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VanillaLaw LLC @ TechLaw.Fest 2018

We were recently invited to TechLaw.Fest 2018 to share our journey and how we embraced technology. Below is a short description of the panel, folowed by the full speech Mark shared with the audience in attendance: Panel Description Deliberate Disruption: A Tale of Three Law Firm Tech Journeys In this…

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Foreign Labour Curbs: Should We Just Take The Hit?

In the Straits Times [18 Oct. 2014] “Foreign worker curbs could hit Singapore’s growth and competitiveness: IMF” Productivity for Singapore means local companies must find ways to use innovation, training and technology to increase output. A high reliance on cheap unskilled foreign labour, foreign talent and multi national corporations (MNCs)…

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Singapore As A Dispute Resolution Hub

Recently, 2 draft laws were introduced in the Singapore Parliament. They are part of an on-going effort to strengthen Singapore's position as a premier international commercial dispute resolution hub, to draw more legal work here. The Bills are the Civil Law (Amendment) Bill 2016 and the Mediation Bill 2016. Civil…

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The Power Of Collaboration

If you rifle through a box of Lego blocks, you will find pieces with different stud configurations and colours. On their own they bear little meaning or context. However, if you are suitably skilled, these little blocks can be combined to make fantastic works of architecture. Small businesses are like…

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Revenue And The Sources Of Revenue

Companies exist to make money. As such, all companies must have a business strategy which clearly articulates their sources of revenue. However, and as corporate lawyers, we discovered most SMEs do not have a clear strategy to secure the sources of revenue. Even if they do, they do not have…

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Business Is Non-Binary

Having practised litigation work for more than 25 years, one would not be wrong to reduce the work to this simple formula: Someone has to win and someone has to lose. This is “binary”, meaning it is either a “1” or “0”. However, this approach to contracts negotiation is not…

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The Value Of The Business

Why do diamonds cost more than water? This was the question posed by Adam Smith when he observed that water is actually more essential to our life than a useless piece of diamond, yet a diamond will always cost more than water. The answer lies in what economist call THE…

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Mediation Over Litigation

In the Straits Times [21 May 2016] – Singaporeans were urged to 'Embed Mediation In DNA'. This was similarly embraced by the Law Society and the Courts. Lawyers are now encouraged to use mediation as a primary dispute resolution option. VANILLALAW LLC has also embraced this. We learned from our…

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