The Law Society has established the following schemes to assist and support members.
Not sure which support scheme addresses your issues? You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Applications are now OPEN for assistance under the LawSoc-SBF Foundation Compassion Fund scheme. Eligible lawyers and law firm employees can apply to receive a one-time financial assistance of $500, and referral to other government and community agencies.
Read on to find out more about the LawSoc-SBF Foundation Compassion Fund and how you can apply for it.
About the Compassion Fund
The Law Society of Singapore has set up the LawSoc-SBF Foundation Compassion Fund (the “Fund”), as part of a new financial outreach initiative kindly launched by Singapore Business Federation to offer one-off financial aid and one-stop referral support to employees in need within the industry.
Among the principal beneficiaries we aim to help are Law Society members as well as law firm employees impacted by the current situation or faced with sudden and unexpected personal or family adversity directly or indirectly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund is a catalyst for our members and law firms to offer a common platform for employees to seek help and be supported by caring employers and co-workers not just during COVID-19 but beyond, to cope with the lingering and lasting effects of COVID-19.
Eligibility details include:
- Monthly gross salary not more than $3,400
- Experiencing hardships due to sudden, unexpected crisis at personal or family level
- Sudden or expected crisis directly or indirectly due to COVID-19 pandemic
- Applicant must be a self-employed lawyer running a Singapore law practice or an employee, director or partner of a Singapore law practice either at the time of application or not more than 12 months before the date of application
- Applicant is currently not receiving any support from government or community agencies for daily expenses e.g. transport, meals
- Priority will be given to Singaporeans and PRs
- Priority will be given to applicants who have not accessed same or similar support from Law Society and other trade associations
How to Apply
For enquiries, please email email@example.com or call +65 65300253.
We thank the following donors for their generous contribution
Gold Donors ($10,000 and above)
Davinder Singh S/O Amar Singh, SC
Gregory Vijayendran, SC
Justice Chong Horng Siong Steven
Wong & Leow LLC
Silver Donors ($5,000 to $9,999 )
Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong
Kuah Boon Theng, SC
Tito Isaac & Co LLP
Bronze Donors (Up to $4,999)
ALEX WONG LI KOK
CHAN LENG SUN, SC
ELDAN LAW LLP
ELLA CHEONG LLC
Ellen Lee Geck Hoon
Justice Chan Seng Onn
Justice Lee Seiu Kin
Justice Woo Bih Li
LEE KIM SHIN, SC
Malcolm Ong Jian Ming
Oon Guohao, Jonathan
Tan Chuan Thye, SC
The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon additional stressors for many individuals and households. For more information on Government assistance schemes and services to support the community during these trying times, please visit the The Ministry of Social and Family Development’s website here.
What is it?
Members, former members as well as their spouses, widows, children and other dependants who are in need of financial assistance for one or more of the following reasons may apply for financial assistance under the Welfare Fund:
- Lack of income due to illness or incapacity;
- To defray medical expenses of the member, former member or their spouse, widow, children or other dependants;
- Towards the education of the children of members or former members;
- Such other reason as Council of the Law Society may approve.
The Council may, in its sole and absolute discretion, grant an emergency one-off grant not exceeding $1,000 in cash (or its equivalent in kind) to a member facing an emergency situation resulting in financial hardship but not satisfying the criteria stipulated under Rules 1 (i) to (iii) above.
Awards under the Welfare Fund are made by the Council of the Law Society upon application. The Council of the Law Society may prescribe such guidelines, including but not limited to, means tests for the awarding of grants from the Fund.
Who can Apply?
Any members, former member as well as their spouses, widows, children and their dependants.
How to Apply?
Application forms for a grant under the Welfare Fund may be obtained at the office of the Law Society or click here to download. Simply submit the completed application form to the Communications and Membership Interests Department of the Law Society.
What is it?
A mediation scheme that aims to mediate disputes between members and/or law practices amicably by a Senior Counsel mutually agreed by the parties.
SCMediate is part of the continuing efforts of the Forum of Senior Counsel to render contributions to the profession as a whole.
Senior Counsel who are in private practice (known as the Forum of Senior Counsel), have agreed, upon request and subject to their availability, to act as a mediator under the Scheme.
What are the Fees?
Under the scheme, the Senior Counsel mediating the dispute will not charge if the total time spent does not exceed half a day.
Is Confidentiality Assured?
How to Apply?
Simply contact the Law Society’s Membership and Communications department at 6530 0253.
