Top Law Firms in Singapore

Top Law Firms in Singapore

What is a Law Firm?

 

A law firm is an association of lawyers who practice law. It is a business entity formed by one or more lawyers to engage legal practice. Usually, the members of a law firm share clients and profits.

 

What are the different types of legal practice?

Banking and Finance:

Banking and finance law involve various facets that are intricate technically and rapidly evolving constantly. Thus, lawyers in this field often specialize in one concentration. A banking and finance lawyer will either service the loan-taker or the creditor, and much of their role will emphasize the transactional aspects of brokering deals.

In all areas of banking and finance, lawyers in this field assist with mutual bargaining, structuring, and managing financial deals, and drafting due diligence reports.

A banking and finance lawyer will be required to oversee compliance by heeding all applicable laws and regulations (which usually straddle many jurisdictions) and balance conflicting parties by assisting them to reach conciliatory terms.

Commercial law

Solicitors: The clients of commercial solicitors are usually enterprises. Thus, an average day would mean, for example, interpreting contracts and adjusting clauses for the clients, drafting legal papers for businesses, and assessing commercial mergers. It might require high levels of pleading on behalf of the client for heeding their interests, negotiating for client’s advantages in contracts, a legally binding agreement. Thus, the work is diverse and ranges according to the area of legal practice specialized in.

Corporate law

Corporate lawyers have duties to perform tasks like due diligence (assessing business profitability for possible buyers or partners). They must also discuss contractual terms with diverse parties and ensure the legitimacy of all coffers and financial reserves for commercial transactions. An additional essential duty that corporate lawyers engage is exploring the binding power, capacities granted by an enterprises’ constitutional laws, shareholder, and directors’ rights.

Criminal Law

To work in criminal law, it is required for one to cope with intense pressure while engaging rapidly evolving, complex cases. Due to the nature of criminal law, you must apprehend complex circumstances and spontaneously respond to sudden complications.

 

Criminal Law also requires copious amounts of tangible evidence retrieval, accumulation. Hence, processing information swiftly and rationally will work to your advantage. An eye for minute detail is also demanded, required, as successful court dealings are gained through heeding minute details in evidence gathered.

Family Law

Family lawyers must work with both adults and children, so you must be comfortable with intense client engagement. These children and adults might display emotional trauma, stress due to the ugly family aggression, conflict, thus you must thrive under explosive, volatile circumstances, stresses.

 

You need some drive, passion for serving others and must manage volatile relationships and confront clients. It is also necessary to detach yourself from the client and their problems to be demonstrate impartiality and professionalism.

Media Law

Media lawyers engage both contentious and non-contentious issues, such as:

 

The Top Law Firms in Singapore

Law Firm

Allen & Gledhill

Specialty Services:
  • Banking & Finance
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Investment Funds
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Litigation
Pricing Request a quotation: enquiries@allenandgledhill.com
Website https://www.allenandgledhill.com/
Address One Marina Boulevard #28-00 Singapore 018989
Telephone +65 6890 7188
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Client
  • Karen Wilson
  • Zul Ahadi
  • Chua Lee
  • Hong Soon Quek
  • Edward K
Review “Superb” – Neelakantan Narayanaswamy

 


Law Firm

Rajah & Tann

Specialty Services:
  • Banking
  • Corporate finance
  • Shipping
  • Iinsolvency
  • Mergers
  • Acquisitions
Pricing Request a quotation: info@rajahtannasia.com
Website https://sg.rajahtannasia.com/
Address 9 Straits View #06-07 Marina One West Tower, 018937
Telephone  +65 6535 3600
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Client
  • Zafri Zackery
  • Sarmila Ariff
  • sheng zhang,
  • Justine Teo
  • David Hillary
Review “プロ集団です(^^)”–Masaaki Moriyama

 


