Following the official launch of the Taylor Vinters Via brand in March 2017, Bryan Ghows gives an insight into our service offering in Singapore and what this means for our clients in Asia.
Since I established Via Law Corporation in 2012, we’ve seen a huge amount of change. Initially focusing on technology and intellectual property (IP) which has been the focus of my career, our services expanded in 2014 when Ying joined the firm. Ying brings a broad range of expertise to our team, with vast experience of contentious intellectual property matters and commercial technology work, including shareholders’ disputes, incorporation matters, funding and software licensing.
When we were approached by Taylor Vinters, there were obvious synergies. Not only were we focused on the same markets but had a shared vision. We embraced the opportunity to build a combined business focused on supporting innovative and entrepreneurial businesses and people.
Seeing both sides of the coin
One of our key strengths is that both Ying and I have worked as in-house counsel. This experience combined with our litigation and commercial expertise makes us unique, and gives us a competitive advantage. We also share many of the same attributes in the approach to the practice of law.
We see issues from the clients’ point of view which gives us a different perspective from how traditional legal services are provided. Whether we’re advising a start-up or an established company, we deliver our services in the most practical, timely and cost-effective way, ensuring they manage risk and make informed decisions.
As well as continuously challenging how we approach legal problems, we’ve made a point of embracing new technology.
Generally, in Singapore, companies have been slow to carry out digital marketing. We have worked hard to develop an online presence. We also use technology to improve efficiencies both internally and for our clients. One example is legal document-management software that helped a court hearing go almost paperless. Our efforts were recognised recently when The Law Society of Singapore named us a “SmartLaw” Legal Practice for using legal technology to improve productivity.
Meeting market demand
A huge number of innovative businesses are choosing Singapore as their growth platform for Asia. We are also seeing local entrepreneurial ventures between Singapore and other major technology growth centres.
This has resulted in a growing demand for integrated international and Singapore legal advice. Taylor Vinters Via (the new name of the firm) is ideally placed to meet this need, providing clients with access to a deeper pool of expertise, particularly if they are seeking entry into the UK and EU.
Whether it’s IP advice, funding, technology or M&A work, innovative businesses will also benefit from lawyers who are equally entrepreneurial and can empathetically understand risk.
We are executing on our plans to build our brand and practice in Singapore, particularly in the areas of IP, funding and commercial transactions. This will include a focus on training our younger practitioners and building a strong Brands Practice offering advice on trademark, patent and design protection. Headed up by our newly appointed head, Wai Yeng Chan, this practice area will not only help protect our clients locally, but regionally and globally.
With the combined expertise of our colleagues at Taylor Vinters and our novel new structure, we’re looking forward to helping build a highly successful business in Asia as part of our ambition to be the leading law firm for innovative and entrepreneurial clients operating globally.