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Law practices in Singapore that have the capacity to provide traineeship opportunities are “strongly encouraged” to participate in the SGUnited Traineeships Programme, which has now been extended to the legal sector.
Fresh law graduates will soon have more traineeship opportunities in the legal sector to support them in their professional development, boost their employability and help them meet the necessary practice training requirements to be called to the Singapore Bar.
How to future-proof your personnel – especially in uncertain times. Digital transformation is less about technology and more about people. You can pretty much buy any technology, but your ability to adapt to an even more digital future depends on developing the next generation of skills, closing the gap between talent supply and demand, and future-proofing your own and others’ potential.
The Legal Productivity and Innovation Department (LPI) of the Law Society of Singapore aims to
Increase Competitive Advantage
Promote technology adoption amongst law firms to increase productivity, efficiency and achieve a competitive advantage
Enhance Law Practice
Assist law firms with innovation and capability development initiatives to enhance their practices
Administer grants and subsidy schemes to support the cost of adopting productivity and capability development solutions for the law firms
To ensure ‘business as usual’ and to prevent minimal disruption to ongoing work, the use of technology has become critical. The Courts are also conducting hearings via tele-conferencing with the use of the Zoom software. To assist members to use Zoom or other virtual meeting and/or online collaboration tools, the Law Society has launched a ‘Tech Support Facilitator’ scheme.
Tech-celerate for Law is a support scheme for the adoption of technology solutions by Singapore Law Practices (SLPs). Qualified SLPs are able to select and adopt legal technology solutions from 7 pre-scoped categories with up to 80% funding support in the first year of implementation.
The SmartLaw Recognition Scheme was launched on 1 March 2017 to recognise Singapore Law Practices (SLPs) which have adopted technology to improve productivity and increase business capabilities.
“Change can be a challenge and we are blessed to have solution consultants guiding us at every stage. They take our feedback seriously to improve their solutions. We have also learnt to appreciate the partnership and synergy between the firm, IT solution provider, bookkeepers and tax agents.
With this support, we can now take on more work, turn them around faster and with peace in our mind that information has been captured and maintained securely.”
Chia Yong Yong, Director, Chia Yong Yong Law Corporation
“The Tech Start for Law Program initiative by The Law Society of Singapore, Ministry of Law and SPRING Singapore have certainly achieved its aim in selecting solutions that work and accelerate the adoption of technology by the smaller legal firms. We hope this type of industry collaboration will continue. It helps to bring out the best in the practice of law in Singapore.”
Lee Ee Yang, Managing Director, Covenant Chambers LLC
“My main motivation to adopt a practice management system was so I could save time by not having to deal with clerical and filing work, and lowering costs by not needing additional space for storage. It has made it possible to operate the firm without support staff.”
Derek Tan Managing Director, Stoa Law Corporation
“I started my own firm at the end of July this year. As I moved from an in-house role back to private practice, I did not have an existing client base and had to start from scratch. Our online marketing platform was instrumental for me to market myself. I could provide legal consultation for a fixed fee without having to worry about collection of fees. The vendor has also been excellent in being responsive, offering professional portraits and collaborating to write legal articles for potential clients. The subsidy from the Law Society for Tech Start made the decision to subscribe to the platform easy.”
Wayne Ong, Wayne Ong Law Practice
“Our practice management system is one of the key pillars of our paper-less practice, enabling us to access our client’s information, documents, invoices, outstanding monies owed etc. at any time. It also saves our lawyers time since we can enter our time costs after meetings or Court attendances on the go. The firm has grown in a short span of 2 years, and we have signed up for additional licenses, which allows us to build on our existing paper-less infrastructure in an inexpensive manner.”
June Lim, Managing Director, Eden Law Corporation