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Corporate Social Responsibility

We believe in giving back to the community. Our people are afforded ample opportunities to contribute to the community, Pro Bono Practice, the Environment and Legal Education. We have also made significant contributions to more than 30 registered charities.

Community

We have a responsibility to give back to the community which we are part of. Collectively, we can definitely make an impact through participation of various activities.

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SGX Bull Charge 2015

13 November 2015 – Held every year since 2004, the SGX Bull Charge brings together partners from the financial community and SGX-listed companies for a charity run in support of the needs of underprivileged children and families, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. This year's run saw an enthusiastic group from WongPartnership take on the 5km race route around the Marina Bay area for a good cause. Besides enjoying the views of the financial district, participants also joined in the after-run carnival activities such as a Singapore-style Pasar Malam with food stalls and games, specially organised in celebration of SG50.

The proceeds raised will benefit four beneficiaries – the Asian Women's Welfare Association (AWWA) Ltd., Autism Association (Singapore), Fei Yue Community Services and Shared Services for Charities. This is the 12th consecutive year that WongPartnership has taken part in the SGX Bull Charge with 38 runners participating in this year's event.

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Willing Hearts

29 October 2015 – As part of our CSR initiative, a group led by Joint Managing Partner, Rachel Eng and Partner, Vivien Yui, volunteered an afternoon with Willing Hearts, a secular, non-denominational and non-affiliated charity wholly-run by volunteers. Running 365 days a year, its soup kitchen prepares, packs and delivers approximately 4,500 meals daily at over 40 distribution points across Singapore to the needy.

Unlike social assistance schemes, Willing Hearts runs on a "no questions, ask and you shall be given" policy, offering food to those who request for it, according to a long-term contributor. For some recipients, it is their only meal for the day. Our volunteers spent the day preparing vegetables required for cooking the next day – cleaning and cutting broccoli into sizes small enough for the elderly. In addition to this visit, more volunteers from WongPartnership will be contributing to Willing Hearts in the coming months.

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The Community Justice Cup Annual Charity Golf 2015

23 September 2015 – WongPartnership supported the Community Justice Cup Annual Charity Golf 2015, held at the Sentosa Golf Club. The charity golf event is organised annually by the Community Justice Centre (CJC), an independent charity based in the State Courts, which aims to ensure that litigants in person (LIPs) have access to justice through community partnership. Besides providing free legal advice, the CJC also works collaboratively with social services agencies to address the emotional, financial, and social issues that many LIPs face. The guest of honour at the event was The Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.

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The Food Bank Singapore

28 July 2015 – WongPartnership has recently stepped up its CSR efforts to feed the needy and hungry. The Firm has collaborated with The Food Bank Singapore to place food donation boxes at the office pantry. Employees are encouraged to donate any unopened, unexpired food that will not be consumed, for distribution to the needy. At the end of every month, Foodbankers will collect and replace the filled Bank Box.

The Food Bank Singapore strives to facilitate the equitable distribution of food by collecting the surplus foods in the market and supplying them to those in need through a network of member beneficiaries. WongPartnership is a proud supporter of this initiative which provides an easy and convenient way for employees to make a regular commitment to a worthwhile cause.

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Scoot's SG50 Celebrations

6 July 2015 – WongPartnership joins the nation to celebrate Singapore's SG50 golden jubilee as it collaborates with Scoot as an exclusive law firm partner in the unveiling of the airline's newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner 'Maju-lah'.

As part of the collaboration, the WongPartnership logo has been painted on both sides of the Dreamliner which has been painted in special commemorative livery, featuring red balloons, the SG50 logo and Singapore's Merlion icon. The Firm's logo is also featured on the headrests across the fleet of Scoot planes.

WongPartnership, together with the other 19 partners of the project were hand selected to reflect the history and synergy with the 50th birthday celebrations of Singapore. Selected companies had to have long lasting ties with Singapore or are part of the new wave of investment and technology that will shape the future development for the next 50 years.

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Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014 – Ekiden Category

7 December 2014 – A group of lawyers from WongPartnership’s Equity Capital Markets Practice dedicated their run for a special cause in this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore through their participation in the Ekiden category. The lawyers, consisting of two teams of six participants each, completed the full marathon course of 42.125km in a relay format and raised funds for the Apex Day Rehabilitation Centre for the Elderly, as part of the "Run for Good Charity Programme".

