1st Series : “In conversation about the Mindful Business Charter and the legal community”

1st Series : “In conversation about the Mindful Business Charter and the legal community”

Venue : Online Zoom Event

Event Start Date : Tuesday 22 June 2021

Event End Date : Tuesday 22 June 2021

Event Start Time : 12:15 pm

Event End Time : 01:30 pm

Registration Start Date : Monday 17 May 2021

Registration End Date : Tuesday 22 June 2021

All external and in-house lawyers are welcomed.

The intention of the Mindful Business Charter is to remove unnecessary sources of stress and promote better mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. We recognize that there will be times and transactions when long hours and stress cannot be avoided, but this isn’t always the case, and we want it to become the exception rather than the rule. In this way, the Charter is brave and commercial. It recognizes that we cannot remove all sources of stress, nor will change happen overnight – but as a business community, we have a responsibility to try to do things differently.

During the conversation with the panelists, we will be raising awareness of issues and further enhancing an understanding of the Mindful Business Charter. Learnings of what has worked for others and how to tackle issues will be shared during the rich panel debate. Attendees will be encouraged to reflect on themselves personally – some may experience "aha" moments. Through the conversation, attendees will get tips on how to start to build an action plan around well-being mindfulness techniques and how they can be applied to lawyers. The session will start to equip lawyers with tools/techniques that can be used every day to bring about well-being.

The discussion will cover some of the various challenges faced and pathways to address well-being and adopting the Charter in whole or in part. Looking specifically at examples of

  • openness and respect.
  • smart meetings and emails.
  • respecting rest periods; and
  • mindful delegation.  


All 4 pillars cited in the Charter are a means to help teams to reduce unnecessary stress.


Speaker Panelists

Richard Martin  - Advisor of Byrne.Dean

Richard is a speaker, writer, trainer and thinker around mental health in the workplace. 

His first career was an employment lawyer in London. He trained with Gouldens, becoming a partner in that firm before its merger with global firm Jones Day, where he served as a partner for three years. He then moved to City firm Speechly Bircham where he ran the large employment practice and served on the management committee. The plan to become more involved in management took an unexpected turn when, in 2011, he suffered a serious mental breakdown, spent a month in hospital and undertook a lengthy recovery process.

Richard is now a director of workplace consultancy byrne dean where he leads on their mental health work.  He spends much of his time in an increasingly global training environment raising awareness of mental health, helping people understand their own mental health as well as how they can be more supportive of and understanding towards others, making mental health part of the conversation at work


Susan De Silva - Coach 

Susan de Silva was a practicing lawyer for more than 30 years in Singapore and England until she retired in 2018. She is now a Life Coach.

Susan was one of the founding partners of Singapore law firm Bird & Bird ATMD LLP, which has evolved into a global alliance with an international firm.

Susan began coaching in 2015 while still in legal practice. She is a Certified Professional Coactive Coach, an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaches Federation, and is now completing an advanced course on the neuroscience of coaching.


Peggy Lim - Assistant General Counsel Legal Operations CH APAC

Peggy is currently Assistant General Counsel, Asia Pacific at a multi-national consumer healthcare company and oversees legal support provided to the business across Asia Pacific. After graduating from the National University of Singapore law school, she joined a local firm and was in private practice for 8 years doing a combination of litigation and corporate work over that period, before making the move to an in-house role.


Antony Lee - General Counsel at HSBC

Antony Lee is the General Counsel for HSBC Singapore and has held that appointment
since Feb 2006. He also has a regional role as Deputy General Counsel, Asia Pacific for
HSBC with a focus on supporting HSBC’s ASEAN agenda and the legal teams from the
other ASEAN countries. He manages a department of 30 lawyers and para-legals that is
responsible for the management of legal matters for all HSBC entities in Singapore.


Wong Taur Jiun - Head of Legal & Compliance at Rabobank Singapore (Immediate Past President of SCCA)

Taur-Jiun is the Head of Legal & Compliance at Rabobank Singapore. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with both a law degree and an MBA. Taur-Jiun started his career in private practice doing litigation and corporate commercial before moving in-house. Taur-Jiun also serves on the Senate of the Singapore Academy of Law, the Board of Advisors of the Singapore Management University’s School of Law, and the Board of Trustees of the Methodist Schools’ Foundation.






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