Singapore

 

 

Dolman recruits talented lawyers for top international United Kingdom and United States firms with offices in Singapore. Project finance and insolvency lawyers are particularly sought after.

 

Visas

Australian citizens do not need a visa to enter Singapore. However, to work there as a lawyer, you will require an Employment Pass. To apply for an Employment Pass, you will need a local sponsor, who is usually the company that is employing you. In order to eligible you must have a monthly basic salary of at least S$1,800. An Employment Pass holder may apply for Dependent Passes for a spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old. You can apply for Dependent Passes together with the Employment Pass.

 

Practicing

Unlike, say, the situation in Hong Kong, most offshore (i.e. UK and US) firms in Singapore do not require overseas qualified lawyers, including Australians, to be admitted to the Singapore Bar in order to practice. This is because the current Law Society rules prescribe that offshore firms in Singapore are not allowed to advise on Singapore law (unless they are in a joint venture with a local Singaporean firm). In any case, most Australian and other foreign lawyers would be working on deals involving English or US law. However, there are procedures enabling specified Australians from certain “recognised” universities to be admitted to the Singapore Bar if you wish to be admitted.

 

Top Firms

 

  • Allen & Overy
  • Baker & Mckenzie
  • Clifford Chance Dla Piper
  • Herbert Smith Jones Day
  • Linklaters Milbank
  • Tweed
  • Hadley & Mccloy
  • Norton Rose
  • Watson Farley Williams

 

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