   

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SGX Bull Charge

14 November 2014 – For the 11th consecutive year, WongPartnership lawyers participated in the annual SGX Bull Charge, organised by the Singapore Exchange. According to its website (https://bullcharge.sgx.com/about.shtml), the SGX Bull Charge is the only corporate charity run that brings the financial industry and all SGX-listed companies together for a common cause – to empower communities through financial literacy and promote sustainable societies. We are proud to be part of this fundraising effort.

   

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50 for 50 – A SG50 Charity Project

16 September 2014 – Partner, Koh Swee Yen, together with 49 other Gen-Y youths, took up the challenge in a charity drive launched by non-profit organisation, The Social Co, to raise funds for charities that they feel strongly about. The initiative is called "50 for 50", in celebration of Singapore’s 50th anniversary next year.

She chose to support the Alzheimer’s Disease Association as she felt that there was a lack of public awareness of the medical (and legal) issues that affect elderly persons who have dementia. She reached out to her business contacts, colleagues, family and friends to garner donations. The total sum raised will be matched under the Care-and-Share match funding programme dollar-for-dollar, bringing the amount to four times of what the changemakers have raised.

*Photo courtesy of Yew Jia Jun

   

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Volunteering with Community Legal Clinics – Certificate of Appreciation

12 September 2014 – WongPartnership was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for being an active volunteer of community legal clinics since 2007. The certificate was presented during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the Community Legal Pro Bono Services Network, an expanded collaboration between the five Community Development Councils and the Law Society of Singapore to form an island wide network of legal clinics to meet growing demand for legal clinics among low-income residents.

   

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Singapore Business Federation (SBF) Foundation – Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament 2014

22 May 2014 – WongPartnership supported the Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament 2014 organised by the SBF. The fundraising event took place at the Sentosa Golf Club with an aim to assist the underprivileged and disadvantaged, with special attention paid to workers, and the education and training of disadvantaged youths.

   

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BLISS – An Angelic Musical Treat

27 April 2014 – WongPartnership is proud to be part of the organising team of the musical "Bliss: A Musical Treat", put together by the Angelic Voices, a group of talented singers. The event was a resounding success, raising a considerable sum through the sale of tickets and donations from the public for the beneficiary.

Proceeds from the musical were donated to Dover Park Hospice, a non-profit organisation which caters to the growing need for hospice care for the terminally-ill patients in Singapore.

   

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The SGX Bull Charge 2013

22 November 2013 – For the 10th consecutive year, WongPartnership rallied a team of runners to participate in the annual SGX Bull Charge, a charity fun run in the Central Business District of Singapore. A total of 47 participants from the Firm showed up in full force in its strongest show of support yet.

   

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The Law Society of Singapore - Contributor of the Year Award

15 November 2013 – Through the years of constant dedication and  contribution, WongPartnership has been conferred the “Contributor of the Year” Award by The Law Society of Singapore. The award is an annual award presented to a law practice that has made significant contribution to the society by way of sponsorship or donation made during a 12-month period.

   

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Legal Aid Bureau – Best Contribution from Law Firm Award

13 November 2013 – WongPartnership has been awarded the “Legal Aid Bureau Best Contribution from Law Firm Award (Large-Sized Firm – Bronze Award)”. The award is given to law firms which have made invaluable contributions by supporting and partnering Legal Aid Bureau in the area of legal aid by encouraging their lawyers to volunteer, and take on a significant number of cases of varying complexities, ensuring access to justice for those in the society who have limited financial means.

   

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SGX Bull Charge Charity Futsal Challenge

19 October 2013 – A team of enthusiastic futsal players represented WongPartnership in the inaugural Charity Futsal Challenge for the Bull Charge organised by the Singapore Exchange. Held in conjunction with the fundraising efforts for the 10th Anniversary of SGX’s Bull Charge, the event raised almost S$90,000 for the Asian Women’s Welfare Association, Autism Association (Singapore), Fei Yue Community Services and Shared Services for Charities.

   

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Festive Cards 2013/2014 - Support for Pathlight School

For this festive season, we are featuring artwork from Ng Li Jie, a student in Pathlight School's Artist Development Programme.

We are proud to be a supporter of the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), the parent charity organisation of Pathlight School, whose spirit of teamwork and a passion for excellence embody our community-aware ethos.

   

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Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Charity Cup

We are proud to support the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Charity Cup which saw a Singapore Selection playing an international match against newly-crowned Spanish King's Cup champions Atletico Madrid on 22 May 2013. 

