LIM SENG SIEW

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Seng Siew has over 29 years practice experience in litigation and commercial transactions, concentrating mainly on technology related matters. In addition to practice experience, the years when he was CEO of a technology start-up (2000-2003) and Senior Director of the Technology Cluster, Singapore Academy of Law (2008-2011) has also gained him practical experience managing technology projects as well as the daily operations of such entities.

His combined experience translates to practical advice to clients who intend to start a new or run a technology business, manage their technology partners and/or develop technology projects. His litigation experience means that he had the ability to spot potential problem areas and suggest possible solutions.

In addition to his active legal practice, Seng Siew is also an active representative of the legal profession in dealing with the government and the judiciary. As an ExCo member of the Law Society of Singapore, he would give feedback on policy matters to the authorities. As the chairman of the Inadequate Professional Services Committee and a member of the Ethics Committee, he is also involved in regulating the conduct of lawyers.

Work Experience

1986 to 1990 – Braddell Brothers, Singapore
General litigation with a commercial leaning. Worked both independently and assisted Mr Harry Lee Wee, a senior litigation lawyer of the Singapore Bar.

Among the noted cases I have handled is one involving a very large sum of money deposited with a Japanese bank in Singapore by an Indonesian official. The Indonesian government took the position that the money was proceeds of a bribe.

1991 to 1992 – Khaw & Hussein, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
General commercial law related work. Part of a team in the corporate/ commercial department.

  • Advising foreign investors on Malaysian regulations and guidelines for foreign investments to Malaysia. Advising on the appropriate corporate structure for such ventures. Among the clients are listed companies in Japan, Australia, United Kingdom and Germany.
  • Advising on listing requirements on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange and acting for clients intending such listing.
  • Advising on the Code of Takeover and Mergers of companies listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange and acting for clients intending to carry out a takeover of a listed company. Acted for parties involved in the 2 largest reverse takeovers of Malaysian listed companies in 1992.
  • Advising and acting for insurance companies, financial institutions and other corporations on compliance with relevant regulations. Advising and acting for receivers and managers of companies.
  • Advising on franchising structures in Malaysia.

1992 to 1994 – Syed Paul & Co, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
General corporate and conveyancing work.

  • Involved in the “negotiation team” for the disposal of certain businesses of a company to a Malaysian listed company.
  • Involved in the computerizing of the firm’s practice.

1994 to 2008 – Ong Tay & Partners, Singapore
Commercial litigation and corporate work carried out at partnership level with an emphasis in the hospitality industry and in the Information Technology industry.

  • Advising on regulations in the Peoples’ Republic of China in the telecommunications industry. Advising on the appropriate corporate structure for the investment into China. Evaluating with the client the commercial documentation for the investment and joint venture.
  • Advising on the structuring of cross-border franchises, both Singapore grown and international.
  • Advising a Singapore/Indonesia/Japan oil & gas joint-venture on investment strategies into Cambodia.
  • Advising on technology transfer arrangements for Singapore companies to Malaysia and Indonesia. Liaising with the relevant parties in these countries.
  • Advising on Singapore company and tax regulations for foreign companies intending to establish a presence in Singapore. Clients are involved in the information technology industry, whether as developers of hardware/software or as IT consultants.
  • Advising on software development agreements, copyright & licensing arrangements for clients.
  • Advising clients on the establishment of an internet presence, the regulations in Singapore and on e-commerce.
  • Computerizing of the firm’s practice, specifically workflow systems, knowledge management systems and accounting systems. Acquisition of the appropriate networking system, dedicated legal management software, hardware and software acquisition.
  • Putting into place workflow systems to maximize the benefits of computerization. Re-organizing the corporate and litigation departments following implementation of workflow systems. Training of staff to follow the workflow systems.
  • Implementation of a Y2K Compliance and Contingency Program for the Firm.
  • Advising on environmental law, Kyoto Protocol and carbon trading mechanisms as applicable in Singapore.
  • Minor admiralty practice working with a Norwegian law practice with an office in Singapore.

2000 to 2003
The Portal WWLegal.com Pte Ltd, Singapore
Managing Director of the company having charge of the strategy and direction of the Company.

WWLegal is a IT start-up targeting the legal market in Singapore and Malaysia. The Company developed an online workflow application using best-of-breed application from the UK, Solcase, and integrated it with a payment system developed locally. Legal Practices would subscribe and use the application. Clients would pay for legal services using the payment system using their credit cards.

