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25 May 2015


International Comparative Legal Guides

As part of our efforts to enhance our membership benefits, SCCA is proud to announce a new arrangement with Global Legal Group (GLG) in London for members to enjoy complimentary access to The International Comparative Legal Guides.  These provide current and practical comparative legal information on a range of practice areas, following a Q&A format to ensure thorough coverage of each topic within different legal systems worldwide.

You can now access the International Comparative Legal Guides under the Resources tab on the main menu of the website, under Legal News.

23 Mar 2015



Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA) joins Singapore in mourning the passing of the Republic’s Founding Father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Mr Lee was an outstanding lawyer and a distinguished leader, ahead of our times. Indeed, the nation has lost a great counsel and a man of great vision in the eyes of Singapore citizens and world leaders.

We share our deepest condolences with the Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, and his family during this time of personal and national grief.

Board of Advisors, General Committee and Members of SCCA 

4 Mar 2015 



The Singapore Academy of Law (“the Academy”) is offering up to 4 overseas attachments of between 6 to 12 weeks (“Attachments”) at Chambers in London, U.K. for the financial year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

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 2015.

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

Click here to download the application form. 

The closing date for the applications is 4.00pm on Thursday, 2 April 2015. 

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

5 Feb 2015

Civil Justice Commission - Views on Civil Procedure

At the Opening of Legal Year 2015, the Chief Justice had announced the setup of the Civil Justice Commission with the objective of  “considering transformational changes to the litigation process aimed at reducing the costs of litigation, enhancing efficiency and effecting modernisation”. 

The SCCA has been invited to provide their views on what areas of changes they would like to see in relation to civil procedure and in the Rules of Court. 

Wan Kwong Weng, Group General Counsel, Mapletree  Investments will help to collate your views. 

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your views by 20 March 2015.


29 Jan 2015 

The renewal exercise for the next membership year has commenced.  Membership renewal fees remain at S$150 and the joining fee for new members remain at S$200 per membership term.  
To renew, please follow the 3 simple steps below:
  1. Login HERE with your Username and Password and read the Renewal Instructions.
  2. Go to the “Membership Renewal” tab in the centre column, select “I am renewing my membership” and your preferred payment mode for your renewal fees. You must complete this step to activate the renewal process.
  3. Update your Personal Info/Company Info if any recent changes, and then Click Update.
You will then be brought to a Thank You page with payment options, either by cheque, bank transfer, Internet banking or online credit card (via PayPal).  
Renew your membership by 13 Feb 2015, and you stand a chance to win a complimentary ticket worth S$1,750 to the “Asia Pacific Regional Forum Conference: Borderless Asia (18-20 March 2015)”! 

28 Jan 2015

SCCA Launches New Corporate Membership Scheme on 1 March 2015- A Cost Effective Investment for your Organisation!

An SCCA Corporate Membership offers a structured Learning Framework that could be used as a cost-effective baseline training program.

Corporate Members already enjoy:

  • 20+ complimentary lunchtime seminars per year (lunch included)!
  • Weekly email updates from SCCA on latest activities and annoncements.
  • Preferential rates to seminars, workshops and conferences by leading companies, professional bodies and law firms on topics important to in-house counsel.
  • Access to Members’ Only Resources including a peer-recommended External Lawyer Database, seminar materials, articles and consultation papers.
  • and much much more!

With the new scheme, Corporate Members will enjoy additional membership privileges:

  1. Bring a non-lawyer colleague. SCCA lunchtime seminars could be of interest and relevance to employees who are not lawyers. Under the new Scheme, each Corporate Nominee may bring a colleague to attend a lunchtime seminar for free (usual fee S$50 nett per seminar). This colleague may be from any department, team or unit within the same organisation.
  2. 2 complimentary postings in our Employer Job Classifieds per year worth $300.
  3. Flexibility to add or change Corporate Nominees up to 5 or 10 (depending on membership tier) on a complimentary basis within the relevant membership period.

