We have turned 20!
It was the 2nd of August 1999. Tito Isaac was standing in the middle of Circular Road, in the heart of Singapore’s business and financial district. He was looking up at the attic window of a pre-war shophouse. He was only 29 years old and had started his legal career as a military prosecutor. His wife Angela stood next to him, it was her 29th birthday. But she was about to spend it helping him move boxes and second-hand furniture up an impossibly long flight of stairs to the tiny shophouse attic he had rented for his new office.
Tito was branching out on his own.
He hired one secretary, bought two computers and placed three client files on his desk. Then he got down to work — in a profession he truly loved.
Today is the 2nd of August 2019 and it has been 20 years since Tito started climbing those long stairs.
With his wife still by his side; with the encouragement of his brother; with the support and trust of the many clients whom Tito and the firm have served over the years; and with the outstanding efforts of the many lawyers and secretaries who still are, or were once, part of the firm — the team has now grown to a staff strength of over 65.
The firm now occupies the penthouse floor at 1 North Bridge Road. The building has excellent elevators but, sometimes, Tito still takes the stairs.
For our latest TIC Talks we were pleased to have welcomed Thomas J Cooper to speak to us about entrepreneurship.
Tom is Senior Vice-President of Sales and Business Development at Nextivity Inc (https://www.cel-fi.com). Nextivity is a developer and manufacturer of residential and enterprise 3G/4G/5G/LTE wireless systems, software, mobile APPs focussed on mobile indoor performance and coverage issues. After spending the early part of his career with computer giant Hewlett-Packard (https://www.hp.com), Tom went on to start up his own computer-related businesses. His career spans four decades and various sectors of the US infotech industry. Tom who modestly describes himself as “just a guy” spoke about his “accidental journey to Silicon Valley — and beyond”.
Justin Chan promoted to Senior Partner
From 1 September 2019, Mr Justin Chan will be elevated to the position of Senior Partner. Justin is among the firm’s longest-serving lawyers. He joined Tito Isaac & Co LLP in 2004 and has practiced with the firm for 15 years. Justin will also hold the title of Head, Dispute Resolution Practice and will be responsible for mentoring the firm’s junior lawyers and practice trainees. Justin is only the second lawyer in the firm’s 20-year history to have been made a Senior Partner. The first was Mr M Mohan who has since retired from the firm. The firm’s founder Mr Tito Isaac continues in his role as Managing Partner.
Kawal Pal Singh in The Sunday Times
“That played on my mind — feeling that I’m not good enough — and I don’t think I recovered from that till much later in life.” — Kawal Pal Singh, Partner
“So I was told by my mum, while I was preparing for exams in the library, ‘Congratulations, you’re a father now.’ “ — Kawal Pal Singh, Partner
“Kawal is not an ordinary lawyer from the perspective of work experience — he’s been through enough adversity to understand and possibly empathise with people who are facing the kind of cases we deal with. He already has parties trusting him with significant matters very early in his practice. You can give me the most competent person in the world, but if he lacks integrity and the fundamental parts of being a good lawyer, it doesn’t matter how many years he has.” — Tito Isaac, Managing Partner
Photo/Image/Screenshot from The Sunday Times (SPH)
Tito Isaac & Co LLP is delighted to announce that Ivan Lee and Kawal Pal Singh will be made Partners of the Firm with effect from 1 September 2019. We are equally pleased to announce that Nicholas Chua will be made a Senior Associate with effect from 1 July 2019. To Ivan, Kawal and Nicholas, congratulations on your appointments!
Tito Isaac & Co LLP proudly launches ‘TIC Talks!’. Our very own monthly internal lecture and activity series.
In this hyper-connected , disrupted world of artificial intelligence and big data, the people behind the systems are more important than ever.
As such, we want to stop, listen, think, talk and share ideas to help to improve interactions for everyone within our reach. We want to give our most important asset, our people, time to think, time for ideas and time to be a community. Simply, time to be one of the greatest of all things, just human.
As a law firm, we are fully embracing the future and new technology, but we’re always mindful that our Clients are People and so are we.
A short article about Lawyers and Industry 4.0
The inaugural lecture features Ganesh Subramaniam who brings some enlightening insights into Industry 4.0 with his talk on Smart Practices.
East meets West:
Who we areTito Isaac & Co is a homegrown, Singapore law practice founded in 1999. We advise, plan and execute legal solutions to help individuals and enterprises preserve, protect and build on their strategic interests and business positions.
We provide a full suite of services ranging from litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, specialist & private client interests to corporate advisory and transactional work.
Our counsel is swift, efficient, responsive and decisive, and seamlessly integrates into every client’s activities and operations. We tailor our approach to each case based on its own unique and dynamic needs using human-centered methods for creative problem-solving and innovative, but sensible, solutioning.
Our legal advice and solutions are designed to be successfully applied in a diversity of industries and markets including SMEs, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Startup & Fintech, Hospitality, F&B, Retail, Healthcare, Government and Public Works as well as matters with a regional and ASEAN dimension.
Our storyWe’ve noticed that more and more, people are looking for an integrated solution to their legal needs.
We put it down to intensified competition and today’s rapidly evolving methods of doing business and clients’ expectations.
Lawyers are trying to stay ahead of the game, and realising that they need to project a holistic message and take a nuanced approach – one in which pragmatism and specialised industry knowledge effectively ties in with other forms of legal and strategic advice to succinctly deliver a coherent problem-solving roadmap.
This is a blueprint that has become the bedrock of how Tito Isaac & Co takes care of business.
Our multidisciplinary law practice stems from a broad conceptualisation of legal services – one that encompasses business strategy, design thinking, finance, and other aspects of project and case management. At Tito Isaac, we are inspired by the promise of rebalancing fairness and adding value in our everyday relationships and environments – and into our lives.
Our firm has over the years adopted several technologies, and online research tools. In addition, we are also digitising our files, a work in progress. The adoption of technologies, and research tools has enable us to improve our work, and to increase our efficiency. These has enabled us to provide sterling services, and care to our clients.
How may we help you?With a responsive team of 30 lawyers, your case is safe in our hands.
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