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Dear Amicus Agony, I was recently laid off as my firm is scaling down and I am not sure what to do. I am also embarrassed and have not really shared the news with my friends. I have been looking around

Building on the themes covered in two previous Law Gazette articles The Junior Counsel Survival Guide (August 2020) and Called During COVID – Thriving and Staying Relevant (August 2020), this article supplements with tips and pointers for the Young Lawyer

Statistics indicate that the number of law firms in Singapore are steadily increasing. More law firms means more small to medium-sized firms, as senior partners leave large firms to set up their own boutique practices. This in turn means more

Dear Amicus Agony, I am a practice trainee in a mid-sized law firm. I have been working very hard since I joined, ever since RLT (Relevant Legal Training) days, and was very happy to be offered a contract by the partners,

As I was reviewing my personal goals for the year 2020 (throwing my biggest birthday bash, travelling to New Zealand, renovating my new BTO flat), I realised that none of these goals could be achieved this year and all had

“There is no comfort in the growth zone and no growth in the comfort zone.” — Unknown It is indeed no secret that the practice of law is a lifelong marathon, not a sprint. It is no secret either that clinging to

Dear Amicus Agony, I am a young lawyer working in the litigation department of a large law firm. Often there are times when my partner insists that I have to be aggressive in my correspondence with opposing counsel to put up

In 2018, the International Bar Association (IBA) published a report titled “Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession”.[ref]IBA, “Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession” (May 2019) <https://www.ibanet.org/bullying-and-sexual-harassment.aspx> (accessed 20 September 2020) (2018 IBA

When the circuit breaker measures came along in April 2020 and threw the whole of Singapore into a “lockdown”, we all found ourselves trapped at home, not knowing what to do. Many of us quickly found a routine – be

Dear Amicus Agony, I have just finished my training in a mid-sized firm and am going to be called in August. However, very unfortunately, I have not been retained. When I asked my supervising solicitor the reasons for my non-retention (so