With effect from 1 March 2015, the annual Corporate Membership fees are S$1,200 for organisations with up to 5 Corporate Nominees and S$1,800 for organisations with 6-10 Corporate Nominees.*

In addition, SCCA will offer discounted rates for Corporate Members who apply for 3 years and 5 years:

  1. 10% for 3 years
  2. 15% for 5 years.

Download our Corporate Membership brochure HERE.

To apply for Corporate Membership, please apply online HERE.

13 Jan 2015

Invitation for an Inaugural SCCA Banking & Financial Services Chapter Meeting

Following the success of its seminar on outsourcing for financial institutions in 2014, the SCCA Banking & Financial Services Chapter will hold its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, 20 January 2015, at 6.30pm. The Chapter will use this opportunity to plan its calendar year and solicit members' feedback on its future activities and work. If you are keen to be a member of this Chapter or attend this meeting, please do e-mail the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

8 Jan 2015

Congratulations to Chua Lee Ming!

The Board of Advisors, General Committee, Secretariat and Members of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association wish to extend their heartiest congratulations to Mr Chua Lee Ming on his appointment as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore from 1 February 2015.

Mr Chua is a founding member of the SCCA. His long (and long suffering) tenure as Vice-President ended in June 2014 but remains an active General Committee Member. During his tenure as VP, he forged new frontiers for in-house counsel in Singapore by initiating the SCCA Code of Conduct and lobbying for the codification of in-house legal privilege.

SCCA is honoured to have had Mr Chua as a comrade. Mr Chua’s appointment to judicial office marks a new beginning after his distinguished career as General Counsel to GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation). He is an inspiration to all in-house counsel in Singapore. 

4 Dec 2014

Speech by Wong Taur-Jiun, President, SCCA at SCCA¹s Appreciation Dinner & Launch of In-house Counsel Learning Framework 3 December 2014

In 1952, renowned science fiction writer Issac Asimov published a short story entitled ³What If". A couple travelling on a train was able to look at various permutations of what their lives could have been, on what we would now described as a tablet computer.

I remember reading that story when I was young boy, thoroughly fascinated by all that could have been because of the choices we make or do not make.

I¹m sure you've done that sort of speculation before. Hands up those who have thought this thought before. READ MORE  

18 Nov 2014

Volunteers Required

The Young Members’ Chapter (Professional Affairs Committee of the SAL) [“YMC”] will be conducting a half-day workshop on practical skills for effective legal practice. We understand the objective is to give undergraduates an appreciation of how to engage with clients and provide legal service that is efficient, “user-friendly” and useful for the client. This would include typical aspects of the solicitor-client relationship such as effectively obtaining proper instructions, approaching the issue with a commercial and practical viewpoint (as opposed to a purely theoretical mindset) and advising the client in a problem-solving manner.

Students will be broken into teams to work through a hypothetical contract dispute. They will role-play as junior lawyers: the first meeting with the client to take instructions, processing and identifying what the client requires and reporting to their supervising partner the relevant issues, client’s objectives and proposed approach to conduct the case. At the end of the workshop, students will be given critical feedback on their performance.

YMC has approached SCCA for volunteers to help plan and facilitate the workshop given that the thrust of the workshop is cultivating an appreciation of the client’s needs. Volunteers can help facilitate the workshop by role playing as clients as well as supervising partners. The likely time commitment involved for the workshop itself would be 3-4 hours, most likely on a Saturday morning. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer.

Click HERE for more.




1st Thursdays Networking Drinks @ Empire (6.30pm-9.00pm)

Peers of SCCA brings you our regular 1st Thursday Networking Drinks now at Empire. Empire is a lounge situated on the 45th floor of the Singapore Land Tower, offering breathtaking views and a getaway from the bustle and grind of the CBD.

All attendees will enjoy a complimentary first drink and for this re-launch limited finger food will be available. So come early!

Happy hour prices apply and include:

  1. $10 for house wine;
  2. $42 for tiger beer buckets;
  3. $128 for Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial; and
  4. 25% off all bottles of spirits

This event is open to members of SCCA and in-house legal counsel only. Please register your interest online and present your name card at the door for entry. Please register your interest ONLINE.

