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The Law Society of Singapore president Gregory Vijayendran with Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran at the launch of the SmartLaw Guild at the InterContinental Singapore, on May 15, 2019.
Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran launched the SmartLaw Guild to encourage legal firms to adopt new technologies and stay competitive. It is a platform which brings together firms that want to reinvent themselves so as to stay relevant in the industry.
A S$3.68 million scheme to help Singapore law practices adopt tech solutions was launched today. Called the Tech-celerate for Law programme, it’s the latest initiative to help the sector go digital,...
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
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 70% 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