Law Firm

WongPartnership

Specialty Services:
  • Corporate & Financial Services
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Construction
  • Regulatory
Pricing Request a quotation: https://www.wongpartnership.com/contactus
Website https://www.wongpartnership.com/
Address 12 Marina Boulevard, Tower 3, Marina Bay Financial Centre, 018982
Telephone +65 6416 8000
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Client
  • Candy Ong
  • Keng loon tan
  • Kerry Sanders
  • Lim Toh Han
  • Jason Chin
Review “律师事务所的服务一级棒” –Candy Ong

 


Law Firm

Drew & Napier

Specialty Drew & Napier has provided exceptional legal advice and representation to discerning clients since 1889. They are one of the largest law firms in Singapore.
The calibre of their work is acknowledged internationally at the highest levels of government and industry and marks them as Singapore’s world class law firm.
Services: Corporate/M&A, Defamation, Corporate Litigation, Blockchain & Digital Assets, Asset Recovery
Pricing Request a quotation: mail@drewnapier.com
Website https://www.drewnapier.com/
Address 10 Collyer Quay 10th Floor Ocean Financial Centre Singapore 049315
Telephone +65 6535 0733
Operating Hours 9am to 5.30pm
Client
  • Jensen Tan
  • Kerry Sanders
  • Phirum OL
  • Ding Ian Toh
  • Sweetu Ghirish
Review “Awesome office view. Great service!” –Jensen Tan

 


Law Firm

WMH Law Corporations

Specialty
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Matrimonial and Private Wealth
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Construction Disputes
  • Criminal Law
Pricing Request a quotation: concierge@wmhlaw.com.sg
Website www.wmhlaw.com.sg
Address 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #07-17/18, The Central, Singapore 059817
Telephone +65 6514 6350
Operating Hours Monday – Friday : 9Am – 6Pm
Client The firm’s clients consist of individuals and corporations, including foreign listed company with annual turnover of approximately USD$1 billion, as well as local companies listed on the SGX. The firm has also been engaged for complex and high quantum international arbitration.
Review “Very professional and responding law firm. They helped us in solving international commercial dispute and we could not be more satisfied with their legal help and professional attitude. I honestly recommend them to anyone looking for commercial dispute resolution.” – Darjan Pakiz

 


Law Firm

Dentons & Rodyk

Specialty Services:
  • Banking & Finance
  • Islamic Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Health Care
Pricing Request a quotation: https://dentons.rodyk.com/en/about-dentons-rodyk/contact-us
Website https://dentons.rodyk.com/
Address 80 Raffles Place, #33-00 UOB Plaza 1, 048624
Telephone +65 6225 2626
Operating Hours 8.45am to 5.45pm
Client
  • Javier Gonzalez
  • Peter Chua
  • KM Loh
  • Tommy Nair
  • Dickson Chew
Review “Best shipping law firm in South East Asia…” –Javier Gonzalez

 


Law Firm

Baker & McKenzie

Specialty Services:
  • Banking & Finance
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment & Compensation
  • Compliance & Investigations
  • Environment & Climate Change
Pricing Request a quotation: https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/contactus
Website https://www.bakermckenzie.com/
Address 8 Marina Blvd, #05-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 018981
Telephone
+65 6338 1888
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Client Garry Lo, Lizza Chan, Ruben James, Gary McRae, Josh Scott
Review “Great service!” — Garry Lo

 


Law Firm

Clifford Chance

Specialty Services:
  • Corporate
  • Antitrust
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate
  • Tech Group
Pricing Request a quotation: https://www.cliffordchance.com/contact.html
Website https://www.cliffordchance.com/
Address 12 Marina Boulevard, Tower 3, #25-00, Marina Bay Financial Centre, 018982
Telephone +65 6410 2200
Operating Hours 9.30 am to 5.30pm
Client
  • Claire Hsiao
  • JJ LEE
  • James gabriel
  • Jarrod Hong
Review Claire Hsiao rated 5 stars

 


Law Firm

Shook Lin & Bok

Specialty Shook Lin & Bok is a leading Singapore law firm with a unique appreciation of the complex legal and regulatory challenges faced by enterprises in Singapore and the rest of Asia. A hallmark of their success is the depth and breadth of their cross-border experience and relationships, an established firm.
Services: Banking & Finance, Litigation & Disputes, Employment, Intellectual Property, Restructuring & Insolvency
Pricing Request a quotation: slb@shooklin.com
Website https://www.shooklin.com/
Address 1 Robinson Road #18-00 AIA Tower Singapore 048542
Telephone +65-66535 1944
Operating Hours 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Review Erik Wang
161 reviews

a year ago
Reputable legal firm with long history.

