President attends Singapore opening of the legal year

On Monday 11 January 2021, Law Society president David Greene attended the Singapore opening of the legal year (OLY) President’s Virtual Roundtable. He was invited to speak on the topic of “trends, innovation and opportunities for the legal profession in a post-pandemic world”.

President David Greene speaks at the Singapore opening of the legal year via Zoom.

President David Greene interacted with 17 representatives from 13 overseas bar associations and was joined by Amirali Nasir, vice president of the Law Society of Hong Kong and Kenji Toyota, vice president of the Daini Tokyo Bar Association on the panel discussion. The virtual roundtable was moderated by Chunghwan Choi, president of LawAsia.

David Greene highlighted that the main impact of the pandemic on the legal profession has been the acceleration in the adoption and use of technology. This has led to three post-pandemic trends:

  • mainstreaming of remote working
  • increased enthusiasm for innovative lawtech solutions
  • the rise of cases in courts relating to technology

In addition to these trends, he said that the pandemic also provides the legal services sector with an immediate opportunity to play a central role in supporting the social and economic recovery from COVID-19 across the world.

The session ended with closing remarks by Gregory Vijayendran, SC, president of the Law Society of Singapore. He highlighted the strong relationship between the Law Society of Singapore and the Law Society of England and Wales.

He underlined three core values that we could all internalise: building resilience, adaptability, nimbleness and agility (whether through tech or otherwise).

The greatest take away from the session was that it is not all doom and gloom. It was a good opportunity to learn how various bar associations cope with the impact of the pandemic given the unique challenges they face. There is hope for the legal profession and the lawyers we serve, as we all march ahead during these challenging times.

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