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Pinsent Masons MPillay to launch 'flexible' legal consultancy in Singapore

It will add 30 new legal consultants in the next six months.

Pinsent Masons MPillay, a company in UK-based Pinsent Masons' network, will launch its flexible consulting service, Vario, in Singapore. "The firm is witnessing increased client demand for its flexible lawyer solution globally and is enhancing its services for clients across APAC," it said.

Pinsent Masons MPillay will formally launch this service in mid-2018 led by Kate Cauldwell-Hunt who will transfer from the UK. Pinsent Masons MPillay plans to appoint 30 consultants to the Singaporean bench over the coming six months.

Vario director Matthew Kay told Singapore Business Review that the service will take on the legal requirements of Pinsent Masons’ clients. "From a lawyer’s perspective, it enables them to experience a wide range of clients and different types of project work, therefore building their experience and knowledge. From a client’s perspective, it allows them to access legal professionals, who will work as an integrated part of their in-house teams to cover project-based work," he said.

Pinsent Masons MPillay has clients in the infrastructure, energy, technology, and financial services industries. Its lawyers have access to a SmartDelivery platform enables each lawyer to have access to proprietary technologies including TermFrame AI, Matter Management, and Document Automation platform.

Kay noted that Singapore has transformed itself into a thriving hub for tech companies across all industries. "We’re pleased to see that the use of Legal Tech forms an important part of this strategy and it has led to the launch of the Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP) by the Singapore Academy of Law. As a firm, we have followed these developments closely and have contributed to the FLIP community by sharing our experiences and best practices," he said.

"There are also a growing number of legal tech start-ups who now have become major players in Singapore and the wider region. Like us, they have correctly identified Singapore as having an outstanding digital ecosystem and a market which is willing and excited to embrace the use of technology," he added.

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