2008 to 2011
Senior Director, LawNet, E-Publishing & Legal Technology, Singapore Academy of Law

Managing the Academy’s online legal research & legal technology cluster. The cluster manages legal research, due diligence and litigation products used by lawyers in Singapore. Overseeing the development of new legal research tools for incorporation into the product line. Negotiating with content providers for additional content; technology partners for software application development and other similar service providers on business co-operation opportunities. Project management of several IT projects.

Specific products covered includes:

  1. Legal Workbench – a research tool that covers reported and unreported case law; point-in-time legislation (statutes & subsidiary legislation); parliamentary reports;
  2. Treaties Database –  a search tool that covers treaties to which Singapore is a party;
  3. Practitioners’ Toolkit – a research tool that covers secondary legal related content like cost taxation database, sentencing database and personal injuries database.

In addition to the duties directly related to the appointment, acted as de facto in-house legal counsel to the Singapore Academy of Law.

2011 – Present
Returned to Ong Tay & Partners, Singapore, as an Advocate & Solicitor
Moved to OTP Law Corporation, the re-structured law practice of Ong Tay & Partners.

2011 – Present
Council Member of the Law Society of Singapore.
The Law Society of Singapore is the representative body representing the interests of the legal profession. As a self-regulated profession, it is also the regulatory body regulating the conduct of lawyers in Singapore.

Positions Held

1980
Asean Pre-University Scholarship awarded by the Singapore, Public Service Commission

1994   
Steering Committee for the Malaysian Chapter of the Asean Scholars Division of the Asean Business Forum

1997/11
Lawnet Management Committee, Singapore Academy of Law

1997/05
Vice-Chairman, Information Technology Committee of the Law Society of Singapore

1997/99
Electronic Filing System Ad-hoc Committee of the Law Society of Singapore

1998/99
Appointed a Commissioner for Oaths

1998/99  
Research Sub-Committee of Lawnet

1999
Implementation Committee for Electronic Filing of Practising Certificates

2000
Chairman of Legal/Policy Committee of ASP Alliance Chapter, SITF

2000/01
Chairman, Electronic Filing Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2000/05
Legal Sub-Committee of the National Internet Advisory Committee, Media Development Authority

2004  
Appointed a Notary Public

2004/05
Chairman, Electronic Litigation Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2004/11
Committee Member, PrimeLaw Practice Management Excellence Standards Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2004/05
Committee Member, EFS Review Implementation Committee

2005/09
Committee Member, Electronic Litigation Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law

2005/08
Secretary, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

2005/16
Committee Member, Ethics Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2006  
Committee Member, Ad-hoc Committee to Strengthen Accounting Standards in Law Practices, Law Society of Singapore

2006/08  
Co-Chairman, Technology Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2006/16
Committee Member, Integrated Electronic Litigation Systems Committee, Supreme Court of Singapore.

2007/10
Committee Member, Project Law Help, Law Society of   Singapore

2009/16  
Committee Member, Technology Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2008/09
Chairman, Practice Management Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2011/16    
Council Member, Law Society of Singapore

2012/16  
Council Representative to Anti-Money Laundering Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2012/16
Council Representative to Intellectual Property Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2012/16  
Deputy Chairman, LawNet Management Committee, Singapore Academy of Law chaired by Justice Chan Seng Onn

2012/16  
Committee Member, Professional Affairs Committee, Singapore Academy of Law chaired by Justice Quentin Loh

2013/16
Executive Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2015/16
Chairman, Inadequate Professional Services Committee, Law Society of Singapore

2016
Committee Member, Legal Ethics Advisory Committee, Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Singapore

Conferences/Papers

2011
Moderator & Chairperson of various sessions of the International E-Litigation Conference jointly organised by the Singapore Academy of Law and Supreme Court, Singapore

2012
Moderator & Chairperson of various sessions of the International Conference on E-Commerce and Communication jointly organised by the Law Society of Singapore and LawAsia

2012
Joint author – The Use and Impact of Social Media on Civil Litigation

2013/16
Moderator of various sessions of the Litigation Conference/Workshop organised by the Law Society of Singapore

2017
Moderator at the Future Lawyering Conference 2017 organised by the Law Society of Singapore.
Panelist at the International Conference of Legal Regulators 2017 organised by Singapore Ministry of Law and the Law Society of Singapore.

2017
Moderator at the Future Lawyering Conference 2017 organised by the Law Society of Singapore.
Panelist at the International Conference of Legal Regulators 2017 organised by Singapore Ministry of Law and the Law Society of Singapore.

Speaker at the Malaysia-Singapore Bar Summit 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (“KLRCA”) jointly organised by the Bar Council Malaysia and The Law Society of Singapore, on the topic of Lawyering in the Digital Age.