Lex Mundi launches new client delivery service platform

BY Aparna Sai |

Lex Mundi, one of the world’s leading law firm networks, has launched a global client service delivery platform called Equisphere to help in-house counsel address cross-border legal challenges.

The new normal from Covid-19 Pandemic: Embrace legal technology and innovation [Brought to you by GLT]

BY Edwin Lee, Daphne Sit |

One of my favourite books is “Tomorrow’s Lawyers” by Professor Richard Susskind, a prominent author and speaker specializing in the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which the IT and the Internet are changing the work of lawyers.

China passes national security law in turning point for Hong Kong

BY Reuters |

China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule 23 years ago.

Former Clyde APAC hospitality head sets up firm in SG, Thailand

BY Aparna Sai |

Benjamin Hirasawa, a former head of the Asia-Pacific hospitality practice at Clyde & Co., has launched a boutique firm with offices in Singapore and Bangkok.

Pride Month: To truly effect change, firms need to look beyond D&I initiatives

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and while the typically colourful celebrations have been muted due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many law firms are still marking the month with various online initiatives and virtual events. Clifford Chance has hosted webinars spotlighting its LGBTQ+ pro bono work, while Pinsent Masons, Taylor Wessing and others have launched social media campaigns.

SICC judge resigns following sexual harassment inquiry in Australia: reports

BY Aparna Sai |

Dyson Heydon, a judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), has resigned following an inquiry by the High Court of Australia that found that he had sexually harassed six staff members during his time on the bench.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: ALB Asia 40 Under 40 2020

BY Asian Legal Business |

Submissions are now open for ALB Asia’s annual 40 Under 40 list, which profiles the most accomplished lawyers in Asia under 40 years of age.

As Eversheds and Harry Elias split, alliances in SG are coming under scanner

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Eversheds Sutherland and Singapore’s Harry Elias Partnership recently announced that they were ending their three-year merger with a joint media release. The statement said the firms were parting on “good terms,” but those watching on the sidelines in Singapore have questioned why the arrangement didn’t work out, suggesting that the split is symbolic of changing expectations in the highly competitive market.

Restructuring as an Option for Indonesian Limited Liability Companies to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak [Brought to you by AZP]

BY AZP Legal Consultants |

The first case of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in Indonesia was confirmed in early March of 2020. Since then, due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 among the Indonesian people, the Government of Indonesia (“GoI”) has issued new regulations as part of its efforts to stop the COVID-19 outbreak within the country, inter alia, (i) the Presidential Decree No.11 of 2020 concerning the Determination of Public Health Emergency regarding COVID-19 on 31 March 2020; (ii) the Government Regulation No. 21 of 2020 concerning Large-Scale Social Restrictions for Acceleration in the Handling of COVID-19 on 31 March 2020; and (iii) the Minister of Health Regulation No. 9 of 2020 concerning Guidelines on the Large-Scale Social Restrictions for Acceleration in the Handling of COVID-19 on 3 April 2020.

Eversheds, Singapore’s Harry Elias to go their separate ways

BY Aparna Sai |

The three-year-old merger between Eversheds Sutherlands and Singapore’s Harry Elias Partnership (HEP) is officially coming to an end at the end of this month, the two firms have announced.

One-fifth of M’sia lawyers mull ceasing practice due to COVID: survey

BY Aparna Sai |

Some 21 percent of Malaysia’s lawyers are contemplating ceasing practice or closing their law offices due to the impact of the national lockdown instituted as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SG’s Collyer Law collaborates with U.S. start-up Anduin on issue-tracking software

BY Aparna Sai |

Singapore-based boutique Collyer Law, which focuses on emerging growth companies, has collaborated with U.S. technology company Anduin on an issue-tracking platform for the legal market.