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Pinsent Masons is to launch a technology, media and telecoms (TMT) practice in Singapore with the addition of Brian Tan, the founding partner of local IT boutique Keystone Law Corporation.
Tan, a former associate at Baker & McKenzie, will lead the practice with what Pinsents termed “a team of lawyers” from Keystone Law Corporation. At the time of writing Pinsents had not confirmed who was included in that team, although Tan is expected to be the only partner. He will work closely with Hong Kong partner Peter Bullock.
According to Tan’s Linkedin page the TMT specialist worked at the city state’s flagship legal firm Allen & Gledhill as well as ‘big four’ Singapore firm Rajah & Tann before launching the Keystone Law Corporation in 2004.
Asia was Pinsents’ best-performing region in 2011/12, posting a revenue hike of 30 per cent. The growing interest in Singapore comes as a result of the steps taken to liberalise the Singaporean profession. Last year, Singapore’s parliament passed amendments to its Legal Profession Act to make it easier for English QCs to appear in the domestic courts.
Singapore’s legal community has become increasingly international. In 2007, there were 630 foreign lawyers, but at the end of 2011 this had almost doubled to more than 1,200. This rise in numbers means that almost one of every four lawyers in Singapore is now a foreign practitioner.