Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases: The Mediation Advocate (Part 5)

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases: The Mediation Advocate -Part 5 By Susan Tay, Co-Founder of PracticeForte & OTP Law Corporation. This is the 5th part of a series on therapeutic justice and how it may be applied in family cases in Singapore. You may read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3  and Part 4 here. In these parts, we dealt 1stly with how the essence of Therapeutic Justice for family cases is in the healing. The next parts involve the perspectives and roles of the different players  and they are namely, The Lawyer, The Accountant, The Mediator and in this article, The Mediation Advocate. Family cases will be restricted to divorces and the issues arising out of a…

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The Future of Family Practice

the future of family practice This article was first published in Law Gazette, an official publication of The Law Society of Singapore. By Rajan Chettiar, PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate“You are too nice,” he said. “How do you want me to be at a mediation?” I replied. “I am worried,” he said. I had given an assessment of the outcome at the mediation to him. “If you are worried, I cannot do anything for you,” I replied. This is an exchange I had with a client recently who wanted adversarial conduct during a mediation.If being non-adversarial is a cause for complaint in family proceedings, then we cannot fault lawyers who are litigious during mediation or in Family Court proceedings. The complaints of lawyers’…

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UZN v UZM – Dissipation of Assets and Adverse Inference– A Lawyer’s Perspective Part 2

UZN v UZM – Dissipation of Assets and Adverse Inference– A Lawyer’s Perspective Part 2 By Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation This is part 2 of my article on the case of UZN v UZM. In Part 1 of my article here, I gave some background on the rationale behind dividing matrimonial assets. You can read the one from the perspective of a forensic accountant, Wan Yew Fai of Strix Strategies Pte Ltd, here. Both Wan Yew Fai and I are part of PracticeForte Advisory, a multi-disciplinary grouping of professionals. We often work as a team in matrimonial cases especially when the matrimonial estate comprises of more complex portfolios like shares, equity in companies, real estates in different countries…

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Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases – The Lawyer (Part 2)

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases : The Lawyer - Part 2 Article by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation. This is the 2nd of a 4-part series on therapeutic justice and how it may be applied in family cases in Singapore. You may read Part 1 here where I wrote about how the essence of Therapeutic Justice for family cases is in the healing. The next 3 parts involve the perspectives and roles of the different players involved and they are namely, The Lawyer, The Accountant and The Counsellor. In the context of these articles, family cases will be restricted to divorce and the issues arising out of…

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Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases (Part 1)

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases –Part 1 Article by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation. This is the 1st of a 4 part series on therapeutic justice and how it may be applied in family cases in Singapore. In the other 3 instalments, we will explore the role of different players in the administration of therapeutic justice, namely, The Lawyer, The Counsellor and The Accountant. In the context of these articles, family cases will be restricted to divorce and the issues arising out of a divorce i.e. property division, financial support and importantly, children’s matters including custody, care and control, access. Heal Us Not Kill Us If I…

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“COVID-19 Temporary Measures Act- Navigating Temporary Relief With A Peace Approach: Part 1”

“COVID-19 Temporary Measures Act- Navigating Temporary Relief With A Peace Approach: Part 1” Article by Isabel Chew-Lau, an associate of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published by OTP Law Corporaiton. IntroductionThe COVID-19 situation has placed Singapore in a dire crisis. It is not just a healthcare crisis. It is an economic crisis that threatens to shut down businesses and in turn the livelihood of thousands of Singaporeans. It is a crisis that Singapore’s leaders have named as “the most serious crisis this country has faced since independence”. Left unchecked, this crisis will no doubt affect cashflows of both businesses and individuals.In anticipation of the economic fallout, the government has sought to introduce a suite of measures. Among these…

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Working Remotely – What Do I Need to Do?

Working Remotely – What Do I Need to Do? Article by Lim Seng Siew of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published in The Law Gazette - LAW IN THE TIME OF COVID, PRACTICE MATTERS, May 2020. With the issuance of the Infectious Diseases (Workplace Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19) Regulations 2020, gazetted on 1 April 2020, working remotely is no longer a luxury or optional benefit. It is now a requirement and is likely to remain the “new abnormal’ for the foreseeable future. Many government services are already geared towards working remotely. Singapore Land Authority, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority and the Judiciary all have web-based solutions for most, if not all, of their services. Legal research…

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PF Mediate – MEDIATION FOR HAGUE CONVENTION & RELOCATION CASES PART 2 – Travelling Mediators

PF Mediate – MEDIATION FOR HAGUE CONVENTION & RELOCATION CASES PART 2 – Travelling Mediators This article is written by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Susan Tay (Mediator, Collaborative Practice Lawyer, Parenting Co-Odinator) I am writing this while serving self-quarantine and working off site. Mylene and I were away in Thailand when we were suddenly told to “grab the 1st flight out and come home” if we want to avoid the mandatory 14 day stay home notice. We were due back 2 days later but heeded all the advice, cancelled our return flight, booked 1st and only flight out of Bangkok the next morning and flew back. That was last week.I have been working away from office. I haven’t seen my colleagues or mum…

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Collaborative Divorce

collaborative divorce This article is written by Rajan Chettiar (an affiliate of PracticeForte Advisory) and was first published the Asian Journal on Mediation. This article explores the use of collaborative practice as opposed to litigation to help divorcing couples to reach an out of court settlement. It discusses how a collaborative divorce would work and the roles of the people involved in the process. The article then makes a comparison between collaborative practice, mediation, and litigation in the context of divorce proceedings. By assessing the advantages and disadvantages of a collaborative divorce, this article makes a case for collaborative divorces. The article then examines the experiences of the US, Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong and discusses how collaborative practice can…

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An interview with PF’s Co-Founder Susan Tay

Interview with PF's co-founder Susan Tay who is a Director at OTP Law Corporation This article was first published by PracticeForte advisory affiliate OTP Law Corporation. "It’s been 3 years since I conducted an interview with Ms Susan Tay on practice, pupilage (or TCs), and pro bono. Since then, I’ve joined OTP Law Corporation as a trainee and now, an associate. This interview looks at the changes since then, and our reflections". On Training EK: OTP Law Corporation went from having 1 trainee last year to having 3 this year. What was one lesson (or two) that you’ve learnt from having to mentor 3 trainees at one go? ST: I think it is like having 1 child as opposed to…

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