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19 November 2013
IN-HOUSE INDEPENDENCE NOT THE TEST FOR PRIVILEGE, COMMENTS BY AUSTRALIAN JUDGE
In the recent Australian Federal Court case of Archer Capital 4A Pty Ltd as trustee for the Archer Capital Trust 4A v Sage Group plc (No 2)  FCA 1098, comments by his Honour Justice Michael Wigney give new hope to in-house counsel that the dominant purpose, not independence, is the question to be answered in claims of privilege READ MORE.
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN ONLINE SURVEYS
1) Plain Laws Understandable by Singaporeans
The Legislation and Law Reform Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers has today launched a public online survey on legislation as part of our “Plain Laws Understandable by Singaporeans” Project to improve and modernise the Singapore Statute Book. The survey seeks to better understand the needs, preferences and expectations of makers and users of legislation so that we can better draft legislation. We would be pleased if you and your members could participate in the survey as we believe that the legal profession has a unique perspective to comment on how the drafting and presentation of our written laws could be improved.
2) Type of IP courses which IP Academy should organise
The IP Academy is conducting a survey on the IP training needs of legal professionals. The purpose of this survey is to find out more information on the types of training courses that would be relevant and of interest to legal professionals.
Respond to this survey by 22 November (The survey will take about 5mins to complete.)
4 November 2013
SPEECH BY SCCA PRESIDENT AT LEGAL WEEK CORPORATE COUNSEL FORUM (22 Oct 2013)
Today I thought I'd share a little story from my day job as head of legal for a bank.
Not too long ago, one of my staff lawyers came to talk to me about a proposed transaction for a very big client of ours. The client had asked our bank to take over a standby letter of credit (which is in essence a bank guarantee) that was originally issued by another bank out of another jurisdiction in favour of the client's customer. Key relationship, simple transaction, good money. The question was why READ MORE.
1 October 2013
"GOING IN-HOUSE: THE EARLY YEARS”
This event attracted an audience of about 120 young practitioners, in-house corporate counsel and students to the Supreme Court Auditorium on 11 July 2013. The panel of distinguished speakers touched on topics relevant to in-house legal counsel and those considering a career in-house.
For the benefit of those who were unable to attend the forum, the organising committee has put together some select questions and answers below capturing key points arising from the forum. “
Q: How is in-house life different from practice? READ MORE
23 SEPTEMBER 2013
A LAWYER FOR ALL SEASONS - SCCA HOSTS THE IN-HOUSE COUNSEL WORLD SUMMIT
The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association is privileged to have the honour of hosting the In-House Counsel World Summit (ICWS) 2014 from 3–5 June 2014.
As in-house counsel, we are called upon to deal with various, sometimes very rapid, changes happening within our organisation, the industry and across borders. Themed "A Lawyer for All Seasons", the World Summit aims to update in-house counsel on the latest trends and insights from both global and regional perspectives, with a particular emphasis on the fastest growing region, Asia Pacific. READ MORE
15 JULY 2013
IN-HOUSE PROFESSION IN SINGAPORE - IS REGULATION NECESSARY ?
SCCA 1st Thursdays Networking Drinks
|The monthly networking night will be held on every first Thursday of the month (starting 5 September 2013, excluding public holidays) at
See you there!
Legal Services Outsourcing (LSO):
The new strategy for driving growth, revenue, and saving costs
Date: Postponed till further notice
Venue: To be confirmed
Corporates and law firms are increasingly realizing the value of Legal Services Outsourcing (LSO) to help them achieve the goal of efficiency, lowering costs, reducing risk and managing compliance, so lawyers can focus their efforts and talents on more critical issues. And the value of partnering with LSO specialists can provide a significant competitive advantage to build flexible and reliable support networks as an extension of your firm.
PDPA - Point of No Return
Time: 12.30pm - 2.00pm
Date: Thursday, 5 December 2013
Venue: 16 Collyer Quay #22-00, Singapore 049318
Speakers : Lee Ser Yen - Director, Management Consulting - KPMG in Singapore
Bryan Tan - Partner, Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP
The protection of personal data in Singapore has, in recent months, become a hot topic for organisations that are conducting business in Singapore. Singapore’s newly enacted Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (“PDPA”) governs the collection, use, disclosure, and transfer of personal data by organisations in Singapore. The PDPA also seeks to establish the Personal Data Protection Commission (“PDPC”), a statutory body whose role is to administer the PDPA, and the Do Not Call Registry, which has garnered considerable attention among the public. The provisions relating to the Do Not Call regime take effect on 2 January 2014, while the main data protection provisions of the PDPA take effect on 2 July 2014. In light of the fast-approaching key dates, we see most organisations in Singapore scrambling to bring their employees, systems, processes, and practices up to speed with the requirements of the PDPA.
We understand that unfamiliarity with the concept of data protection makes the journey to compliance seem daunting. Join us for our lunch seminar, where Bryan Tan, partner of Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP, and Lee Ser Yen, director of KPMG Services Pte Ltd, will provide you with an overview of the obligations imposed by the PDPA, and the steps that will need to be taken in order to achieve compliance.
For more details and to register, please CLICK HERE
Hot Issues with e-Discovery
Time: 12pm - 2.00pm
Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Venue: 16 Collyer Quay #30-01 Singapore 049318
Speakers: Mr. Daniel Tay,Associate Director, KordaMentha Forensic
Mr. Grant Whiteley,Associate Director, KordaMentha Forensic
Led by KordaMentha Forensic Technology specialists, Daniel Tay and Grant Whiteley this lunchtime discussion is for those involved or interested in litigation matters involving ediscovery. Attendees will gain an understanding of the ediscovery process as well as the legislation and guidelines that seek to govern it. The session will also discuss emerging issues impacting the ediscovery process.
Topics to be covered include:
• Planning and collection issues
• Information Governance and Privacy
• Predictive Coding / Computer Assisted Review
• Social Media and Big Data
For more details and to register, please CLICK HERE.