International arbitration heavyweight Michael Hwang SC has quit as head of litigation at Allen & Gledhill (A&G), Linklaters' joint venture partner, to set up his own practice in Singapore and become a door tenant at Essex Court Chambers
Although he was called to the English Bar in the 1960s, Hwang has never completed his pupilage. However, in light of his standing in Singapore, the Bar Council waived this so he could start with the set immediately.
In Singapore, Hwang will continue to be based in A&G's offices, where he will employ two assistants. He has been with A&G since the 1960s and an equity partner since 1974, although he spent a year in the mid-1990s as judicial commissioner in the Supreme Court of Singapore.
However, it is understood that not much love was lost in the split. "The managing partner turned up at his farewell dinner, made an incredibly short speech, and then left without staying for dinner," said a source.
The Lawyer understands that Hwang had talked to a number of local firms prior to his move, including Lee & Lee, before eventually deciding to set up on his own.