This SCMediate scheme is different from the Cost Dispute Resolve scheme offered by the Law Society for resolving disputes on legal costs.
What is it?
A scheme under which members facing disciplinary proceedings may seek legal assistance on disciplinary proceedings from fellow volunteer members either on a pro bono or ad honorarium basis.
The role of the Law Society is limited to making available to members the list of volunteers. Under the scheme, the Law Society does not assess and express their views on the suitability of a person providing assistance under the scheme.
Where Can I Get the List of Volunteer Lawyers?
Click here for the list of volunteer lawyers.
How Do I Seek Assistance?
You may contact the volunteer lawyer of your choice from the list.
Cost Dispute Resolve
The Law Society’s Cost Dispute Resolve Scheme (“Scheme”) provides a simple and expedited arbitration procedure for resolving the dispute if mediation is unsuccessful. The Scheme is to assist lawyers, their clients and third parties to resolve disputes on legal costs amicably and economically.
Under the Scheme, rules governing the mediation process and procedures are set out and kept simple to facilitate access to dispute resolution.
Rules governing The Law Society’s Cost Dispute Resolution Scheme
Where any dispute relating to party and party costs or solicitor and client costs is referred by consenting parties to the Society for mediation/ arbitration under Cost Dispute Resolve, the parties shall be deemed to have agreed to the following Rules subject to such modifications as the parties may agree in writing.
1.1 Parties referring a dispute on costs to the Law Society shall commence the reference by sending an application to the Law Society in the form set out in Schedule 1.
1.2 Each party shall pay half the prescribed fees as set out in Schedule 2 herein to the Law Society. Upon receipt of the prescribed fees, the Law Society shall appoint a single mediator/arbitrator and notify the parties and the appointed mediator/arbitrator in writing of the same.
1.3 The Society shall be entitled to delegate the appointing of the mediator/arbitrator to a Director of the Secretariat of the Law Society, a committee or sub-committee as it deems fit.
1.4 The parties shall sign an Agreement in the form as set out in Schedule 3 before the commencement of the mediation hearing.
2.1 The parties shall have 7 days to object to the appointed mediator/arbitrator, after which the parties shall be deemed to have agreed to the appointment, and the mediator/arbitrator shall proceed with the reference.
2.2 Any objection shall be in writing substantially in the form as set out in Schedule 4 and addressed to the Society and copied to the appointed mediator/arbitrator and the other party. The written objection shall briefly set out the reasons for the objection.
2.3 The Society upon receipt of an objection shall have the discretion to appoint a replacement mediator/arbitrator, or confirm the existing mediator/arbitrator. This shall be communicated to the parties in writing within 7 days from the date of receipt of such rejection.
3.1 The mediator/ arbitrator shall, upon there being no receipt of a written objection, or upon the appointment being confirmed by the Law Society notwithstanding the objection, issue directions for the submission and exchange of documents by each party. 3.2 The documents to be submitted to the mediator/arbitrator, and exchanged with the other party (where necessary and if relevant) are as follows:
- Bundle of Pleadings for trial.
- Closing submissions filed in the matter by both parties, or in the absence of such closing submissions, opening statements by both parties.
- A list of the authorities referred to in the course of the proceedings.
- A copy of the index to the bundle of documents filed by either party at trial.
- A list of affidavits filed, setting out the length of the text (in pages), the number of exhibits, and the overall number of pages comprising the affidavit.
- A brief list of the relevant major issues of law and fact at the trial.
- An estimate of the costs that the claimant is entitled to with brief reasons set out.
- A list and cost breakdown of disbursements incurred.
- In the case of a solicitor and client bill, a list of the significant work carried out, and the estimated time taken and time sheets, if any.
4.1 The mediator/arbitrator shall upon consultation with the parties, arrange a time and location for the hearing.
4.2 In default of any agreement, the mediator/arbitrator shall be entitled to fix a time and location for the mediation hearing. The mediation hearing shall, in the absence of any agreement to the contrary be conducted at the premises of the Society, and rental shall be payable by the parties to the Society at the prevailing rate charged by the Society as set out in Schedule 5.
4.3 The mediation shall be conducted in confidence, and no formal record or audio-visual recordings shall be made. Only the mediator, the parties and/or their solicitors will be allowed to attend the proceedings.
4.4 The mediator/arbitrator shall during the mediation hearing, be entitled to conduct caucuses/private sessions with each party in turn in furtherance of the mediation process.