 


Law Firm

Harry Elias Partnership

Specialty Services:
  • Banking & Finance
  • Family & Divorce
  • Fraud & Financial Crime
  • Cybersecurity
  • Real Estate
Pricing Request a quotation: enquiries@harryelias.com
Website https://www.harryelias.com/
Address 4 Shenton Way, SGX Centre 2, #17-01, Singapore 068807
Telephone +65 6535 0550
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Review Che Wei Yap
Local Guide ・202 reviews

a year ago
“Friendly staff” –Che Wei Yap

 


Law Firm

Withers, Khattar & Wong

Speciality Services:
  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate
  • Family & Divorce
  • Employment
  • Immigration
Pricing Request a quotation: enquiries.sg@withersworldwide.com
Website https://www.withersworldwide.com/en-gb/singapore-dup
Address 80 Raffles Place, #25-01 UOB Plaza 1, 048624
Telephone +65 6535 6844
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Review “Very professional and nice place” –Eric Chia

 


Law Firm

Norton Rose Fullbright

Specialty Services:
  • Corporate
  • Asset recovery
  • Risk advisory
  • Investment funds, Litigation
Pricing Request a quotation: +65-62237311
Website https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-sg
Address 9 Straits View Marina One West Tower#09-09 Singapore 018937
Telephone +65 6223 7311
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Review  “Nice office” –Hayati Said Mohamed

 


Law Firm

RHT Law Asia

Specialty RHTLaw Asia offers a different perspective on client experience and commercial thinking. As a leading regional law firm headquartered in Singapore, clients can expect intelligent and innovative legal and business solutions from a team that is attuned to the nuances of working in Asia. They help clients understand local challenges.
Services: Aviation, Corporate, Financial services, Intellectual Property, Litigation
Pricing Request a quotation: enquiries@rhtlawasia.com
Website https://www.rhtlawasia.com/
Address 1 Paya Lebar Link #06-08 PLQ 2 Paya Lebar Quarter Singapore 408533
Telephone +65-6381 6868
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Client Dominic HC Chia, Woon Chee Leong, Cze Low, Yew Tiong Teo, Henry Tan
Review Dominic HC Chia
12 reviews

a year ago
Dynamic mid size service firm.

 


Law Firm

Linklaters

Specialty Linklaters has been in Singapore for over 25 years. Being a central hub for activity across so many sectors and jurisdictions, their team advises clients in Singapore and across the wider South East Asia region. Their team are working on transactions and projects across the region, innovation at its core.
Services: Banking, Business Crime, Data, Competition, Construction
Pricing Request a quotation: +65-66925700
Website https://www.linklaters.com/en/locations/singapore
Address Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd. One George Street #17-01 Singapore 049145
Telephone +65-66925700
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Client nick wee, Samuel Lee, Wahyu Yuliasari, Teddy Tang
Review nick wee
Local Guide ・205 reviews

2 years ago
Cute lawyer.

