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SCCA is pleased to announce that with effect from 1 March 2014, SCCA members are entitled to attend our lunchtime talks on a complimentary basis. 
 
27 March 2014
 
Survey on Possible Regulatory Framework for In-house Counsel in Singapore

The Singapore Academy of Law is studying the possibility of a regulatory framework for in-house counsel in Singapore. As part of this study, the Academy would like to solicit views from in-house counsel through a survey.
SCCA encourages its members to participate in this survey as their input would be invaluable.
Please do respond by 21 April 2014.
 
Please click here for the survey link.
 


17 March 2014

SPEECH BY SCCA PRESIDENT AT THE "SINGAPORE IN-HOUSE LEGAL SUMMIT 2014" ON 12 MARCH 2014

It is a privilege to be able to speak to you on this occasion as President of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association.  
Today I’d like to talk about Great Expectations.  I’d like to share with you briefly 3 thoughts on how expectations of us, as in-house counsel, have changed.

  • Teo Wai Cheong case
  • The Lawyer as Gate-Keeper
  • The Lawyer-Statesman

READ MORE

 

4 March 2014

SINGAPORE ACADEMY OF LAW
POST-QUALIFICATION OVERSEAS ATTACHMENTS 2014-2015

The Singapore Academy of Law (“the Academy”) is offering up to 4 overseas attachments of between 4 to 12 weeks (“Attachments”) at Essex Court Chambers and Fountain Court Chambers for the financial year 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

Applicants must:
a)     be members of the Academy; and
b)     have between 3 to 10 years of post-qualification work experience as at 1 January 2014.

Applicants with an interest in commercial litigation and/or arbitration are preferred.

Click here to download the application form. Alternatively, you may obtain a print copy from:

Singapore Academy of Law
1 Supreme Court Lane
Level 6
Singapore 178879

The closing date for the applications is 4.00pm on Monday, 31 March 2014.

For more details, please email Ms Survinder Kaur at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

28 January 2014 

REMUNERATING THE IN-HOUSE PROFESSION – PART 1 (20 November 2013)
 
1 in 2 in-house counsel have a total salary package of between 100K and 200K per annum, with close to 1 in 3 receiving a total salary package in excess of 250K, according to ACLA’s 2014 In-house Counsel Remuneration Report.
 
The majority of in-house counsel (61%) earn between $100K and $200K base salary per annum.
 
Released to members today, the first instalment of this two part Report examines base salary and benefits, in addition to the compulsory employer superannuation contribution.
 
ACLA CEO Trish Hyde said: ‘We found that there was a gap in the market for in-depth remuneration information for in-house professionals. Thanks to the support and willingness of our members to contribute to this study we are able to fill this gap.' READ MORE
 

Reproduced with the kind permission of Australian Corporate Lawyers Association

 
13 January 2014
 
"LAWYERS WHO MOVE IN-HOUSE HAVE NOT LEFT PROFESSION - SCCA PRESIDENT'S RESPONSE TO ARTICLE IN TODAY ON "LAWYERS HEADING IN-HOUSE FOR  BETTER  WORK-LIFE BALANCE"
 
I refer to the report, “Lawyers heading in-house for better work-life balance” (Jan 10). The Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) shares some of the concerns expressed by Law Society President Lok Vi Ming at the opening of the legal year.
Indeed, the Bar must maintain its strength across all seniority levels. However, we see a silver lining. The SCCA believes that lawyers who move in-house should not be regarded as having left the legal profession.
In-house lawyers are still lawyers, though we have only one client, our employers. We work not only to further their interests, but to help them do the right thing. The legal framework, as passed by Parliament, recognises this. READ MORE
 
 
24 December 2013
 
SPEECH FOR AG’S PLENARY ADDRESS LAWASIA CONFERENCE (28 October 2013)
 
“The Lawyer, the Law and Regulations – Is there a case for gatekeeping?”
When corporate scandals erupt or market misdemeanours are uncovered, the question which typically emerges is, “Where were the lawyers?”1 Judge Stanley Sporkin had famously echoed the public sentiment along these lines in the wake of the American Savings and Loans crisis of the late 1980s2, and the same question resurfaced following the collapse of Enron in 20023 and the recent Global Financial Crisis.
This question – “where were the lawyers?” – no doubt carries an accusatory undertone to which we lawyers might well take offence. READ MORE
 
 
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) [2013] 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.

