quick and convenient access to legal services. ReadyDocs will be the go-to platform for our clients to get access to quality documents vetted by Rajah & Tann, and be able to manage all of their contracts over a single platform.”

Jonathan Yuen, Head of Legal Basix at Rajah & Tann Singapore adds: “Many SMEs are keen to self-service their baseline legal documentation but often find themselves unable to execute these tasks with confidence and assurance. The ReadyDocs platform leverages on technology to provide our clients with the best of both worlds—direct access to Rajah & Tann’s wealth of resources and advice from our experienced lawyers.”

 

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.

 

29 Apr 2020

Rajah & Tann lawyers appointed by Ministry of Law to serve as assessors under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020

Rajah & Tann Singapore is pleased to announce that 14 of our lawyers have been appointed by the Ministry of Law to serve as assessors under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. They were appointed by the Minister for Law to resolve disputes arising from the application of the Act. The Assessor will decide whether the case is one to which the relief under the Act applies and will seek to achieve an outcome that is just and equitable in the circumstances.

S/No

Lawyer

 1.

Aleksandar Georgiev

 2.

Alvin Tan Yong Joon

 3.

Alyssa Leong

 4.

Benjamin Teo

 5.

Clement Chan

 6.

Devathas Satianathan

 7.

Dominique Lombardi  

 8.

Kevin Tan

 9.

Lionel Tay

 10.

Matthew Koh

 11.

Nur Rauda Mohamed Said

 12.

Pamela Wong   

 13.

Phang Hwee Guang

 14.

Yip Li Ming

 

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.

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.