"What is the argument on the other side? Only this, that no case has been found in which it has been done before. That argument does not appeal to me in the least. If we never do anything which has not been done before, we shall never get anywhere. The law will stand whilst the rest of the world goes on; and that will be bad for both."

Packer v. Packer [1953] 2 All ER 127


I hope you will forgive me for quoting yet another legal passage, amid the slew of readings you already have.


The legal sector is always changing, and ever challenging. This is especially so in the burgeoning legal sector in Singapore. There will be some doubt, some anxiety, some doggedness, some gaps of information, as we try to find a place in the legal world. Some members do not go on to be lawyers, many others do; finding the task of securing steady footing in such a world to be no mean feat.


The vision of the Society has always been to address these problems; to give members more career opportunities and information to better assess and secure their choices, to keep them abreast of legal developments in Singapore, and to prepare them for the challenging but fulfilling time in the legal sector.


My new committee and I remain committed to upholding the high standards established by our predecessors, and pushing the envelope on this vision. It is our honour and privilege to do so and serve.

I am sure you will agree with me that Joshua, Nicole, Ann Liang, Zhengyou, and Patrick, have raised the society to new heights of excellence with their exceptional year of work. Chief among their successes were the Singapore Legal Forum, and our annual publication, Lex Loci. The former was well attended by both current law students, and prominent practitioners including the Law Minister himself. The latter saw an increase in readership and circulation, and continues the push the bar (pardon the pun) on the variety and quality of articles it offers. Lastly, there was also the string of successful visits to law firms. All these underline our vision of keeping up with the times as the distinguished Lord Denning so nimbly describes, albeit in relation to legal development. We hope to continue in this spirit.


In keeping with it, we have several new developments in the pipeline in addition to our usual stead of events and publications. Beyond expanding our membership, opportunities for members to contribute, organising dialogue sessions and visits with Singapore firms here and in the UK, we are also looking to organise more opportunities and social events for networking with both prospective employers and fellow members across the UK. Through it all, we are confident that Singapore firms will continue to recognise the relevance and value of UK degrees, and that in every area of the law, we are on par with our counterparts studying at home and other jurisdictions.


For our key events, we are aiming for ambitious changes and improvements. For Lex Loci, we would like to continue to improve its readership and circulation, whilst expanding the intellectual depth and breadth of its articles. We hope that this will further showcase the intellectual vibrancy and rigour of UK Singapore Law students. With respect to the Singapore Legal Forum, we are looking into ways to ensure that it will continue to cater to, and inspire current and prospective law students, whilst exposing the dynamic challenges dotting the legal landscape. We would also like to continue its tradition for being an avenue for students to have an intellectually stimulating discussion with the keenest legal minds.


I therefore sincerely hope that you will continue to rely on and benefit from the initiatives of the society, as we strive to earn your trust, providing ways and a platform for you to better find secure footing in a sometimes intimidating legal world. We are still a young and developing society, and welcome any feedback or suggestions on how we can better help you. Please feel free to contact any member of the committee about this, or if you have enquiries about a legal career in Singapore.


We look forward to working with you, and wish you nothing but the very best in the coming academic year!

Ian Chai


Executive Committee 2012-2013

United Kingdom Singapore Law Students' Society

Ian Chai


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