Singapore admits first silk to the Bar
British lawyer Toby Landau has become the first Queen’s Counsel to be admitted to the Singapore Bar.
Landau intends to have a base in Singapore while continuing as a specialist individual advocate at London’s Essex Chambers. He will not be joining or establishing his own full-service firm in the city-state.
“I am honoured to have been called to the Singapore Bar, and deeply appreciative of the opportunity to contribute to Singapore and its legal fraternity,” Landau said.
His application to be admitted to the Bar was heard by The Honourable Justice Quentin Loh who described his admission as an "historic occasion in the legal history of Singapore".
The move has also been welcomed by Paul Tan, partner at Singapore law firm Rajah & Tann who was mentored by Landau while in London in 2011. He said that he was an inspiring teacher.
“I still count on him as an invaluable source of advice. I have no doubt that especially the younger members of our bar will benefit immensely from his work in Singapore,” said Tan.
Landau has a long association with Singapore and has been admitted to the Bar on an ad-hoc basis several times.
Four promoted in global firm’s Aussie offices
Herbert Smith Freehills
has promoted four Australia-based lawyers to executive counsel or special counsel as part of 13 promotions across its international footprint.
In Melbourne, Natalie Gasper becomes special counsel in the employment practice; and Dinh Ptok becomes executive counsel in the real estate team.
In Perth, Alana Delcahno and Miriam D’Souza are both promoted to executive counsel in the projects team.
In congratulation those promoted, HSF’s regional managing partner for Asia and Australia Sue Gilchrist
said: “This group are emerging leaders of our firm. Their promotion to Executive or Special Counsel recognises their combination of high level legal expertise and client focussed skills.”
Elsewhere in Asia Pacific, there is a promotion for Hong Kong-based Martin Wallace who becomes special consultant in the international arbitration team; and Dana Kim becomes counsel in the disputes practice in Seoul.
DLA Piper expands in Nigeria
A Nigerian law firm established in 1966 has officially joined DLA Piper this week.
Olajide Oyewole LLP is a leading firm based in Lagos and offering a full range of corporate and commercial services across Nigeria. The two firms have worked together for many years and the combination strengthens DLA Piper’s growing pan-African footprint.