As a society that functions to serve law students studying abroad, the UKSLSS continually endeavors to bridge the gap between the Singapore-UK law student community and the Singapore legal profession. One of the most successful ways of achieving this is through our inaugural Singapore Legal Forum.


This year SLF 2009 promises a greater turnout than our previous forum and there could not be a more appropriate time to organise an event of this scale. The legal sector in Singapore looks set to experience radical changes over the next few years fuelled by the recommendations made by Justice V K Rajah and his committee in their 2007 review of the legal services sector. In particular, under the Qualifying Foreign Law Practice Scheme, six internationally recognized foreign firms have been granted licenses to practice Singapore law. Does such an entry bode ill for local firms reeling from the global recession?

Closer to the hearts of our members are the reforms made to the requirements for admission to the Singapore Bar and the possible move towards restructuring the pupilage programme into a training contract programme similar to that of the UK. How this and the setting up of a formal Institute of Legal Education in the near future will affects us remains to be seen.


As such, SLF 2009 will adopt the theme, ‘Our Legal Landscape’. The Forum will be held at the iconic Supreme Court and will feature a keynote address by the Honourable Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong, a panel discussion led by a panel of Singapore’s illustrious legal elite including Davinder Singh SC of Drew & Napier, Lucien Wong, Managing Partner of Allen & Gledhill and Michael Furmston, Dean of the SMU Law Faculty as well as an exhibition moot and career fair.


The committee looks forward to meeting you there regardless of whether you are a law student, practitioner or just scouting to see what the legal arena is like.


Wishing you the very best in your academic endeavors.

Debra Lam


Executive Committee 2008-2009
United Kingdom Singapore Law Students' Society

Debra Lam


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