 


Law Firm

Allen & Overy

Specialty Singapore office is an intrinsic part of Allen & Overy’s Asia-Pacific network. They offer clients first class advice on Singapore, English and U.S. law. Their philosophy is to maintain a high level of personal contact with clients and to ensure those clients have access to their resources and skills always.
Services: Corporate, Banking & Finance, Employment, Litigation, Intellectual Property
Pricing Request a quotation: SN_Enquiries@allenovery.com
Website https://www.allenovery.com/en-gb/global/global_coverage/asia_pacific/singapore
Address 50 Collyer Quay, #09-01 OUE Bayfront Singapore 049321
Telephone +65- 6671 6000
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Clients Prashaanth Singh JAMMU, khian88, Alick Yew, Raghav Agharwal
Review Prashaanth Singh JAMMU
8 reviews

2 years ago
all my lawsuits were successful

 


Law Firm

Grace Law LLC

Speciality
  • Close to 40 years of combined legal experience in criminal, civil and family litigation
  • Over 10 years of experience representing various clients in criminal cases with track record of achieving lowest sentence possible such as warnings and/or minimum penalties
Pricing Contact for quotation info
Website https://www.gracelaw.sg/
Address Y151 Chin Swee Road, #13-15, Manhattan House, Singapore 169876
Contact Tel: 6220 6364

Email:

Operating Hours Weekdays 9AM – 5.30PM
Closed on weekends

 


Law Firm

Bird & Bird

Specialty Their team of over 50 lawyers continue to be recognised as leaders in their respective fields and for their high-quality advice and deep sector knowledge, providing clients with the full range of legal services. They advise on both domestic and international cross-border transactions, including projects with regional or global focus.
Services: Intellectual Property, Aviation, Financial services, Energy & Utilities, Healthcare
Pricing Request a quotation: compliance@twobirds.com
Website https://www.twobirds.com/
Address 2 Shenton Way, Singapore 068804
Telephone +65-65345266
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Clients Eric Koh, Edward Young, Cheng Elsie, Jay Ganesh
Review Eric Koh
2 reviews

7 months ago
Excellent work and great service by the team at Bird&Bird Singapore. Special mention to Ms Ow Kim Kit, Mr Yap Teck Chai and Ms Lin Lijun. They were professional and knowledgeable in their area of expertise. Highly recommended

 


Law Firm

Emerald Law

Specialty They provide a wide range of legal solutions spanning across an extensive practice of law including commercial litigation, corporate law, family law, Syariah law, criminal law, intellectual property law, amongst others. The firm has successfully handled disputes in the excess of millions. Progressively, the firm has contributed to Singapore law.
Services: Litigation, Shariah Law, Corporate, Family law, Contractual disputes
Pricing Request a quotation: hello@emeraldlaw.com.sg
Website https://emeraldlaw.com.sg/
Address 3 Shenton Way, #11-10, Shenton House, Singapore 068805
Telephone
  • +65 6226 0439
  • +65 8182 2380
  • +65 9711 8078
Operating Hours 9am to 10pm
Client Marcus Goh
Review Marcus Goh
Local Guide ・17 reviews

a month ago
Great experience here, was also provided with helpful information and guidance. Many thanks, will always remember the kind support from the whole team!

 


Law Firm

IRB Law

Specialty I.R.B Law LLP was founded with a vision to build a law firm that delivers effective and efficient legal services to everyone, from the man on the street to large corporations. IRB Law now has over 50 employees, allowing them to maintain a highly personalised level of service, affordably charging.
Services: Family Law, Syariah Law, Estate planning, Bankruptcy, Litigation
Pricing Request a quotation: +65 9799 6763
Website https://irblaw.com.sg/
Address 20 Collyer Quay, #17-05, Singapore 049319
Telephone Telephone: +65 6298 2537
Operating Hours 9.30am to 6pm
Client Francis Bala, Raymond Yong, Teik Khim Ooi, Zaleha Hamid, Weng Fei Wong
Review Francis Bala
2 reviews

2 weeks ago
We engaged Sam Foo to assist with our adoption process. I must say what a smooth process and transaction it was. Very patient on processes and gave us the confidence that everything will go well. Thank you so much as we received our aim out of the whole process. 👍

 


