Singapore promotes itself as a legal services hub

August 27, 2012 Top lawyers form Singapore head to Melbourne this week to host a conference on ‘Developments in the Legal Landscape in Singapore’, in a bid to encourage Australian lawyers to consider Singapore as a legal services hub and career destination.

Singapore aims to foster a strong legal services sector and has undertaken regulatory reforms to it easier for foreign lawyers and law firms to operate in the country. The government has introduced a Foreign Practitioner Certificate and has issued six international firms with Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licenses, permitting foreign lawyers to practice in certain commercial areas of Singapore law such as banking, M&A and intellectual property.

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose (Asia) and White & Case all hold Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licenses, and work alongside over 100 other foreign law firms that operate in Singapore, practicing foreign or international law.

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