Singapore is a thriving multicultural home to some of the world’s most stunning architecture and landscapes, exquisite gardens, no traffic jams, lack of corruption, and a great history.
It is a land of modern wonders, known for its rapid development and an attractive destination for business and investment. Singapore is also a vital locale for lawyers and legal professionals both working within Singapore and those who visit for a variety of client matters or industry events.
It is a cosmopolitan island nation, comprising 63 islands apart from the main island. Most of these islands are uninhabited.
In a little over 50 years since its independence, the country has rapidly grown into one of the world’s smartest and safest nations with a very low unemployment rate. Singapore is also called the 20th century’s most successful development story.
Below is some information to help any lawyers or legal professionals more effectively navigate Singapore when they visit.
Getting Around Singapore
Getting around Singapore is very convenient as it has one of the world’s most efficient and economical public transport systems which is well-connected and can take you to any corner of the country.
You can get to the city from the airport by train, bus or taxi. They’re available at all terminals.
Limousine & Large Taxi.
If you are travelling in a group you can get a limousine or a large taxi by contacting the 24-hour Ground Transport Concierges at the airport.
You can also choose your vehicle and your destination and make the payment using the self-service kiosks available at the airport.
It is a contactless smart card used for the payment of public transport in Singapore. It will save you the hassle of carrying change.
Singapore Tourist Pass.
If you plan to explore the country and travel extensively, you may consider getting a tourist pass. It will allow you unlimited rides on public transport.
If you are staying near the Singapore River, the water taxi (aka bumboat) would be a refreshing mode of transport for you.
Hotels, Restaurants, Shopping, and Entertainment
Singapore is a tourist’s heaven with some of the world’s finest hotels and world-class shopping malls and amusement centers.
If you are going to have a short stay, here’s a quick list of places you may want to check out:
- Singapore Discovery Centre
- Gardens by the Bay
- Tiger Sky Tower
- Amusement Park Universal Studios
- Singapore Flyer
- Singapore Night Safari
- S.E.A Aquarium
The Business District
The central business district of Singapore, known for its skyscrapers and beautiful architecture, is the hub of many Singapore businesses. The area is close to the Marina Bay where you can experience a spectacular light show at night.
In the evening the place is generally abuzz with hawkers and employees from various businesses, gathering around the bars and restaurants.
Singapore Legal Services Departments & Resources
Singapore regularly updates its legal services department’s dedicated website. You can find any information you may need related to any of Singapore’s legal services departments including the details of the LSC members.
Legal Hackers Singapore
If you are interested in exploring innovations in legal tech, and developing creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology you may join Legal Hackers Singapore.
They regularly meet up to share information and ideas related to technology that can transform the practice of law.
Singapore’s Largest Law Firms
While there are many well-known law firms, Singapore’s legal market is mostly dominated by The Big Four.
- Allen & Gledhill
- Rajah & Tann
- Drew & Napier
They continued to garner most of the top rankings in various practice areas in the 2017 Chambers Asia-Pacific guide.
Legal Events in Singapore
Singapore’s expanding legal market is always buzzing with activities. Asia Law Portal regularly provides updates on upcoming legal events in Asia-Pacific legal markets, including Singapore.
You may also check the events calendar of the Law Society of Singapore or eventbrite.com for information related to upcoming legal events.