Law Firm

Linus Law

Specialty Linus Law Chambers is a boutique law firm in Singapore offering professional and personalized legal services to both individual and corporate clients. They are dedicated to providing you with the best quality of service at affordable legal costs. They strive to provide practical and effective solutions for your legal problems.
Services: Family & Divorce Law, Litigation, Corporate Law, Debt Recovery, Banking & Finance
Pricing Request a quotation: linuslawchambers@gmail.com
Website http://linuslaw.com.sg/
Address 101 Upper Cross Street #06-20 People’s Park Centre Singapore 058357
Telephone (+65) 6536-4885
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm

 


Law Firm

Duanne Morris

Specialty Duane Morris’ office in Singapore provides clients with access to legal services in markets throughout the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world. In 2011, Duane Morris and Singapore-based Selvam LLC entered the first U.S.-Singapore joint venture approved by Singapore as part of liberalization of its legal services.
Services: Banking & Finance, Gaming, Fintech, Insurance, Education
Pricing Request a quotation: +65 6311 0030
Website https://www.duanemorris.com/
Address 16 Collyer Quay #17-00 Singapore 049318
Telephone +65 6311 0030
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Clients RJ Kanthen, Benjamin Kheng, Priyank Srivastava
Review RJ Kanthen
Local Guide ・79 reviews

2 years ago
Best legal services that i have seen so far. Professional & helpful

 


Law Firm

Cecil Law

Specialty Their lawyers have many years of experience in all types of conveyancing, housing loans, CPF housing schemes and corporate real estate matters. Their firm has acted for many homeowners in Singapore and successfully delivered affordable and efficient conveyancing services. Additionally, they have also acted for major housing developers, financial institutions.
Services: Conveyancing, housing loans, CPF housing schemes, Corporate real estate, Property transactions
Pricing Request a quotation: +65 8809 6867
Website http://www.conveyancinglawyer.com.sg/
Address 101 Cecil St, #19-11 Tong Eng Building, Singapore 069533
Telephone +65 8809 6867
Operating Hours 9am to 6pm
Client Raj Kanani

 


By tradition, law firms are partnerships. Currently, the law firms are organized in various ways, depending on the jurisdiction in which the firm practices.

Sole proprietorship, general partnership, professional corporations, limited liability company, professional association, and limited liability partnership are some of the common arrangements.

Most law firms have a hierarchical structure. The partners (shareholders) supervise the senior associates (senior lawyers) who in turn supervise their associates (junior lawyers).

The law firms also employ paralegals to help them. The associates are usually employed on a track to partnership.
Law firms provide legal services to individuals and corporations.

The primary service provided by a law firm is to advise clients about their legal rights and responsibilities, and to represent their clients in civil or criminal cases, business transactions and other matters in which legal assistance is sought.

Legal services are an important consideration for any individual or business owners who often face several legal challenges.

Law is a big service-based business. Business, finance, taxation, litigation, corporate affairs, conflicts, patents, copyrights, antitrust, property, labor, arbitration, as well as administration, political, and social matters all require law expertise.Law firms cater to the interests of companies and private individuals alike, though most of the large law firms deal exclusively with corporate houses, i.e. companies.

Work at a law firm involves dealing with a wide variety of problems that may or may not be restricted to a specific area of the law (depending on the specialization and firm culture).

Major law firms have separate litigation and corporate departments. The litigation department deals with the disputes which the firm’s clients are engaged in.

Working in the litigation department of a law firm or in a firm that does mainly litigation entails interaction with leading lawyers and a taste of the judicial sphere of court practice.

The corporate departments of law firms advise companies on the corporate deals which they are involved in, such as acquisitions of companies, important inter-company agreements, investment in Singapore by foreign clients, financing of large scale projects undertaken by clients and so on.

Major law firms, both Singaporean and foreign, recruit from the top Singaporean law schools.

Among the major recruiters from the domestic legal schools are top law firms such as Allen and Gledhill, Rajah and Tann, Drew and Napier, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow, Clifford Chance, Shook Lin & Bok, Eversheds Harry Elias, .Withers KhattarWong, Norton Rose Fulbright, RHTLaw Taylor, Wessing Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Bird & Bird ATMD.