4.5 If a settlement is reached during the mediation hearing, the mediator, parties and/or their solicitors shall reduce the settlement terms into writing, sign the same and file a copy of the Settlement Agreement (substantially in the form as set out in Schedule 6) with the Society at the conclusion of the mediation hearing.
4.6 If no settlement is reached within a time frame stipulated by the mediator/arbitrator, or at the request of the parties, the mediation hearing shall cease and the mediator/arbitrator will subject to Rule 5 below, continue the proceedings as an arbitrator.
5.1 If the mediator/arbitrator is of the view that due to information made available to him in the course of the mediation, there is a real risk that he will not be able to adjudicate the dispute impartially as an arbitrator, he shall be entitled to withdraw from the proceedings and the Society shall appoint a replacement arbitrator to continue with the proceedings as arbitrator.
5.2 If no settlement is reached at the mediation hearing, and if one or more of the parties objects to the mediator/arbitrator continuing to act as arbitrator, the provisions of Rules 2.2 and 2.3 shall apply to any such objection. The Society may appoint a replacement arbitrator, if it thinks fit.
5.3 Rule 2 shall apply to the appointment of any person appointed as a replacement arbitrator under Rules 5.1 and/or 5.2 above.
5.4 Upon the mediator/arbitrator ceasing to act as arbitrator under the provisions of Rules 5.1 or 5.2 above, the mediator/arbitrator shall be entitled to retain 50% of the prescribed fees. The replacement arbitrator shall be entitled to payment of the remaining 50% of the prescribed fees.
5.5 Where a replacement arbitrator is appointed pursuant to Rules 5.1 or 5.2 above, Rules 3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 6, 7 and 8 shall, mutatis mutandis, apply and the arbitration hearing shall be convened as soon as possible after the appointment.
6.1 Subject to Rule 6.6 below, the reference under Rule 1, if not resolved by mediation, shall continue immediately as an arbitration upon the mediation hearing being terminated. If the arbitrator acted as the mediator who conducted the preceding mediation hearing, the arbitrator shall treat any admissions or concessions or offers made in the course of the mediation hearing as having being made “without prejudice” and shall not take the same or any part thereof into consideration when making an award.
6.2 The party claiming costs shall give a statement of the merits of their claim for costs.
6.3 The other party shall be entitled to respond to the claimant’s statement.
6.4 The claimant shall be entitled to reply to the respondent’s statement.
6.5 The arbitrator shall be entitled to direct that each party confine its statements to a time limit, as well as grant leave for any further responses from either party.
6.6 The parties may at anytime before the award is made, mutually agree to terminate the mediation/arbitration, in which event, the mediator/arbitrator shall be entitled to retain 100% of the prescribed fees as well as any additional fees payable.
6.7 The parties shall endeavour to complete the hearing of the mediation /arbitration during one sitting not exceeding three (3) hours but may mutually agree to adjourn the hearing to another date and time. In the event that the hearing is adjourned and/or exceeds three (3) hours in duration, the mediator/arbitrator shall be entitled to payment of additional fees (Schedule 2) to be borne equally by the parties.
7.1 The arbitrator shall upon the close of the statements either render an award immediately or within 7 days. This award shall be in writing and signed by the arbitrator. The award shall be in the Form set out at Schedule 7.
7.2 The arbitrator shall be entitled to award either a lump sum figure including costs, disbursements, interest, Goods & Services Tax (GST), or award a specific figure in respect of costs, disbursements, interest and GST.
7.3 The arbitrator shall be entitled to decide which party should bear the prescribed fees of the arbitration (being fees payable to the Society and to the arbitrator), as well as any additional fees, ancillary costs and disbursements.
7.4 The arbitrator shall not be obliged to furnish any reasons (written or otherwise) for the award.
7.5 By agreeing to arbitration under these Rules, the parties undertake to carry out the award without delay. Awards shall be final and binding on the parties from the date they are made. Parties agree that the Award shall not be subject to appeal or review to the Courts of the Republic of Singapore or any other body provided always that the arbitrator shall be empowered to correct any clerical and/or computational errors even after the award has been made and perfected.
7.6 A copy of the award shall be filed with the Society.
8.1 The mediator/ arbitrator and the Society, including any member of Council or the Secretariat or any committee/sub-committee to whom any power or authority to administer any mediation and/or arbitration under these Rules has been delegated, shall not be liable to the parties for any act or omission in connection with any mediation or arbitration conducted under these Rules.