2022 Regional Law Firm Management Forum: Singapore

Law Firm Management Fundamentals—Outlast COVID
Friday, 2 December 2022 | Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Singapore

5th Annual Regional Law Firm Management Forum: Singapore

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association is proud to bring the fifth annual Regional Law Firm Mangement Forum to Singapore on Friday, 2 December 2022.

ALPMA is pleased to return to Singapore for the first time since 2019. We were proud of the four forums we hosted between 2016-2019 and welcome you back to our all new event in 2022!

Thanks to our Premier Partner Bighand for their support of this 1-day event, not to be missed.

Please note: Tickets are strictly limited so please don’t delay in securing your tickets. 

Who is it for?
  • Managing Partners
  • Practice Group Leaders
  • Practice/Operations Managers
  • Department Heads in Finance, Marketing & Business Development, Tech and Human Resources
Why attend?
  • Learn from legal thought leaders who have a track record of executing on progressive law management strategies to improve profitability
  • Hear the stories from professionals who have experience building trust in a competitive marketplace—from a strategic, client and people perspective.

Law Firm Management Fundamentals — Outlast COVID

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 it would be rare to have a day in the life of a law firm where we have not noticed something different, or done something different ourselves.  We cannot deny that professional life has changed.  We are forever reminded of the constancy of change shaping our legal practice, our clients’ needs and our community around us.  Join ALPMA as we explore these changes in the context of directing and managing a law firm.

Accross Finance, Business Development, People and Technology, join us to consider where we find ourselves on the way out of COVID and how we must balance the new opportunities and changes ahead, whilst preserving the non-negotiables in a highly regulated profession.

The fundamental management disciplines required to run a law firm in times of change and disruption have, despite the change all around us, remained constant.  Our forum will explore how high performing law firms can leverage long standing management protocols to prepare for:

  • Changes in our clients’ world
  • The future of work and implications for law firms and our people
  • The hype and threats of the Great Resignation era
  • Future proofing firms for financial and structural changes in an economically challenged market
  • Developing a post-COVID strategy driven collaboratively with our greatest asset, our people.
  • Technology as the enabler of our people and firms

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Associate (ALPMA) is delighted to return to Singapore for the first time since 2019.  We are proud of the four forums we hosted between 2016-2019 and we look forward to welcoming you back to our all new event in 2022!

Program Outline

Scene Setting
Introduction & Welcome

What’s been happening? Join with our MC, Eric Chin, and Premier Partner, BigHand, to recap on the COVID pause and set the scene for the day ahead. Eric remains at the forefront of NewLaw research and market analysis and will share his snapshot view of the region today.

The Client’s Perspective
The changing landscape for in-house counsel, and its consequent impact on external legal providers.

Clients and firms adapted during COVID but, really, everyone had to. How do we balance the new expectations of lawyers who demand the benefits of flexibility and remote working if the clients (yes, those who pay the bills) need them on site and in person just like they are? Where is the line? Has it swung back to pre-COVD levels (or will it ever)? Co-President of Singapore Corporate Counsel Association Renita Sophia Crasta will shed a light on how the client’s world has changed.

Future of Work
The changing landscape for in-house counsel, and its consequent impact on external legal providers.

Work from home. Remote working. Flexible working. Full time office contact expectation. As much as we might be tired of these terms describing our working lives, they are here to stay. Coming out of the pandemic, our people are looking to redefine where and how we work, firms have adopted different strategies to create enticing working space to enable our people to work at their best. This discussion, led by Chen Tang from Unispace, will expand your awareness of how future office strategies are evolving.

Partner Remuneration
Setting a common understanding to achieve greater transparency.

The changing employee remuneration and law firm landscape triggers a revisit of partner compensation models across firms, not just in monetary terms but also in retention and attraction of partner level talent. Many of the underlying measures and expectations remain in place, and remain a cornerstone of compensation models, but new factors need to be programmed into partnership remuneration structures to sustain firm partnerships into the future. As co-author of the newly released The Partner Remuneration Handbook, Ray D’Cruz will share his insights for firms to develop a fundamentally sound, and consistent, partner remuneration framework.