See you there!


45th floor, Singapore Land Tower

50 Raffles Place

Singapore 048623



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Watch it or Lose it - Safeguarding Your Corporate IP Assets and Brand

Date: Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Venue: Thomson Reuters Auditorium, #28-01, North Tower, One Raffles Quay

About this Seminar

You have invested thousands, even millions of dollars and countless hours into building your IP assets and brand equity. However, all it takes is just one infringement, and your brand and reputation which you have painstakingly built over the years can be damaged instantaneously.

So what you can do to reduce this vulnerability, and defend your assets and protect your brand? What kind of IP roadmap should you develop to manage, protect and sustain your corporate innovation effectively for the long term? Where do you even begin to evaluate your current position now and the next steps to take?

Bringing together some of the region’s leading IP practitioners and experts, this seminar provides you with rare access to invaluable networking opportunities and expert insights on safeguarding your IP assets and brand amidst the region’s thriving economic growth.

For more details or to register click HERE.  







Companies Act Developments

Date: Friday, 3 July 2015
Time: 12.00 - 2.00pm
Venue: Intellioffices, Level 3, 146 Robinson Road, Singapore 068909
Speakers: Florence Goh - Partner, K Murali Pany - Managing Partner, Jeevan John - Partner, Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP

About this Seminar 

1) Introduction of small company concept for audit exemption

2) Removal of prohibition against financial assistance for private companies

3) Introduction of new “no material prejudice” exception to financial assistance for public companies

4) Update limit on preferential payments to employees of insolvent companies

5) Empowering the Court hearing a winding up application to order a buy-out instead of ordering winding up

6) Relaxing conditions for nominee directors to disclose information to nominating shareholders

7) Allowing companies to issue shares for no consideration

8) Amendments relating to foreign companies

For more details or to register click HERE.  


Advanced Negotiation Skills Workshop (Half-day for each session)

Date: 9 and 23 July 2015
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Venue: Intellioffices, Level 3, 146 Robinson Road, Singapore 068909
Speakers: Jonathan Yuen - Partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice group of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Overview of Workshop

The first half-day advanced negotiation skills workshop is designed for participants who are looking to gain extra value, confidence and control in their next negotiation. It will take participants’ existing negotiation skills to a higher level and hone their skills to a sharper edge. Participants should be familiar with the basic concepts of interest-based negotiation, but new participants need not worry as the Workshop will start off with an “introduction” segment to bring everyone up to speed.

The second half-day advanced negotiation skills workshop will show participants how to identify and overcome unethical and hard-ball negotiators and their tactics to achieve winning outcomes, to move from being reactive to being proactive so as to seize the initiative to expand value generation and to reduce undesirable consequences. Participants will also be exposed to the added negotiation complexities of a commercial dispute and of navigating conflicting internal and external interests.

Benefits to participants:

You will learn how to:

  1. Strengthen your understanding and employment of the Harvard interest based negotiation framework
  2. Seize the initiative in negotiations and set your own negotiation tempo
  3. Employ agenda setting as a means of controlling the negotiation
  4. Manage unreasonable expectations through legitimacy and expectation testing
  5. Learn how to use trade-offs to maximise value in the negotiation
  6. Counter bullying, unfair, unethical and hard-ball counter-parties in a negotiation
  7. Reframe issues to maximize your leverage
  8. De-escalate contentious situations
  9. Navigate internal stakeholder interests  

NOTE: You can register for the 1st session or both sessions but not session 2 only.

For more details on Session #1, or to register click HERE.

For more details on Session #2, or to register click HERE.  


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, 04 Jun 2015
Time: 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Category: Networking Event

Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015
Time: 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Category: Networking Event

Friday, 03 Jul 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Category: Lunchtime Seminar

Thursday, 09 Jul 2015
Time: 09:00 - 12:30
Category: Lunchtime Seminar

Thursday, 23 Jul 2015
Time: 09:00 - 12:30
Category: Lunchtime Seminar

Tuesday, 04 Aug 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Category: Lunchtime Seminar

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Category: Lunchtime Seminar

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