Salaries in Law Firms

The top Singaporean law firms offer salaries that can go as high as $20k a month. Foreign law firms (with foreign postings) offer salaries that can go as high as $350 k a year.

Some of these numbers include bonuses, which can be quite generous in most instances. You may wonder why the salaries are lower as compared to those offered by corporates – what you must remember is that most law firms keep the recruit on a ‘retainer’, allowing for more flexible tax management.

Furthermore, salaries in law firms rise faster than in companies. An associate with 2-3 years of experience at a law firm is likely to overtake his classmate at a company. At law firms you liaise with senior officers of client companies and handle immense responsibility at a young age.

The corporate culture with its jet-setting lifestyle has its own peculiar charm. Competition, and consequently stress, at these law firms is immense since many associates compete for very few partner positions.

The larger the law firm, the fiercer the competition. There is also the possibility of being limited and labelled in a specific practice area i.e. being a specialist in one area and losing the flexibility of doing different things.

Singapore As An International Legal Hub

Singapore has successfully positioned itself at the heart of the Southeast Asia legal market.

As a recognized hub for the region, its lawyers are frequently engaged in jurisdictions from Indonesia in the south to Vietnam and Myanmar in the northern reaches of the region.

As an Asia Pacific hub for projects and project finance, the legal market is also frequently engaged in transactions even further afield, including North Asia, Australia and Africa.

Top Singaporean firms such as Allen & Gledhill LLP, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP and WongPartnership LLP have widened their focus to establish offices in multiple Southeast Asian jurisdictions.

Furthermore, as a major international arbitration centre, its thriving arbitration community handles cases originating from around the world.

The influx of international firms into Singapore to earn part of the international arbitration sector has created a hugely competitive environment with consensus amongst the profession that this market is saturated.

 

Key recommendations for more efficiency:

 

Sample Legal Costs in Singapore:

Although there is no fixed fee structure, in general lawyers charge either a fixed fee or by the hour.

Fixed fee: In this case, lawyers charge you a lump sum for the entire case. Such cases are likely to be non-contentious and predictable/routine, like real estate purchases, drafting of wills and deed polls, or drafting of business/loan contracts. 

Hourly: Cases in which disputes, contentions with opposing interests tend to be charged by the hour. The lawyers must charge an hourly fee as they do not know how much work will accumulate and how the cases could evolve. You will pay higher hourly billings for highly ranked, pedigree lawyers. 

 

For complex or volatile disputes, you may be asked to surrender a deposit before lawyer starts work.

Always ask the lawyer for a flat rate before you decide to engage the lawyer. If you are visiting the lawyer’s office for a first-time assessment, ask if the first consultation is free.

Extra advice: if you are a regular client or have acquaintance, kinship with the lawyer, bargain for lower charges. Lawyers may concede to discounts to earn your loyalty.

Though legal fees can range vastly from firm to firm according to how complex an issue is, here are some sample costs for regular issues that arise:

Property purchase – $1,500 to $5,000, depending on whether you are buying HDB/private, completed/uncompleted property, and the value of your property.

Will – $100 to $500 for simple wills

Deed poll – $100 to $300

Uncontested divorce – $1,500 to $5,000

Legal costs in Singapore: Major developments

Fixed legal costs are going to be determined for civil proceedings in a bid to give litigants leeway and to incentivise lawyers to end disputes fast.

Scale legal costs for taking a case to court allow parties to carefully consider, weigh the outcomes before deciding on whether it is worthwhile to incur the legal costs, said a panel reviewing legal processes. It would also incentivise lawyers to end the dispute fast and condense the fixed price for minimal time and effort to clear time for more cases.

The use of scale legal costs is one of the sweeping changes that have been set to give judges more power in the civil litigation process to guarantee that disputes are ended quickly and at affordable, optimal charges.

The proposals also seek to simplify court procedures for most civil cases into a set track, with leeway for adjustments. These suggestions, by two expert panels, were put forth.

 


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