Participate in this confidential online survey.

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

 


 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SCCA 1st Thursdays Networking Drinks

The monthly networking night will be held next month on 8th May at:

“8 Stanley Street”, from  7-9pm.

Members and in-house legal counsel only. Happy Hour on Beers and Soft Drinks @ $10+ on CASH BAR basis!
 
“8 Stanley Street” - an “invigorating by day, refreshing by night watering hole that rejuvenates the working crowd after a long day of work with decently prices wines, beers and spirits".

Please register your interest ONLINE.

See you there!

 

 

Masterclass: Drafting, Negotiating and Executing Cross-Border Outsourcing Contracts

Date         :   Session 1: 18 March 2014, Session 2: 16 April 2014

Time        :   12.00-2.00pm

Venue      :   TBC

Speaker  :   Mr. Azmul Haque

As global and Asian corporations embark on standardising, modernising or improving business processes and technology systems across multiple jurisdictions, multi-million dollar outsourcing contracts need to be negotiated or re-negotiated. A well-drafted contract is often the key to a successful outsourcing relationship – one that clearly defines the rights, liabilities, and expectations of both the vendor and the customer.

This 2-part Masterclass, presented by Azmul Haque, will cover the fundamentals of formulating multi-country outsourcing contracts in the APAC region.

The Masterclass is aimed at legal practitioners, in-house counsel or business professionals at either customer or vendor companies who deal with IT, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) or telecom outsourcing contracts, and provides insights for handling the entire outsourcing process, from structuring and vendor selection through to contract drafting, negotiations and exit.

For more details and to register for Part 1, please CLICK HERE.

For more details and to register for Part 2, please CLICK HERE.

 

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Running an efficient In-house Corporate Counsel team: challenges and opportunities

Date         :  Thursday, 24 April 2014

Time       :  12.00-2.00pm

Venue     :  Intellioffices, Level 3, 146 Robinson Road, Singapore 068909

Speaker :  Dr Andrew Chester, PhD, BSc,  Iken Business Ltd

 

Synopsis:

In-house legal teams face their own particular challenges when it comes to operating efficiently, and proving their value to internal customers.   Unlike private legal firms, which can charge by the hour as work expands, in-house teams need to deliver within a fixed annual budget while still being flexible and adaptable, and able to handle whatever comes up for their organisation.
So what constitutes best practice in managing or working within an in-house corporate counsel team? Two common factors are common in the most successful in-house legal and corporate counsel teams – the ability to work smartly, and being able to demonstrate proven value for money.  This talk will highlight and explore some key “must-haves” for the most efficient and effective in-house corporate counsel teams, drawing on the speaker’s experience working with over 100 in-house legal teams, large and small, in both the business and government sectors.
Dr Andrew Chester PhD, BSc, is Chief Executive of Iken, a market-leading in-house legal software supplier, which is now established in Singapore.  Dr Chester has been working with corporate counsel teams for over 20 years, specialising in improving business processes and project management systems.

For more details and to register, please CLICK HERE

 

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TMT Disputes Framework


Date           :  Thursday, 8 May 2014

Time         :  12.00 - 2.00pm

Venue       :  TBC

Speakers :  Mr Peter Bullock
                      Mr Bryan Tan


A holistic look into the considerations that go into decision-making before commencing a major TMT dispute and while conducting the dispute. A general counsel will not be only concerned with the running of the case but also with its impact on the rest of the ongoing business and other regulatory obligations.

For more details and to register CLICK HERE

 

 
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Upcoming Events

Thursday, 08 May 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Category: Lunchtime Seminar

Thursday, 08 May 2014
Time: 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Category: Networking Event

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Category: Lunchtime Seminar

Friday, 04 Jul 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Category: Lunchtime Seminar

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