Funds raised by the event were used to help promising young athletes from financially challenged backgrounds to achieve their goals in sports.

   

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The Singapore Disability Sports Council Corporate Bowl 2013

On 2 March 2013, Partner, Karen Yeoh and Associates, Alvis Liu and Yin Juon Qiang, took part in a fund-raising corporate bowl organised by the Singapore Disabled Sports Council in support of athletes with disabilities. The WongPartnership team paired up with a para-bowler from the Bowling Association for the Disabled Singapore in a three-hour bonding and bowling session.

The event raised $40,000 and the funds raised were used to provide sporting equipment, nutrition and sports classes for disabled athletes.

The WongPartnership team emerged as the overall champions while Yin Juon Qiang took home the 7th prize for the individual bowler category.

   

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Festive Cards 2012/2013 - Support for Pathlight School

For the festive season, we featured artworks from Kenny Tan, a student in Pathlight School's Artist Development Programme.

We are proud to be a supporter of the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), the parent charity organisation of Pathlight School, whose spirit of teamwork and a passion for excellence embody our community-aware ethos.

   

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The SGX Bull Charge 2012

On 16 November, a team of 32 participants from WongPartnership exercised for a good cause as they participated in the annual SGX Bull Charge, a fund-raising run, organised by the Singapore Exchange. Participants ran a total of 5km around the Marina Bay area. We also made a cash donation as a show of support for the beneficiaries of the run.

WongPartnership has been a supporter of the SGX Bull Charge since its introduction in 2005.

   

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Distinguished Supporter of MINDS Award 2012

We are honoured to receive the distinguished "Supporter of MINDS" Award from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). The Awards was presented to WongPartnership on 13 October at the St Andrew's Community Hospital for its support of MINDS since 2009.

   

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OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012 - Business Times Corporate Charity Ride 

On 4 March, a team comprising Senior Consultant, Simon Tay, Senior Associate, Dave Tang and Practice Trainees Grace Wang and Pompidou Phang participated in the Business Times Corporate Charity Ride segment of the OCBC Cycle Singapore 2012. Proceeds were donated to Dover Park Hospice, which provides palliative care to patients with terminal illnesses and supports their families.

WongPartnership team came in 8th out of the 24 teams. For the Open Category, Practice Trainee, Grace Wang came in 7th in the Women's race and Senior Associate, Dave Tang came in 13th in the Men's race.

   

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Walking towards enlightenment - Autism Awareness Walk

Lawyers and staff from our Abu Dhabi office participated once again in the annual Autism Awareness Walk on 26 April 2012. The 1km walk at Corniche Beach began after participants lit their candles - a symbolic act to enlighten people to the challenges of autism.

   

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On course to support charities

We raised over S$900,000 at our inaugural WongPartnership Golf Invitational and Charity held at the Sentosa Golf Club on 10 July 2011.

With Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong as our Guest of Honour, we donated S$150,000 each to the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore. The balance was donated to other charities, scholarships and bursaries for legal education.

   

Pro Bono Practice

Extending our services to those in need – Pro Bono is an integral part of our culture. We strongly believe that volunteer legal services bring benefits to both the community and the volunteer.

   

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Helping those in need

In 2011, our lawyers devoted more than 1,500 hours of pro bono work to various programmes. Our Pro Bono Practice covers the following areas:

  • Providing advice and handling transactional work for various charities, non-profit organisations and IPCs such as the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre, the Home Nursing Foundation, the Lakeside Family Service Centre, Singapore Gymnastics and One Hope Centre.
  • Representing the needy individuals referred to us through the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme and assist at the Legal Aid Bureau.
  • Volunteering at community legal clinics organised by the Law Society, North-West and South-East Community Development Councils, as well as two legal clinics organised by the Choa Chu Kang and Holland-Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituencies.
   

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Lawyers who care

Sim Bock Eng, Partner, has helped over 200 beneficiaries of Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) by providing free commissioning services for the statutory declarations required in their application for educational subsidies. She is also a voluntary mediator at the Small Claims Tribunal.

Other lawyers at WongPartnership who are actively involved in pro bono work include Koh Swee Yen, Partner, who has been providing legal services to Singapore Gymnastics since the beginning of 2012; Jeffrey Lim, Partner, who serves as the Vice Chairman of Project Law Help, a committee of the Law Society, established to pair up Voluntary Welfare Organisations with law firms willing to provide free legal aid in the field of non-contentious advisory work; as well as Joyce Ng, Partner, and Dave Tang, Senior Associate, who both volunteer in the Community Legal Clinics run by The Law Society of Singapore. "Pro bono work helps young lawyers see the world in perspective. It teaches you about the real world, to empathise with people," said Joyce in a report entitled "Starting early pro bono legal work" in The Straits Times, 15 January 2012.

