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The Young Lawyer

From 22 to 27 August 2022, I had the privilege of attending the 60th International Young Lawyers’ Congress organised by the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) under the generous sponsorship of the Law Society of Singapore. This 60th iteration

Dear newly called Learned Friends, Congratulations on being admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor. You survived law school, Bar examinations and Practice Training Contract. Before life becomes hectic, take a breather, and enjoy this significant milestone. You have joined this profession at

Dear Amicus Agony, I am a newly qualified associate and I practise disputes. I have been clocking in about 80 hours per week and have been working almost every day. The partners have high standards and sometimes work that I have spent

When someone asks me what it’s like being a lawyer and a mother, I find that the question is best answered by giving scenarios. Have you ever had an urgent deadline to meet? You try and put your child to

I first met my friend, Hanif, in 2016. Hanif came in Singapore in 2006 from Bangladesh, and has worked here as a town council conservancy cleaner since. Like many other conservancy cleaners, Hanif worked for years in Singapore without returning to

Dear Amicus Agony, I am presently in my fourth year as a senior associate, practising dispute resolution. I have overcome various psychological obstacles just to get to where I am today. However, I have seen many peers give up their careers in

I did so much as blink and yet another festive season has gone by. Sometimes when I zone out in between periods of furious drafting of submissions, I can still hear Mariah Carey's nonpareil version of "All I Want for

Dear Amicus Agony, I am a junior lawyer and do not enjoy certain aspects of my work, particularly the need to develop business and network with clients. I definitely prefer to handle the transactions and workload allocated to me by my

So you have just been called to the Bar, or you’ve survived your first year (or first few years) of practice. You may have completed your first contentious hearing, or successfully second chaired a difficult trial. Congratulations! You’ve made it.

Dear Amicus Agony, I am a recently qualified lawyer and I am the most junior in my litigation team. My bosses and senior associates often e-mail me after working hours, and even on weekends. Sometimes, when I do not respond immediately