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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!
Hot Issues with e-Discovery
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.
Recent Employment Act Changes
Date: Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014
Venue: Room 801, Level 8, NTUC Business Centre
Speaker: Mr. Patrick Tay – Director, NTUC , Legal Services Department ; Director of NTUC PME Unit
Mr. Patrick Tay will share with you the recent changes to the Employment Act and discuss how the changes will impact unions, employers and employees. The recent changes have extended coverage to employees in managerial or executive positions in areas as such payment of salary, dismissal on grounds of misconduct and payment or time-off for working on a public holiday.
For more details and to register, please CLICK HERE
Government Relations – is it all about who you know
Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Venue: 5 Temasek Boulevard #09-01 Singapore 038985
Speaker: Mr. Steven Liew - Associate General Counsel & Head of Government Relations – Asia Pacific, eBay Inc.
Increasingly companies are entering into new markets, expanding into new businesses and running up against all sorts of regulatory challenges. Sometimes, all it takes is a good legal opinion to help guide us on our path to success. But most times, General Counsels are having to navigate uncharted territories where we need to engage with regulators, law enforcement agencies and political leaders to even figure out what really is the legal position. How do we secure the clarity we need to advice our business units? How do we work the system without running foul of the FCPA and our internal compliance rules? How do we convince legislators to change the law which is standing in our way? How do we get regulators to take a different view of us when they are interpreting often-times vague laws? How do we run media campaigns, community outreach programs to sway public opinions in our favor? What does it mean to establish thought leadership on a particular policy issue? Steven Liew, eBay Inc.’s Associate General Counsel and Head of Government Relations for the Asia Pacific Region, who has spent close to 2 decades lobbying on all sorts of issues will share at this SCCA luncheon his tools of the trade.
For more details and to register, please CLICK HERE.