Legal Basix

Rajah & Tann Legal Basix is a specialised practice of Rajah & Tann that is focused on providing baseline and growth-stage legal advice, representation and documentation to businesses, from emerging enterprises, start-ups and SMEs to high growth companies. 

We assist businesses in six core areas: corporate commercial, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, digital and regional expansion. Legal Basix leverages on the deep expertise and experience of Rajah & Tann’s award-winning practice groups and knowledge leaders to deliver distilled, right-sized, growth stage appropriate legal solutions for our clients.

Legal Basix is Legal, Simplified.

We provide holistic solutions to help businesses negotiate, revise and draft basic agreements, trade / commercial terms, advise on and create appropriate corporate and employment structures, protect and manage intellectual property, and resolve disputes by negotiation, mediation and at trial. We also assist in navigating and managing relationships with statutory bodies such as the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the Central Provident Fund Board (CPF Board) and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). 

Helping businesses make the best decisions

We understand that sometimes businesses just need some quick advice, an experienced pair of eyes to review an agreement or just simply a second opinion. That is why we provide consultation sessions - where they can send us their questions or documents ahead of time and set up a meeting with us to discuss the issues.

We help you gain clarity on the things that matter so that you can make informed decisions to take your business forward.

Contact us and ask us how we can help you today:

Practice areas

Corporate Commercial

Sometimes all you need is a simple document drafted or revised, someone to answer a few questions or simply review a contract or document — just to make sure that your interests are protected.

We advise on, and assist you to draft and amend basic contracts, including:

  • Basic Term Sheets and Memorandums of Understanding
  • Employment & Independent Contractor Agreements Guarantees
  • Incorporation of business / company
  • Indemnity Agreements
  • Invoice / Delivery Order Terms and Terms of Sale
  • Non-Disclosure & Confidentiality Agreements
  • Shareholders’ / Founders’ Agreements
  • Simple Loan Agreements

The Singapore Academy of Law and the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association have launched the Venture Capital Investment Model Agreements (VIMA) which provide a set of model agreements for early stage financing. To download, click here:

Dispute Resolution

Business isn't always smooth-sailing. If you find yourself embroiled in a legal dispute, you'll want a seasoned courtroom warrior capable of assessing the facts with eagle eyes, devising a shrewd plan of attack and staunchly defending your position on the field of battle. Our elite dispute lawyers will ensure you not only know your legal rights, but also collect your legal dues.

We resolve different types of disputes, including:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment­ related disputes
  • Landlord­ tenant / MCST disputes
  • Negligence claims and personal injuries
  • Defamation

Many businesses lack a dedicated human resources department, leaving HR responsibilities to busy owners or senior managers. As an employer, you need to know your legal obligations in order to protect your business. Ignorance of the law is no excuse if a claim is made against you. You may also be liable for the conduct of your employees, as well as needing to protect your business assets.

Speak to our experienced lawyers to understand your legal obligations as an employers.

  • Employment appointment and termination
  • Employment policies and documentation
  • Managing confidentiality, restraint of trade and non-competes
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Employment­-related disputes
Intellectual Property

In the increasingly knowledge-driven economy, new products, brands and creative designs appear almost daily on the market and are the result of continuous human innovation and creativity. Businesses are often the driving force behind these innovations. If left unprotected, a good invention may be lost to larger competitors that are in a better position to commercialise the product or service at a more affordable price. IP can become a valuable business asset if it is legally protected.

We establish a stable legal framework on­line to grow your business and protect your Intellectual Property rights. We advise on:

  • Registration of Trade Marks
  • Copyright protection
  • Protection of Trade Secrets
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • IP Licensing and Assignments
  • Distributorship, Franchising and Agency Agreements
  • Advertising, trademark labelling and product regulatory requirements
  • Software Licensing

The undoubted push to go digital and embrace a cashless society in Singapore has gained momentum. The shift from traditional brick-and-mortar shops to online and e-commerce platforms requires businesses to evolve to keep up with the competition. The digital economy, unhindered by geography or distance, allows businesses to reach out to a regional and world-wide audience. Business need to keep up with the challenges and ensure they remain at the fore-front of the digital economy.

We advise on the following key legal issues which businesses need to take into account:

  • Website Terms of Use / Privacy Policy
  • End User License Agreements
  • Data Protection Compliance
  • Domain name registration
  • Platform Development, Hosting and Maintenance Agreements
  • Consumer Protection regulations
Regional Expansion

Many companies start small and become big through continuous growth. Globalisation has helped to open up access to new markets, technologies, skills and capital for businesses. With a dedicated team of lawyers based in Singapore with regional exposure and experience, and with the support of our network of firms across Asia, we assist businesses in expanding their businesses in the region.

We assist businesses in the following regional­-expansion specific areas:

  • Country-­specific Structuring Advice
  • Company Incorporation
  • Review and Drafting of Agreements
  • Due Diligence