   

Environment

Caring for the environment – We are the first law firm in Singapore to be involved in a pilot scheme led by The CarbonNeutral Company to reduce our carbon footprint. We are conscious of the need to manage the environmental impact of our business activities and develop more effective carbon reduction programmes.

In line with the firm's commitment to go "green", we have a team of staff known as the "Green Force" to promote our internal "green" movement.

   

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CCT Eco Race 2012

On 29 September, four teams from WongPartnership participated in the inaugural CapitaCommercial Trust (CCT) Eco Race, a Tenant Engagement Initiative by CCT to raise awareness on environmental issues and promote environmentally sustainability practices.

Of the 46 teams that took part, WongPartnership's team comprising Karen Yeoh, Daryl You, Lin Huiying and Caryn Ng took home the fifth prize.

   

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Earth Hour 2012

WongPartnership's Green Force and many like-minded colleagues made a concerted effort to observe Earth Hour 2012 across the Singapore, China and Middle East offices. Some volunteered as Earth Hour Ambassadors for the Earth Hour celebration and were part of the contingent to form the 60+ SINGAPORE human formation to put Singapore on the Earth Hour global map.

   

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Poster Competition

We held a poster competition for the children of our lawyers and staff in January 2011 based on the green ideas of recycling and energy, electricity and water conservation. The winning posters were displayed in our common areas to encourage green practices in our offices.

   

Legal Education

Shaping the future - Through continuous learning and development, we hope to nurture a generation of lawyers who value education and are inspired to help others continue to learn.

   
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SMU's International Moots Programme

19 August 2015 – WongPartnership will be the official and exclusive partner of Singapore Management University's (SMU) International Moots Programme at the School of Law over the next three years. As part of its belief in contributing to the future of the legal profession, this collaboration will see WongPartnership take an active role in mentoring, guiding, and training SMU mooters alongside the programme's principal coaches, some of whom are already partners and lawyers of the Firm.

Recently in 2015, teams coached by lawyers from WongPartnership won the Willem C. Vis East Moot in Hong Kong S.A.R. and the International Criminal Court Moot held at The Hague, and reached the championship final of the Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna. Aside from competition preparations, moot team members will learn from WongPartnership lawyers about how the skills learnt in mooting can be applied in real life legal practice and how to advise clients on commercial issues and disputes.
 

WongPartnership International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2015

The WongPartnership International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2015 Finals were held on 3 March at the National University of Singapore's Moot Court. The signature event saw a record number of registrations, with more than 110 students from both National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University participating in the competition.

The judges of the Finals were Mr Michael Green, Queen's Counsel, from Fountain Court Chambers, the Honourable Justice Belinda Ang and Mr Christopher Chuah, Head of our Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering Practice.

Winners were given cash prizes and all finalists and winners will also enjoy a two-week attachment with us.

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Reading Law in Singapore (2nd Edition)

Committed to inspiring young minds, WongPartnership has decided to sponsor the placement of Reading Law in Singapore (2nd Edition) book in the library of every secondary school, junior college and polytechnic in Singapore. This book is the result of collaboration between both law schools in Singapore – NUS and SMU, and is written for the law school aspirant who may have little or no knowledge of the law.

 

 

WongPartnership International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2014

Six years into our signature event, the WongPartnership International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2014 attracted over 80 participants from the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University.

A distinguished panel, comprising the Honourable Justice Quentin Loh; Chairman & Senior Partner of WongPartnership Mr Alvin Yeo, Senior Counsel; and last but not least former Lord Justice of Appeal Sir Bernard Rix, presided at the Finals of the competition.

Winners were given cash prizes and all finalists and winners also enjoyed a two-week attachment with us.

   

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An insider's look at the law in Singapore

In collaboration with the Attorney-General's Chambers, we sponsored the publication of the book, The Practice of Law. This is a collation of articles from Singapore lawyers offering insiders' perspectives on practising law. Our Senior Partner, Alvin Yeo, Senior Counsel contributed an article on litigation practice.

The book, published in November 2011, is co-edited by NUS' Professor Michael Hor and Associate Professor Tang Hang Wu, as well as one of our partners, Koh Swee Yen.