Part 2: Conversations on the Mindful Business Charter

Part 2: Conversations on the Mindful Business Charter

Venue : Online Webinar

Event Start Date : Tuesday 05 October 2021

Event End Date : Tuesday 05 October 2021

Event Start Time : 04:45 pm

Event End Time : 06:00 pm

Registration Start Date : Thursday 16 September 2021

Registration End Date : Tuesday 05 October 2021


This is the second in a series of webinars on the Mindful Business Charter which is gathering momentum within legal communities including Singapore as well as around the world following its launch in 2018. In Singapore there are a number of law firms that have already signed up to the Charter –most are international firms with an office here, but in October 2020 Zico Law joined the movement.
At its heart, the Charter is a practical and permissive framework that encourages us to be more aware of the impact of our behaviors and the stress they may be causing others, often inadvertently.

In an interactive and invigorating conversation with Susan De Silva, Hanim Hazmah, Daniel Choo and Michele Musgrave, we continue the conversation and discuss the various challenges faced and pathways to address well-being, and what adopting the Charter in whole or in part may help you.

To embellish the panel discussion there will be 2 additional speakers, Richard Martin from Bryne.Dean and Brian Henderson from Whole Business Wellness to share some perspectives and learnings from their experiences. Both former lawyers and now focused on well-being in workplace focusing lawyers.


Develop an understanding of the Charter. Learn from others what has worked and how to tackle issues and learnings shared by the rich panel debate/ and sharing session. Come to terms personally – some may experience aha moments. Start to build an action plan for well-being and how it can be applied to lawyers, and equip lawyers with tools/techniques that can be used every day to bring about well-being.



Brian founded Whole Business Wellness in 2020 to provide multi-disciplinary wellness services to organisations using yoga, mindfulness, resilience building, culture change, design thinking and 30 years of business leadership experience to build wellness management capabilities at individual, team and organizational level. Previously, Brian was Chief Operating Officer at Baker McKenzie for 8 years and before that spent 13 years at Linklaters in a variety of global leadership roles. Brian is a board member of The Women’s Foundation and was co-founding Chair of the Male Allies initiative. He was recognised for this as the 2017 American Chamber of Commerce Champion for the Advancement of Women. Brian is a Principal Partner in YourBoard, providing board level advice and consulting to SMEs.

Brian was born in Belfast and has previously lived and worked in London and Paris. He is a qualified lawyer, has an MBA from Cranfield University and is an accredited MBTI practitioner, Mental Health First Aider and Smart Collaboration Accelerator accredited partner. Brian and Mary have two adult children living and working in the UK and a West Highland terrier living with them in Hong Kong. Brian enjoys yoga, meditation and watersports.


Daniel is currently Associate General Counsel and Privacy Responsible, Asia Pacific at Bruker, an American(NASDAQ listed) & German based manufacturer of high-performance scientific instruments and medical devices. Daniel heads the APAC legal team that covers China, India, Japan, Korea, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.  In addition, Daniel serves as a Director, Treasurer and Co-Chair of Peers Committee (committee for young in-house lawyers) of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association Limited.


Hanim Hamzah is the Regional Managing Partner of ZICO Law, a premier law-network comprising independent leading law firms with a full presence in 18 cities across Southeast Asia.  Her 25+ years of regional practice experience includes being resident in Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore where she specialises in major infrastructure project financing and M&A deals in aviation, banking, insurance, mining, oil and gas, plantations, and property. Hanim is consistently recognised as “Distinguished Practitioner” or “Leading Lawyer” in major legal rankings and directories including Legal 500, IFLR1000, Asialaw Profiles, and Asia Business Law Journal for multiple practice areas.  In 2018, Hanim was also recognized as one of Financial Times’ ten pioneers of new legal thinking in the Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Category. Hanim is a marathoner and sings in a jazz quartet.


Michele is an Australian trained lawyer who, following 9 years of private practice in Sydney, moved to Singapore in 2005 and took an extended “maternity break”  to concentrate on her growing family. Her return to the legal arena included 5 years part-time as a legal skills instructor at NUS involved in the undergraduate skills course and co-lecturing the Summer program for International Masters students. Michele returned to private practice in 2014 and made the switch to in-house counsel in 2017. 

At various stages in her life, Michele has juggled and transitioned between her legal career and being a dance performer / teacher / choreographer.  Michele is keen to restart salsa dancing practice when COVID restrictions permit - and hopefully keep her sanity while raising teenagers. Michele’s interest in personal development, mental health and wellness draws on her own past challenges, having experienced benefits from counselling / coaching support, and welcomes opportunities to give-back. In 2020 Michele completed her coaching training course with Newfield Asia and is working towards her certification as a professional / life coach.


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. 

Richard co-chairs the steering committee of the Lord Mayor of London’s This is Me campaign to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around mental illness through the power of personal story telling. He also leads byrne dean’s work promoting and developing the Mindful Business Charter which is a cross business initiative focusing on the ways in which we work within and between our organisations and looking to remove the unnecessary sources of stress – helping us all be more aware of the impact we have on each other as well as giving a framework and a permission to talk about it, creating healthier and more effective working environments as a result.


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 has enjoyed building the firm’s Corporate Law and Environmental Law practices, and its regional Employment Law practice. As a co-founding partner, former practice head and the firm’s Managing Partner for some years, she has learned about organisational and personal effectiveness, and she continues to learn.

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.

In addition to coaching, Susan speaks and writes on the topic of creating working environments in which people can go to work feeling engaged and go home feeling fulfilled. She contributes to the Law Society of Singapore’s Practice Well programme which is an initiative “aimed at helping all legal professionals find their balance to thrive in this increasingly hectic industry”. She is also an associate trainer with Byrne-Dean, a leading workplace behaviour consultancy that helps organisations all over the world create kinder, fairer, more productive workplaces.


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