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Boldly Into the Future

The year is 2020. Decades before this, novice lawyers at the Bar wandered about the office, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, asking their seniors, “What can I do to help?” Now, there is no office to go to. The seniors are around

Things may be looking bleak this year, for young and not so young lawyers alike, and across many sectors and industries in the overall economy. However, if we harken back to 2003 and 2008 which was the year of SARS

As a newly called lawyer, the furthest question from your mind now is probably: “How do I want to be remembered within the legal profession?” But beginning your legal career with the end in mind is important, as there is

Celebration. Young lawyer, congratulations are in order for reaching this milestone that you have been working so hard for. You have gone through an extremely competitive selection process to get into this course of study, and to train in this profession. You

This one’s for the children. The children of the profession. As I write this, I am aware of anecdotal feedback and have seen some guesstimates concerning sizable numbers of unretained practice trainees. This year’s narrative is not just about the individual

Dear Members, Hearty congratulations to the newly-called lawyers of the 2020 Mass Call! You would have been among the pioneer batch to receive the Law Society’s first ever Mass Call e-Goody bag and I certainly hope you will enjoy the benefits

The transition from law school to law firm can be daunting and sometimes frustrating. Unlike law school examinations, legal issues in practice seldom come packaged in hypotheticals designed to flush out legal principles that were taught in that semester. Instead, the

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

With the rise of international arbitration in the global economy, young practitioners have been drawn to the practice area in droves, competing in moot court competitions during law school like the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and

Congratulations on your admission. The 2020 cohort has already left its mark as trailblazers, being amongst the first lawyers to have been admitted to the Bar virtually. These traits of flexibility and resilience will be important qualities in the days