The Law Society of England and Wales is pleased to welcome the appointment of Mr Lok Vi Ming as the new President of the Law Society of Singapore.
Although Mr Lok’s appointment was made public in November 2013, he commenced his duties as President on the 1st January 2013, wherein he took over from his predecessor Mr Wong Meng Meng.
Singapore’s international legal community
During his speech at an event officially opening Singapore’s legal year for 2013, Mr Lok highlighted the steadily increasing size of Singapore’s legal profession, noting that foreign lawyers are very much a part of that growth.
‘The spectacular growth of foreign lawyers practicing in Singapore emphasizes the need for our foreign brethren to lock hands with local lawyers, not in competition, but in cooperation and integration’.
Foreign lawyers have a significant presence in Singapore, and in his speech Mr Lok recognized that foreign lawyers have been involved in some of Singapore’s largest deals and commercial arbitrations, and are frequently involved in pro bono work. However, in addition to the business of law, Mr Lok called on foreign lawyers to continue to ‘sink deeper roots into the business of serving and being part of the larger community’, and encouraged more foreign lawyers to participate in local activities such as the Annual Bar & Bench games.
Mr Lok is a partner in Rodyk & Davidson LLP’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group and heads the firm’s Aviation Practice. He was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2005 and has been a Law Society of Singapore council member since 2009.
My Lok is an internationally recognised aviation lawyer and leading international insurance lawyer. In addition to his litigation work, he is also involved in a number of international committees including the Aerospace Committee of the Inter Pacific Bar Association and is on the International Advisory Panel of the Registry of Aircraft Parts.
As a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, he also sits on the Regional Panel of Arbitrators within the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and is on the committee for the International Promotion of Singapore Law. He is also a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Law and was recently appointed to the Panel of Arbitration of the KL International Arbitration Centre.