Employer Brand
Attraction & Retention: More than just the lure of $$$.

Retention of staff has always been more economical than the search, convince, recruit cycle. In a hyper-competitive market whose key participants have had their work rules reinvented it is often no longer enough to just offer a little more salary.Smart firms are building compelling attraction frameworks that dive much deeper than the remuneration package.What are the key factors challenging what we have always thought to be the basics in retaining or attracting lawyers?Grant Herbert, from Lawyers Becoming Leaders, will facilitate a discussion where Jessica Deery (Horizon), Jung Foo (Pullman Morrison) and Surene Virabhak (Legal Labs) will share their insights to connect the ‘now’ with the ‘how’ of talent attraction and retention in the new normal.

Financial Management
Financial discipline: more acute than ever?

The legal profession is highly regulated. This fact drives the discipline needed in finance offices in law firms of all sizes and in all jurisdictions. As everything else circling around the profession is changing, or under pressure to change, the finance functions within firms do not have that freedom of choice. We ask a panel of finance professionals their views on what fundamental financial disciplines remain true and where will the post-COVID enhancements come from.

People Driving Change
People & Change: Can we have one without the other?

Hierarchies in firms still exist: partners, lawyers, assistants and administration. The dynamics are not the same post-COVID however. Employees driving when and where they will work has forced adjustment, often reactive, across law firms everywhere. Our panel will consider how firms can take back the driver’s seat and work with their people to set a strategic pathway to accommodate the changing expectations of clients, markets, employees and communities. Understanding and acceptance, and mutual listening, are at the core of a new phase of organisational strategies. Lawyers Becoming Leaders’ Grant Herbert will be joined by Sue-Ann Wilson (Clyde & Co) and Roy Ang (Withersworldwide) to consider how long held strategy setting ‘habits’ are making way for a post-COVID collaborative approach to future planning.

Technology, The Enabler
Future Proofing your firm. Tech delivered through COVID, but what is next?

The Legal Tech market has helped law firms navigate through circuit breakers and lockdowns across the globe. The pandemic-induced consumption of technology forced firms to adapt quickly whilst ensuring cyber risk and related exposures were mitigated.Firms lived a real-life strategic re-think of how they made purchasing and implementation decisions. Hear from Cherilyn Tan, CEO and Founder at Tessaract on the universal challenges and enablers that will further accelerate digital transformation at law firms.


Our program will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Eric Chin, Principal, Alpha Creates and Founding Board member at ASEAN LegalTech (ALT).

Eric Chin
Director, NewLaw
Tony Bleasdale
Managing Director, APAC
Andrew Barnes
Sladen Legal
Past President ALPMA
Cherilyn Tan
CEO & Founder
Chen Tang
Principle, Strategy
Ray D’Cruz
CEO & Co-Founder
Performance Leader
Grant Herbert
Law Firm Mentor
Lawyers Becoming Leaders
Jessica Deery
Director & Counsel
Horizon Recruitment
Surene Virabhak
Principal Consultant
Legal Labs Recruitment
Jung Foo
Pullman Morrison
Roy Ang
Executive Director APAC
Sue-Ann Wilson
Head of Business Development APAC
Clyde & Co
Scott Farmer
Associate Director, Global Pricing
Baker McKenzie
Monika Siepak
Grow Business Beyond
Shaan Martyr
Regional CFO, Asia Pacific
Clifford Chance
Renita Sophia Crasta
Singapore Corporate Counsel Association

Venue & Accommodation

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Singapore lies in the heart of Marina Bay, Singapore’s main dining and entertainment district.

ALPMA has secured conference rates for delegates so please ensure should you like these rates.


Tickets are SGD$150.00 each and can be purchased and paid for in three ways:

  1. Via Credit Card (Please note all credit card payments will be processed in AUD at AUD$166.55 + fees)
  2. Via EFT. Please contact us for the Bank Details in order to make payment.
  3. Cheques maybe posted to:

c/o Scott Farmer
Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Loew
8 Marina Boulevard
#05-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1
Singapore 018981
Amt: SGD$150.00

Thank you to our partners for their support
Premier Partner
Knowledge Partner
Major Partners
Supporting Partners


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